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    2/19/2010 Fishlink Sublegals, product of Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen (Glen Spain) and Institute for Fisheries Resources (Glen Spain). These 2 groups and American Rivers, referenced in their links, are on the negotiating board of Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement.


 16:07/04.   KLAMATH SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS’ SIGNING:  After years of controversial and tiring negotiations, the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) and the Klamath Hydropower Settlement Agreement (KHSA) were signed on Thursday, 19 February, in the Oregon Capitol Building in Salem, OR.  Signatories included members of the Obama Administration, California and Oregon’s Governors, the Secretary of the Interior, and representatives of many Klamath Basin stakeholder groups (including PCFFA) who have been working hard to reach these Agreements for many years.  The two historic Agreements together would cap irrigation water demand in the upper Basin and add to water storage, putting between 130,000 and 230,000 acre-feet more water in the Klamath River for salmon, and initiating a 50-year commitment to restoring and preserving the Klamath Basin. Also Included in the plan is the removal of four obsolete hydropower dams that block more than 600 stream miles of once-productive salmon habitat, in what would be largest dam removal project in history.


     Supporters will now seek funds from Congress to invest in Klamath restoration and implement the comprehensive restoration plan.  Additional financial investments are intended to diversify agricultural, Tribal and county economies, and will also include extensive renewable energy development.   For more information on the agreements, see:  www.edsheets.com/Klamathdocs.html - (full text of Agreements and summaries); www.americanrivers.org/our-work/restoring-rivers/dams/projects/restoring-klamath-river.html -  (extensive compilation of reports and analyses);   www.klamathrestoration.org  - (Tribal perspectives on both Basin agreements), and;  http://kwua.org & http://ukwua.com - (agricultural perspectives on both Basin agreements).  For an account of the signing ceremony at the Salem Capitol, see the 18 February Oregonian article at: www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/02/oregon_california_sign_deal_ai.html       Governor Schwarzenegger’s signing Press Release and a link to the webcast of the formal signing ceremony is at: http://gov.ca.gov/press-release/14467.

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