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Step Forward For Largest Dam Removal Project In U.S. History

A dammed portion of the Klamath River. Native American tribes, conservation groups and commercial fishermen have been advocating for years to remove the dams. (Sheila Sund/Flickr)
A dammed portion of the Klamath River. Native American tribes, conservation groups and commercial fishermen have been advocating for years to remove the dams. (Sheila Sund/Flickr)

The U.S. Secretary of the Interior, the governors of California and Oregon, and representatives from several Native American tribes signed two agreements on Wednesday that could lead to destruction and removal of four privately-owned dams on the Klamath River.

The removal of the dams would open up 300 miles of historic habitat for salmon on the Klamath River, something environmentalists and anglers have been pushing for years.

Jes Burns of the environmental reporting project EarthFix speaks with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

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