Dam Removal

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

The migration of sockeye salmon from their birth in Idaho’s Redfish Lake to the Pacific Ocean ties Oregon, Washington and the Gem State together. But that trek is a brutal one that kills many fish each year, and advocates say their journey is made more difficult by four federally run dams on the Snake River in Washington.

Advocates For Klamath Dams Removal Rally In Portland

May 31, 2013

Groups from Southern Oregon and Northern California rallied outside Senator Ron Wyden’s office in Portland Thursday.

They came to show support for a bill proposing a restoration project along the Klamath River. It would spend $800 million to restore fish habitat and remove four dams.

Toni Peters is a member of the Yurok Tribe, which supports the project.  “We’re here protesting the dams and the water rights and the fish. Keep our rivers clean for our kids, younger generations, the elders. Keep the river alive. Keep people healthy and safe.”

An agreement to remove four dams on the Klamath River has suffered a political and symbolic setback. Klamath County has voted to pull out of the agreement.

The vote was unanimous. But it’s not clear how Klamath County plans to withdraw from the dam removal deal.

The other signatories say the deal is a binding contract that the county can’t get out of it for at least two more years.