comments on plan for Klamath suckers
Capital Press 1/28/13
YREKA, Calif. -- The U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking comments on
an energy company's conservation plan for two
endangered sucker fish species in the Klamath
As part of its
habitat conservation plan, PacifiCorp would
discontinue routine operations at two
hydroelectric facilities at its Link River Dam
and fund restoration projects and other
activities to benefit the imperiled Lost River
and shortnose suckers.
The Link River
Dam is separate from the four PacifiCorp dams on
the Klamath River slated for removal under the
Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement.
The Fish and
Wildlife Service announced Jan. 25 it had
unveiled a draft environmental assessment of
PacifiCorp's plan, triggering a 60-day public
comment period that is set to close March 28.
In addition, the
agency will hold a public meeting at 5 p.m. Feb.
20 at its office at 1936 California Ave.,
Klamath Falls, Ore., to give an overview of the
plan and answer questions.
The plan comes as
PacifiCorp has applied for a 10-year incidental
take permit for certain species under the
Endangered Species Act as part of its
hydroelectric project operations in the basin,
the government explained in a news release.
In December, Fish
and Wildlife issued a final rule designating
critical habitat for Lost River and shortnose
suckers. It included about 282 miles of streams
and 241,438 acres of lakes and reservoirs in
Oregon's Klamath and Lake counties and
California's Modoc County.
report on PacifiCorp's plan can be viewed at the
agency's Klamath Falls office or at
http://www.fws.gov/klamathfallsfwo/ , or a
copy can be requested by contacting the agency
at (541) 885-8481. Submit written comments to
Laurie R. Sada, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service, Klamath Falls Fish and
Wildlife Office, 1936 California Avenue, Klamath
Falls, OR, 97601. Comments via email that do not
exceed 6 megabytes may be sent to FW8KFFWOES
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