Monday, January 7, 2013
Klamath Dam Removal Deadline Extended by 2 years
The Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA), the landmark deal between governments, and stakeholders in the Klamath that will result in the removal the Klamath River dams originally were set to expire at the end of 2012. That is, if the settlement had not received congressional support, the groups would have to go back to the drawing board. However, last month with the deadline looming, and a congress unfriendly to dam removal giving no indication that it would make any progress on the Klamath the stakeholders agreed to extend the deadline to 2014. Sadly, this doesn't come as a surprise given the long history of delays in dam removal projects from the Elwha to the White Salmon. While the latest development is a blow to Klamath dam removal the delay in the deadline nullifying the KBRA provides more time for the politics of dam removal to change in Washington DC.
More information in the Columbia Basin Bulletin: