EIS released for removal of Klamath dams in Oregon, California

Posted: Sep 22, 2011

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The Oregonian
Klamath Dam spillway

The long-awaited environmental impact statement from the Interior Department says removing four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River in California and Oregon would help boost salmon runs in a river marked by poor water quality and fish disease.

It also would create jobs in a region hard hit by the economic downturn. The report says 4,600 jobs would be created over the 15-year life of the program, with 1,400 of those jobs coming during the year-long dam removal process.

"The content (of the EIS) is very positive in that it finds that the costs are lower, the jobs created would be substantial and that's all good news," Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., said in an interview.

He also spoke about the unlikley coalition of once bitter rivals - environmentalists, farmers, irrigators and tribes among them - who came together to push the process forward.


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