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President of California Waterfowl
Ph. D. Robert McLandress, , UC Davis ecology:
"There are (433) species of wildlife here; the (biological) opinion deals with three." 
Here in the Pacific Flyway, Klamath Basin is "...the most important waterfowl area in North America..." Waterfowl eat "...70 million pounds of food here...," and more than half comes from the farms.  

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$20,000 reward - Jerry McKoen
Oregon Senator Linthicum
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Ca. U.S Congressman
Doug LaMalfa
Former Oregon
Senator Whitsett
Former Oregon
Rep Gail Whitsett
Tom Mallams, Former Klamath County Commissioner
Calif. U.S. Congress-
man Tom McClintock
OR. U.S. Congressman
Greg Walden
Agenda 21, The Big Picture
Elaine Willman-Tribal  info,
  Tribal corruption, CERA,
  spreading tribalism
 Biden President Biden
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s, Legislation
Bi-State Alliance
Biofuel, ethanol,
   energy, hydropower,
Bureau of Reclamation
Climate Engineering/Chemtrails
Chiloquin Dam, suckers
Columbia and Snake Rivers
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Dam Destruction
Klamath Dams
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  (The Nature Conservancy
Energy, Renewable,
ethanol and biofuel
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Farm Bill
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Fish Die-offs
Fishermen & Fish
Frankenfish Monsanto
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Food Imported
Global Warming/Climate Change
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Groundwater and Waterbank
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Japanese vs Tulelake controversy
KBRA / Klamath Basin
   Restoration Agreement
George Soros and the KBRA
KID Klamath Irrigation District
Klamath Hearings
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Klamath River Compact
Klamath Summit
KRRC Klamath River Renewal Corporation / dam destruction company
KWUA partners with tribes
Klamath River & tributaries
Lake levels & river flows
Medicine Lake
Military / Veterans
National Monuments
Negotiations: Indians, farmers
   and KBRT
Population, ownership and
Photo Stories
Power, dams, energy
Prayer Page
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Refuges in Klamath Basin
Scientific Misconduct
Klamath Settlement / KBRA
Sheriffs for the Constitution
Siskiyou County District 5
Water Storage, including Long Lake and Barnes Ranch
TID Crops report
Tulelake Irrigation District
    and TID well reports
Tour Klamath Project transcript
Project Irrigation Primer
Tribal Forest Tour:  transcript
Unintended consequences
United Nations & Agenda 21
Upper Klamath webpage
Whose Who
Wildlife and farms, 2001 audio
Water bank & Groundwater
Water Quality
Water Management and allocation 
Weather / Floods &
      water forecast
Wilderness / Wildlands
   on land and sea
Wolves and other predators


"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act." Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Christian Pastor executed by Nazi Germany 1945

***Klamath Dam Removal, KBRA, current and failed agreements, related articles, letters, videos, press releases, documents, and Who's Who

KBC's KRRC / Klamath River Renewal Corporation (Dam Destruction Group) Page


Basin farmers struggle to navigate unreliable water, H&N 7/31/21.
< Rodney Cheyne -  "...
I'm in a tough spot because I want to see my kids take it over, but what the hell are they going to take over if this doesn’t get better, if it doesn’t change?” he said..."






!!! Never in known history has the Klamath Project been completely deprived of water!!!
"Ecoterrorism, also called ecological terrorism or environmental terrorism, destruction, or the threat of destruction, of the environment by states, groups, or individuals in order to intimidate or to coerce governments or civilians. The term also has been applied to a variety of crimes committed against companies or government agencies and intended to prevent or to interfere with activities allegedly harmful to the environment."

Klamath River June 16, 2021
for downriver salmon


Klamath Lake June 16, 2021
for suckers


Klamath Basin wildlife
refuges June 6, for 433
species of wildlife

Klamath Basin farmland June 2021, 433 species of wildlife decimated, $400Million lost revenue, bankruptcies, more than 120 domestic wells effected means no water for drinking, food, livestock and farms,
May be an image of grass and nature

Before the Klamath Project was built, there were up to 30 feet of water where our farms are now. It was a navigable lake. That's why on our deeds, signed by US President, we were deeded 2+ acre feet of water for our crops, as all the runoff we pump uphill, at our expense, out of our closed basin and into the Klamath River. We reuse it up to 7 times.
The Project provides hundreds of miles of habitat in canals, 50% of wildlife feed comes from our farms.

Klamath River often went dry in the fall before the Project was built.



President of California Waterfowl Association Ph. D. Robert McLandress, UC Davis ecology, 2001:
 "There are (433) species of wildlife here; the (biological) opinion deals with three." 

      Here in the Pacific Flyway, Klamath Basin is "...the most important waterfowl area in North America..." Waterfowl eat "...70 million pounds of food here...," and more than half comes from the farms.  HERE FOR AUDIO.

Short Videos of 7 Klamath Basin Wildlife Refuges by Anders Tomlinson, refuges DESTROYED by Ecoterrorists in 2 months! See WILDLIFE VIDEOS - https://anderstomlinson.com/tule-lake/wildlife/refuge-complex/
Random Drone Footage of Copco LakeEcoterrorists plan to destroy our 4 Klamath River Hydroelectric Dams providing flood control, power for 70,000 households, reservoirs filled with abundant ecosystems, habitat for endangered species, communities, water which recently saved many communities by suppressing wildfires, cold deep water for river flows for fish.

< Copco Lake which ecoterrorist agencies and NGO's will destroy with dam destruction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjNVe5vtuZg

< Condit Dam destruction leaves river of dust for residents - https://youtu.be/yp-tvviGJWo

White House stands by BLM nominee despite eco-terrorism links, views on population control, Fox News, posted to KBC 7/25/21. "The letter told the Forest Service that 500 pounds of "spikes measuring 8 to 10 inches in length" had been jammed into the trees of an Idaho forest. Tree-spiking is a dangerous ecoterrorist tactic that has severely injured people, such as a mill worker whose jaw was split in two from an exploding saw..."

