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Scope/Content: Abstract: The Klamath River is one of the most important rivers for imperiled populations of Chinook salmon, coho salmon and steelhead trout on the West Coast of the United States. PacifiCorp's 169 megawatt Klamath Hydroelectric Project is a major contributor to the extirpation of salmon from over 300 miles of habitat in the upper Klamath Basin. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is reviewing the project's existing Federal Power Act license and will impose mitigation measures to reduce environmental impacts if it issues a new license. Decommissioning the project and replacing its electricity from other sources may be more cost effective than relicensing the project and installing fish ladders and water quality improvement devices to meet modern legal and scientific standards.
Economics Fisheries and fish passage Dams Dam retirement
Klamath River, CA Copco No.1 Dam Copco No.2 Dam Iron Gate Dam J.C. Boyle Dam USA