Klamath River Dam Removal Moves Ahead Without Congressional Approval

A lack of Congressional approval almost killed a controversial dam removal project on the Klamath River in Oregon and California. The states and the Interior Department have found a way to proceed.

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April 7, 2016, 12:00 PM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Jonathan Cooper reports for the Associated Press about a deal between Oregon, California, and the U.S. Department of the Interior that would remove four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River. According to the article, the coalition of state and federal interests will move forward with the dam removal projects without waiting for a reluctant Congress to act.

Cooper provides more details of the deal, which would create a new non-profit corporation to take ownership of the dams and target the removal of the dams in 2020. Rather than Congress, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will likely decide the fate of the project.

Amy Sours Kober provides follow up coverage of the dam removal proposal for the American Rivers website, comparing the proposed dam removal project on the Klamath River to earlier dam removal projects around the country.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 in Associated Press via The Register-Guard

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