Tulelake Irrigation District to get $10M to combat drought, H&N, posted to KBC 7/25/21.

Court upholds Trump water rule, WOTUS, Capital Press, posted to KBC 7/25/21. "

Bev Mallams< Bev Mallams from Beatty: Teamwork builds family ranch, Capital Press, posted to KBC 7/25/21.

 Excluding ranchers from wolf case unjust, Capital Press, posted to KBC 7/25/21. "U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White of Oakland, Calif., is hearing a case related to efforts by environmentalists to put gray wolves back on the federal endangered species list...White decided to exclude from the case the people most directly impacted by wolves — ranchers..."

Wells run dry in many Basin homes, H&N, posted to KBC 7/25/21

Evaporation, diversions increase botulism risk at Tule Lake, H&N, posted to KBC 7/25/21. "Last month, biologists and irrigators drained Tule Lake’s largest unit of open water to mitigate avian botulism outbreaks on Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge..."

Salmon Trucking - Iron Gate Hatchery won't release fish into Klamath River, H&N, posted to KBC 7/25/21. "...Iron Gate Hatchery will soon run out of space to comfortably fit the more than 2 million fish that had been spawned last winter..."

White House stands by BLM nominee despite eco-terrorism links, views on population control, Fox News, posted to KBC 7/25/21. "The letter told the Forest Service that 500 pounds of "spikes measuring 8 to 10 inches in length" had been jammed into the trees of an Idaho forest. Tree-spiking is a dangerous ecoterrorist tactic that has severely injured people, such as a mill worker whose jaw was split in two from an exploding saw..."

Compelling Facts Condemn KRRC’s Proposed Klamath River Dam Removal Plan - PCFFA Director Glen Spain's contradictions regarding fish and dam removal, Wildhorse Ranch Productions 7/19/21. "Economics Not Salmon Is the Reason PacifiCorp is Removing the Dams”  KBC's Glen Spain  page

PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA ENERGY DIVISION RESOLUTION E-5153 / CPUC agrees to transfer ownership of Klamath Dams from Pacific Power to KRRC, 7/19/2021.

County of Siskiyou Request for Rehearing FERC's Klamath Dams license transfer approval, posted to KBC 7/20/21.

Experts try to measure economic loss in Klamath Basin due to lack of water, H&N posted to KBC 7/20/21.

Klamath River Dams Removal Project Defies Logic And Common Sense – Major Flaws And Misrepresentations In Plan Revealed, California Political Review, article by Richard Marshall, SCWUA, posted to KBC 7/19/21.

Biden administration to roll back ESA reforms, Capital Press, posted to KBC 7/20/21. "Rescind a regulatory definition of “habitat” that limits critical habitat designations to a location that “currently or periodically contains the resources and conditions necessary to support one or more life processes of a species...Prohibit the agencies from considering the economic impacts and certain other consequences of their ESA listing decisions..." etc.

How Klamath dam removal benefits the region by Glen Spain, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen for H&N, posted to KBC 7/3/2021, with extensive KBC NOTE: "..."The best available science" / National Research Counsel, Dr William Lewis Jr, said our water was historically bad because of minerals, and lake level and river flow management would not help water quality or the fish.  Flushing flows only add more mineral-laden water to the river, and taking more land out of production will not help fish..."

Regulation of Project water not deserved, by Klamath Water Users Association Executive Director and attorney Paul Simmons, letter to H&N 7/2/21. "...it is not fair or right to require Project irrigators to mitigate impacts they do not cause..."

Drought relief funding available to Basin landowners, producers, H&N 7/3/21. "The deadline to apply for USDA funding is Monday, July 12, and the deadline to apply for KPDRA assistance is Friday, July 30."

FERC News Release: FERC Approves License Transfer for Lower Klamath Hydro Project, posted to KBC 6/23/21.

Removing Klamath dams is loss of huge investment, H&N by Charles Ehlers, posted to KBC 6/23/21. "...The average annual power production for these developments is around 75 megawatts hourly. At their production level, the annual value of their power is production level, at 10 cents per kilowatt the annual value of the power is $65.7 million....A megawatt will power approximately 1,000 homes. 75 megawatts can provide electricity for approximately 225,000 people...What else? No one knows for sure what the effects of removal will be. The silt behind the dams could poison the river for years or, in the event of a major flood, create a dead zone in the ocean at the mouth of the Klamath River. Who will pay for the cleanup?..."

Klamath County's Horsefly Irrigation District - Long Term Returns, by Erika Bentsen, Ag Life, posted to KBC 6/15/21

Dry Sump 1ABiologists, irrigators empty Tule Lake to improve habitat, fight disease, H&N, posted to KBC 6/14/2021. “In the last thousand years it has never looked like that,” said Tulelake farmer John Crawford...Crawford, who’s farmed in the Walking Wetlands program and on refuge leaselands, said he’s all for treating the Tule Lake ecosystem more holistically. Beyond contributing to some of the most productive bird habitats on the Pacific Flyway, farming in tandem with wetland habitats means he would get to use less pesticides and fertilizer and grow crops on some of the world’s most productive soil."



'First in Time, First in Right,' Legal complexities surround water in Upper Klamath Lake, H&N, posted to KBC June 7, 2021.

When the Klamath Project was built, water was stored in Clear Lake, formerly a meadow, for evaporation and storage, and in Klamath Lake specifically for irrigation. Since the Tribes have insisted on taking our stored water for suckers and salmon, raising Klamath Lake levels and river flows extremely higher than historic levels and flows for more than 20 years contrary to the National Research Council's 'best available science,' suckers and salmon have declined, and more than 100,000 acres have been taken out of ag production to satisfy lake level and river flow management. The tribes have used the ESA/Endangered Species Act and tribal "science" to use stored irrigation water as a bargaining tool to obtain land that they sold. The environmentalists and government agencies have used tribal "science" and the ESA to rewild the West, including the goal of ripping out the Klamath River hydroelectric dams. HERE for the failed closed-door "agreements" they have conducted for 20 years.

