Federal, state executive move to demolish Klamath River dams

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 9:19 AM

Jerry Brown on Wednesday called the dams’ removal a triumph for the environment and migratory fish.“This is a excellent exercise of humankind correcting some of the mistakes that it’s made in the past,” Brown said in Klamath.

Federal, state executive move to demolish Klamath River dams

Formalizing a map among federal and state executive to demolish four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called the dams’ removal a triumph for the environment and migratory fish.

“This is a excellent exercise of humankind correcting some of the mistakes that it’s made in the past,” Brown said in Klamath. “The finish goal here is the river, the fish and the sustainability, not for the following election cycle, but for eons and thousands of years.”

In an , federal officials, the states of CA and OR and the power company that owns the dams, Portland, Ore.-based PacifiCorp, will move forward with dam removal despite resistance from Congress. They'll instead seek permission to delete the dams from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The dams, viewed as harmful to migratory fish, are used primarily for hydroelectric power and allow small water storage. Still, their removal was opposed by many Republicans.

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