For thousands of years, fishing has been the central livelihood of the Yurok people, California’s largest indigenous tribe. But after eight dams were built between 1900 and 1962 on the Klamath River, which runs through Yurok land, salmon populations dropped significantly, disrupting both the river ecosystem and the tribe's way of life. Known formally as the Lower Klamath Hydroelectric Project, the Klamath Dams straddle the California-Oregon border and are now facing removal. Native groups and conservationists have long advocated for eliminating the lower four Klamath dams, and negotiations with PacifiCorp (which operates these dams) have led to an agreement which may lend financial support to the massive undertaking of restoring the river. The dam removal would be the largest project of its kind in the United States. Join the Bill Lane Center, in partnership with Water in the West, for a program convening experts and local stakeholders to discuss the future of dams in the Klamath River basin.
- Stefan Bird, CEO and President, Pacific Power
- Amy Cordalis, Principal, Ridges to Riffles Conservation Fund
- Scott Seus, Owner/Operator, Seus Farms
- Leon Szeptycki, Professor of Law, General Faculty, University of Virginia Law School