FERC ignores salmon mandates, recommends keeping Klamath dams
Federal Commission recommends keeping Klamath River Dams
GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- Federal licensing authorities Friday recommended keeping PacifiCorp's four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River, siding with the utility and ignoring calls from fisheries agencies to build fish ladders.
The final environmental impact statement from the staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chose trapping and hauling fish around the dams rather than building expensive fish ladders and reducing power production to help salmon.
PacifiCorp is willing to spend $300 million on fish ladders and other required improvements to keep the dams that produce power without greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.