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CALIFORNIA GLOBE REPRINT: Who is Behind the Removal of the Four Klamath Dams?

The nonprofit American Rivers is a board member of the Klamath River Renewal Corporation’

By Katy Grimes, March 13, 2024 12:27 pm

Klamath River Basin in northwestern California and southern Oregon. Flowing west through the Klamath Mountains to its mouth at the Pacific in Redwood National Park. (Photo:

In November 2022, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the removal of four dams on the Lower Klamath River. The Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) is already removing the dams, as the Globe has reported here, and here, and here, and here.

The Klamath River flows 257 miles through Oregon and northern California, and empties into the Pacific Ocean.

Non-profit organization, American Rivers is in the dam removal business – at least it appears that it is. AmericanRivers.orgis proud enough of their influence, that in their 2023 report, they bring the receipts – which are damning. They proudly proclaim, “We are excited to announce that Oregon and California’s Klamath River is the 2024 River of the Year, celebrating the biggest dam removal and river restoration in history.”

As William Simpson of Siskiyou County recently reported in Siskiyou News, “The nonprofit American Rivers, who unknown to most people, is a board member of the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) and the orchestrator of the Klamath dams removal project, indirectly gave themselves an award for ‘River of the Year’.”

Here are their own dam removal statistics from their 2023 report:

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