Attorney Tom Schlosser has published a significant new article regarding Tribal water rights in the Klamath Basin, and the federal government’s apparent acquiescence to corporate interests at the expense of Tribal rights.
The core of the issue is the federal government’s decision to not require energy company PacificCorp to remove certain antiquated dams on the Klamath River. Dam removal would have significant benefit for Tribal water rights and the Klamath Basin ecosystem – but would cost the company millions of dollars in removal expenses. The decision to postpone the dam removal “is a great outcome for PacifiCorp shareholders, but a poor result for the Klamath River ecosystem, and a feeble outcome by the federal trustee who long ago committed to protecting the Indian tribes’ rights to make a livelihood based upon taking of salmon and other fish.”
The full text of the article can be accessed HERE.