The draft Klamath agreement: draft agreement, summary and analysis

The draft Klamath agreement: draft agreement, summary and analysis


On January 15th, 2008 the Proposed Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement “Draft Agreement” [PDF]was publicly released.  The draft agreement stems from confidential negotiations originally related to the relicensing of PacifiCorp’s dams on the Klamath River before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), but quickly grew into a negotiation of basin-wide issues, many that are not typical in FERC negotiations.

Though the draft agreement states that it is to be executed concurrently with an agreement to remove PacifiCorp’s four lower dams on the Klamath River, the dam agreement piece has not yet been agreed to.

While WaterWatch fully supports dam removal, we do not support the draft Klamath agreement (which does not yet even include dam removal) because, among other things, it contains provisions harmful to Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges, and would guarantee an amount of irrigation water to the Klamath Reclamation Project while failing to include any minimum streamflows for fish, even in drought years.  The WaterWatch summaries and analysis below cover these and other issues in more detail.

Read WaterWatch’s analysis of the draft Klamath agreement

RefugeFactSheet_KBRA_OW_WWO [PDF]

WaterWatch Summary of January 15, 2008, Draft Klamath Agreement [PDF]WaterWatch Summary of the Impact of the Draft Klamath Agreement On Lower Klamath and Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuges [PDF]

WaterWatch Concerns Regarding Federal Legislation Required by the Draft Klamath Agreement [PDF]

Read independent scientific reviews, authorized by the Northcoast Environmental Center, regarding the adequacy of river flows in the draft Klamath agreement

Trush Review 1 [PDF]

Kamman Review [PDF]

Trush Recommendations to NEC [PDF]

Read statements by others regarding problems with the draft Klamath agreement

Hoopa Valley Tribe op-ed regarding the draft agreement

News Release – NEC Rejects Klamath Deal [PDF]

Hoopa Valley Tribe Press Release [PDF]

Read the draft Klamath agreement (256 pages)

January 15, 2008 draft Klamath agreement [PDF]

Read more about the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges

Refuges in Peril: Fish, Wildlife, and the Klamath Water Crisis [PDF] 

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