Klamath River dam removal causes concerns

SISKIYOU COUNTY — An agreement was reached yesterday to remove the 4 dams along the Klamath River in Klamath and Siskiyou Counties.

While the states and affected tribes are behind the move, some ranchers are not.

The Klamath Water Users Association is not taking a side, but says some ranchers will be hurt if the dams are removed.

According to the KWUA,  downstream property owners could see some flooding, and other sediment control issues.

“We feel like there are still some important things to be done to take care of the irrigation community, and there are things that the other parties of the dam removal agreements have committed to carrying forward, but those things have not yet been realized,” says Paul Simmons with KWUA.

The project  is set to begin in 2022 with dam removal in 2023.  For more information you can visit klamathrenewal.org.

NBC5 News Reporter Jenna King is a Burbank native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at the U of O, she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through interning with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors, or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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