Three new reports show that removing the four dams on Klamath River will benefit the health of the river and salmon in the long run.
A joint press release issued by American Rivers and the Karuk Tribe, states that the removal of the dams will have relatively minor negative effects in the short-run, will not require sediment removal, but will be beneficial to salmon and water quality without incurring any increased flood risk to downstream residents.
Following the DC Circuit Court in 2006, Tacoma Power, Skokomish Tribe, agencies and other stakeholders have signed a settlement agreement that will govern the operations of the Cushman Hydroelectric project on the Skokomish River.
The agreement signed on Jan 12, addresses resources issues including instream flows, fish habitat, fish passage and recreation.
Last Friday, FERC issued a 50-year license to the Puget Sound Energy Inc. for operation of Baker River Hydroelectric Project (P-2150) in Skagit and Whatcom counties, Washington.The license accompanies a Settlement Agreement signed by the licensee, state and federal resource agencies, tribes, counties, and non-governmental groups.