< Link River  Around 1900 Link River, between Upper Klamath Lake and Lake Ewauna, occasionally went dry before the Klamath Project was built. 1905 - Tule Lake, before the Klamath Project was built, was up to 30' feet deep. It was a navigable lake. That's why on our deeds, signed by US President, we were deeded 2+ acre feet of water for our crops, appurtenant to our land, reuse it 7 times, then all the runoff we pump uphill, at our expense, divert it out of our closed basin, through the Tule Lake and Lower Klamath Refuges supporting more than 400 species of wildlife, and into the Klamath River.

There are so many misleading and false statements in the article below. One specifically is by Yurok Tribe vice chairman Frankie Meyers, stating that "...Myers said he thinks those on all sides who have been involved in civil negotiations over water in the Klamath Basin know where each other is coming from, and that they’re not interested in disregarding anyone’s rights or histories..."
Watch Meyers video:   https://www.facebook.com/frankie.myers.14/videos/4455720501123904   "...You are always in the right if you're telling your government officials to give land back to indigenous communities..." A ten minute video well worth your time.

Environmentalist lawsuit targets post-fire tree removal, Capital Press, posted to KBC 6/7/21. "The project is expected to generate about 30 million board-feet of timber — enough to fill 6,000 logging trucks.." KBC NOTE: Klamath Forest Alliance is the NGO that shut down mills and logging towns for the spotted owl. They also helped found Klamath Riverkeeper, with a board of Klamath River Tribes, that has sued Klamath irrigators regarding water quality, PacifiCorp to rip out dams, and they shut down suction dredge mining.

* FACT CHECK regarding Flushing Flows taken from Klamath Irrigators' water storage for salmon, by Rex Cozzalio 5/29/21. "in one ‘pulse’ alone, enough water was wasted that would supply the needs of 7,000,000 people for a year or approximately 202,000 irrigated acres, with EVERY single pulse occurring at far higher levels than EVER reported to occur at that same time of year..."

Photos of Klamath Lake, our legal irrigation water storage May 19, 2021.

For the first time in known history our farms are denied irrigation water from Klamath Lake for the entire farm season. Our farms that were historically under up to 25' of water, a navigable lake, are now denied water by our federal government; they say these thousands of "endangered suckers' don't have enough water despite science and court orders to the contrary. Hundreds of family farms and wildlife species and entire communities suffer from this political agenda-driven travesty. The Klamath Reclamation Project is one of the most efficient Projects in the country, pumping and reusing the water 7 times, which then runs through the Tulelake Wildlife Refuge, is diverted out of the Project into the Klamath Wildlife Refuges, then into the Klamath River.

May be an image of lake, nature and sky
May be an image of nature and lake

Klamath Project irrigators say more drought relief needed after A Canal shutdown, Capital Press 5/26/21. "U.S. Reps. Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif., and Cliff Bentz, R-Ore., have also introduced a $57 million disaster aid proposal to assist the Klamath Basin. Within that package, $40 million would go directly to agricultural producers through USDA programs."

Those who don’t support agriculture should stop eating, Liz Writes Life, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 5/22/21. Klamath Basin farmer, Rodney Cheyne: “...You know in America there are programs to end hunger. Especially for children, school lunch programs so kids don’t go hungry during school day. Summer lunch programs so kids can get at least one meal a day. Food banks to help the needy and hungry who can’t afford food. ..."
Congressman LaMalfa: "...the farmers and ranchers have paid and continue to pay for the canal system and dams that store water and that court decisions have repeatedly recognized the stored project water in the lake belongs to the farmers.“Reclamation will again seize what they do not own, without compensation, to comply with questionable Endangered Species Act requirements...”

Modoc, Siskiyou and Klamath County leaders: Devastation, desperation for Klamath Basin agriculture by Michael Kobseff and Brandon Criss of Siskiyou County, Ned Coe and Geri Byrne of Modoc County and Derrick DeGroot of Klamath County, Herald and News, posted to KBC 5/22/21

Letter from Klamath Irrigation District to Bureau of Reclamation, posted to KBC 5/22/21.
* The 1954 Contract Does Not Grant Reclamation Total Discretion to Curtail Diversions
* Reclamation reinstallation of bulkheads violates KID’s 1954 contract
* Section 9 of ESA does not authorize Reclamation to preemptively curtail KID diversions
* Reclamation reinstallation of bulkheads violates KID’s 1954 contract
* Reclamation is liable for all damages directly or indirectly resulting from its resumption of operational control of the A-Canal
* KID is reassuming operational control and removing bulkheads

Siskiyou, Modoc, Klamath counties come together to secure water for farms, Liz Writes Life, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 5/22/21. "...We heard first-hand accounts of the hardship, the complexity of compounding complications, and the heroic efforts of farm operators, water managers, and local business who are trying to hold it together. These hard-working producers — through no fault of their own — will see zero Klamath Project water supply that was specifically developed to support their operations. Imagine if someone took all of your blood and told you: “Just deal with it.” It’s that bad..."

Ducks Unlimited announces NRCS funding for Klamath Basin, Klamath Falls News, posted to KBC 5/22/21. “Supporting conservation actions on private lands helps provide important ecosystem services including clean water, groundwater recharge and habitat for fish and wildlife,” said Dan Keppen, executive director of the Family Farm Alliance. “In turn, local communities benefit from agricultural productivity, making funding from collaborative, voluntary programs like RCPP critical to maintaining ecological and socioeconomic function in SONEC and the Klamath Basin.”
Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 15 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent."

Letter to President Biden from Siskiyou, Modoc and Klamath County in Response to April 16, 2021 Joint Letter from Tribes and environmental groups regarding Klamath Irrigation and disaster funds, posted to KBC 5/22/21

"How in the hell is the rest of America and other countries going to feed themselves let alone the needy when you shut the water off to the farmers...?" by Klamath Basin farmer Rodney Cheyne 5/13/21.

