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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
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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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KBC NEWS

"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 Basin Settlement Page including current Klamath Dam removal settlement efforts and failed 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  

Water coalition aims to coordinate conservation efforts, H&N, posted to KBC 11/25/19. "The Coalition of the Willing, a group of about 50 to 60 individuals...hired a facilitator whose salary is being financed in part by county funds, with pledges made by state and federal entities....Dan Keppen and Craig Tucker informally chair the stakeholders coalition."
Craig Tucker, Karuk Tribe spokesman, KBRA voting member, and a founder and board member of Klamath Riverkeeper. He joined Green Corps, specialized in community organizing and social justice, outreach director for Friends of the River,
 He is Campaign Coordinator for the Karuk Tribe's 'Bring the Salmon Home' campaign. "The goal: removal of four dams on the Klamath River which would represent the largest dam removal project in history."
Dan Keppen
: is presently is executive director of Family Farm Alliance and Klamath Water Users Association / KWUA public relations employee. He was engineer and media consultant for the former KWAPA / Klamath Water and Power Agency for KWUA On Project Plan, which was included in the KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement.  Keppen was with Northern California Water Association, and employed by the Bureau of Reclamation before coming to Klamath Falls in 2001 to work as executive director of KWUA.

Yurok Tribe responds to 'Takings' outcome, H&N, posted to KBC 11/25/19. "Officials representing the tribes interests said this means two things: (1) that Yurok water rights require the Bureau of Reclamation to provide, at minimum, enough water to the Klamath River to support salmon habitat and ensure the persistence of coho salmon and, (2) that Klamath Irrigation Project water withdrawals can only occur when there is enough water in the river to ensure the persistence of the fish."

'Erroneous' data triggers new biological opinion, H&N, posted to KBC 11/24/19. "The most recent consultation, which also took into consideration the effects on the killer whale in the Pacific Ocean, was expected to last through 2024"...“There are things that we believe that have gone beyond the duties of the Klamath Project,” said KWUA Executive Director Paul Simmons.

Klamath Tribes agree with court's ruling (on Takings Case), H&N, posted to KBC 11/24/19. "Sue Noe, affiliated with the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) and legal counsel for Klamath Tribes, said that Klamath Project irrigators, who are junior water users to the tribes, “were not entitled to receive any Project water in 2001.” (KBC NOTE: AFTER the 2001 water shutoff, the National Research Council stated that the water shutoff was "unjustified." For some perspective, NARF is supported by Ford Foundation and Carnegie Corporation, which along with George Soros' Open Society Foundation funded the northbound central American migrant caravans through Mexico:" https://onenewsnow.com/culture/2018/05/01/reports-soros-funding-border-caravan-invasion

Court Denies Farmers’ and Ranchers’ Just Compensation Claims in Water Takings Case Western Water Law challenged in the process, KWUA 11/14/19

OWRD to host groundwater management open house Dec 17, H&N, posted to KBC 11/24/19

Comment period extended to December 2 by Bureau of Reclamation
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Public comment for irrigation power cost reports, H&N 11/10/19.

***The draft reports, called the Klamath Basin Affordable Power Studies Power Cost Benchmark Report and Klamath River Basin America’s Water Infrastructure Act Affordable Power Measures Report are available at www.usbr.gov/mp/kbao/programs/affordable-power.html
Comments will be accepted through December 2, 2019. Comments may be emailed to bor-sha-awia@usbr.gov before midnight. By mail or hand delivery they must arrive by 4:30 p.m. to 6600 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR 97603.
These are the two reports to be commented on:
* APM Draft Report Nov 7  (AWIA Report/America Water Infrastructure Act)
* PCB Draft Report Nov 12 (Power cost benchmark report)


***Some Excerpts from current and past Reports, including key words "dam removal," "KBRA, "Water Use Retirement Program." when PacifiCorps....retires and removes...Klamath River Dams," "solar facility...would require 2,400 acres of land" "number of uncertainties," "disrupt water deliveries," "Keno Dam," "power prices...volatile."

