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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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TID Crops report
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Tour Klamath Project transcript
Project Irrigation Primer
Tribal Forest Tour:  transcript
Unintended consequences
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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  

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.
*
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.

VFW concerns: Proposed gun law fails to exclude antique weapons, H&N guest writer Lawrence Cottingham, posted to KBC 4/28/19. Cottingham is a SFC U.S. Army retired veteran, VFW and American Legion member.

Utility offers updates on dams, forest fires, H&N, posted to KBC 4/28/19.

Klamath Tribes at water coalition talks, H&N, posted to KBC 4/28/19.

Rules slash regulatory reach over Upper Klamath wells, Capital Press, posted to KBC 4/24/19. “Pumping shutdowns by the Oregon Water Resources Department have been a source of controversy in the Upper Klamath Basin in recent years, with the agency facing multiple lawsuits arguing that regulated wells aren’t actually interfering with surface water rights... 'Overall, the rules are still bad for us, bad for the entire state of Oregon,' said Tom Mallams, an area farmer who sat on a “rules advisory committee” about the interim regulations. 'It’s unlikely OWRD will actually abide by a provision stating that the interim rules won’t set a precedent,' he said. 'Water Resources say they won’t or say they will, and they don’t stick to it. The final rules may again increase the number of wells subject to regulation while retaining provisions about the adverse impacts from groundwater pumping, hindering irrigators from challenging shutdowns in court,' said Mallams.'The OWRD likely reduced the distance in the interim rules to avoid court challenges in the meantime,' he said. 'That’s a very appealing carrot to the irrigators, but we know that’s just to put a stop to the litigation against them.' ”

CFBF Legislative Review, posted to KBC 4/24/19...ag employee housing, pot, marketing, hemp, pesticides, ESA-protected Tricolored Blackbirds.

Number of small farms is growing in Oregon, Argus Observer, posted to KBC 4/24/19. "...The amount of farmland in Oregon had dropped by about 340,000 acres over the five-year period... labor is the top cost on farm, having increased 21 percent since 2012..."

Lawsuit renews attack on grazing in Oregon national forest, Capital Press, posted to KBC 4/24/19.

What Breaks God’s Heart, LUKE 19:41-42

KWUA files lawsuit against Reclamation, H&N 4/12/19. "Klamath Water Users Association, which had announced its intent to file suit last week, did so against Bureau of Reclamation on Thursday due to limitations to water supply for the Klamath Project outlined in the 2019 biological opinions."

Water for irrigators: KWUA announces Project delivery, H&N, posted to KBC 4/13/19. "Bureau of Reclamation’s Klamath Basin Area Office will deliver at least 322,000 acre feet of water — or a 92% allocation — rather than a full 350,000 from Upper Klamath Lake to the Klamath Project this summer and fall...Longtime legal counsel for KWUA Paul Simmons...was selected as executive director of the association..." KBC NOTE: an irrigator contacted and told us: "It is really less than honest to say the Project is getting 92% of their deliveries this year. If you go back to their original allotment, this year they are only actually getting around 69. All of our water, both upper and lower basin, continues to be "re-allocated."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 4/13/19.

Klamath Tribes expand crime victim support with $400,000 grant, posted to KBC H&N 4/13/19. "Klamath Tribes Social Services Director Marvin Garcia said they currently employ one victim advocate who handles up to 100 cases per month...More than 80 percent of Native American women across the country have experienced violence, according to the Indian Law Resource Center, and more than 50 percent have experienced sexual violence..."

California fire risk shows urgent need for prevention work, Chico Enterprise-Record, posted to KBC 4/13/19. "Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on wildfires, designed to expedite forest-thinning projects and other programs..Cal Fire and the state Board of Forestry estimate 23 million acres in the state’s responsibility area could benefit from fuel reduction. And those treatments aren’t one-time efforts: they must be repeated every few years to be effective...Among the biggest complications in forest management are California’s strict environmental regulations...The reviews can take years."

Sprague River rising to 8.4 feet, on flood watch, H&N, posted to KBC 4/13/19.

Record number of wolves in Oregon, H&N, posted to KBC 4/13/19. "...known wolves in Oregon at the end of 2018 was 137, a 10% increase over the previous year...Sixteen wolf packs, defined as four or more wolves traveling together in winter, were documented during the Oregon count, up from 12 packs in 2017..."

KID, KWUA sue agencies over water supply followed by Fears of Flooding, H&N 4/8/19.

Dam removal a far cry from a done deal  “Dam removal on the Klamath River is a natural-resource-management decision that PacifiCorp, as a regulated utility, is unwilling to undertake because of the substantial risks and uncertain benefits,” said PacifiCorp in comments to the California State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) on Feb. 26...One major concern is whether KRRC will be able to afford the cost of dam removal, or that it will truly shoulder the significant liabilities facing PacifiCorp and its customers if the dams come out. Not only do the dams provide flood control, they also hold at least 20 million cubic yards of polluted settlement behind them..."

KWUA Annual Meeting – Open to The Public April 8th At Reames Golf Course April 8, 2019, 5:30 social hour, 6:30 meeting. RSVP www.kwua.org or call 541 883 6100.

