GRANTS PASS, Ore. - The federal government is recommending that all four aging hydroelectric dams should be removed from the Klamath River in southern Oregon and Northern California to help struggling wild salmon runs, and nearly $1 billion should be spent on environmental restoration.
The final environmental impact statement making those recommendations was posted Thursday on a U.S. Department of Interior website.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a statement that removing the dams and implementing the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement are important components of finding a solution to the Klamath Basin's water problems.
However, whether that will ever happen remains in doubt. Authorization for the secretary of Interior to approve dam removal and funding for restoration work has not gained any traction in Congress.