 *** Plans target irrigation power cost reduction: KWUA hearing details water study progress. Energy symposium set for October by Sustainable NW, H&N 9/11/19. "...some irrigators have seen power costs increase as much as 2,000%, according to the Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA)."
***Sustainable NW and Trout Unlimited and other dam-removal-agenda NGOs appointed Richard Roos_Collins to the Klamath River Dam removal board, KRRC.
***"Richard Roos-Collins Legal Director, NATURAL HERITAGE INSTITUTE Attorney for American Rivers, Inc, California Trout, Sustainable NW, etc. Currently he is outside general counsel for NHI, and "has drafted and negotiated more than 50 such settlements. These include: Klamath Basin Restoration and Hydropower Agreements..." http://n-h-i.org/about-nhi/board-staff/ "


 

Perspectives on Klamath River dam removal by Rex Cozzalio, 4th generation rancher by Iron Gate Dam on the Klamath River, posted to KBC 11/8/19. This is a response to former legislator Jason Atkinson's support of destroying Klamath River Dams. Subject - dams and: irrigators, toxic algae, deadly C Shasta, habitat, power and PacifiCorp.

* Klamath River Compact Commission boosts visibility, H&N, posted to KBC 11/5/19.
* Susan Miller, Environmental Advisor for Siskiyou County Water Users Assoc, responds to Klamath Compact Commission meeting: "...information being presented should reflect all sides or viewpoints on a particular issue, rather than strictly being from the environmental agencies’ perspective only...We asked for equal time to present alternative scientific evidence and viewpoints and were refused...both environmental agencies represented by the two state commissioners are signatories of the Amended KHSA. Additionally, (Commission's Federal representative)Chrysten Lambert of Trout Unlimited...has glaring conflicts of interest..."
KBC NOTE: scroll to the bottom of our KRRC (Klamath dam removal group) leadership page regarding some of Lambert's conflicts of interest.

 

Suckers die in USFWS pilot project, H&N, posted to KBC 11/5/19. "When U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service visited the pens on the lake last week to release them into the wild, 10 of the 1,000 endangered fish were found alive...The fish that remained from the group were plagued by open flesh wounds from Lamprey in addition to numerous parasites...The $242,710-pilot project steered by Childress and a group of biologists with Congressional funding is leading them to identify a need to release fish when they are bigger."
KBC NOTE: The proposed KBRA/
Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement  mandated planting more fish-parasite Lamprey into Klamath Lake. Our community at large opposed this massive dam-removal/land&water acquisition agreement in spite of the closed-door negotiations with Tribes, government agencies and farm leaders.
In February 2004, dozens of scientists at Klamath Basin Science Workshop met in Klamath Falls to put their heads together regarding suckers and government proposals...lake level management.
Read Day 3 of the Science Workshop, Suckers and Hydrology 2/5/04: "...in Lake Euwana, sucker movement did not correspond with PH levels. A rise in PH had no effect. He said suckers passed in 233 to 1500 CFS. The minimum flow of 233CFS is sufficient for suckers. Most of the tagged fish died, and he said that the tagging could be killing them. Barbara Adams from USGS told about suckers with respect to water quality in UKL. They tagged 100, 36 died, and many of the rest got lost.
..
2002 Fires / Fish Kill: "Tamara Wood, USGS, studied water quality--the dissolved oxygen dynamics in UKL. She studied wind speed, temperature and oxygen. They found that in 2002 the oxygen into the lake was turned off by the weeks of heavy smoke from the forest fires. She was asked about lake levels effecting the suckers, 'I don't think the relationship is there.' "
 
