Groups want new course for Klamath dams

GRANTS PASS — Three environmental groups that don't like the pending deal to remove dams on the Klamath River have banded together in an attempt to set a new course.

Oregon Wild, WaterWatch and the Northcoast Environmental Council announced Tuesday the formation of Klamath Conservation Partners.

They don't like a restoration agreement that would guarantee irrigation for farmers in the upper Klamath basin without guaranteeing water for struggling salmon runs.

They also object to continuing access to national wildlife refuge lands for farming, and want to shorten the timetable for dam removal.

The agreement to remove four hydroelectric dams from the river in Southern Oregon and Northern California is expected to be signed next month.

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