This page documents the Fall 2001 letter writing campaign opposing the dams. Please do not write further letters at this time. Read on to learn about how local citizens protested.



We are in a "STUDY PHASE:" The applicant has up to 36 months to develop and implement a study plan. During this time he is supposed to identify all areas of concern, establish a benchmark of existing conditions and identify appropriate scientifically sound methods of studying the potential impacts of the project. At the end of this period, this data will be the basis for decision made by himself and FERC regarding the feasibility of the project.


THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT POINT IN THE PROCESS! We have an opportunity to participate in making sure that all the impacts are addressed in the study work. Government agencies will be requesting certain studies but we, as individuals, also have a right to request studies. Issues that are not raised now, and thus not carefully evaluated, might not be allowed to be considered in the final process.



Write a letter-make a couple copies!
Think about what really concerns you about this project and write a letter to the developer asking to study the impacts of his project on your areas of concern. Some concerns and potential studies are listed here to spark your thoughts!

Letters at this phase should go to the applicant:
Mr. Richard Williamson

Copies to FERC:
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

And to Donna Boyd, who will be delivering a complete comment packet of our letters to the appropriate Forest Service and agency personnel.

Concerns and Potential Studies

Feasibility of Projects
-site specific flow studies-both canyons/multiple years to determine if viable flows exist
-sediment transport study to determine potential "silting-up" of reservoirs including; evaluation of various options for addressing silt buildup in long term operation
-restoration responsibilities of applicant in the event of project failure.

Damage to fish and/or other aquatic life
-biological assessments to identify existing populations and their habits and habitat
-careful modeling of affects to habitat of changes in flows-short and long term.
-potential impact to aquatic life from changes/loss to habitat
-potential impact from changes in water quality/temperature.
-identification of minimum in-stream flows to support healthy continuing populations
-impacts from project construction, road building, increased debris in stream beds

Damage to Vegetation
-biological assessments to identify existing vegetation, particularly within designated reservoir areas and facility areas.
-careful modeling of affects to, or loss of, stream banks from changes in flows-short and long term-and the resultant impact on stream side vegetation.
-impacts from project construction, road building, loss due to facility placement.


Damage to Surrounding Bird and Animal Populations
-biological assessments to identify existing populations and their habits and habitat
-careful modeling of affects to habitat of changes in flows-short and long term.
-impacts from project construction, road building

Safety of Dam Projects
-assessment of potential for high winter flows to damage or destroy dams including potential downstream impacts from resultant debris flood, loss of roadways/access, and damage or malfunction of transformer/power plant.
-safety assessment in and around project sites for both human and wildlife users of the area.

Impacts on Community/Siskiyou County
-quantitative assessment of current importance of project area to local economy-including, but not limited to:
tourism, real estate values, recreation-angling/kayaking/mtn. biking/hiking, etc.
-assessment for potential conflict with Siskiyou County's Lake Siskiyou Watershed Conservation Plan and the Conservation element of the county's General Plan

Together we will make a difference. It's the American Way...