Klamath Basin Agreements

Klamath Basin Agreements

More than 50 organizations, including Federal agencies, California and Oregon, Indian tribes, counties, irrigators and conservation and fishing groups have agreed to a comprehensive solution for the water, fisheries, and power issues in the Klamath Basin.

The Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) was intended to result in effective and durable solutions which will: 1) restore and sustain natural fish production and provide for full participation in ocean and river harvest opportunities of fish species throughout the Klamath Basin; 2) establish reliable water and power supplies which sustain agricultural uses, communities, and National Wildlife Refuges; and 3) contribute to the public welfare and the sustainability of all Klamath Basin communities.

The Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA) lays out the process for additional studies, environmental review, and a decision by the Secretary of the Interior regarding whether removal of four dams owned by PacifiCorp: 1) will advance restoration of the salmonid fisheries of the Klamath Basin; and 2) is in the public interest, which includes but is not limited to consideration of potential impacts on affected local communities and tribes. The four dams are Iron Gate, J.C. Boyle, Copco 1 and Copco 2 dams on the Klamath River. The Hydroelectric Settlement includes provisions for the interim operation of the dams and the process to transfer, decommission, and remove the dams.

The Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement (UKBCA) addresses water and fishery issues in the area above Upper Klamath Lake.

The KBRA terminated on December 31, 2015 because the federal authorizing legislation was not enacted.

The KHSA and UKBCA  are still in effect; they did not terminate with the KBRA. These agreements also require federal authorization legislation and their implementation is interdependent with the now-terminated KBRA. The KHSA and UKBCA provide processes for amendment or termination. Any amendments or other formal actions will be posted on this website.

The parties to the Klamath Basin Agreements will be consulting to determine the next steps they will take.

Ed Sheets is the facilitator for the agreements. A Summary of the Klamath Settlement Agreements is available and all documents, meetings, and other materials are available at www.klamathcouncil.org.