Klamath EIS/EIR out for public review

Several technical and scientific studies providing new and detailed information about the environmental and economic impacts of removing four dams on the Klamath River were released by the U.S. Department of Interior in late September 2011. Completion of these studies represents a major step toward meeting obligations set forth in the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA), which was negotiated among various stakeholders in the Klamath Basin and signed in February 2010.

Stillwater’s scientists played a key role in conducting the analyses for potential impacts of dam removal on fisheries, water quality, sediment transport, and geomorphology.

The U.S. Department of the Interior, in association with the California Department of Fish and Game, also released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIS/EIR). According to the terms of the KHSA, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will make a final decision on dam removal based on a complete review of the scientific and technical data as well as the information in an environmental analysis, which includes input from the public. Visit www.klamathrestoration.gov to download the Draft EIS/EIR and submit comments. The 60-day EIS/EIR public comment process will be open until November 21, 2011.

Public input will also be solicited on the forthcoming Secretarial Determination Overview Report, due to be released in December 2011.

Posted 5 October 2011