2002 Fires / 2002 Fish Kill: "Tamara Wood, USGS, studied water quality--the dissolved oxygen dynamics in UKL. She studied wind speed, temperature and oxygen. They found that in 2002 the oxygen into the lake was turned off by the weeks of heavy smoke from the forest fires. She was asked about lake levels effecting the suckers, 'I don't think the relationship is there.' "
The Biscuit Fire was a massive wildfire in 2002
 that burned nearly 500,000 acres (780 sq mi; 2,000 km2) in the Rogue River–Siskiyou National Forest, in southern Oregon and northern California. The Biscuit Fire was the largest wildfire in the recorded history of Oregon .
Burned area: 500,000 acres (2,000 km2): 28,7...Date(s): July 12, 2002 –; December 31, 2002
2002 Fish Kill

February 2004 Workshop:
A.  Klamath Science Workshop planned by the DOI, February 3, 2004 KBC. Dr William Lewis Jr., University of Colorado, spoke regarding the NRC conclusions on suckers.
             a.
Water, sucker science argued at conference, H&N 2/4/04.
             b. 
Searching for sound science, HN 2/5/04
             c.  Klamath Scientists Day 3, KBC  2/5/04
             d.  The final day of the scientists, KBC (jdk) 2/7/04

Greg Walden, Oregon's Only Congressional Republican, Won't Run For Reelection, OPB, posted to KBC 11/5/19   

Opinion: Klamath dam removal is not a partisan issue, H&N, posted to KBC 11/5/19, by guest Jason Atkinson, "a former Oregon state legislator for 14 years, wrote and produced the film “A River Between Us” documenting the restoration of the Klamath River. He is a Rodel Fellow with the Aspen Institute, which receives financial support from George Soros’s Open Society Institute: https://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individuals/george-soros/
Soros financially supports many of the environmental groups and tribes that have litigated against the farmers’ and ranchers’ water rights, power rates, and those trying to save our Klamath hydro dams: 
http://klamathbasincrisis.org/funding
thedemise/Soros/georgesorostoc.htm
Soros’s history is very enlightening, a must read: http://klamathbasincrisis.org/fundingthedemise/Soros/history.htm : gun control, marijuana legalization, Clintons and Obama....

E Werner ReschkeState Rep E. Werner Reschke files for re-election, H&N, posted to KBC 11/5/19.

Native workers unsure of future after coal plant closes, H&N, posted to KBC 11/5/19. "...mining operations in the region employed 700 mostly Native American workers. The power plant had more than 500 employees, 90% of whom were Navajo. Navajo President Jonathan Nez said the tribe will lose between $40 million and $50 million annually from coal revenue and lease payments...U.S. utilities announced the retirement of nearly 550 coal-fired power generators since 2010, the agency said. More are planned."

Senate District 28Senator Dennis Linthicum files for re-election, H&N, posted to KBC 11/5/19.

Matthew 36-39: “ 'Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?'  Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.' "


Response by Siskiyou County Water Users to KRRC article in Siskiyou Daily News regarding Denial by California Water Resources for Clean Water Permit for Klamath Dam Removal, posted to KBC 10/20/19. "...Water Quality Board which is the lead agency for the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is stating that KRRC has not met the stringent requirements imposed to protect the environment.  The Water Board therefore cannot certify the project without proper protection...Besides this issue the KRRC which was gifted more than Twenty-five Million Dollars by the California Natural Resources Agency as part of an eventual total of taxpayer dollars exceeding $250,000,000 (Bond Funds) much of which appears to have been spent in a creative and complex public relations effort, is a long ways from getting Federal Energy Resources Commission (FERC) approval.  An additional $200,000,000 will come from PacifiCorp ratepayers.  This shouldn’t be surprising as until 2016 the KRRC didn’t exist except as an idea hatched in a law firm in New York City..."

***North Cascades Grizzly Bear Introduction Draft EIS Comments due October 24, Ag Daily, posted to KBC 10/20/19. "The plan seeks to import up to 200 grizzly bears to the region, despite obvious local stakeholder concerns...The International Union for Conservation of Nature has listed Ursus arctos, more commonly known as the “Grizzly” bear, as a ‘Species of Least Concern’, due in no small part to its population numbers of over 55,000 across North America."

