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If you would like to support removal of the lower four Klamath dams, please file a comment with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). To file a short comment (less than 6,000 characters long) as a citizen representing only yourself, use FERC’s eComment system.
Type up your comments in your favorite word processing application and make sure what you’ve written is less than 6,000 characters long (about 2 pages or less). To help get you started we prepared a draft comment letter here.
Click on FERC’s eComment system. Fill in the online form with your contact information.
Check your inbox for an email from FERC. Click the link in that email to go back to FERC. Now you can add the project number you are commenting on. The Klamath Dam removal project has two numbers: P-2082-062 and P-14803-000. Enter these one at a time into the appropriate “search” field. Tell it to search. When it presents the project number, click it to add to your comment. Then in the comment field copy and paste your comment.
You’re all set! Thanks!
To file on behalf of a company, agency, organization, association, or other non-individual OR if you are an individual with comments over 6,000 characters long, you must use the Commission’s eFiling system.
The eFiling system requires that you have an unrestricted eRegister account. Follow the link and directions to file your comment.
Note: It makes no difference which system – eComments or eFiling – you use to submit comments. All comments submitted under either option are placed in the official record for the specified docket or project number(s).
It’s always great to personalize your letter to public officials, but some key points you may want to include in your comments to FERC are below.
As someone who lives in _____________, I urgently request that FERC take action to approve license transfer of the Lower Klamath Project from PacifiCorp to the Klamath River Renewal Corporation and the States of California and Oregon for the purpose of decommissioning the dams.
These dams block hundreds of miles of historical salmon and steelhead habitat. In recent years, the Klamath River suffered record low runs of salmon leading to lost opportunities for commercial, recreational, and tribal fishermen. This is a severe blow to struggling rural economies in Northern California and Southern Oregon. In recent years, weak runs of Klamath salmon led to fishing closures along most of the California and Oregon coasts and in the Klamath River.
The dams create conditions that produce massive blooms of toxic algae in their reservoirs, posing health risks to wildlife and humans.
Decades of peer-reviewed studies demonstrate that dam removal would enhance fisheries, dramatically improve water quality, and alleviate toxic algae blooms.
It’s time to allow dam owner PacifiCorp to carry out the plan to transfer and decommission the dams that is described in the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement. It makes both economic and environmental sense.