News Clips

AP: Largest US dam removal stirs debate over coveted West water

March 29, 2020 – The second-largest river in California has sustained Native American tribes with plentiful salmon for millennia, provided upstream farmers with irrigation water for generations and served as a haven for retirees who built dream homes along its banks.

Herald and News: Dam removal draws closer

January 28, 2020 – Meurer spoke with Herald and News recently about the dam removal process and the “prep work” behind it, as well as how close KRRC is to obtaining the license from FERC, which is set to make a decision this spring.

Siskiyou Daily News: KRRC to foot bill for new Yreka city water line

January 16, 2020 – To ensure a steady water supply if and when the Klamath Dams are removed, Klamath River Renewal Corporation is paying to replace a $4 million water line for the City of Yreka.

Times-Standard: Eureka’s Natalie Arroyo to serve on Klamath River restoration nonprofit

November 22, 2019 – Eureka City Councilmember Natalie Arroyo will serve as a board member for the organization heading the Klamath River’s restoration, the governor’s office announced Friday.

American Rivers: [VIDEO] Lessons from the Klamath River

November 13, 2019 – For nearly 100 years, dams on the Klamath have blocked salmon and steelhead from reaching hundreds of miles of habitat, and have harmed water quality for people and wildlife.

The Revelator: Drones, Algae and Fish Ears: What We’re Learning Before the World’s Largest Dam-Removal Project – and What We Could Miss

October 28, 2019 – Scientists studying conditions on the Klamath River hope to help recovery efforts here and around the world, but they still lack dedicated funding.

PPIC: Groundbreaking Dam Removal Moves Forward on the Klamath

June 11, 2019 – The Klamath River has seen its native fish populations plunge and its water quality decline, in part because of four hydropower dams built in its middle reach a century ago.

Engineering News-Record: Record Dam Removals, Long Delayed, Are Awarded to Kiewit

May 7, 2019 – What is touted as a record-size U.S. dam removal, held up by 15 years of stakeholder and government legal disputes, now is moving forward, with an April 24 design-build contract to Kiewit Infrastructure West.

Hydro World: Kiewit Infrastructure wins contract for Klamath River dam removal in U.S.

April 26, 2019 – The Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) has entered into a dam removal design-build contract with Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. The initial award authorizes $18.1 million in preliminary services, with a further award for project implementation work to follow once design is finalized.

KDRV-TV (ABC/Medford): Contractor Chosen for Removal of Klamath River Dams

April 25, 2019 – The project to see four dams removed from along the Klamath River just entered a new phase, with the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) choosing a contractor to accomplish the task.

Siskiyou Daily News: [Letter to the Editor] Dam removal regulatory processes

April 4, 2019 – We consulted with the AECOM technical experts working on the dam removal project (including experts on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process) in order to clarify for everyone the regulatory processes and how they all fit together.

Taft Midway Driller: Dam removal: what’s the cost to taxpayers?

March 30, 2019 – There are many questions surrounding the potential removal of four dams along the Klamath River. One commonly asked question is whether dam removal would be in the best interest of Pacific Power ratepayers.

Siskiyou Daily News: Local Opinion: Not just another dam story

March 23, 2019 – Jack Trout writes, “I have been a proud Siskiyou County resident and business owner for more than 25 years.”

Del Norte Triplicate: Tribe, KRRC clarifies supervisor statements on dam removal

March 20, 2019 – The Yurok Tribe and the nonprofit organization spearheading a project to remove dams on the Klamath River are seeking to clarify statements made by Del Norte County supervisors regarding mitigation dollars.

Intermountain Farm and Ranch: Dam removal report sparks hope for Klamath Basin Ag

March 13, 2019 – It may be a unique situation when a dam removal might mean more water for farmers instead of less, but the Klamath Basin is a unique place.

Del Norte Triplicate: Klamath Dam removal facts should inspire support

March 2, 2019 – Matt Cox writes, “I was glad to see Samuel Strait weighing in on Klamath Dam removal […] as the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) has actively engaged the public on the project for more than a year and welcomes public input.”

