Klamath River Renewal Corporation Announces New Community Liaison

January 11, 2018

CONTACT: Darcy Wheeles, Acting Communications Director
(415) 820-4433

KLAMATH BASIN – Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC), a non-profit formed to decommission four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River, has announced Dave Meurer as its Community Liaison. Dave will represent KRRC at events in Klamath, Siskiyou, and Humboldt counties and support KRRC’s community and
outreach efforts.

“We are pleased to announce that Dave is joining the KRRC team,” reported Mark Bransom, KRRC’s Executive Director. “Dave has deep ties in the Klamath region and understands the nuances of how this project fits into the larger vision for resolving water and natural resource management challenges in the basin. Dave will enhance KRRC’s ability to provide information to the community and respond to a variety of questions about the project.”

Dave is a seasoned congressional and state legislative staff member who has spent years gathering community perspectives, forging relationships with local government representatives, tribal and farm interests, and residents, and building consensus. Dave was previously the District Representative for Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado Hills), and served as Deputy District Director for former Congressman Wally Herger (R-CA2). Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University Chico in Political Science and Information & Communication Studies.

“I look forward to reconnecting with stakeholders up and down the Klamath River in my new capacity
and providing important information on this project,” Meurer stated. “I believe KRRC’s work is an
important first step to resolving the revolving water crises in the region.”

The Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) is an independent nonprofit organization founded in 2016 as part of the amended Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA). KRRC is part of a cooperative effort to re-establish the natural vitality of the Klamath River so that it can support all communities in the basin. Signatories of the amended KHSA incude the states of California and Oregon, local governments, tribal nations, dam owner PacifiCorp, irrigators, and several conservation and fishing groups. KRRC was formed for the sole purpose of taking ownership of four PacifiCorps dams — J.C. Boyle, Copco No. 1 & 2, and Iron Gate – and then removing these dams, restoring formerly inundated lands, and implementing required mitigation measures in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local regulations. KRRC’s work is funded by PacifiCorp customer surcharges and California Proposition 1 water bond funds.

KRRC values transparency and cooperation with all stakeholders and is committed to working with residents and governments to minimize any nuisance or negative impacts while enhancing the project’s local benefits.