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One dam down; four in limbo

 

Endangered Lost River and short-nose sucker fish in Oregon’s Klamath Basin may get some relief, now that the Modoc Point Irrigation District has voted to remove the Chiloquin dam and re-establish access to spawning habitat on the Sprague River, a tributary of the Klamath. The Interior Department will foot the $15-to-$16 million bill to take out the dam and replace it with irrigation pumps. Meanwhile, PacifiCorp continues to drag its feet on removing its four hydropower dams on the Lower Klamath: It wants to truck salmon around the dams.