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Final Clean Water Hearing on PacifiCorp's Klamath Dams in Sacramento 10/29, 3 pm
by Dan Bacher
Tuesday Oct 28th, 2008 6:03 PM
If you could do one thing to un-dam the Klamath - this is it! Attend the Sacramento Clean Water Hearing at the California EPA Bldg, Byron Sher Auditorium, 1001 "I" St, Sacramento, on October 29 at 3 pm.
Action Alert: Sacramento Clean Water Hearing on Pacificorp's Klamath Dams - 10/29

For the last four years, PacifiCorp's Klamath dams have created one of the worst toxic algae problems ever recorded, threatening the public health of rural residents and California's three largest Native Tribes. This month, the State Water Resources Control Board will begin deciding if relicensing these dams is consistent with the Clean Water Act.

Show up for this public hearings and submit your comments to the Water Board: PacifiCorp's dams should NOT receive the clean water certification they need from the state of California in order to be relicensed by the federal government.

After successul legal action from Klamath Riverkeeper forcing the US EPA to list the algal toxin Microcystin as a pollutant, and forcing California to regulate PacifiCorp, the state is now reviewing the issue through a special Environmental Impact Report (EIR). This EIR will determine if the dams are issued clean water certification known as a 401 permit, or if they are removed.

The 401 permit may be the single most crucial process within the movement to un-dam the Klamath. If California denies PacifiCorp’s clean water permit for the dams, it is likely that the only realistic solution to the algae pollution is dam removal.

Downloadable talking points and more information at http://www.klamathriver.org/Action-Alerts.html#hearings
News article at http://www.times-standard.com/localnews/ci_10606724

TAKE ACTION!

We are depending on the Klamath-loving public to stand up for clean water on our river and environmental justice, and say no to dams that threaten it. We absolutely need you to attend this hearing and to submit comments on this issue. These are scoping hearings, meaning the Water Board is using them to determine the issues to be considered during the final hearings occurring later this year.

Questions about the process and how to comment as well as carpool information may be directed to Malena Marvin (541-821-7260, malena[at]klamathriver.org). Talking points for the hearings are online at: http://www.klamathriver.org/Documents/TalkingPoints401.pdf

Final hearing:

Sacramento, Ca - October 29th, 3- 6 pm
California EPA Bldg - Byron Sher Auditorium
1001 "I" St.



___________________________
Malena Marvin
Outreach and Science Director
Klamath Riverkeeper
PO Box 897, Ashland, OR 97520
cell: 541.821.7260, ph/fax: 541.488.3553
malena [at] klamathriver.org
http://www.klamathriver.org