The Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation created via a unique partnership between state, federal, and local governments, tribal nations, and non-governmental organizations. The KRRC was established as a result of the 2016 amended Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA). It is charged with the removal of four hydroelectric dams in Oregon and California and restoring a large portion of the Klamath River after over 100 years of hydroelectric production. When fully implemented, the project will be one of the largest river renewal projects in U.S. history, restoring fish passage to over 300 miles of historic salmon habitat and providing economic stimulus to both the Klamath River and the ocean fishing communities.
KRRC will oversee the river renewal process as well as risk management for the project. It will achieve its mission by accepting ownership of the four dams from the current owner, PacifiCorp, surrendering the hydroelectric license for the dams through a public process before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and then contracting with a construction firm to remove the dams. The KRRC and its work are funded by $200 million in trust accounts from PacifiCorp’s ratepayers, as authorized by the California and Oregon Public Utility Commissions, and by up to $250 million of California bond funds approved by voters in 2014 and appropriated by the Legislature in 2016.
Overseen by a 15-member Board of Directors and its five-person Executive Committee, the KRRC has initiated the processes that will lead to the decommissioning and removal of the dams. Major construction activities are anticipated to start in 2020. PacifiCorp will continue to operate the dams until they are decommissioned. For more information, please visit: www.klamathrenewal.org.
The Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation created via a unique partnership between state, federal, and local governments, tribal nations, and non-governmental organizations. The KRRC was…