KRRC’s primary responsibilities under the terms of the 2016 Amended Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA) are to create free-flowing river conditions and volitional fish passage. KRRC will address recreation facilities in compliance with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) conditions in the license surrender order.
KRRC has worked with state and federal agencies, Tribal Nations, whitewater and fishing outfitters and associations, economic development organizations, local residents, and other interested parties to develop a draft Recreation Plan. This includes identifying the need to modify existing facilities within the project boundary in order to connect them to the new river route, as well as identifying sites that could replace existing sites (e.g., reservoir recreation areas) slated for removal following dam decommissioning and could be pursued by successor landowners.
Because KRRC’s role in recreation planning will be driven by FERC’s conditions, and because the states of California and Oregon are the principal successor landowners, the states have taken the lead on recreation planning efforts and serve as the primary contacts for recreation issues. KRRC will continue to assist and play a coordinating role, where appropriate.
KRRC submitted the Recreation Plan to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on February 26 along with several other management documents.