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"There are (489) species of wildlife here in the Klamath Basin. The biological opinion deals with three
." Ph. D. Robert McLandress, UC Davis ecology
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
Oregon Rep Reschke
Ca. U.S Congressman
Doug LaMalfa
Former Oregon
Senator Whitsett
Former Oregon
Rep Gail Whitsett
Tom Mallams, Klamath County
Calif. U.S. Congress-
man Tom McClintock
OR. U.S. Congressman
Greg Walden
Agenda 21, The Big Picture
Ask Elaine Willman-Tribal  info,
  Tribal corruption, CERA,
  spreading tribalism
Bills and Laws,  Litigation
  Court Decisions
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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Easements, trusts, land acquisitions
Environmentalists & groups
  (The Nature Conservancy
Energy, Renewable,
ethanol and biofuel
ESA Endangered Species Act
Farm Bill
Farm Labor - Immigrants
Farmer Fisherman Alliance
Fish Die-offs
Fishermen & Fish
Frankenfish Monsanto
Forests and Logging
FAQs and facts
Food Imported
Global Warming
Groundwater and Waterbank
Homesteaders / Settlers
Japanese vs Tulelake controversy
KBRA / Klamath Basin
   Restoration Agreement
George Soros and the KBRA
KID Klamath Irrigation District
Klamath Hearings
   and Speeches
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
Property & Water Rights
Public Land
Refuges in Klamath Basin
Scientific Misconduct
Klamath Settlement / KBRA
Sheriffs for the Constitution
Siskiyou County District 5
Water Storage: 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
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 River Hydroelectric Dam Page and the former KBRA/Klamath Basin Restoration "Agreement" and related Klamath Dam Removal settlement agreements, articles, letters, videos, press releases, documents, and Who's Who
KBC's KRRC / Klamath River Renewal Corporation (Dam Destruction Group) Page  
* Who's Who:  Who are these people, groups, and tribes who have shut down: more than 40 saw mills, Klamath River Basin's suction dredge mining, and much use of surface and well water to irrigate. And who do they have associations with. Who have they sued over logging, mining, and water rights.

Klamath Project 2018 Contractors Meeting with KWUA, OWRD, Klamath County Feb 20, 2018, to "bring contractors of the Klamath Reclamation Project current information about the 2018 Irrigation season...current hydrology, possible options available, and the process for taking advantage of those options is important information for district and on-farm operations..."

2-14 Refuge IslandLower Klamath Refuge construction an effort to save salmon (on the Columbia River). Habitat restoration aimed at dispersing (fish eating) Caspian Tern populations, H&N, posted to KBC 2/17/18. "...According to Beckstrand, the Caspian tern population along the Columbia River has been responsible for around 15 million to 20 million salmon smolts being eaten annually. The cormorant population growing on East Sand Island is estimated to be responsible for an additional 11 million young salmon each year..."
FWS wildlife biologist/tour guide John Beckstrand feels solution is farmer buy-out, KBC News 5/22/04

* Caspian Tern Management to reduce Predation of Juvenile Salmonids in the Columbia River Estuary - Final EIS. Refers to Warner Suckers Ch 3 - 14. January 2005
* Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuge - Floating Islands Enhance Salmonid Recovery by Creating Alternative Nesting Habitat for Caspian Terns,  US Army Corp of Engineers, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and NOAA Fisheries plan succeeded, with OSU and USGS,  to bring fish predators to Klamath Basin. Floating Island International 2010, posted to KBC 6/13/13. "In February 2010, FIW and Just Buckets built and launched a 40,000sq. ft. floating island at Sheepy Lake in Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge." (The fish-predator Caspian Terns population in 2010 went from 0 to 325 in 3 months on Lower Klamath.) "This innovative island has been a tremendous success, as the Sheepy Lake tern colony appears to have had the highest nesting success of any Caspian tern colony in the region during 2010."
* Restoring refuges - Wildlife refuges benefit from stimulus funds, H&N, posted 10/16/09.
RELATED ARTICLE: Stimulus funds bring Caspian tern project to Siskiyou County, Siskyou Daily News 8/12/09. "...the Tulelake reserve rock island’s cost is approximately $1.1 million, the Orems unit rock island’s cost is approximately $650,000 and the Sheepy Lake floating island’s cost is approximately $2.3 million...an estimated colony of 10,000 nesting pairs of Caspian terns on Rice Island in the Columbia River were consuming approximately 6 million to 25 million salmonid smolts per year, according to a 1999 USACE report."

