Water pollution in the Klamath River Basin has serious implications for wildlife conservation, resource management, and human health. To evaluate the merits of individual pollution reduction strategies for the Klamath Basin, Stillwater is leading a technical team to support the California State Coastal Conservancy, PacifiCorp, the California State Water Resources Control Board and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality with a basin-wide technical workshop. The workshop is part of a set of interim measures (IMs) implemented under the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA).
The workshop, to be held September 11-13, 2012, aims to identify and prioritize strategies for reducing nutrient and organic matter loads in the Klamath River and improving water quality conditions within the basin. Workshop participants will evaluate and provide recommendations for the development of engineering feasibility analyses for promising pollutant reduction methods. The workshop is part of a longer term effort that will develop a coordinated network of large-scale pollutant removal technologies in the upper Klamath Basin.
The technical team led by Stillwater Sciences and guided by a technical Steering Committee is preparing a pre-workshop information packet that provides background information on Klamath River water quality, criteria for evaluating pollutant removal technologies, and descriptions of the technologies. During the workshop, we will provide administrative and technical support as well as a format for workshop participants to evaluate water quality improvement strategies. The team will produce a post-workshop report that summarizes the technology evaluations and provides a feasibility and cost analysis for the highest ranked pollution reduction strategies.
Klamath River, Oregon & California
California State Coastal Conservancy, PacifiCorp, State Water Resources Control Board – Training Academy
Atkins, Aquatic Ecosystem Sciences (AES), Jones and Trimiew Design, Natural Systems International (NSI), Riverbend Sciences, Stillwater Sciences, Tetra Tech
Stillwater is leading a team of technical experts to develop and evaluate approaches for reducing nutrient loads and improving water quality in the Klamath River Basin. Photos (from far left) courtesy of Kunal Mukherjee and Jan Tik.