News and Views on the KLAMATH RESTORATION AGREEMENT
Feel confused about the "Klamath settlement?" You're not alone! The following headlines reveal different perspectives on the Klamath Restoration Agreement (KRA). The most important thing to remember is that PacifiCorp still refuses to remove their dams, despite hard fought agreement on dam removal by the 26 diverse interests participating in the settlement process, including upper basin irrigators. PacifiCorp is party to a separate but related hydropower settlement process still underway. The much publicized KRA is contingent upon PacifiCorp agreeing to dam removal in its companian settlement negotiations.
Klamath Restoration Initiative Settlement Agreement Website
Read the settlement for yourself.
Peace on the Klamath High Country News - 6/23/08
Excellent reporting on the process of reaching a settlement agreement, with special attention paid to the story of Troy Fletcher, lead negotiator for the Yurok Tribe, and Greg Addington of the Klamath Water Users Association.
Top Scientists endorse Restoration Agreement Press Release - 5/14/08 | Eureka Times-Standard - 5/14/08 | Official Science Reviews
Hydrology and fisheries scientists initially skeptical of the settlement have reviewed the agreement again and voiced their support while clarifying its scientific underpinnings.
Klamath Basin towns endorse Restoration Agreement Klamath Falls Herald and News - 5/8/08
Small communities in the Upper Basin officially endorse the settlement.
Klamath Pact is Key to Recovering Salmon Eureka TImes-Standard - 4/7/08
Walter Duffy, PhD, is a fisheries scientist and leader of the California Cooperative Fish Research Unit. His opinion piece calls for keeping our eye on the prize of dam removal, the best opportunity we have to save Klamath salmon, and one that will come along only once every 50 years.
Time for Common Ground in the Klamath Basin Salem Statesman-Journal - 2/13/08
In his Guest Opinion, Klamath Tribal Chairman Joseph Kirk champions the compromises reached in the KRA, and urges the public and government officials to support it.
Fish are Key to Deal on Klamath Sacramento Bee - 1/10/08
Hoopa Valley Reservation Chairman explains that the Hoopa do not support the KRA because it does not guarantee dam removal, and its guaranteed flows for irrigators discount tribes' historical fishing rights.
Why is Pacificorp Bending the Truth about Settlement Talks? North Coast Journal - 1/24/08
This investigative report exposes PacifiCorp's media spin tactics on the true costs of dam removal.
Tribe supports Klamath Pact The Oregonian - 2/5/08
The Klamath Tribe votes to agree on the KRA while everyone awaits word from PacifiCorp on dam removal.
Seal Klamath Deal Sacramento Bee - 1/27/08
The Bee's editor recommends all parties band together behind the settlement, and put real pressure on PacifiCorp to remove the dams.
Hope in the Klamath Basin The Oregonian - 1/28/08
A representative of commercial fishermen and a Yurok tribal member and policy analyst clarify the economics of the KRA, while urging PacifiCorp to remove its dams.
Pacificorp remains hurdle in controversy Salem Statesman Journal - 1/20/08
The Northwest Energy Coalition points out that dam removal will be cheaper for PacifiCorp's ratepayers then keeping the dams.