California begins water quality hearings
October 20, 2008
Hearings are starting on whether hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River can meet clean water standards.
The Oregon-based utility PacifiCorp must receive certification from the California Water Resources Control board to get a new operating license for the dams.
Tribes in Oregon and California, conservation groups and some salmon fishermen want to remove the dams to help struggling salmon runs in the Klamath.
The river starts in Oregon and runs through Northern California to the Pacific.
The six hearings start Monday in Eureka, Calif., and conclude Nov. 3 in Sacramento. Issues include toxic algae and dam-related water temperatures.
Faced with having to spend millions of dollars to make the dams more fish friendly, PacifiCorp has talked with state and federal agencies over possible removal of the dams.