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News | local | Education | OPB News BlogAug. 20, 2014 2:45 p.m.
Headlines for Wednesday, Aug. 20: Sen. Peter Courtney announces a plan to spend $200 million on seismic upgrades to schools, Native American tribes protest against the Bureau of Reclamation's decision to withhold water from the Trinity and Klamath rivers, and more.
U.S. senators from Oregon and California have introduced legislation aimed at restoring the Klamath Basin and reforming the way water is distributed in this arid region that straddles the states.
While President Obama tries to return his administration's focus to climate change, several Northwest tribes are leading the way in adapting to the challenges of warming average temperatures.
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden revealed little about plans to approach the water conflict in the Klamath Basin in a Senate committee roundtable Thursday. He called an $800 million restoration deal for the Klamath "unaffordable."
The federal government is recommending that all four aging hydroelectric dams should be removed from the Klamath River in southern Oregon and Northern California to help struggling wild salmon runs, and nearly $1 billion should be spent on environmental restoration.
Last year, farmers, tribes, and fisherman in the Klamath River basin reached a settlement agreement with the utility PacifiCorp to remove four of its dams on the Klamath River. But Congress and the Secretary of the Interior must authorize the agreement before March of 2012.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Forest Service violated the Endangered Species Act when it approved a number of mining operations on the Klamath River in 2004. The ruling applies to salmon streams throughout the West, where suction dredge mining claims will now be harder to work.
A California regulator will allow energy company PacifiCorp to charge ratepayers extra to remove four of its dams in the Klamath River basin.
A California regulator will allow energy company PacifiCorp to remove four of its dams in the Klamath River basin.
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