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Water timeline
Herald and News 11/16/08

April 4, 2001:

A district court judge rules the Klamath Project is in violation of the Endangered Species Act and cannot deliver irrigation water.

April 6, 2001:

The Department of Interior announces that no irrigation water will be available from Upper Klamath Lake. A compromise lake elevation is arrived at to protect sucker habitat and provide suffi
cient water for salmon. The Department of Agriculture approves emergency aid for the Project’s farmers.
July 2001:

A Canal headgates are partially opened in defiance of the April 6 decision, beginning a summer-long protest.

Aug. 21, 2001:

“Klamath Bucket Brigade” draws more than 15,000 people and national attention.

October 2003:

Academy of Sciences National Research Council Committee on Endangered and Threatened Fishes in the Klamath Basin releases a final report saying the recovery of endangered suckers and threatened coho salmon cannot be achieved by actions exclusively or primarily focused on the Project operation; and there is no evidence of a causal connection between Upper Klamath Lake water levels and sucker health, or that higher Klamath River flows help coho.
March 2004:

PacifiCorp files application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for new licenses for hydroelectric facilities on the Klamath River.

June 2005:

Twenty-six groups, including state and federal agencies, irrigators, fishermen, Indian tribes and
environmental organizations, begin settlement discussions.
April 2006:

Fifty-year Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license expires for the Klamath Hydroelectric Project. The project will operate on annual licenses until relicensing.

August 2006:

U.S. Commerce Secretary declares a commercial fishery failure for West
Coast salmon fishermen.
Jan. 15, 2008:

After more than two years of closed discussions, the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement is released.

Nov. 13, 2008:

Representatives of the federal government, Oregon and California governments and PacifiCorp sign a nonbinding agreement calling for removal of four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River.
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