Friday, January 25, 2013

Feds taking comments on Klamath sucker plan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking comments on an energy company's conservation plan for two endangered sucker fish species in the Klamath Basin.

As part of its habitat conservation plan, PacifiCorp would discontinue routine operations at two hydroelectric facilities at its Link River Dam in southern Oregon and fund restoration projects and other activities to benefit the imperiled Lost River and shortnose suckers.

The Link River Dam is separate from the four PacifiCorp dams on the Klamath River slated for removal under the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement.

The Fish and Wildlife Service announced today it had unveiled a draft environmental assessment of PacifiCorp's plan, triggering a 60-day public comment period that is set to close March 28.

Watch for my complete story, including information about how to comment, at CapitalPress.com.

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