Pacific Northwest tribes: Remove Columbia River dams, H&N, posted to KBC 10/20/19.
Former international clay-core dam designer Stephen Koshy extensively studied the imminent catastrophic collapse of the Klamath River clay-core dams if they were to be removed, and also the Columbia River dams:
 Stephen Koshy Page: Clay-Core Dam Engineer Stephen Koshy's scientific reports, letters, and government correspondence regarding his prediction of the imminent catastrophic collapse if the Klamath Hydroelectric Dams are destroyed.

      Millions of fish predators dispersed from Columbia River to Klamath Basin
                                Where have all the suckers gone?  

Lower Klamath Refuge construction an effort to save salmon (on the Columbia River). Habitat restoration aimed at dispersing (fish eating) Caspian Tern populations, H&N 2/14/18. "...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."

More than $350,000 awarded to benefit endangered Klamath sucker, H&N, posted to KBC 10/20/19.
Phosphorus causing decline in Klamath sucker fish by David Hill, Merrill, posted to KBC 10/20/19. "
The major element causing the problem is phosphorus, which comes from the leaching of phosphorus from the volcanic ash, "pumice" in Annie Creek and numerous other streams feeding into Klamath Lake, as was found from research done in the 1970s. Klamath Lake is a euphoric lake, meaning it is a self dying lake which was noted by the Fremont Expedition as "stinking water" in the 1800s, no cattle were present then."

Owl vs. owl: Should humans intervene to save a species?Owl killings spur moral questions about human intervention, H&N, posted to KBC 10/20/19. ("The owl experiment is unusual because it involves killing one species of owl to save another owl species...After the owl was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1990...federal officials halted logging on millions of acres of old-growth forests on federal lands to protect the bird's habitat. But the birds' population continued to decline...the barred owl is the spotted owl's worst enemy")

Motion to FERC by Del Norte County to intervene in Klamath dam removal proceedings, posted to KBC 10/1/19.

California State Water Resources Control Board denies water quality certification to KRRC, Klamath dam removal group, posted to KBC 10/1/19.

SCWUA letter to Office of Management and Budget regarding Klamath Compact Commission Chairperson Chrysten Lambert's conflicts of interest, posted to KBC 10/1/19.

Fund Raiser dinner for Doug LaMalfa in Etna September 28th.

han-20190827-vowell 1.jpg< Klamath's Vowell brothers to join Buckaroo Hall of Fame, H&N, posted to KBC 9/21/19.

The Good, Bad, Ugly - 2019 Oregon Legislative Session Summary by Oregon State Representative E. Werner Reschke,  posted to KBC 8/21/19. "The Democrat super majority legislature raised taxes on Oregonian’s nearly $5 billion...the Senate Republican walked out not once, but twice, halting the Senate process in order to prevent anti-constitutional gun, medical and environmentally extreme Cap & Trade bills from passing...Most policy was Portland-centric and top-down and will be devastating to rural Oregonians."

Plans target irrigation power cost reduction: KWUA hearing details water study progress. Energy symposium set for October by *Sustainable NW, H&N, posted to KBC 9/21/19. "...some irrigators have seen power costs increase as much as 2,000%, according to the Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA)."

Rules will change implementation of federal ESA, California Farm Bureau Federation Ag Alert, posted to KBC 9/21/19

EPA chief finalizes repeal of WOTUS, Capital Press, posted to KBC 9/21/19.

Lower Klamath refuge to start getting water, KWUA, posted to KBC 9/21/19. “Even in a year with 130 percent of average precipitation, we still did not have a full allocation to the Project,” said Klamath Irrigation District Manager Gene Souza. "The ESA requirements for fish are overwhelmingly the biggest risk to the water needs of the Refuge as well as the Project.”

