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Klamath dam removal agreements to be signed

SALEM, Ore.-Longtime adversaries in the Klamath Basin water wars are gathering in the Oregon Capitol Rotunda to sign two landmark agreements.

One lays out a roadmap for removing four hydroelectric dams from the Klamath River in Southern Oregon and Northern California. The other details how to share water between fish and farms and restore the ecological balance of the basin.

The governors of Oregon and California, the U.S. Secretary of Interior, and leaders of PacifiCorp, Indian tribes, fishing and conservation groups, and farmers are to sign the documents at ceremonies starting at 10 a.m. Thursday.

The conflict came to a head in 2001 when drought forced irrigation shutoffs to protect salmon. After irrigation was restored, tens of thousands of salmon died.

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