Siskiyou Daily News: [Letters to the Editor] Opportunity on the Klamath

February 26, 2019 – In recent letters and public comments, several dam removal opponents argued that the Klamath River was never “pristine” – as though this is somehow a good reason to keep the fish-killing, water-quality ruining dams blocking the river.

Siskiyou Daily News: [Letters to the Editor] Voices on dam removal welcomed

February 25, 2019 – A recent letter by Chrissie Reynolds (2/21/2019) made a strong plea to the community to engage in the Klamath dam removal process and to voice their opinions to the appropriate state and federal agencies.

Del Norte Triplicate: Costal Voices: Dam removal will have positive impact on all of Del Norte

February 21, 2019 – Even though the State Water Resource Board’s draft EIR addresses the concerns board members raise about sediment deposit on the coast and harbor, Chris Howard, Bob Berkowitz, and Gery Hemmingsen still need more information.

International Water Power & Dam Construction Magazine

October 2018 – A new chapter is beginning in the complex history of four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River at the California and Oregon border in the US.

Herald and News: Aerial tour of Klamath River dams adds environmental perspective

September 30, 2018 – A flight over the Klamath River hydroelectric dams on Thursday morning served up spectacular views of the expansive landscape, as well as sparking commentary about the pending removal of the dams, and discussion of the broader landscape that connects them.

Herald and News: Bids for dam removal out to contractors

September 26, 2018 – The Klamath River Renewal Corp. last week put out its request for proposals for removal of the four hydro-electric dams on the Klamath River: Iron Gate, Copco No. 1 and 2 in California; and J.C. Boyle in Oregon.

Siskiyou Daily News: [Guest opinion] Supports Dam removal

September 26, 2018 – Chrysten Lambert and Brian Johnson of Trout Unlimited write: “Recently the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued its final Section 401 Water Quality Certification that removing JC Boyle Dam on the Klamath River will comply with Oregon’s state water quality requirements.”

KPIC: Klamath Dam removal brings more local business

September 19, 2018 – The Klamath River Dam removal will bring many benefits to the local region, including more local jobs, improved water quality, and a healthier fish population.

Herald and News: Oregon dam removal complies with water quality

September 16, 2018 – The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has determined that removal of John C. Boyle Dam along the Klamath River in Oregon will comply with all water quality standards, limitations and restrictions set by Oregon water law and the federal Clean Water Act.

Siskiyou Daily News: [Letter to the Editor] Dam myths

September 7, 2018 – John Jaques, a property owner in Hornbroo, CA writes: “Several recent Letters to the Editor written by anti dam removal proponents have again raised several myths associated with dam removal…”

Dave Meurer’s interview on KOBI-TV NBC5

August 17, 2018 – Dave Meurer, KRRC’s Community Liaison, responds to questions about the project.

Siskiyou Daily News: [Letter to the Editor] KRRC is pro-fish and pro-ag

August 17, 2018 – Nadine Bailey, former Senior Field Staff for Senator Sam Aanestad and District Director for Assemblyman Brian Dahle / Anderson, California, writes a letter to the editor in support of the project, highlighting the benefits of the project on both fisheries and agriculture.

Herald and News: Basin Views podcast: Mark Bransom of KRRC

July 18, 2018 – Basin Views is a podcast by Herald & News featuring interviews with experts in local topics important to the Klamath Basin.

Herald and News: [Guest Commentary] Why I stand in support of Klamath River renewal

July 13, 2018 – Former Gov. Theodore R. Kulongoski writes: “I have been involved in Klamath River issues… so I have a long history with, and a good understanding of, this river and its water allocation issues.”

KRCR TV: Humboldt County unveils plan to remove the dam from the Klamath River

June 29, 2018 – The Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) announced today it has filed its “Definite Plan for the Lower Klamath Project” with the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission (FERC) for the proposed removal of four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River.

Siskiyou Daily News: [Guest opinion] Definite Plan explains details of dam removal

June 29, 2018 – For more than a century, the Klamath River dams have been intrinsically linked to the Klamath Basin’s identity and development.