Frankly, My Dear, I Don’t Want A Dam On The Klamath



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This webinar is about the legal struggle to restore and preserve public lands which resulted in the recent approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission of a plan to remove 4 large dams on the Klamath River which flows through Oregon and Northern California.

It is the culmination of a 20-year campaign by the Karuk Tribe, the Yurok Tribe, and its tribal and other conservation partners, who formed the Klamath River Restoration Corporation. The dams no longer generate electricity and not only prevent migrating salmon and steelhead from reaching their spawning areas but create huge algal blooms in the reservoirs behind the dams.

The effect on the local tribes, whose culture is deeply enmeshed with the salmon, has been disastrous.

Our panelists are Brian J. Johnson, California Director of Trout Unlimited and President of the KRRC Board, and Wendy Ferris-George, the Karuk tribe appointee to the KRRC and long-time leader in the Klamath Basin. Brian is an attorney and was Communications Director at the White House environmental office from 1993-97. They will explain the history of the campaign, discuss the legal and administrative hurdles they faced, and explain how their small group was able to achieve this remarkable success. It is an inspiring story that stands as a model to be used to remove other old dams on rivers around the country

Meet the Speakers
Wendy Ferris-George
Wendy Ferris-George


Karuk Tribe Appointee KRRC

Hoopa Valley Tribe member and former Council Member Wendy Poppy Ferris- George is a former Vice-Chair and Council Member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe. She has worked since 2002 on the campaign to remove Klamath River dams. Wendy descends from the Karuk and Hupa Tribes. She has spent her life fishing on the Klamath and Trinity Rivers and is engaged with the people that depend on them for subsistence and economic purposes. She has been a cultural arts instructor along the Trinity and Klamath Rivers for over 20 years specializing in the return of the traditional Jump Dance Basket. Wendy served 7 years on the California Indian Basket Weavers

Association working on environmental justice issues and eventually founded her own non-profit titled, World Renewal. She currently manages her own business titled, Cultural

Resources Consulting. Credentials: AS, Behavioral and Social Science; BA Anthropology –Sonoma State University: linguistics, biology, anthropology, CRM; Current Status: – MPS CHRM University of Maryland. Masters Cultural and Heritage Resource Management

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Brian Johnson
Brian Johnson


California Director Trout Unlimited

Brian Johnson is the California Director for Trout Unlimited (TU). TU is the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit working to conserve, protect, and restore North America’s trout and salmon rivers, with about 15,000 members in Oregon and California. Brian and his colleagues at TU have long worked to settle the fisheries, water, and power issues in the Klamath River with its partners in tribal government and irrigated agriculture, including the Klamath Hydropower Settlement Agreement. Brian joined TU in 2005, led TU’s
California Water Project for 6 years, and became the state director in 2011. Before TU, Brian worked at Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger, was the Communications Director at the White House Council on Environmental Quality from 1993-97, and was the co-creator and manager of EPA’s first “Energy Star” initiative from 1991-93. Brian grew up in Iowa and graduated from Duke University and Stanford Law School.

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Alexander Rufus-Isaacs


Rufus-Isaacs, Acland & Grantham LLP Partner

Alexander is an Oxford University graduate who began his career as a barrister in England in 1982. He moved to Los Angeles and was admitted to the California bar in 1988. He is a litigator with an emphasis on media, entertainment and business disputes. Many of his cases have international dimensions. He co-founded Rufus-Isaacs, Acland & Grantham in 2010. He is President-Elect of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, has been selected as a Super Lawyer for 2017-2022 by Southern California Super Lawyer Magazine, Lawyer of the Year for Copyright in 2023 in LA by Best Lawyers, and has been honored as a media litigator by numerous international law and business organizations

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