California and Oregon have moved ahead without Federal participation with the removal of four hydroelectric dams on the lower sections of the Klamath River in Northern California.
The decommissioning cost will run to $300 million, with California selling $250 in bonds to cover its share and Oregon and Northern California charging $200 million more in surcharges to customers.
There is no indication in the article how the planners expect to replace the electricity lost in the reclamation project. Warren Buffet, who owns the affected utility company will save an estimated $400 million not having to retrofit fish ladders and improve water quality to meet federal regulations.
This earlier report on the Klamath Dam remove proposal shows that there will be at least two dams remaining in Oregon that block salmon from reaching spawning grounds on Upper Klamath Lake (the Keno and the Link River dams). Despite this barrior regulators and politicians will be able to claim some kind of environmental victory, at the cost of irrigation, electricity and water control to local residents.