IFR Submits Scoping Comments on Klamath Dams 401 Certification

On 28 January, IFR and its sister organization, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, submitted joint comments to the California State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) discussing issues the State Board must address in determining whether to issue a Clean Water Act permit to operate three dams in California that are known to have detrimental impacts on migrating salmon, other fish and wildlife, and water quality.

The dams have been the subject of removal discussions for decades, and there was hope for┬áCongressional approval of a multilateral stakeholder agreement that included dam owner PacifiCorp through 2015. However, Congress’s failure to act on the agreement has lead to PAcifiCorp’s reversion to the dam relicensing process, which requires a water quality permit (known as a 401 certification) from the State Board.

Read IFR and PCFFA’s 401 Certification scoping comments HERE.

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