Last week, as the NEC's new Klamath campaign coordinator, I attended the Klamath Plenary Group meeting in Portland, Oregon. As reported by Uri's brother John Driscoll Oct. 30 in the Times-Standard, the purpose of the meeting was to finalize and release for public review the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement, which calls for all four mainstem Klamath dams to be removed beginning in 2020. The NEC remains troubled by the continued linkage between the Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement and the KBRA. Like our fellow KBRA skeptics at the Hoopa Valley Tribe, the NEC voted to release the final Hydro Agreement for public review. Neither the NEC nor the Hoopa have definitively rejected the proposed Klamath deal at this point.
We are keeping our options open and will continue to work with our partners in the Klamath Basin to ensure our Board of Directors hear all sides of the debate and make a principled assessment before our ultimate decision whether or not to support the Klamath negotiated settlement agreements.
NEC Klamath Campaign Coordinator