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Dam may be in final year
Published June 17, 2004
CHILOQUIN - Removal of Chiloquin Dam from the
Sprague River could begin as early as July 2005
under a plan being considered by the Bureau of
Few offered any comments.
The BIA is drafting an environmental assessment of
the project. If no significant impacts that need
to be remedied are found, the removal project
could begin as early as July 2005.
If complications arise, a more rigorous
environmental impact statement may be required.
The Tribes said they will support the removal only
if studies show it would help the restoration of
endangered sucker fish spawning habitat upriver
from the dam.
President Bush proposed setting aside $2.1 for for
the removal project in his fiscal 2005 budget.
Half of Wednesday's meeting was reserved for a
review of the history of the dam and the removal
evaluation process. Half was set aside for the
public to make oral comments. Three people offered
"I learned how to fish there," he said.
In its evaluation, the BIA is charged with sorting
through relevant issues, possible alternatives and
the probable results of removing the dam.
Gerald Skelton, cultural director for the Klamath
Tribes, said the dam was put in by the federal
government to create an irrigation district and to
encourage tribal members living on the Klamath
Reservation to get into agriculture.
The Tribes were reestablished in 1986, but the
irrigation district has maintained control of the
Written comments are due by July 16 and should be sent to June Boyton, BIA regional environmental protection specialist, Northwest Regional Office, 911 N.E. 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97232 or faxed to (503) 231-6701. For more information, call Boyton at (503) 231-6749.
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