provides "a seat at the table"
Klamath County commissioners on Wednesday delayed signing a
Memorandum of Understanding with the Klamath River Renewal
Corporation, reversing a Tuesday split vote decision to move
forward with the MOU.
MOU has no bearing on whether a Klamath River dam removal
project will receive federal approval. KRRC and
commissioners have met at least three times since November
to address local concerns about the project through the MOU,
and commissioners Kelley Minty Morris and Derrick DeGroot
were ready Wednesday to sign the document.
Morris and DeGroot said signing did not equate to support
for dam removal, it was simply a pragmatic maneuver to have
more say in the project, Donnie Boyd said he still didn’t
feel it was fair.
stressed the importance of an MOU not coming across as an
endorsement of KRRC’s plan to remove four Klamath River dams
owned by PacifiCorp: J.C. Boyle in Oregon, and Copco 1 and
2, and Iron Gate in California.
don’t think that’s appropriate because this board has been
very neutral on that issue,” Morris said.
DeGroot agreed. He said that while the county was on record
opposing dam removal, he felt it was important for
commissioners to do everything in their power to make KRRC
take Klamath County’s concerns into account, which include
nearby road upkeep and potential local landfill creation.
“Ultimately, the decision of whether or not these dams get
removed is not a local decision,” DeGroot said. “But if
you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.”
said he was still uncomfortable with the “arrogance” he
perceived KRRC to have around the whole project. He thought
it was inappropriate for a private company to have so much
sway over what happens in Klamath County.
isn’t the way the United States of America is supposed to
run,” he said.
Commissioners will discuss the MOU again on March 27.
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