Wolf depredationIdaho wolf livestock depredations hit another record, Idaho Farm Bureau Federation, posted to KBC 9/21/19.

Letter to FERC from Siskiyou County Water Users responding to Filing by KRRC (Klamath dam removal group), posted to KBC 8/22/19.

Inconvenient Truths: A little common sense on Klamath dam removal would go a long way, Range Magazine Fall 2019 Issue, by Theodora Johnson, posted to KBC 8/21/19. "There's a heap of evidence that flies in the face of the dam-removal activists' claims--evidence that shows dam removal could be epically catastrophic for all wildlife and people on the Klamath."

Groups sue over Klamath River water: KRRC's dam removal efforts continue, OPB, posted to KBC 8/14/19.

***Klamath dams critical to fighting wildfires, KRRC's fire management plan inadequate, by The SISKIYOU COUNTY NATURAL RESOURCES DEPARTMENT, H&N guest opinion, posted to KBC Aug 14, 2019. "When homes and lives are at stake in a wildfire, nothing is more important than having firebreaks and a readily available water source. That’s exactly what’s provided by the reservoirs created by dams on the Klamath River... Last year, the infamous Klamathon fire, which burned over 38,000 acres over 16 days, was finally stopped by firefighters — thanks to the use of Iron Gate reservoir....Firefighting aircraft drafted 225,000 gallons of water per day. Most of it came from Iron Gate reservoir. At the peak of the fight, seventeen helicopters were engaged nonstop, sometimes dropping water as quickly as every six minutes....with the reservoirs gone, risk to firefighters’ lives will skyrocket. Not only will fires take longer to put out — which means fires will burn hotter and longer — but aircraft pilots will be forced to attempt to draw water from the river itself.... 2006, two firefighters lost their lives attempting to extract water from the river."

Facilitator Mikkelsen to aid Interior on Klamath water talks, H&N, posted to KBC 8/14/19. "Alan Mikkelsen, senior advisor to the Secretary of the Interior on water and western resource issues, said Friday he is continuing to take part in the so-called “Coalition of the Willing” meetings in addition to the facilitator...The coalition meetings are closed to the public and the media and are being held in Medford or Redding..." KBC NOTE: after the community's outrage over secret Klamath water settlement negotiations excluding public input or knowledge, our farm leaders and Interior assured us that there would be transparency in any future talks. Only allowed at the negotiation table were groups agreeing with destroying the Klamath hydroelectric dams.

William Perry PendleyWILLIAM PERRY PENDLEY appointed Deputy Director, Policy And Programs for BLM, July 2019. See his BIO

KRRC adds RES to dam removal contractor list, H&N 7/25/19

Klamath Basin water takings case argued in Washington, D.C., Compensation sought for federal 'taking' of water in 2001, H&N, posted to KBC 7/15/19.

Call on water appears unnecessary, by Bill Boyd, Chiloquin rancher, H&N, posted to KBC 7/15/19. "For the second year in a row, the Tribes in the Modoc Irrigation District have called for our irrigation and stock water to be shut off even through we had 140 percent normal moisture level this last winter..."

California Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Review, posted to KBC 7/15/19..diesel vehicle mandates, environmental, labor, rural crime, water, wildfire, wildlife...

California Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Review, posted to KBC 7/7/19. H-2A housing, harassment liability, excessive union organizer privilege, employer mandates, Klamath relief bills, pesticides, taxation, broadband representation, cattle guards, $130M drinking water fund taken from Greenhouse Gas Fund, wildfire bill, accidental take of protected species.

Fatal Conceit - System rigged against the public, Oregon State Senator Dennis Linthicum - District 28, June Newsletter. "The Democrat super-majority is advocating for the round-up and capture of elected representatives by the Oregon State Police. Additionally, they are proposing to fine each of us $500 per day. Then, to drive the knife deeper into the wound, the Senate President scheduled floor sessions for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, which allowed the super-majority to levy an extra three days of fines. The sheer level of avarice is stupefying..."

