Friday, February 02, 2007

Klamath River dams to come down for salmon?

Salmon are cheering a federal order to fix harmful dams on the Klamath River. Dam removal is now a leading option since removal is cheaper than fixing the 4-dam network.

This opens a new chapter in the debate over how to fix the PacifiCorps dams that are strangling the important Klamath River. Poor salmon runs in the Klamath system have been driving federal salmon fishing policies recently, so the federal order is a key West coast salmon policy.
Dam removal is the cheapest option for a fix, and PacifiCorps officials finally seem forced to consider how they will deal with the harm caused by their dams.

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