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Published on Monday November 23, 2020 - 6:55 AM
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Decades of political conflict over the fate of four obsolete dams on the Klamath River reached a turning point last week with a multi-party, two-state "memorandum of understanding" to remove them in hopes of restoring salmon runs.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, heads of two Indian tribes that depend on the river for sustenance, and an executive of Warren Buffett's PacificCorp that owns the dams announced agreement on a $450 million removal project.

Once the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approves, ownership of the dams will pass from PacificCorp to the states and the Klamath River Renewal Corporation for demolition.

If everything goes according to the new plan, which replaces an earlier agreement that didn't pass federal muster, within a few years, the dams will be gone and much-depleted runs of salmon and other anadromous fish will ...