Senator Kim Thatcher on the Oregon Senators' walkout: Cap And Trade, posted to KBC 7/2/19. "...Not only was HB 2020 coming to the Senate floor yesterday, a bill that grants driver licenses to illegals was also scheduled. Both of them contain an emergency clause which precludes a referendum by voters who want to put them on the ballot...just a few years ago, the Oregon legislature passed a driver license bill that was successfully put on the ballot where it was handily rejected by voters 2:1. Every county, except Multnomah where Portland resides, rejected driver licenses for illegals..."

National Popular Vote versus local rights, by Oregon State Senator Dennis Linthicum, H&N Guest Opinion, posted to KBC 7/2/19. "...There are 3,141 counties in the United States. Trump won 3,084 of them. Clinton won 57...In the 5 counties that encompass NYC, (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Richmond & Queens) Clinton received well over 2 million more votes than Trump. (Clinton only won 4 of these counties; Trump won Richmond) Therefore these 5 counties alone, more than accounted for Clinton winning the popular vote of the entire country...These 5 counties comprise 319 square miles. The United States is comprised of 3,797,000 square miles...Large, densely-populated, cities such as, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, etc. shouldn’t be allowed to usurp the opinions of the rest of the country..."

Cap and Trade an excess of regulation, H&N letter to editor by Steve Rapalyea, posted to KBC 7/2/19. "...Manmade CO2 is estimated at 3% of the atmospheric CO2 and it has been found that natural variations exceed that percentage. CO2 is approximately 1,560,000th of the total atmospheric gas and is essential for all life on Earth....Think about our transportation system. It is mostly dependent on fossil fuels, as is much of our residential heating. Are you ready to give up your cars and trucks? How about farmers and ranchers with their diesel powered tractors?..."

Farm Bureau testifies in favor of new water rule, California Farm Bureau Federation Ag Alert, posted to KBC 7/2/19.

Justice Thomas: “Nothing in the Constitution Prohibits Passing Laws Prohibiting Dismemberment of a Living Child,” Life News June 28, 2019

* Letter to Tom Byler, Director Oregon Water Resources from Siskiyou County Water Users Association regarding Klamath Compact Commission meeting, posted to KBC 7/2/19. " SCWUA asks OWR nine questions regarding Klamath Compact Commission meeting of June 18.

*** Agenda for the Klamath River Compact Commission Meeting on June 18, 2019. From SCWUA: "The Oregon Water Resources Commission called a meeting of the Klamath Compact Commission on June 18, 2019 at OIT in Klamath Falls at 11AM to 1:30 Mt Scott Room. They haven’t had a meeting since 2006 but are now calling for a meeting  with the objective of re instituting the Klamath Commission.  It will be important to all to show up at that meeting to hear what they have to say. It had limited circulation." Presenters: KWUA attorney/director, California Water Resources, Oregon Water Resources,

A response to the general counsel of KRRC: Why Klamath Compact decision-making matters, FERC’s own regulations (18 C.F.R. § 9.2) require FERC to determine the “qualifications of the transferee [here, KRRC] to hold such license.” KRRC is not qualified, because it was created in violation of federal law."

  • Only FERC will decide dam removal, not Klamath River Compact Commission, Guest Opinion by RICHARD ROOS-COLLINS General Counsel, KRRC, Herald and News Online, posted to KBC 5/20/19. ""The JC Boyle Dam in Klamath County, Ore., is one of four slated to be removed from the Klamath River under a Memorandum of Understanding between the Klamath County Commission and the Klamath River Renewal Corp."
    KRRC's Attorney Richard Roos-Collin extensive biography on KBC's Whose Who page.

