Un-Dam the Klamath!
Iron gate dam on the Klamath River by Thomas Dunklin
The movement to remove four fish-killing Klamath dams has become the most successful large scale dam-removal effort in the nation, and could result in the largest dam removal project in world history. Led by a coalition of Tribes, conservation groups and commercial fishermen, this monumental campaign is regularly featured in national publications, has inspired three documentary films and has earned international grassroots support.
On September 30, 2009, a final package of agreements that would remove the dams in 2020 was released. On February 18, 2010, these agreements were signed. The Klamath dam removal agreements must now be legislated through Congress, and funded by the state of California. While we've made great progress, the dams aren't out yet, and much work remains to ensure dam removal actually happens.
- Press Room: Press releases, photo galleries and more
- Scientific and economic analysis of Klamath dam removal and dam removal agreements
- Klamath dam removal timeline
- Dam removal and restoration agreements website
- Klamath dam removal: facts & fiction
What is Klamath Riverkeeper doing?
Klamath Riverkeeper is a small, nimble grassroots group that leverages strategic pressure on PacifiCorp and regulators to remove the dams. By combining powerful legal tools with feisty grassroots organizing, we've used the Clean Water Act and media-savvy direct action to hold regulators accountable for enforcing water quality laws at PacifiCorp's dams, and to drive a reluctant PacifiCorp toward dam removal.
Based on the Klamath River, KRK collaborates with local people, Tribes and commercial fishermen. We see Klamath dam removal - and the greater project of Klamath River restoration - as an environmental justice issue for people whose cultures and economic livelihood are intrinsically tied to the health of Klamath salmon.
With a final dam removal agreement out and the dams still in, KRK is filling a need for dedicated regulatory oversight, grassroots outreach, and strategic legal action to ensure that dam removal actually happens. We continue to actively watch-dog the settlement agreements and any ensuing legislative processes to make sure environmental laws are not disregarded, and we will remain a strong and insistent voice for holding PacifiCorp accountable for water quality conditions in the interim period before the dams are removed.