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Report: Dam Removal Will Be Good For Klamath Salmon

AP | Feb. 4, 2013 11:51 a.m. | Grants Pass, Oregon

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A federal report says removing four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River in Oregon and California and restoring ecosystems will produce a big increase in salmon harvests and boost farm revenues.

Copco dam, on the upper Klamath River, is one of four PacifiCorp dams slated for removal.

Copco dam, on the upper Klamath River, is one of four PacifiCorp dams slated for removal.

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The 400-page report released Monday was produced by federal scientists to help evaluate the project, which has been endorsed by the states of Oregon and California, the dam owners and 42 groups representing Indian tribes, salmon fishermen, farmers and conservation groups.

It has been stalled in Congress. The House and Senate haven’t taken up legislation that authorizes the Interior Department to proceed and appropriates up to $800 million for restoration.

The estimated $291 million cost of removing the dams would be paid mostly from a surcharge on electric rates.

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