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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

America: Vote on the plan to demolish the big dam

Portland, Ore. ( Associated Press) – The world’s largest plan to demolish dams and restore a river could become a reality Thursday when US regulators agreed to a plan to remove four old hydroelectric structures and reopen hundreds of miles (miles) of river. Let’s vote. California to salmon, an endangered species.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s vote on the Lower Klamath River is the latest major regulatory hurdle and the biggest milestone for a $500 million demolition project promoted for years by Native tribes and environmentalists.

The approval of the application to revoke the license to operate the dams is the basis for the most ambitious salmon restoration plan in history. If approved, the parties overseeing the project would agree to a transfer of the license and could begin demolition of the dams by the middle of next year. This would benefit about 300 miles (480 kilometers) of salmon habitat in the Klamath River and its tributaries, said Amy Soares Kober, a spokeswoman for American Rivers, an organization that oversees dam removal and advocates for the restoration of river dams. does.

“This is an incredibly important milestone,” he said. “This project has important lessons for the river conservation movement, and the most important lesson is that it was led by tribes. Thanks to tribes, the embankments will be removed and the river restored.

The vote comes at an important time, as human-caused climate change has hit the western United States with a prolonged drought, said Tom Kiernan, president of American Rivers. Those impacts would be mitigated by allowing the natural flow of California’s second-largest river, and the normal function of its floodplains and wetlands, he said.

“The best way to deal with increasing floods and drought is to clean the river system and let it function,” he said.

“Instead of reservoirs, where a lot of water evaporates, it is better to let the river flow and allow its floodplains and wetlands to filter the water and carry it underground, where it does not evaporate.”

Associated Press

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