PacifiCorp criticizes water policy


PacifiCorp formally complained about the landmark agreement to remove dams from the Klamath River, saying they were not properly consulted.

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PacifiCorp formally complained about the landmark agreement to remove dams from the Klamath River, saying they were not properly consulted.

The utility warned that the reduced flows would lower their power production below levels originally agreed to.

“We’re confident that once everyone follows the (dam-removal) protocol, this can be worked out satisfactorily,” PacifiCorp spokesman Art Sasse said from Portland. “If these new flow restrictions are imposed permanently, assuming proper (Endangered Species Act) protections are in place, the economic conditions will mean delaying dam removal beyond 2020.”

NOAA Fisheries Service, which oversees protections for threatened coho salmon in the Klamath River, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which manages releases from Upper Klamath Lake into the Klamath River, imposed cuts in river flows last week to build up lagging reservoir storage so there will be enough water for salmon as well as farmers next spring.

Read more at Capital Press.

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