It is difficult to imagine what this trip could possibly accomplish. Congress plays no role in whether or not the dams will be relicensed or removed. PacifiCorp owns the dams and if the company decides it is in its shareholders’ interest to remove them there is nothing that Congress can do to prevent them from doing just that. Furthermore, even if PacifiCorp decides to continue the quest to have the dams relicensed, it is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and State Water Resources Control Board which must approve the license – not Congress.
Seen in light of these facts, the Cook-Kobseff DC trip looks like little more than political posturing at the expense of Siskiyou taxpayers. Since these two supervisors constantly complain about lack of funds, one wonders how they can justify a trip which appears geared to their own political careers and not to the interests of
Because PacifiCorp’s Klamath dams and powerhouses are old and obsolete – and because it is unlikely the dams can legally be certified as complying with water quality standards - KlamBlog believes PacifiCorp has decided to get rid of the dams. If we are correct, the only questions now are: Who will pay for their removal and what else will be included in dam removal financing legislation. Under these circumstances
What might that “something of benefit to
When Dwinnell Dam and Reservoir (aka
If the Siskiyou Supervisors were on the ball they could negotiate a change in point of diversion for the Montague Water Conservation District from Dwinnell to the
Such a move would indicate a Board of Supervisors in
Siskiyou voters should show these supervisors that political posturing is no substitute for real work in service to the county, its citizens and their interests. The best way to do that would be for the citizens to vote them out of office the next time they are on the ballot.