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Klamath Basin tribes welcome salmon protections

Four tribes in northern California and southern Oregon are welcoming a proposal to install salmon protection measures for four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River.

The Klamath Tribes, the Karuk Tribes, the Hoopa Valley Tribe and the Yurok Tribe have been fighting for removal of the dams. Craig Tucker, of the Karuk Tribe, said the recommendation to install fish ladders and turbine screens on the dams puts them a step closer to removal due to the high cost of installing the equipment.

The recommendation was made by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service. They are asking Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to require the owner of the dams, PacifiCorp, to install the ladders and screens in order to get a new operating license.

Get the Story:
Federal Agencies Make Klamath Suggestions (AP 3/29)
Dams must pass fish (The Eureka Times-Standard 3/30)
Groups challenge fish barriers (The Redding Record-Searchlight 3/30)
U.S. Acts to Help Wild Salmon in Klamath River (The Los Angeles Times 3/30)

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