Promises and Challenges of Western Dam Removals: Lessons from the Lower Klamath Project
On February 1, 2020, Paul Weiland will be participating in a panel at the 2020 California Water Law Symposium, held at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco. The theme of this year’s Symposium is "Federalism & Water: Shifts in State/Federal Roles and Relations," and Paul will speak on "Promises and Challenges of Western Dam Removals: Lessons from the Lower Klamath Project.”
The Lower Klamath Agreement is a comprehensive and complex plan designed to address water management and use in the Klamath Basin. It involves the planned removal of four dams and tens of millions of dollars worth of restoration efforts. This panel will explore the federal, state, local, tribal, industry and civil society dynamics at play in both the negotiation and implementation of the Agreement. It will chart the many regulatory and jurisdictional challenges that affect the Agreement's implementation and backgrounded the negotiations. The panel will also touch upon the underlying context of competing water uses and a changing energy generation landscape. Finally, the panel will provide larger takeaways for future potential dam removal projects in the American West.
There will be a total of six panels. Each panel will allow for MCLE credit. However, because two panels will be hosted simultaneously at three different times, attendees may only attend three panels and receive up to three MCLE credits.