Oregon Cap & Trade Advances. Air horn protest can’t shutdown climate bill, Oregon Capital Bureau (in Herald and News) June 13, 2019. "Johnson, the most conservative of the Senate Democrats, has been a vocal opponent of the bill, saying it would destroy the state’s economy...Republicans have been staunchly against the idea, saying it will decimate the rural way of life, where people work in mills and factories that would be hurt by cap and trade. They drive longer distances, making the estimated 16 cent-per-gallon increase in gas costs more significant... It will kill jobs, it will hurt families, businesses and employees, and it will incur extreme costs without providing benefit to the environment..."

California Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Review posted to KBC 6/15/19. Cap and Trade: $65M Ag Diesel Engine Replacement, $28M healthy soils, $34M Dairy Methane Reduction. $30M annually land acquisition, timber bill, fur trapping, endangered bumble bees, Delta Fisheries Management.

Attorney James Buchal's letter to The New 49'srs regarding ban on small scale mining, posted to KBC 6/10/19.

Federal judge rules against WOTUS, Capital Press, posted to KBC 6/10/19

California Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Review 6/7/19
California Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Review 6/3/19: Smog check program for heavy duty vehicles which impacts agricultural vehicles, measure for new advisory position to make recommendations on impacts to agricultural including Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, give state authority to override federal changes to some state regulations including water management and endangered species, sick leave, family leave, school lunches, regulations for CalFire, $30 Million for continued annual land acquisition for animal habitat while having a $20 Billion backlog for maintenance."

LaMalfa & Panetta’s Legislation to Honor Families of Veterans Passes House, posted to KBC 5/23/19

* Interior retracts support for Klamath dam removal, Siskiyou County Natural Resources, H&N 5/23/19. "Flooding was a significant problem prior to the dams. The 100-year flood plain after decommissioning will undoubtedly encroach on homes, and property values will plummet...The community of Copco, nestled along the shores of Copco Lake, will become a ghost town once the lake disappears...No longer will water from the lake be there to save the community from wildfires—which has happened twice in the past few years...Twenty- to 30-million cubic feet of sediment will be released into the river upon decommissioning...releasing millions of tons of contaminated sediment into the river will likely kill significant aquatic life..."

* PRESS RELEASE: LaMalfa Thanks Interior for Withdrawing Obama-era Policy on Klamath Dams, posted to KBC 5/23/19.

* Letter from Secretary of Interior Bernhardt to FERC / Federal Energy Regulatory Commission withdrawing Obama Interior's letter of support for Klamath Dam Removal. May 17, 2019

*10/17/16 Letter to FERC from Obama's Interior Secretary Jewell supporting Klamath dam removal

Inslee OKs funding to study removal of Snake River dams, KATU 2, posted to KBC 5/23/19

VIDEO: James Buchal, Save the Klamath Dams, Siskiyou County May 4th fundraiser in Yreka to preserve the four hydropower dams on the Klamath River. YouTube: https://youtu.be/HxAtlBiLWE8 Other speakers were Congressman LaMalfa, former Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams, Siskiyou County Supervisor Brandon Criss, and Klamath resident Joe Watkins.

Former commissioner Mallams urges board to fight dam removal, H&N Online, posted to KBC 5/20/19. "Former Klamath County commissioner Tom Mallams urged current commissioners to take a strong, public stance against the Klamath River Renewal Corporation’s dam removal project at a Wednesday morning meeting...Mallams, accompanied by Siskiyou County Water Users Association president Rich Marshall, asked commissioners to sign a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission condemning removal of the J.C. Boyle dam in Klamath and three others in Jackson and Siskiyou counties.
Draft Letter to FERC

  • A response to the general counsel of KRRC: Why Klamath Compact decision-making matters, FERC’s own regulations (18 C.F.R. § 9.2) require FERC to determine the “qualifications of the transferee [here, KRRC] to hold such license.” KRRC is not qualified, because it was created in violation of federal law."
     