For more on FWS bringing in fish-eating Caspian terns, go to our Refuge Article page, scroll to find many articles

KID chair wants to meet with Tribes, H&N 2/16/18. “There is a major problem with the sucker population,” Kliewer said. “For 25 years, the answer has been more water, more water, more water. “That’s not the right answer...”

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, 2/16/18. New Bill Introductions, Cannabis, Climate, Commodities, Natural Resources, Nutrition, Water, and New Appointments

2/16/18 - Oregon Rep. E. Werner Reschke’s water bill HB 4016. He serves as Vice-Chair of House Energy and Environment committee and has been working hard to get this bill passed to support water rights in the Klamath project.The bill (relating to determined claims) was passed unanimously in bi-partisan Committee on Wednesday and referred to Rules where it is expected to pass the Senate as well.

* Tribes seek higher water levels for Upper Klamath; lawsuit notice filed, possibility of extinction-level event cited, H&N 2/14/18.
* Klamath Tribes PRESS RELEASE:
Issuance of Draft 60-Day Notice to Protect C’waam and Koptu (suckers) 2/13/18
* Klamath Tribe's attorney's letter: 60-day notice of violations of Endangered Species Act 2/9/18

Linthicum drafts bill to defund dam removal, H&N 2/14/18. "...the cost for dam removal could amount to $950 million, with no specific plan yet in place to fully fund the project. He also said sediment could total 20 million cubic yards and releasing it downstream would impact long-term fish habitats..."

Tulelake Irrigation District wells water levels 2/13/18

COMMENTS DUE FEB 23 - Reclamation unveils water contracts program (for Klamath water transfer), H&N 2/11/18. "...Contracts would expire in 2022, according to BOR officials. The deadline for the submitting comments on the NEPA documents is Feb. 23.."

KID delays project irrigation season, H&N 2/11/18.

OWRD talks drought, water rights in Basin. Two (City of) Klamath Falls wells subject to call by project, H&N 2/11/18.

Water Claims & Confrontations: (Klamath) irrigators say state shows lack of support, H&N, posted to KBC 2/10/18. "...Though 2017 saw so much water in the Basin that multiple areas were flooded, the state still validated a claim on water initiated by the Klamath Tribes...Some irrigators claim that the Tribes have been making blanket calls on water without justification..."

KRRC's liaison visiting Basin, H&N, posted to KBC 2/10/18. "...Meurer said he was “immediately” interested in the community liaison position, while he also knew it would be “wildly unpopular” to some opposed to dam removal. (KBC NOTE_ 80% opposed in Siskiyou County, 72% opposed in Klamath County)...Meurer met with the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors. He also listened in on a teleconference between a consultation between the Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma and FERC staff."

Klamath Falls - BOR's Mikkelsen talks drought survival, H&N, posted to KBC 2/10/18. "...The focus of people in the Basin right now is surviving 2018...Long-term solutions are frankly a little bit on the back-burner right now...“There are a lot of urban congressmen, both parties, that do not have any desire to make substantive changes to the ESA. And so we have to follow the ESA and we will follow the ESA.”
Bureau of Reclamation Deputy Mikkelson  and KRRC on Dam Removal vs Siskiyou County, & Attorneys Buchal and Kogan, and Congressman LaMalfa at Siskiyou Water Users fund raiser Liz Writes Life, Siskiyou Daily News by Liz Bowen, posted to KBC 10/20/17. "KRRC Vice President Lester Snow...said the decision to take down the dams is not pending, but had been made. (Hum, not by Siskiyou or Klamath Counties.)...Snow continued saying they are looking for alternative water supply for the Iron Gate Fish Hatchery and possibly even for the City of Yreka. Uh oh, they now acknowledge dam removal could affect Yreka’s city water supply? On flooding, he said their consultants have looked at the issues and long-term liability if KRRC disappears. So, KRRC is looking for liability insurance...(CA U.S. Congressman LaMalfa) was ripping angry at bureaucrat  Mikkelsen and asked us to write letters...to DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke asking him to save the four hydro-electric Klamath dams..."

