Klamath River Dams to be Demolished

Officials say it will be the largest dam demolition in history.

The Federal Regulatory Commission has given approval for the destruction of four dams on the Klamath River in California. The $500 million project will allow salmon to access free-flowing water for the first time in more than a hundred years. Native American tribes, who live along the river and rely on the salmon, had promoted the demolition of the dams. 

The 257-mile-long river flows from the California-Oregon border to the Pacific Ocean. Constructed between 1918 and 1962, the dams would require extensive environmental upgrades to preserve the salmon that swim upstream to spawn. 

Pacific Corp., the operator of the dams that could provide power to 70,000 homes, is surrendering its license to the federal government.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Chair Richard Glick as he heads the Federal Regulatory Commission.
  • For the president and his environmental advisors as they assess the cost of upkeep of infrastructure against the preservation of natural resources.
  • For governing officials and tribal leaders as they collaborate on conservation efforts.

Sources: Washington Examiner, San Francisco Chronicle 


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