BOR letter to Klamath Irrigation District: No Water for Klamath Irrigators in 2021 5/12/21

Ineffective environmental practice turns off the tap for Klamath Basin farmers during drought, Oregon Rep E. Werner Reschke 5/13/21.

Extreme drought conditions force closure of Klamath Project’s “A” Canal, Bureau of Reclamation News Release, posted to KBC 5/13/21. "Klamath Project’s “A” Canal will remain closed for the 2021 irrigation season."

Judge refuses to restrict water releases from Upper Klamath Lake, Capital Press, posted to KBC 5/8/21

PRESS RELEASE: LaMalfa introduces bill blocking radical Biden land grab, posted to KBC 5/8/21.

KDD diversion continues, Reclamation could release more lake water in response, H&N, posted to KBC 5/2/21. “In the past, Reclamation has directed KDD to divert under this state permit when project water isn’t available...On March 30, OWRD declared that stored water in Upper Klamath Lake was not flowing through Link River Dam and that all water available in the river was live flow. Desmond said KDD took that as permission to be able to make diversions in April, and that other private water users along the river in Oregon have similar state permits that allowed them to do the same...the Bureau plans to reduce Upper Klamath Lake levels to make up for KDD’s diversion..."

Oregon's wolves are fine, ranchers not so much, Capital Press, posted to KBC 5/2/21. "The population grew 9.5% last year to at least 173 wolves in 22 packs. In 2019, the population grew 15%...state biologists confirmed 31 attacks last year...three wolves in the Rogue Pack were responsible for more than half of those attacks, killing 16 yearling cows in Klamath and Jackson counties.

Climate Engineering / Chemtrails April 29, 2021, Klamath Basin



The Bureau of Reclamation is not allowing farmers to irrigate with their stored water
in Klamath Lake until the water rises a few inches to water the suckers.

Whitehouse Briefing: Readout of the Third National Climate Task Force Meeting, 4/21/21. "...In areas like the Klamath Basin in southern Oregon and northern California, lake levels today are lower than occurred during the Dust Bowl..." KBC Fact Check: before the dams, when this was mostly a closed basin, sometimes Link River went dry, so the lake is NOT at its lowest. "$78 million in grants ... will provide the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners the ability to help conserve or restore nearly 500,000 acres of wetland and associated upland habitats...The grants...will be matched by more than $120 million in partner funds.  Partners in NAWCA projects include private landowners, states, local governments, conservation organizations, sportsmen’s groups, Tribes, land trusts and corporations."

Joint Klamath Basin Relief Request to President Biden from Klamath River Tribes, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen, and Non Governmental Agencies That Support Klamath Hydro Dam Destruction 4/16/21
   $ for Klamath Dam Removal (" achieve full implementation of the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA)"
   $50M for "...for permanent land and/or water acquisition for voluntary sellers to transfer instream flow..."
   $ more "...restoration money for suckers..."
   $ "...State and Tribal capacity to monitor and regulate groundwater depletions and water quality degradation..."
   $ "$50 million for floodplain and riparian restoration projects by Tribal Natural Resource departments."
   $150M for Tribe fishery
   "Support for Klamath Basin Farmers and Ranchers..."
   "A senior federal envoy to the Basin appointed by the White House with the authority and charge to seek long term, sustainable solutions for overcoming long term, unsustainable, basin-wide ecological degradations." 

Upper Klamath Lake is nearly to the brim. Photo taken March 25, 2021 by Jacqui Krizo.Klamath farmers are frustrated, up against a wall,  Siskiyou Daily News: Liz Writes Life: posted to KBC 4/27/21. Photo: Upper Klamath Lake is nearly to the brim. "the federal Bureau of Reclamation announced that the Klamath Project will receive about six percent of its needed irrigation water for more than 220,000 acres in the Project...That hurts a lot of farmers and also means six wildlife refuges will lose water that gives life to 433 species, including ESA-listed bald eagles. Also, the Klamath Bureau of Reclamation announced it would not allow any irrigation until after May 15..." 2021.

KWUA seeks further legal clarification on Klamath Project operations, H&N, posted to KBC 4/24/21. “As Reclamation admits, it is not adhering to the interim plan,” the motion read. “Non-adherence to the interim plan translates to the severe detriment of KWUA’s members and farm and ranch families served by the Klamath Project..." "KWUA also argued that there are pressing legal issues concerning project operations that must go before a judge, particularly in light of court cases in Oregon that have found that Reclamation does not have the authority to satisfy ESA requirements (whether through sending water downriver or keeping it in Upper Klamath Lake) at the expense of Project irrigators..."

< 4th generation Tulelake rancher Lucky Ackley's feelings on Klamath Basin water shutoff, posted to KBC 4/27/21.

Young Klamath Basin aspiring agriculturist Colten Wright regarding the Bureau of Reclamation's decision to shut down more than 90% of our deeded water allocation, Posted to KBC 4/27/2021.

Fishermen, Tribes brace for another abysmal salmon season, H&N, posted to KBC 4/27/21. Glen Spain, the Northwest regional director for the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, has sued the Klamath Basin irrigators against our water quality, against us keeping our affordable power rate, and against us in the takings case saying we should not be compensated for the government taking our deeded water appurtenant to our land.
HERE is a letter...2005, from Spain to Oregon trollers and Oregon fishing industry leader blasting Klamath irrigators for fishery closures:
the leadership of the Klamath Water User's Association (KWUA) do not care about fish -- they care about making sure they have all the irrigation water they want, and the fish be damned..." This was written as the coastal fishermen and Klamath Basin irrigators were meeting regularly to find solutions. All the fish leaders we met had nothing but contempt for Glen Spain and said he did not represent them. Here is our Fishermen and Farmer page, including letters and articles.
Frankie Meyers, Vice Chairman of the Yurok Tribe, is quoted in this Herald and News article above. In this 10-minute video he explains why the Klamath Irrigators should give all their land to the tribes: https://www.facebook.com/frankie.myers.14/videos/4455720501123904

Wolf population continues to grow in Oregon, Capital Press 4/22/21. "The 2020 population is a 9.5% increase over the end of 2019, when ODFW recorded at least 158 wolves...ODFW confirmed 31 livestock depredations in 2020, up 94% from 2019. However, 16 of those were attributed to the Rogue pack, whose range straddles Jackson and Klamath counties in southwest Oregon..."

