American Rivers stands by Klamath restoration agreements

February 10th, 2010

<p>Steve Rothert, (530) 478-5672 or cell, (530) 277-0448 </p>

Nevada City, CA — Responding to news reports today that a single conservation organization is retreating from comprehensive agreements to restore the Klamath River that are supported by two governors, the Obama Administration, three tribes, several counties, dozens of agricultural districts and numerous other conservation groups, American Rivers issued the following statement by Steve Rothert, California director for American Rivers:

“It is always easy to find small faults with the results of a collaborative effort. We knew that going into negotiations years ago.  Everybody had to give a little, and the result is a solid plan that will help restore the river’s health and improve the economic situation for the basin’s agricultural, fishing, and tribal communities.”

“The agreements to restore the Klamath are the result of years of hard work by farmers, fishermen, conservationists, tribes, and federal, state and local governments. American Rivers is proud to be a lead organization in these negotiations, and we count the agreements to remove four dams and restore this great river system as a major achievement. It is not perfect, but this package of agreements will achieve more than any other river basin settlement.”

The Klamath agreements will restore salmon to more than 350 miles of historic habitat in the Upper Basin, restore thousands of acres of wetlands, improve river flows and water quality, provide greater security to the farming community, assure water supplies for the National Wildlife Refuges, remove four obsolete dams on the Klamath River, save PacifiCorp customers money, and use the Endangered Species Act to protect both fish and farming, and restore part of the Klamath Tribes’ homeland, among other things.

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American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and the annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 200,000 members, supporters, and volunteers.

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