Report states dam removal will yield stronger salmon harvests; farm revenues



GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A 400-page report released Monday says increases in salmon harvests and farm revenues would occur if four hydroelectric dams are removed on the Klamath River.

It was created by federal scientists regarding the waterway in Oregon and California. According to a report, it has been endorsed by the two states, the dam owners and 42 other groups representing Indian tribes, salmon fisherman, farmers and conservation groups.

So far, the House and Senate have not authorized the Interior Department to proceed through legislation. If it does, $800 million is expected to be appropriated for restoration. 

The estimated $291 million cost of removing the dams would be paid mostly from a surcharge on electric rates.