EPA, Corps put two-year hold on 2015 WOTUS rule, Issue 2/7/18, California Farm Bureau Federation AgAlert. "The 2015 WOTUS rule developed by the Obama administration will not be applicable for the next two years, while we work through the process of providing long-term regulatory certainty across all 50 states about what waters are subject to federal regulation."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 2/9/18 - New bills introduced: fire, food, taxes, natural resources
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, 2/2/18 - taxes, cap and trade, pesticides, propositions

(Klamath) Commissioners predict ‘devastating’ summer for water users, H&N posted to KBC 2/10/18

Local reps to challenge carbon tax in short session, H&N, posted to KBC 2/10/18. "...early estimates predict an impact of $1,500 to $1,700 per year for the average household as energy costs go up.This includes an estimated $0.16 per gallon increase in fuel taxes..."

Washington man fined for killing wolves, Capital Press, posted to KBC 2/10/18. "...man has been fined $8,293 and put on home-electronic monitoring for 30 days after pleading guilty to killing two wolves in northeast Washington...Fowler also received a one-year suspended jail sentence..."

RERUN: Top 10 Stupidest New Laws in California for 2017, by Former California State Assemblyman: Backpacks for cow farts, felons voting, early release for rape and sex trafficking of minors, legalize child prostitution, ...

February 2017: Klamath and Siskiyou Countys' opposition to Klamath Dam destruction
Transcribed VIDEO - Klamath County Board of Commissioners Meeting 2/14/17, Reaffirmation that the Klamath County Board of Commissioners opposes Klamath Dam Removal
*Siskiyou County Water Users Association letter to State Water Resources Control Board 2/1/17, regarding Klamath River dam destruction and water quality.http://klamathbasincrisis.org/waterquality/waterboards/notices

Oregon - Reschke to front bill ending late-term abortion, H&N, posted to KBC 1/28/18

Tribes renew dam removal support at FERC meeting, H&N, posted to KBC 1/28/18

State of Oregon letter to FERC to support KRRC Klamath Dam removal, posted to KBC 1/28/18. Letter by ODEQ, ODFW, ODWR, written by ODOJ

*** PODCAST of the live on-air interview with Siskiyou County Water Users Association President Richard Marshall at KMED, http://oregonedeals.com/podcast/index.php?p=episode&name=2018-01-25_01-25-18_thu_7am.mp3 , posted to KBC 1/28/18

Klamath River Compact, 1957
Klamath River Basin Compact is 'The Law of the River', H&N by James Ottoman 3/28/05

KRRC liaison breaks down dam removal - KRRC community liaison to strengthen ties - Additional information, H&N, posted to KBC 1/28/18. "Meurer is confident that the dams will be removed, looking at past backing by the states of Oregon and California, and PacifiCorp, the owner of the hydroelectric dams, as well as the Departments of Interior and Commerce."
*** KBC NOTES - The feds, and Tribes and environmental groups that will profit / $$$$$$$ are bypassing the citizens' wishes with their top-down agenda.
* November 2010 election: 80% of Siskiyou County, home of 3 Klamath River Hydroelectric Dams targeted for destruction, oppose the KBRA/Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement that mandates 4 Klamath Dams be removed. 77% of Tulelake voters opposed the KBRA/Dam removal.
* (72% Klamath County) Citizens oppose dam removal in advisory vote, H&N by former Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams 11/9/16. "An advisory vote on whether the four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River should be removed came in with 72 percent opposed to the removal and 27 percent in favor in early returns. That translates to 18,838 opposed and 7,051 in favor in the initial 25,889 votes released from the Klamath County Clerk’s office..."  “Even they (FERC) have referred to dam removal as the great experiment. That’s a heck of an experiment when you have 21 million cubic yards of sediment flowing downstream.”
Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement Public Input Meeting posted to YouTube 1/1/10.
*  Camp Dresser & McKee Inc.CDM Report - Klamath Liability Determination 7/18/08. (Note by Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia Armstrong, "The cost estimates from these reports is $800 million, but they include the costs of impacts to Siskiyou County and sediment removal, while the American Rivers/ dam removal proponent's studies do not. These are additional costs for all the impacts and issues that Siskiyou County has raised which have not been considered/mitigated in either the KBRA or the AIP.")
CDM report with highlighted costs and liabilities

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review / Governmental and Legislative Update 1/26/18. Taxes Taxes Taxes
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review / Governmental and Legislative Update 1/19/18: environment, labor, taxes
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review / Governmental and Legislative Update 1/12/18: budget, DFW, DWR, Parks Bond, EPA, CDFA, environment, labor, taxes... "...law enforcement, lands management, wildlife conservation, fisheries management, and the Fish and Game Commission’s activities...The Governor’s budget proposes an additional $50.6 million..."

