Reasons Klamath dam removal is NOT at “done deal.”

Thank you to Ray Haupt, Siskiyou Co. Supervisor of District 5, for sending this info.

The link to email your comment to FERC regarding its process and re-licensing the dams to the non-profit entity Klamath River Renewal Corp — specifically for destruction of the 4 hydro-electric Klamath dams in the following post.

Please make your comment before Nov. 5, 2017!

– Liz Bowen

FERC Document Summary below:

The second document, directs PacifiCorp and the KRRC to begin the formation of an independent Board of Consultants (BOC) to address issues of significant magnitude related to the proposed dam removals.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) identified the issues to be addresses as follows:

1)      Adequacy of available funding and reasonableness of updated cost estimates for the most probable cost and maximum cost for the full removal alternative, and the assumptions made to calculate those estimates;

2)      Adequacy of amounts and types of insurance coverage and bonding arrangements for dam removal;

3)      Plans for river diversion and care of water during removal activities;

4)      Project documents including the Potential Failure Mode Analyses, Part 12D Independent Consultant Inspection Reports and the Supporting Technical Information Documents, to understand project specific aspects that could be significant to the dam removal process;

5)      Dam removal schedules, plans and specifications, staging sequence, and supporting engineering studies, including geotechnical, hydrologic/hydraulic, and structural;

6)      Project operations before during and after dam removals;

7)      Current operating condition of project water retaining features and any potential complications during staged removal process;

8)      Sequencing of dam removals to maintain project safety;

9)      Ability during all phases of dam removal for the project to safely pass flood flows;

10)   The safety of any portions of the water retaining structures or portions of other appurtenant features that may remain in place following dam removal;

11)   Monthly construction reports, provided to the BOC and FERC for review by the 10th day of the following month, during the dam removal process when any work is ongoing; and

12)    Any additional information or analysis requested by the BOC.

FERC states that the BOC must be a fully independent third party and sets forth guidelines for the nomination of potential members.  Specific criteria for BOC members include:

1.       At least 3 members with experience that covers the following engineering disciplines: civil engineering (with specialized experience in dam construction and removal of both concrete and embankment dams), civil engineering (with specialized experience in hydrology, hydraulics, and stream diversion), and geotechnical engineering.

2.       At least one member with experience in aquatic and terrestrial biology.

3.       A Heavy Civil Construction cost estimator with experience in dam removal and restoration activities.

4.       At least two members with experience as an insurance broker or consultant with experience advising clients concerning the scope and quantity of insurance coverage and bonding for large and complex civil construction projects.

FERC also indicates that BOC meetings will be attended by members of the BOC, PacifiCorp, KRRC, the Renewal Corporation’s consultants, and FERC.  It does not state whether any other entities would have standing to attend such meetings, and this is an issue that we will seek to clarify.  While the establishment of the BOC and the process it will facilitate anticipate dam removal, FERC states clearly that the it has not yet approved license transfer, license surrender, or dam removal requests.  FERC justifies the creation of the BOC as necessary to address the significant issues associated with the requested actions which have a January 1, 2020 <x-apple-data-detectors://3> target date for commencement of deconstruction actions.

Ray A. Haupt

(530) 925-0444

CA RPF #2938

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