P R E S S R E L E A S E
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : June 14, 2010
Sacramento, CA – Today federal and state officials coordinating the environmental review of the pending Klamath Restoration Agreements announced the Notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Report and notice of public scoping meetings. This signals the beginning of the scientific and legal reviews mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act.
For the past several decades a crippling cycle of crisis has gripped the Klamath Basin. A series of fish kills, irrigation shut-offs, and bans on commercial salmon has resulting in a rotating crisis for Basin communties that has often led to finger pointing between neighbors. However, in recent years a large number of affected parties successfully negotiated a pair of Settlement Agreements aimed at resolving many Klamath River conflicts. The Klamath Agreements were signed February 18, 2010 by Governors Schwarzenegger and Kulongoski, Secretary of Interior Salazaar, leaders of the Karuk, Yurok, and Klamath Tribes, and a host of local irrigation districts, governments and conservation organizations.