Siskiyou County Declares State Of Emergency Over Klamath River Dam Removal Aftermath

While the ongoing removal of four Klamath River dams will ultimately help anadromous fish clearance, short-term damage from the dams coming down has created a buzz. Siskiyou County supervisors have declared a state of emergency. Here’s more from the NBC affiliates in Medford and Klamath Falls just across the border in Oregon:

Some members of the public have been pleading with the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors to respond to what many are calling a catastrophe on the Klamath River. In a special phone meeting this morning the board listened to reports of dead wildlife, and toxic heavy metals in sediment accumulation in the Klamath, following the ongoing dam removal project. …

Both the R-Ranch and KRCE campgrounds expressed concerns over the impact this could have on tourism revenue if the Klamath River cannot be safely utilized.

The full declaration can be read here.