The parties signed the Klamath Agreement on Power and Facilities Agreements in April 2016. Unlike KHSA, KPFA is responsible for the continued operation of other PacifiCorp facilities, which are transferred to the Bureau of Reclamation. The agreement also requires the parties to protect the irrigation facilities in the Klamath Basin from the financial and regulatory burdens associated with the return of fish to the upper Klamath basin and requires the parties to continue their efforts to resolve water disputes. ”PacifiCorp continues to support the Klamath regime as a fair path for our customers in Oregon, California and beyond,” said Stefan Bird, President and CEO of Pacific Power, a division of PacifiCorp. ”The company is committed to continuing to work with our resolution partners to fully implement this important agreement.” On February 18, 2010, the Tribes and more than 60 other parties signed the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA). On the same day, a subgroup of these parties signed a second agreement, the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA). Both agreements were designed to restore fishing to the basin and preserve the local economy by restoring fish habitat and concluding a water-sharing agreement between the parties that depend on the water of Upper Klamath Lake (Lake) and the Klamath River. A majority of water users living above the lake did not accept this water-sharing agreement, so KBRA provided only a general direction for a possible water-sharing agreement in the upper basin. KLAMATH, Calif. – The U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Commerce, PacificCorp and the states of Oregon and California today signed an agreement that, according to a procedure managed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, is expected to remove four dams on the Klamath River by 2020, which is one of the largest river rehabilitation efforts in the country.
This new agreement recognizes that additional work is needed to fully restore the Klamath Basin, continue the restoration of its fishery, assume responsibility for trust in the tribes and maintain agriculture and livestock in the area. Many of these efforts will require action from Congress, and the agreement requires signatories to actively work with all players in the Klamath Basin – members of Congress, tribes, farmers and others – to develop additional agreements next year to bring about comprehensive solutions to these issues. ”This historic agreement will allow Oregon and California and interested parties to permanently remove these four dams and restore the Klamath River to its untouched beauty,” said Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. State and federation officials also signed a separate new agreement with irrigation interests and other parties known as the Klamath Power and Facilities Agreement (KPFA) of 2016. This agreement will help irrigation facilities in the Klamath Basin avoid the potentially adverse financial and regulatory consequences of returning fishing courses to the Upper Klamath Basin, expected after dam removal. It is a basin that is rich only in fish, agricultural productivity and beauty, but which has suffered from decades of conflict because it does not always have enough water to support these riches.