Out with the Old, In with the New

...Welcome 2024! This year marks the 20th Anniversary of PacifiCorp filing an application to relicense the Klamath River dams with no plans to provide for fish passage. It also marks the 20th anniversary of Klamath River Tribes' historic trip to Scotland to protest the shareholders' meeting of Scottish Power, the owner of PacifiCorp back then. What a difference a couple of decades make! While the history of the Klamath River dams is still being written, big media outlets like USA Today and Washington Post ran long and detailed stories in recent weeks. If you want to learn more about what transpired over the last two decades check out the story map at BringTheSalmonHome.org linked below. As the dams are removed in coming weeks, many see this moment not as an ending but a beginning. With the dams gone, other factors that have long held back salmon runs on the Klamath are being addressed such as the need for adequate flows in key tributaries like the Scott and the Shasta. Much of the problem stems from California's Byzantine water laws as described in detail in the New Times and Cal Matters articles included in this issue. In case you missed it, our sister watershed to the south, the Eel, is advancing its own dam removal effort. We at Klamath News wish you and yours a safe, rewarding, and fish filled New Year!

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