Official U.S. Department of the Interior Website
Klamathrestoration.gov is the official website of the U.S. Department of the Interior, and other federal and state agencies that are involved in carrying out obligations set forth in the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA), which was signed by the Secretary of the Interior in February 2010.
The Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement and the related Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) provide a framework for removal of four Klamath River dams by 2020, contingent on Congressional approval. Because the KBRA is non-severable from the KHSA, the Secretarial Determination process, including an environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), will include consideration of the combined impact and cost of both these agreements on fish populations and human communities.
Efforts leading to a Secretarial Determination will follow two separate but interrelated tracks of study. The first track is a set of scientific studies focused on determining whether the benefits of dam removal and implementation of KBRA will advance fish populations, will be in the public interest, can be done within the state cost cap, and can be done without any major unintended consequences. The second track of study is the preparation of the environmental compliance documents necessary to support the Secretarial Determination.
It is critically important that these two tracks of study be conducted objectively, that all pertinent issues are evaluated, and that all relevant information obtained is disclosed, irrespective of whether it supports or does not support the proposed action. It is recognized that an unbiased, transparent treatment of all issues will lend credibility to the Secretarial Determination process and to all environmental compliance documents.
Toward this end, the Interior Department will undertake a rigorous, science-based analysis, as well as a full analysis under the NEPA, to make a final determination whether the benefits of removing the dams will advance restoration of salmon in the Klamath Basin and be in the public interest. This determination is expected by March 2012. The decision will be made in consultation with state, local, and tribal governments and other stakeholders, as appropriate.
Purpose of this Website
Klamathrestoration.gov was created to help keep the general public and Klamath Basin residents and communities apprised of key issues and developments surrounding the Secretarial Determination and the environmental analysis that will be conducted pursuant to the NEPA and the CEQA.
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