Third kill chalked up to Rogue wolf pack - Wolves confirmed in northern Cascades, posted to KBC 1/28/18. "...Rogue Pack of gray wolves was responsible for two more killings of cow calves on a Butte Falls ranch last week, bringing the total loss for rancher Ted Birdseye to three calves within a week..."

FERC to host dam removal meeting Thursday, January 18. Notice was today January 17 in Klamath Herald and News.
"Public and those who opted to intervene ...invited"
"Participation in the meetings, including the gathering planned in Chiloquin, is limited to participation by tribal representatives."
"We'll be just sharing our support for the dam removal process,..."
Is this "public", or is this "limited to participation by tribal representatives" ??? Do you need to "register" with less than 1 day notice? Will there be any public meetings for non-tribal citizens?

KRRC names community liaison for dam removal, H&N 1/17/18. "Dave Meurer...community liaison to represent the region...He served previously as district representative for Sen. Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado Hills), and as deputy district director for former U.S. Rep. Wally Herger (R-Calif).
KBC News KRRC Page

Klamath Dam removal liaison Meurer will speak at Klamath Rotory Club February 8...intro by Dan Keppen  

Response to KRRC (Klamath dam destruction company) comments by Richard Marshall, Siskiyou County Water Users Assoc., posted to KBC 1/16/18

Study blames pot farms for poisoning of threatened owls, H&N, posted to KBC 1/16/18. "...Researchers from the University of California, Davis, and the California Academy of Sciences tested 10 northern spotted owls found dead in the region. Seven of the owls tested positive for rat poison, used by pot farmers to keep rodents away from their irrigation systems and crops..."
Spotted owl controversy renews over logging plan, KCBY News 6/12/07. "The Bush administration Tuesday proposed cutting 1.5 million acres from Northwest forests considered critical to the survival of the northern spotted owl, reopening the 1990s battle between timber production and wildlife habitat on public lands..."

Court OKs killing a type of owl to see effect on other owls, ABC News, posted to KBC 1/14/18
$3.5 million to hunt the barred owl that killed the spotted owl, H&N 1/24/14

Rogue (Wolf) Pack fingered for new livestock kill, Mail Tribune, posted to KBC 1/14/18. "The 250-pound calf was found dead Thursday morning by rancher Ted Birdseye on his 276-acre ranch near Medco Pond between Butte Falls and Prospect..."
OR-25 wolf killed near Fort Klamath, three wolf killing investigations open in region, H&N, posted to KBC 11/7/17. "...
there are a minimum of 112 wolves in the state, a 75 percent increase since December 2013..."a wolf was killed in the Starkey Wildlife Management Unit in Union County on Oct. 27 by an elk hunter, who self-reported the incident. The case will not be prosecuted as state law and wildlife officials believe it to be an incidence of self-defense. Killing of a protected gray wolf is a federal offense, punishable by up to a $100,000 fine, a year in jail, or both..."

Cliven Bundy standoff case thrown out in another stunning blow to government, The Oregonian, posted to KBC 1/9/18

KRRC hires community liaison on dam removal, (KBC NOTE: however they presently won't tell us who that is) H&N 1/9/18.
KRRC / Klamath River Renewal Corporation (Dam Destruction Group) Page
* Who's Who:  Who are these people, groups, and tribes who have shut down: more than 40 saw mills, Klamath River Basin's suction dredge mining, and much use of surface and well water to irrigate. And who do they have associations with. Who have they sued over logging, mining, and water rights.

Experts hired to present 3D animation of shots allegedly fired by FBI agent at LaVoy Finicum's truck, The Oregonian, 1/2/18.

1/9/18 - Public Not Welcome: Tribal Member Water Update Meeting Draft Agenda, January 9th & 10th: litigation, adjudication, Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement/UKBCA, Secretarial Negative Notice, KBRA Mazama funding, amended KHSA, water calls, BOR reconsultation, Klamath Marsh, global goals....

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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 allotted 2 feet of water for our crops, as all the rest 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.


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