Feds OK Klamath dam removal

By Thadeus Geenson, North Coast Journal, November 17, 2022

“The Federal Regulatory Commission gave its final nod of approval [on November 17] to plans to remove four hydroelectric dams from the Klamath River, putting the largest dam demolition project in U.S. history on track to begin next year.

“​​ ‘This moment is bigger than anyone could comprehend,’ said Amy Cordalis, a Yurok tribal member and the tribe’s former general counsel[.] 

“After the vote, North Coast Congressmember Jared Huffman issued a press release praising FERC’s ruling, saying the coming dam removal will help improve poor water conditions that have caused significant harm to fish populations and the tribes that depend on them.

“ ‘The Klamath salmon are coming home,’ proclaimed Yurok Chair Joseph James. ‘The people have earned this victory and with it, we carry on our sacred duty to the fish that have sustained our people since the beginning of time.’

“Klamath Justice Coalition co-founder Molli Myers noted FERCs decision comes 20 years after a catastrophic fish kill left more than 70,000 salmon dead on the banks of the river, which motivated tribal members and environmental groups to push for dam removal.” 

Read the full article here, including the press release from Congressmember Jared Huffman. (~3 min.)

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