Our Klamath Basin Water Crisis
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.
Corvallis firm’s next assignment: Planning Klamath dam removals
River Design Group, a veteran of several dam removal projects on the Rogue River, will play a key role in what could become the largest dam-breaching project in U.S. history: the removal of up to five dams on the Klamath River system.
“It’s a humongous undertaking,” said Scott Wright, who heads the environmental consulting firm’s Corvallis office. “We’re going to be right in the thick of that whole issue down there.”
The company learned last week that it has won a contract to prepare alternative scenarios for removing some or all of the dams, which are owned by PacifiCorp. River Design Group will be part of a large team of contractors involved in planning for the project.
While providing irrigation water for agriculture and hydroelectric power for utility customers, the dams are also blamed for depleting the Klamath’s once-thriving salmon fishery.
After years of contentious negotiations involving farmers, fishermen, environmentalists and tribal interests, an agreement was signed this year that clears the way for removal of the dams starting in 2020.
River Design Group will analyze the potential impacts of removing the J.C. Boyle, Copco 1, Copco 2, Iron Gate and Keno dams on the Klamath River, which flows through Southern Oregon and Northern California.
The company did much of the planning for the Savage Rapids and Gold Hill dam removal projects on the Rogue and is involved in preparations to take out the Gold Ray Dam.
Page Updated: Sunday April 11, 2010 03:37 PM Pacific
Copyright © klamathbasincrisis.org, 2010, All Rights Reserved