Klamath Water Users Association brings legal challenge to Klamath Project operations, KWUA News Release 4/22/21.

Oregon gun storage law would be among the toughest in the US, H&N, 4/20/21.

KDD begins water deliveries, Reclamation orders it to cease, H&N 4/17/21. "According to a news release from KDD, the district acquired the permit from the Oregon Water Resources Department in 1977 for the use of live flow from the Klamath River for irrigation."  Bureau of Reclamation: “If KDD does not cease all diversions at the Ady and North canals as soon operationally feasible, in due course (1) Reclamation staff will access Reclamation-owned property to close the gates to the Ady Canal, (2) water users within the KDD boundary may not be eligible for Drought Relief Act funds, and (3) the United States may take other legal action against KDD and its members.”

Today the Bureau of Reclamation released their verdict of 32,000 acre feet of irrigation water for the entire Klamath Reclamation Project to be available in June. At this public meeting KWUA President Ben DuVal had to break the devastating news to the community because the Bureau of Reclamation refused to attend. Congressman LaMalfa’s office attended as well as elected officials from Modoc and Siskiyou Counties. There might be a possibility of another small amount of water this fall, if the tribal lawsuits fail to shut us down completely. VIDEO KWUA 2021 Operations Meeting, April 15, 2021. https://kwua.org/kwua-2021-operations-meeting/

Klamath Basin irrigation water outlook 2021, Shut Down & Fed Up Facebook page 4/12/21

Klamath Basin solutions for us "racist" farmers by Frankie Meyers, Vice Chairman of the Yurok Tribe, 140 miles west of our farms, "...You are always in the right if you're telling your government officials to give land back to indigenous communities..." A ten minute video well worth your time.

APRIL 2001 - when Klamath irrigators were informed that they could not have their deeded irrigation water; for the first time ever in known history their land and wetlands were denied water.
KLAMATH BASIN CRISIS - ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT GONE WRONG from: Chris Moudry, Basin Fertilizer, Merrill, OR, April 2001. "I am writing this memo for insight to what can happen when the Endangered Species Act and environmental extremism come together and attack personal property rights. You may think, “Not in America!” Read our story..."

Little to No water for Klamath Project Farms in 2021, Klamath Water Users Association 4/8/21

Klamath Water Users Association statement regarding DOI withdrawal of updated Klamath Project legal guidance, KWUA Press Release 4/8/21. "(Previous legal guidance: "...the only legally authorized use of water stored in Upper Klamath Lake is irrigation.." )

Final order prohibiting release of stored irrigation water, OWRD / Oregon Water Resources Dept, 4/6/21

KID/Klamath Irrigation District page

Bureau of Reclamation's threat to KID / Klamath Irrigation District, posted to KBC 4/6/2021. Letter from Bureau of Reclamation to Klamath Irrigation District attorney Nathan Rietmann, threatening KID with federal court and "potential suspension or exclusion from the drought relief funding program this year..." if KID so much as takes their stored irrigation water from Klamath Lake, "even to charge the canals.

The History of Good Friday, Harvest, 4/2/21

KID Letter to Patrons of Klamath Irrigation District and our stakeholders, including water status, Bureau of Reclamation bleak irrigation water forecast, and KID lawsuit 4/2/21.

Klamath Project Water Availability from Upper Klamath Lake and the Klamath River, Bureau of Reclamation 4/2/21. "Reclamation now anticipates this delay to be at least through May 1, 2021, and likely further in time..."

 Klamath Irrigation District v. US Bureau of Reclamation, regarding Waters of the Klamath River Basin, Emergency Motion for Preliminary Injunction 3/29/21. "...Reclamation sometimes says it is using stored water in UKL to fulfill trust obligations it has to the Hoopa Valley and Yurok Tribes, both of which are located in California. But Reclamation’s trust obligations to the tribes in California afford no water rights to use stored water in UKL, as neither Tribe (nor Reclamation on their behalf) has ever claimed a water right in UKL in the Klamath Adjudication..."

The significance of FERC / Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's solicitation of comments regarding PacifiCorp's unaccountability regarding destruction of Klamath River Dams, reservoirs, environment, public safety, economy, and private and public property, update by Rex Cozzalio, Hornbrook, CA posted to KBC 4/2/21.

LaMalfa Rolls Out Legislative Package Banning “COVID Vaccine Passports” CA Congressman LaMalfa PRESS RELEASE, posted to KBC 4/2/21

Wildlife and Farmland HERE FOR AUDIO, President of California Waterfowl Association Ph. D. Robert McLandress, UC Davis ecology: "There are (433) species of wildlife here; the (biological) opinion deals with three..." Here in the Pacific Flyway, Klamath Basin is "...the most important waterfowl area in North America..." Waterfowl eat "...70 million pounds of food here...," and more than half comes from the farms.  

Klamath farmers confront dry year, legal challenge, CFBF, posted to KBC 3/30/2021. "...Environmental groups challenged the plan's continued allowance of leasing refuge lands for agriculture as inconsistent with the refuges' purpose of waterfowl management. Conversely, the Tulelake Irrigation District challenged the new restrictions as inconsistent with the Kuchel Act, which identifies agriculture as a key purpose of the refuges...John Crawford, president of the Tulelake Irrigation District board of directors, farms on the refuge and said he is proud of local farmers' contribution to the waterfowl population...'We leave a tremendous amount of grain standing there for ducks and geese every year. Right now, there's thousands of geese utilizing that standing grain that was left last fall...' "...U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said it anticipates it will not have enough water this summer to meet minimum requirements for endangered fish, let alone to fulfill irrigation demands."

