SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An agreement by California, Oregon and the federal government on Tuesday boosted an effort to remove four hydroelectric power dams in the Pacific Northwest despite opposition from Congress.
Officials from those two states and the federal government committed in the deal to pressing ahead on plans to remove the four hydroelectric power dams on the lower Klamath River, which runs through Oregon to California.
Local tribes and other opponents of the dams say the structures blocked fish from spawning grounds and damaged habitat while generating comparatively little hydroelectricity.
The agreement to remove the dams had been part of a yearslong effort to end disputes among tribes, wildlife advocates and farmers and ranchers over use of the river and its water. The resolution had been put in peril when Republicans opposed to the dam removal had declined to act on funding for the project.
Tuesday's agreement means the parties involved will press ahead with the dam removal despite the lack of congressional support.