board seeks more feedback on dam removal
The public can
now comment through February 2020 on recirculated portions
of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Lower
Klamath Project license surrender of the Federal Energy
project — which Klamath River Renewal Corporations said
could begin as early as January 2022 — consists of the
decommissioning and removal of the J.C. Boyle, Copco No. 1,
Copco No. 2, and Iron Gate Dams and associated facilities
located on the Klamath River, according to a news release.
The project implements portions of the Klamath Hydroelectric
Settlement Agreement (KHSA), amended in 2016, which pledges
to return the Klamath River to free-flowing conditions and
provide fish passage in the portion of the Klamath River
currently occupied by the Lower Klamath Project, according
State Water Resources Control Board received more than 2,500
comments in February 2019 addressing the quality of the
Draft EIR’s air quality, greenhouse gas, and energy
analysis. The board is recirculating the Draft EIR sections
and appendices related to air quality, greenhouse gas
emissions, and energy analysis in order for the board to
appropriately respond to comments and fully analyze the
The Draft EIR
also considered alternatives to the project in California,
including the following: No project, partial dam removal,
continued operations with fish passage; three dam removal
(removal of Iron Gate, Copco No. 1, and Copco No. 2 dams);
two dam removal (removal of Iron Gate and Copco No. 1 dams);
and dam removal with no hatcheries. Comments on these
alternatives were received by the board in February 2019.
comments on recirculated sections of the Draft EIR will be
accepted by the board through 5 p.m., on Feb. 6, 2020.
to comment are asked to indicate in the subject line of the
comments “Lower Klamath Project recirculated Draft EIR.”
only be answered by the board if they are limited to
recirculated portions of the Draft EIR.
Comments can be
sent via mail to Michelle Siebal, State Water Resources
Control Board, Division of Water Rights – Water Quality
Certification Program, P.O. Box 2000, Sacramento, CA
Portions of the
Draft EIR will be available at a number of libraries in the
region for review, including at the Siskiyou County Library
starting on Jan. 2.
with additional questions about the Draft EIR can contact
Siebal by phone at 916-322-8465 or by email at WR401@waterboards.ca.gov.
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