News and Updates

Comment on the Dam Removal Environmental Impact Statement

 The Interior Department has extended the deadline to comment on the dam removal alternatives in their EIR/EIS. Alternatives 2 & 3 return the river to a free-flowing condition. #2 requires full removal of the four hydroelectric dams; #3 retains parts of the facilities. 

Here are links to the Summary of Key Conclusions and the Executive Summary of the Draft EIR/EIS. The alternatives begin on page 21.

Summary of Key Conclusions from the Draft EIR/EIS and related reports (4 pages)

Executive Summary of the Draft EIR/EIS

99 PBS-World TV stations will broadcast River of Renewal in 30 states
7/8/2011 3:58:10 PM

Below are screening times for 99 PBS-World stations in 30 states:

8/8/11 8 am, 2pm, 7pm & midnight EST
8/10/11 8 am EST
8/11/11 11 am EST
8/12/11 6 am EST
8/14/11 5 am & 5 pm EST
8/15/11 11 am EST
8/16/11 6 am EST

The cities where River of Renewal will be broadcast include Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia Pittsburg, St. Louis, Dallas, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Fairbanks. Eight stations in Atlanta will broadcast the film and seven in Mississippi. Near the Klamath Basin there will be showings on KIXE in Chico, California, KEET in Eureka, and KSYS in Medford. 

For a complete list of screenings, go to 

A Month of Screenings at the NMAI

River of Renewal will be screened twice a day at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC the entire month of April, 2011.  On Earth Day, April 22, there will be a special screening with filmmakers Jack Kohler and Stephen Most present for the Q & A.

A Deal, but not a Done Deal

The Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA) is expected to be signed by the end of 2009. But even when signed, this will not be a done deal.

It calls for the Secretary of Interior to do a scientific review to determine whether dam removal will meet the goals of restoring salmon fisheries and of serving the public interest. That determination is due in 2012. Dam removal would begin no earlier than 2020. This would be the largest dam removal/habitat restoration project in history.

The deal requires that a number of conditions be met prior to dam removal, including federal legislation  to implement it and the sale of $250 million in bonds by California, which has to be approved by voters. 

The KHSA is linked to the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA). The KBRA was negotiated by representatives of 28 stakeholders, including federal, state and county agencies; the tribes; irrigation, conservation and fishing organizations; and PacifiCorp. The two agreements are to be signed concurrently. But it is not yet clear which of the stakeholders represented by the KBRA  will support the dam removal plan. Issues that are still contentious include water allocations, water quality enforcement, habitat restoration for wild salmon before the dams are removed, and concerns about tribal sovereignty.

Public education is needed for the successful outcome of this process. The stakes are great: bringing wild salmon stocks back from the brink of extinction, restoring one of the great rivers of the West, replacing environmentally harmful hydroelectric power with benign renewable energy sources, and setting an example of consensus building to resolve conflicts over resource issues that can be emulated elsewhere. 

Broadcast Announcement

The broadcast announcement has been released! Check the Press Room for more information!

Klamath River KeeperThe Video ProjectSpecialty Studios Earth Justice

AFG 800-475-2638