KBRA’s Biased Claim Rejected

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore — The U.S. Department of Interior has made a decision on one argument which started on the Klamath River with scientists and a press release.

For years the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, or KBRA, has been held up by red tape and controversy. Thursday, the Department of Interior rejected an accusation that a scientific study produced a biased media release.

The whistle blower, Paul Houser, a former scientific integrity officer working on the KBRA claimed a press release was biased in favor of removing four dams on the Klamath River. A panel of scientists reviewed the findings and recommended the department dismiss the charges.

After he filed the claim, Houser was fired from his position and agreed to settle personnel issues in mediation. Authorization for the interior secretary to make a final decision on the fate of the KBRA has stalled in Congress.