Yes, the two Agreements are written as companions to one another and Klamath Settlement Groups seek to enact the two through a single piece of legislation. KHSA states an interest in connecting dam removal to a broader effort that complements dam removal by providing ecosystem, economic and cultural benefits that allow comprehensive restoration of the Basin’s fisheries and greater stability for many of its rural communities.
On the environmental side, these measures include increased flows for fish, large-scale, coordinated habitat restoration, and reintroduction of salmon into the Upper Klamath Basin. In addition, the KBRA represents a water sharing agreement and mechanism for ensuring that power rates for farmers remain affordable. The goal is to end the never ending cycles of litigation between farming and fishing interests.
If we are ever to restore Klamath fisheries, it is exactly this sort of coordinated approach that considers both farm and fishing communities’ needs.