The Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization formed to implement the largest dam removal project in U.S. history by decommissioning four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River. KRRC was formed by signatories of the amended Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement in 2016.
In 2016, KRRC’s Board of Directors hired CEA Consulting to design and implement the launch of KRRC. CEA led organizational development activities, which included facilitating agreements to secure a total of $450 million in project funding; coordinating Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state water quality certification filings; establishing internal financial controls and key organizational policies; and recruiting and onboarding board members, staff, counsel, and contractors.
Even with significant economic and environmental benefits, the project faces local concerns and opposition as a result of the Klamath Basin’s complex natural resource management history. In response, CEA has provided strategic guidance on communications and external affairs activities to combat misinformation and to ensure transparency and cooperation with all stakeholders. CEA has implemented proactive traditional media and social media strategies in collaboration with communications and technical teams.
CEA continues to coordinate outreach and communications activities with a wide range of stakeholders, including tribal nations, state and local agencies, businesses, environmental groups, and private landowners in an effort to minimize nuisance or negative impacts while enhancing the project’s local benefits. CEA also provides regulatory support and strategic advice to KRRC management and board members as needed.
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