Leave it alone, by former Tulelake Refuge Manager, the late Harry Christiansen, H&N 9/8/04. "...What would happen if they stopped farming the refuge and let the 22,000 acres of farmland sit idle? ... envision 22,000 acres of weeds. This is in an area where the local farmers have spent hundreds of thousands, or millions, of dollars fighting weeds throughout the years....it would take 162,800 acre-feet more water to flood the farm area than it takes to farm it. At present, that amount of water isn't available and there isn't anything indicating it will ever be available..."

Wish List for Suckers Nails Farms, USFWS proposal 1992

What's in a species? For suckers, some lines are blurred, H&N, posted to KBC 3/30/2021. "...scientists have yet to find a way to genetically distinguish shortnose and largescale suckers in the Lost River...geographic and temporal separation is what divides the Basin’s sucker population into separate species...another study confirming the lack of a genetic difference between shortnose and largescale suckers in the Lost River Basin won’t have an immediate effect on management practices there, particularly as it pertains to ESA implementation..."

Dry year intensifies focus on California groundwater, by Danny Merkley, director of water resources for the California Farm Bureau, posted to KBC 3/30/21. "...In 2014, the state Legislature passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, or SGMA, the most sweeping water management legislation in 100 years...

Amicus brief United States v. Cooley filed in the U.S. Supreme Court explains why Klamath Project irrigators lost the 20+ year takings lawsuit filed by counsel who never had the chance of winning, Lawrence Kogan, Kogan Law Group 3/20/2021

Wood River rancher sells water right to help downstream refuges, H&N, posted to KBC 3/20/21. "The Wood River Valley rancher...proposed selling 4,500 acre-feet of his water right to the refuge...CWA is in the process of lobbying the federal government to eventually purchase the full 30,000 acre-feet, which could cost up to $60 million. That could easily be funded by Congress... a 30,000 acre-feet delivery would allow Lower Klamath to support an additional 3,000 acres of grain, 1,000 acres of pasture, 2,000 acres of permanent wetlands and 4,600 acres of other wetlands..." Go HERE for the previous 100,000 acres of agricultural land acquisition by the U.S. government: "One ranch at a time, Government agencies and TNC promised that these farm and ranch acquisitions would save water, improve water quality, benefit fish, and store water for the rest of the irrigators and put more water into the Klamath River. The opposite is true..."  KBC NOTE: Our refuges were designed to receive water after it was pumped through the Klamath Reclamation Project. This amount was substantial until the government-mandated instream-required-water-for-fish skyrocketed. Water for fish = less or no water for birds and 489 species of wildlife, and farmers. Thus, when the Klamath Project gets it's full delivery, the runoff water goes to the refuges. This Project water historically was in a closed basin until Reclamation blasted a tunnel through Sheepy Ridge to supply Lower Klamath Refuge and keep farms from flooding. Pacific Power raised Project power rate more than 2000%, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuses to pay the $100's of thousands power costs for D Plant to pump water into Lower Klamath Refuges from the Project.

Haaland OK'd at Interior, 1st Native American Cabinet head, Capital Press, posted to KBC 3/18/21. "...Some Republican senators have criticized Haaland's views on oil drilling and other energy development as “radical” and extreme, citing her opposition to the Keystone XL oil pipeline and her support for the Green New Deal...“Rep. Haaland has chosen to ignore the science and the scientists of the very department that she is now nominated to lead,'' Barrasso said, calling on Interior to remove protections for the grizzly under the Endangered Species Act..."

Further arguments loom in Klamath re-quantification ruling, Capital Press, posted to KBC 3/18/21. "...Because the judge’s legal opinion from last month hasn’t yet been reduced to an order, that means the Klamath tribes can enforce their water rights to shut off irrigation in the meantime..."

Klamath Project Water is currently unavailable from Upper Klamath Lake and the Klamath River, Bureau Of Reclamation Notice to Project irrigators, 3/12/21. "This letter is to notify you that water is currently unavailable from Upper Klamath Lake (UKL) and the Klamath River for irrigation purposes within the Klamath Project (Project) for the reasons further explained below. Accordingly, your district is hereby directed to delay diversions of water from UKL and the Klamath River until further notice..."

Meet Interior's new water lawyer Daniel Cordalis, Greenwire, posted to KBC 3/12/21. "Cordalis went on to work for Earthjustice, a leading environmental law and advocacy firm." (KBC NOTE - Soros-funded Earthjustice provides legal services for the coalition of NGO's and tribes against Klamath irrigators, as well as other Klamath Basin resource users: loggers, miners, ranchers.)  "On behalf of the Yurok, Cordalis filed multiple lawsuits challenging the Trump Reclamation's management of the Klamath project."

Klamath Irrigation District updated Klamath water supply tracking charts at http://klamathirrigation.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/WaterManagementUpdate_202103.pdf

Commissioners declare another drought for Klamath Basin, H&N 3/10/21. "Approximately 130,000 acre-feet are expected to be allocated from Upper Klamath Lake to the Klamath Project for this growing season, a number even lower than last year and only enough to satisfy about a third of project demand."

Oregon’s new carbon cap program takes shape, but much debate remains, Oregonian 3/10/21. "...to reduce Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions by 45% below 1990 levels by 2035 and 80% below those levels by 2050..."

How soil moisture impacts water availability in the Klamath Basin, posted to KBC 3/10/2021

Notice of Application for Transfer of License, Soliciting comments, motions to intervene, and protests. DEADLINE MARCH 19, 2021 for filing comments, motions to intervene and protests

Columbia-Snake River dam breaching opponents preparing resolution, Lewiston Tribune, posted to KBC 3/10/2021. “no amount of money can replace the lifestyle and economies of the communities” that depend on the dams. It describes dam-breaching as an “idealistic” and “illogical” approach to salmon recovery that “flies in the face of reality.”

