The KHSA calls on the Secretary of the Interior to make a determination of whether or not dam removal is in the public interest. This determination will be consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act.
Given the large body of existing evidence that shows dam removal is safe and would benefit fisheries, we are confident that the Secretary will indeed conclude that dam removal is needed. Besides, further environmental review is not only appropriate, it is mandated by law (National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, California Environmental Quality Act). Under any dam removal approach that complies with these environmental laws, the safety and feasiblity of removal would have to be further studied and undergo a public review before decommissioning could begin.