  • Only FERC will decide dam removal, not Klamath River Compact Commission, Guest Opinion by RICHARD ROOS-COLLINS General Counsel, KRRC, Herald and News Online, posted to KBC 5/20/19. ""The JC Boyle Dam in Klamath County, Ore., is one of four slated to be removed from the Klamath River under a Memorandum of Understanding between the Klamath County Commission and the Klamath River Renewal Corp."
    KRRC's Attorney Richard Roos-Collin extensive biography on KBC's Whose Who page.

    After Klamath River flushes, C. shasta spores spike, surprising scientists, H&N online, posted to KBC 5/20/19. "the number of spores actually spiked three or four weeks after the river flushing was completed earlier this spring." "The JC Boyle Dam in Klamath County, Ore., is one of four slated to be removed from the Klamath River under a Memorandum of Understanding between the Klamath County Commission and the Klamath River Renewal Corp."

A tale of two wildfire bills, Medford Mail Tribune, posted to KBC 5/20/19. Walden: more forest timber harvest and thinning to keep fires from spreading. Merkley: more money for counties, mitigation, fire fighting, collaboration,

Regulation headed for Upper Klamath Lake tributaries, Wood River, H&N, posted to KBC 5/20/19. "Oregon Water Resources Department is in the process of validating a call on Upper Klamath Lake tributaries, including the Wood River, filed by senior water right holders, the Klamath Tribes, on April 18." (KBC NOTE: 2019 is an extremely high water year)

Groups sue to block grazing permits for pardoned Oregon ranchers, Capital Press, posted to KBC 5/20/19.
1/5/16 - Congressman Walden emotionally describes the injustice by our federal government in the West, and the actual small acreage of grass burned by Hammond's backfire.

Salmon-eating sea lions targeted at Columbia River dam, H&N, posted to KBC 5/20/19.

< This March 2019 photo was taken a few miles from the mouth of the Klamath River by KBC News. From Google: "
Another estimate, based on California sea lions' metabolic needs, suggests that 100 animals feeding in that area consume at least 13,000 salmon each spring."

Oregon wildlife head backs delisting of wolves as endangered, Register Guard 5/18/19.

PacifiCorp and Tribes applaud selection of Kiewit, H&N, posted to KBC 5/20/19. "The Karuk and Yurok tribes, both parties to the amended Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement, applauded both developments as key steps in facilitating enactment of the KHSA..."

SCWUA/Siskyou County Water Users Association Fund Raiser Dinner: JOIN THE BATTLE TO SAVE THE DAMS; IT'S NOT A DONE DEAL, May 4th, 2019, Yreka, speakers Attorney James Buchal, CA U.S. Congressman Doug LaMalfa, Siskiyou County Supervisor Brandon Criss, Former Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams, Jackson County Commissioner Colleen Roberts.

KBC STATS for April 2019: 14,118 visits, 5415 unique visitors, 210,739 pages, 221,211 hits

* KBC's Basin Volunteer Ambulance Service table of contents page
* History of Basin Volunteer Ambulance Service (BVAS) and the Volunteers, servicing Merrill, Malin, Tulelake, Newell, and surrounding areas, by Curtis Newkirk, EMT Intermediate with volunteer ambulance service of 49 years, May 4, 2019. ACTION NEEDED by those in the Merrill and Malin Fire Districts in the upcoming election.
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Tribute to Basin Volunteer Ambulance Service volunteers May 4, 2019

Matthew 5:9

WARNING: Stephen Koshy Page: Clay-Core Dam Engineer Stephen Koshy's scientific reports, letters, and government correspondence regarding his prediction of the imminent catastrophic collapse if the Klamath Hydroelectric Dams are destroyed.

Kiewit wins dam removal contract from KRRC, H&N, posted to KBC 4/26/19
   * Kiewit positions for Klamath dam pillage, by Rex Cozzalio, member of SCWUA / Siskiyou County Water Users Association, 1/18/19
  
Oregon Disarmament Bill: SB 978 by Dennis Linthicum, Oregon State Senator District 28, posted to KBC 4/28/19.

 

For April 2019 chronological news, see Archive 203
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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+ 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.


 

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