U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson’s $33.5 billion plan to remove four dams on the Lower Snake River would hurt the reliability of the region’s power grid and increase rates, a representative of a regional power company says. Capital Press, posted to KBC 3/10/2021. "U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson’s $33.5 billion plan to remove four dams on the Lower Snake River would hurt the reliability of the region’s power grid and increase rates, a representative of a regional power company says...Roughly 83% of the region’s power is generated by dams, and 11% by nuclear generators...Breaching the four dams would remove 1,000 megawatts of peak capacity from the power grid...One thousand megawatts can power 800,000 homes...Using wind and solar power as the primary sources of energy would raise utility costs, the cost of agricultural inputs and outputs and shipping, and even the cost of removing the dams, Barth said..."

Building Back Better: Building Resilience for the Economy, Climate, and Ecosystems, Family Farm Alliance 3/11/21. Testimony Before the United States House of Representatives, Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife Oversight Hearing

Democrat Bill introduced to outlaw diesel fuel in Oregon. Super Majority Declares War on Working Class, Oregon House Republican Caucus 3/3/21

Court upholds Klamath Tribes' water rights, irrigators plan to challenge, H&N, posted to KBC 3/1/2020. "...Paul Simmons, executive director of the Klamath Water Users Association, said Klamath Project irrigators are largely unaffected by the decision, as a settlement prevents the Tribes from using water rights in Oregon to curtail deliveries to the Project from Upper Klamath Lake..."

Klamath Irrigation District Special Winter Edition, February 2021: KID litigation, Drought, Interior Opinion, OWRD litigation, 2021 water year analysis, etc...

New Court Ruling Could Prevent Curtailments of Irrigation in Upper Klamath Lake Tributaries, KWUA News Advisory, posted to KBC 3/1/2021. "The ruling has no immediate consequences for Klamath Project irrigators. Administratively-recognized water rights in Upper Klamath Lake cannot be asserted against the Klamath Project under an agreement made several years ago. Klamath Project irrigators have the right to contest the quantification of that right later in the court phase."

Oregon Court Affirms Klamath Tribes’ Water Rights, Klamath Tribes News Release, posted to KBC 3/1/2021. "Wednesday's order...affirmed the senior priority date of the Klamath Tribes’ water rights in the Klamath Basin, and upheld the need to maintain a healthy and productive habitat to meet the Tribes’ treaty right to fish, hunt, trap, and gather..."

Grazing rights rescinded for Hammond ranches, H&N, posted to KBC 3/1/2021
The Hammond family's BLM grazing permits - an easy target for environmental extremist NGO's, Protect the Harvest. "

Dept of Interior NEWS RELEASE - Interior Department Welcomes Newest Members of Leadership Team, Posted to KBC 3/1/21. (Read their Bios!)
Shakiyya Bland, Ed.D. - Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, Office of the Secretary
* Daniel Cordalis - Deputy Solicitor, Water
* Nada Culver - Deputy Director, Policy and Programs, Bureau of Land Management
* Bryan Newland - Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs

USFWS acts to remove land from critical habitat for owl, CFBF Ag Alert, posted to KBC 3/1/21. "...The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said last week it would revise the designation of critical habitat for the owl, to exclude nearly 3.5 million acres of land in California, Oregon and Washington...The action leaves more than 6.1 million acres of land in the three states designated as critical habitat for the owl, which has been protected under the ESA as a threatened species since 1990."

Upper Klamath Lake forecast looking poor for fish and farms, H&N, posted to KBC 3/1/21. "Klamath Tribes have filed a notice of intent, saying they will sue the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for violating the Endangered Species Act if Upper Klamath Lake dips below levels outlined in the 2020 biological opinion this spring...'We know that we’re in a very serious situation,' (Klamath Tribal Chairman) Gentry said. 'It looks like there’s going to be very little water, if at all, for irrigation.' ”

Klamath dam removal and the government’s fraudulent survey, by retired judge Bob Kaster for Siskiyou Daily News 2/17/21. "...In my opinion, (the survey) was fraudulent...Dam removal proponents intended to use the survey result to convince the Secretary of the Interior and then the U.S. Congress to authorize dam removal. When Congress didn’t bite, the proponents changed the thrust of their attack to go around Congress and to ram it through unelected bureaucratic agencies instead, such as the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC), and the California Public Utilities Commission, which is where we are now..."

Letter from Rex Cozzalio, Hornbrook, to FERC regarding Klamath Dam removal and license transfer, posted to KBC 2/18/21

Family Farm Alliance Virtual Conference Schedule Feb 28-29, 2021. A wide array of speakers and panelists, a few being FFA Executive Director Dan Keppen, President Pat O'Toole, National Farmer's Union, Farm Bureau, EDF/Environmental Defense Fund, Gov't Affairs and Sustainability, farmers, forest reps, DOI, Cal. Senator Brian Dahle, FWA Nadine Bailey, many more...

Simpson's salmon recovery, (Snake River) dam breaching plan a 'nonstarter,' ag reps say, Capital Press, posted to KBC 2/18/2021. “Unfortunately, the idea of Snake River dam breaching is a non-starter when it comes for how we move cargo and ultimately for our energy portfolio,” she said. Taking out the dams would make that stretch of the Snake River impassable for barge traffic...Stakeholders also say breaching the dams won’t achieve salmon recovery, pointing to fish declines along the West Coast due to ocean temperatures, runoff and other factors...Barging is the most carbon-friendly mode of transportation, Hennings said...Switching to trucks and trains would likely increase carbon dioxide and other harmful emissions by over 1.25 million tons per year..."

PRESS RELEASE and letter to FERC - Opposition to Transfer of Klamath River Hydropower Dams and Their Destruction, by E. Werner Reschke, Oregon St Rep District 56, posted to KBC 2/17/21. "Rep. Reschke has opposed dam removal from beginning concept, as local elections in Siskiyou County, California (2014) and in Klamath County, Oregon (2016) show that 75% of the people directly effected by dam removal oppose this action."

