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Five Things You Should Know About: DOI and DFG comment requests
by John Bowman, Siskiyou Daily News October 19, 2011

What is the issue?
The U.S. Department of the Interior and the California Department of Fish and Game invite the public to submit comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Report for the proposed removal of four PacifiCorp dams on the Klamath River. Proponents believe dam removal will improve salmon runs and water quality. Opponents question the scientific justifications and fear environmental risks.


Where can you get a copy of the Draft EIS/EIR?
An online copy of the document is available for viewing or download at www.klamathrestoration.gov.

Paper copies of the document are available at public libraries and natural resource agency offices. For a complete list of places to view a paper copy or to receive a CD or paper copy by mail, go to the same website.


What aspects of the report can you comment on?
Comments can be submitted regarding any aspect of the document. However, the Department of the Interior and Department of Fish and Game are specifically requesting comments on the five alternatives for dealing with the dam issue. The agencies are also requesting comments regarding content that may be missing from the report and sections that may need clarification.


What are the five alternatives?
Alternative 1 is no action be taken and all dams stay in. Alternative 2 is full facilities removal of four dams. Alternative 3 is partial facilities removal of four dams. Alternative 4 is fish passage facilities be developed at four dams. Alternative 5 is fish passage facilities be developed at J.C. Boyle and Copco 2 dams and removal of Copco 1 and Iron Gate dams.


How can you submit comments?
Comments can be submitted verbally or by comment card at the public hearing at the Siskiyou Golden Fairgrounds in Yreka on Oct. 20; online at www.klamathrestoration.gov; by fax to (916) 978-5005; by email to klamathsd@usbr.gov; or by mail to Gordon Leppig, California Department of Fish and Game, 619 Second St., Eureka, CA 95501. The deadline for comments is Nov. 21.

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