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KID, KWUA to intervene in dam removal

Following an executive session Friday, Klamath Irrigation District board of directors voted to authorize legal staff to intervene in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)’s process to remove four dams on the Klamath River and transfer ownership to the Klamath River Renewal Corporation.

Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA) also filed a motion Friday to intervene in the dam removal process, according to Scott White, executive director of KWUA.

Neither actions to intervene constitute a for or against stance on the dam removal process but allows either entity to comment later on in the process.

Ty Kliewer, vice-chairman of KID’s board of directors, said the board’s No. 1 goal is to provide “water security” to the Klamath Project, and believes intervening is in the best interest of KID patrons.

“We’re trying to call attention to some things that have been supposed to happen by now that haven’t,” Kliewer said on Friday, following a special meeting.

“Our foremost desire is that those things do happen,” he added, noting he was referencing filing to intervene.

“The future viability of Klamath County is on the line. We take that very seriously. Water users take that very seriously as well.”

White also weighed in on the water users’ decision to intervene.

“Ultimately, we want to stay informed. At the end of the day, what we’re about is to protect the interest of the project water users and if anything in these proceedings is going to jeopardize that, we want to be aware of it.”

Dam removal open house tonight

The first of a series of three open house meetings on Klamath River dam removal, hosted by the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC), will be tonight at Oregon Tech, according to a news release.

Under the terms of the amended Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement, KRRC, a nonprofit corporation formed in 2016, is charged with removing four PacifiCorp dams on the Klamath River including J.C. Boyle, Copco Nos. 1 and 2, and Iron Gate.

The purpose of the meetings is to provide an opportunity for residents to meet KRRC staff, board members and consultants, learn about KRRC’s project and objectives and ask questions.

At each open house, residents will be invited to visit a series of stations organized around topics of interest, including project scope and timeline, jobs, other project benefits, and project impacts.

Scheduled meetings:

6-8 p.m. Tuesday

Oregon Institute of Technology

College Union Building, Room 201 A/B (Mt. Mazama/ Mt. Scott Room)

3201 Campus Drive, Klamath Falls

6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Yreka

Best Western Miner’s Inn auditorium

122 E. Miner St., Yreka

6-8 p.m. Thursday,

Adorni Center Gymnasium

1011 Waterfront Drive, Eureka

For further information, contact info@klamathrenewal.org or 415-820-4441.




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