*** Deadline for filing with FERC comments, motions to intervene, and protests to FERC: February 15, 2021.

*   Make your voice count; Write to FERC by Feb 15 regarding Klamath dam removal, Siskiyou Daily News by Chrissie Reynolds, posted to KBC 2/11/21
*   Hornbrook Rancher Rex Cozzalio refutes Karuk spokesman Craig Tucker's claim of no drinking water or significant irrigation diversions downstream of Klamath Dams, by Rex Cozzalio 2/10/2021 Tucker's comment on Klamath Basin Crisis Facebook page was in response to Seattle Times article regarding failures of Elwha dam destruction
*   More than 10 years of Klamath Dam Destruction opinions, articles, press releases, polls, videos, letters, speeches.
*    FYI, go to this link on more of dam engineer Stephen Koshy's information of the imminent catastrophic collapse of these clay-core hydroelectric dams if there is an attempt to remove them. Included is his biography.

Siskiyou County Water Users Association MOTION TO LEAVE TO INTERVENE for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Klamath (P-2082-063) and Lower Klamath (P-14803) Projects, Regarding Notice of Application for Surrender of License (of Klamath Hydroelectric dams) posted to KBC 2/10/2021

PCFFA Petition for Intervention in FERC Klamath Project (dams) license surrender, posted to KBC 2/10/2021. KBC's PCFFA Page

LaMalfa Praises Bureau of Reclamation’s New Science-Based Regulation of Klamath Basin, posted to KBC 2/10/2021

Oregon Supreme Court: Order denying petition for Writ of Mandamus and dismissing motion to stay, signed by Martha L. Walters, Chief Justice, Supreme Court 2/2/2021. In KID vs OWRD, The supreme court denied OWRD stay. They must abide by Judge Bennett's order and take over the Link River dam and abide by Oregon Law.

Feds reassess Klamath Project water delivery obligations, Capital Press, posted to KBC 2/4/2021. "Agency finds no legal right to curtail water deliveries under ESA, as in the past"...."Biden has nominated Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., as Interior secretary. If confirmed, she would be the first Native American cabinet secretary and head of the Interior Department."

Port Angeles, tribe say Elwha water plant never worked, still doesn’t, Seattle Times 7/16/16. "Two dams built beginning in 1910 on the Elwha backed up large reservoirs that acted as giant settling ponds, and impounded sediment carried by the river during the 100 years the dams were in place. In September 2014, the world’s largest ever dam-removal project was completed and, with the dams out, the river is free, once more, to wander its flood plain, and release sediment..."

Feds plan to update guidance for Klamath Project operations, H&N, posted to KBC 2/4/2021.

Bureau of Reclamation NEWS RELEASE - Reclamation releases water reliability in the West report 1/19/21

KWUA NEWS RELEASE: Bureau of Reclamation updates guidance for Klamath Project Operations under Endangered Species Act and water law 1/19/2021. “...Reclamation has found that it still has duties for species protection, but those duties do not include imposing harmful shortages on irrigation as we have seen in the past...”

Newsom appoints Yurok attorney Amy Cordalis of McKinleyville to California Water Commission, Times Standard, posted to KBC 1/19/2021. "...Cordalis is a member of the Klamath River Renewal Corporation Board of Directors..."

KID wins again, Oregon Court of Appeals, KID vs OWRD posted 1/17/2021. OWRD's/Oregon Water Resources Department's motion for stay is now "moot". Judge Bennett's order, that OWRD must not allow stored water in Klamath Lake reserved for irrigation to be illegally used or dumped into the ocean, is not currently appealable.

Matthew 5:9 - "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God"

Judge Bennett Order on Motion for Reconciliation posted to KBC 1/12/20. DENIED. Judge Bennett's ORDER: "Respondents' (OWRD) Motion restates their misapprehension of this courts Orders in 20CV17922 and 20CV15606. Respondents' accepted exclusive jurisdiction over the UKL pursuant to ORS 540.210. Respondents are required by that statute to divide and distribute the water therefrom in accordance with the respective and relative rights of the various users. Despite this statutory obligation, Respondents have continued to allow the Bureau of Reclamation to take Stored Water without determining the Bureau's right to do so. The Respondents continue to violate the Oregon Water Rights Act by allowing the Bureau to take and use Stored Water in the UKL without determining it is entitled to do so as required by ORS 540.210. Respondents must stop the release until a determination is made pursuant to ORS 540.740. Nothing in the Court's Order dictates how the Respondents make the determination or what criteria is used. TPC, LLC v. OWRD,
308 Or.App. 177 is not analogous or factually similar to this case. MAKE A DETERMINATION"

FERC/Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 12/16/20 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR SURRENDER OF LICENSE, posted 1/12/21. This is notice from FERC re request by KRRC and PacifiCorp to transfer license AND DECOMMISSION Klamath River hydroelectric dams.
*** Deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, and protests to FERC: February 15, 2021

Farmers make crop plans amid dry early winter, CFBF Ag Alert, posted to KBC 1/12/2021. "For the federal Klamath Water Project straddling the California-Oregon border, farmer Ben DuVal of Tulelake said he is hopeful 2021 will be a better year. Last year, Klamath farmers were affected after project operators unexpectedly cut already-low allocations in response to concerns about protected fish; the cuts were ultimately restored. "Things have been so bad here on the Klamath Project, and it doesn't have to be this way," DuVal said. "We use 3% of the water out of the Klamath River and we take that small percentage and do a lot of good with it. We put a lot of people to work and produce a lot of amazing crops. People are going to have to eventually realize that all the problems on the Klamath River cannot be blamed solely on the Klamath Project, and that we can move on from some of the issues that we've been dealing with."

ODFW formally assumes management of gray wolf in Oregon 1/5/21

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Before the Klamath Project was built, there were up to 30 feet of water where our farms are now. It was a navigable lake. That's why on our deeds, signed by US President, we were deeded 2+ acre feet of water for our crops, as all the runoff we pump uphill, at our expense, out of our closed basin and into the Klamath River. The river often went dry in the fall before the Project was built.

The river often went dry in the fall before the Project was built.

..There's nothing down here,  you should be checking out the whole site. Ron