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California Clean Water Hearings Begin on Warren Buffett's Pacificorp Dams
The State Water Resources Control Board will hold clean water hearings on Warren Buffett's PacifiCorp dams on the Klamath River from October 20 thru November 3. "If you could do one thing to un-dam the Klamath - this is it!" according to Georgianna Myers, Yurok tribal member and organizer for the Klamath Riverkeeper. Here are the details, including the dates, times and locations of the hearings:
Klamath Riverkeeper Action Alert October 3, 2008
California Clean Water Hearings Begin on Pacificorp's Dams
If you could do one thing to un-dam the Klamath - this is it!
For the last four years PacifiCorp's Klamath dams have created one of the worst toxic algae problems ever recorded. This month, the State Water Board will decide if relicensing these dams is consistent with the Clean Water Act.
Show up for these 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.
More information at http://www.klamathriver.org/Action-Alerts.html#hearings
News article at http://www.times-standard.com/localnews/ci_10606724
We are depending on the Klamath-loving public to stand up for clean water on our river, and say no to dams that threaten it. In the next month there will be multiple public hearings on the decision to issue PacifiCorp a 401 permit. We absolutely need you to attend whatever hearings are in your area and to submit comments on this issue.
Questions about the process and how to comment as well as carpool information may be directed to Georgianna Myers in northern California (707- 599-0877, georgianna[at]klamathriver.org) or Malena Marvin in southern Oregon (541-821-7260, malena[at]klamathriver.org).
Eureka, Ca - October 20th, 1:30 -3:30 pm
Six Rivers National Forest
1330 Bayshore WayKlamath River Algae Health Advisory
Klamath, Ca - October 20th, 6 - 8 pm
Yurok Tribe Headquarters
190 Klamath Blvd.
Orleans, Ca - October 21st, 12 - 2 pm
Karuk Community Center
39051 State Why. 96
530-627-3446 x 0
Yreka, Ca - October 21st, 6 - 8 pm
Union High School Student Union
431 Knapp Street
Sacramento, Ca - October 29th, 3- 6 pm
California EPA Bldg - Byron Sher Auditorium
1001 "I" St.
Sacramento, Ca - November 3rd, 9-11 am
California EPA Bldg - Sierra Hearing Room
1001 "I" St.