PORTLAND — The process to relicense the hydroelectric dam system on the Klamath River is moving forward as settlement agreements to remove four of the dams have failed to make headway in Congress.
The Klamath River Basin in Oregon and California has long seen disputes over sharing water. Agreements to remove the dams were hammered out by farmers, tribes, environmentalists and states. They aim to restore the river for salmon and give farmers certainty about irrigation water.
Congress must pass legislation to implement the agreements, but Republicans have blocked it for years. U.S. Rep. Greg Walden's office said he would convene a meeting on Thursday with congressional leaders to discuss "a way forward" on Klamath water issues.
Studies show dam removal is less expensive than making upgrades to the dams.
A more detailed, locally written story will appear in Thursday's H&N.