Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Governor Ted Kulongoski signs bill to fund Klamath Dam Removal

Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski signed a bill into law Tuesday that will provide most of the funding for the removal of 4 Klamath River dams and restore access to 300 miles of spawning habitat. The funding comes from an electricity surcharge of about $1.50 per month on residential consumers. The plan is expected to generate about 180 million dollars over the next 10 years with California committing about 20 million. On Tuesday Represenatatives from California, Oregon, PacifCorp, The Obama administration and others met to discuss plans for a final binding agreemend due on the dams in September. See the Oregonian for details.

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