KRRC’s project is expected to improve the regional recreation, fishing, and tourism economy, and KRRC’s investments in new recreation facilities will support this outcome. To guide those investments, KRRC is developing a Recreation Plan to identify recreational facilities that could replace existing recreation facilities (e.g., reservoir recreation areas) slated for removal following dam decommissioning. While dam removal will change regional recreation (e.g., loss of flatwater recreation and year-round rafting below J.C. Boyle Dam), other recreation opportunities are expected to increase post dam removal, in particular, recreational fishing.
KRRC is developing this Recreation Plan with state and federal agencies, Tribal Nations, whitewater and fishing outfitters and associations, economic development organizations, local residents, and other interested parties. Through public outreach, KRRC has gathered perspectives on what types of recreation facilities KRRC should consider for its Recreation Plan, where they should be located, and how KRRC should evaluate options for potential new facilities. Initial public feedback was incorporated into the draft Recreation Plan.
KRRC is currently developing the final Recreation Plan, which will propose a set of specific recreation projects. KRRC is seeking additional public feedback on these recommendations. While KRRC cannot implement all the recreation suggestions, the full list is included in KRRC’s materials as other parties may implement projects that complement KRRC’s efforts. KRRC anticipates submitting the final Recreation Plan to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in December 2019, and FERC will determine KRRC’s requirements for recreation mitigation.
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Potential Sites Under Consideration
KRRC plans to propose recreational facilities that could replace existing facilities that are slated for removal.
Representatives of KRRC met with leaders of American Whitewater and the Upper Klamath Outfitters Association to discuss rafting opportunities once the lower Klamath dams are removed.
Representatives of KRRC visited multiple current and potential access sites along the Klamath River.
Recreation Plan Q&A
What facilities will KRRC build, and will the public be able to review the plan before it is submitted to FERC?
Who will own the land associated with the dams and under the reservoirs?
PacifiCorp (aka Pacific Power) currently owns the lands associated with the lower Klamath Project known as “Parcel B” lands, which include the lands currently inundated by reservoirs.
Under the terms of the 2016 Amended Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA), KRRC will take ownership of the hydroelectric facilities and associated land, carry out dam removal and restoration of the formerly inundated lands (as approved by FERC and other regulatory agencies), and transfer Parcel B lands to the states of California and Oregon or other entities.
The states may not keep all the lands. California and Oregon are contacting qualified entities who may have an interest in lands and having stakeholder discussions on potential transfer of these lands after dam removal.
Under the KHSA, “It is also the intent of the Parties that transferred lands shall thereafter be managed for public interest purposes such as fish and wildlife habitat restoration and enhancement, public education, and public recreational access.” (7.6.4)
For existing recreation facilities on PacifiCorp’s Parcel A lands, this has not yet been resolved.
Who will operate facilities?
Future ownership and operation of facilities is under discussion with various parties who have expressed interest. Under the terms of the 2016 Amended Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA), KRRC will transfer Parcel B lands to the states of California and Oregon or other entities. California and Oregon are contacting qualified entities who may have an interest in lands and having stakeholder discussions on potential transfer of these lands after dam removal.
How much will operations and maintenance cost for new recreation facilities? Will KRRC provide funding?
KRRC cannot yet comment on operations and maintenance (O&M) costs for recreation sites. KRRC will develop these facilities as ultimately directed by FERC. Facilities will be transferred to future landowners and once the landowners are identified, O&M for each site will be determined. KRRC’s final Recreation Plan will be submitted to FERC in mid-2019, and FERC’s order determining KRRC’s requirements for recreation mitigation will also address operations and maintenance.