Klamath Dams, water quality, temperature and 20 million yards of toxic sediment, by engineer Don Mausshardt for H&N, posted to KBC 4/4/19. "...In the late 1990s and early 2000, environmental organizations have taken several thousand of acres of farmland adjacent to the upper end of Klamath Lake and turned them in to marshlands. This can also be contributing to the warming of the waters in the Lake...Could the data presented show that the creation of new marshlands has had just the opposite effect and is now really detrimental to the sucker fish?...the real question of the 20 million cubic yards of “toxic” sediment behind the dams as reported in the Herald and News. There was no explanation offered by the representative on how that would be managed...the silence was deafening..."

Planning for water uncertainties, H&N, posted to KBC 4/4/19. "Despite 121 percent of median snowpack, 101 percent of median precipitation in the Klamath Basin and a 93 percent water allocation for Klamath Project irrigators, uncertainties for some farmers in the Basin remain...In 2019, I plan on planting some permanent crops,” Paul said during the meeting. “With the new biological opinion, how likely am I going to be able to irrigate those crops in the future years?...If one out of three years we won’t be irrigating, I can’t make that work...2019 might look good, but with this new biological opinion, you have no certainty..."

Commissioners, KRRC address dam removal concerns, H&N, posted to KBC 4/4/19. "Klamath County Commissioners entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Klamath River Renewal Corporation...KRRC is also talking with commissioners in Siskiyou County, California, where three of the four dams proposed for removal are located. Cox said KRRC had not yet entered into an MOU with Siskiyou County, but hoped to soon..."

Klamath Basin Attack Planned and Being Carried Out? by Rudy Hiley, Tulelake, 4/4/19. "Hopefully when he worked toward dam removal with the Canadian concern AECON Corporation he was unaware that they were being absorbed by the Chinese conglomerate known as CCCI, an arm of the Chinese government.  Thank God that the Canadian government was awake enough to shoot that sale down over national security concerns.  Paying one of our military adversaries to take our dams out would be unique indeed."

Irrigation season begins for Klamath Project, followed by Reclamation transitions to modified water operation plan, H&N 4/4/19. "Snowpack as of Tuesday afternoon is up to about 129 percent of average for the Klamath Project, with precipitation resting at 98 percent. Nettleton told irrigators late last month they could anticipate a projected 93 percent allocation, pending the release of the official number, which should be released later this week."

Modoc apology bill passes Senate, on to House, H&N 4/4/19. " Chairman Don Gentry:“On behalf of the Klamath Tribes, the Klamath, Modoc and Yahooskin Paiute people, I hereby express our overwhelming support of Senate Concurrent Resolution 12 ... Acknowledging the truth of wrongs done is a critical first step towards healing those affected.”

Judge Defends Obama Expansion Of Oregon National Monument, FM News 101 KXL, posted to KBC 4/4/19. "Murphy Co. and Murphy Timber Investments LLC brought one of three lawsuits against Obama’s expansion of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, arguing that part of the expanded area was reserved for timber production." Obama nearly doubled the monument’s size to more than 150 square miles. "Kristen Boyles, an attorney for Earthjustice which was one of the defendant-intervenors in the case, said she was grateful." KBC Note: George Soros is a multibillionaire whose goal is One World Order. His financial support goes to litigation (Earthjustice) for most of the NGOs /Non Governmental Agencies (environmental groups) at the secret KBRA negotiation table. Go HERE for our Who's Who Page.

Wolves target Oregon rancher's animals again. Puppy makes 11th animal taken by Rogue Pack, Medford Mail Tribune, posted to KBC 4/4/19.

Conference call on water April 12 in Klamath; OWRD to host OWRC conference call 3/28/19. "The OWRD will ask the commission to consider adoption of proposed rules that manage groundwater and surface water in the Upper Klamath Basin."

Air Dancers no longer match for Rogue wolf pack, Medford Mail Tribune, posted to KBC 4/4/19

Tule Lake Unit, WWII Valor in the Pacific Redesignated as Tule Lake National Monument, NPS Press Release 3/25/19

Klamath County Commissioners will discuss the MOU again on March 27, according to the following article. If it's public, attending would be a good idea. KRRC decision reversed, H&N, posted to KBC 3/17/19. KCC's business meetings are at 8:30 a.m. every Tuesday, according to their website: https://www.klamathcounty.org/151/Board-of-Commissioners

* Instructions for writing to FERC regarding Klamath Dam removal

1 Corinthians 13:13. "So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love."

Promising water outlook, but no promises, H&N 3/24/19. "The snowpack sits at 121 percent of median and Jeff Nettleton, manager of the Klamath Basin Area Office, projects a 325,000 acre feet or 93 percent of a normal water delivery for irrigators...'It is hard to see because you get 121 percent of average (snowpack), you would expect a full supply,” Johnson said. “Under the old ‘bi-op,’ you would have that. They’re just constantly chipping away at the allocation, and that’s what’s scary. The only thing it has going for it is a definitive allocation April 1 and, in theory, you can use it whenever you want to after April 1.' "

< Klamath hydroelectric dam removal, by Dr. Richard Gierak 3/24/19

 

< Robert L. King obituary, H&N, posted to KBC 3/23/19.  "...he was on the board of directors of the Bucket Brigade, doing all he could to help farmers keep their water rights..." KBC NOTE: He lived a full life of giving his all to his God, his family, community and country...an All American Christian and Patriot. Thank you Bob! It was an honor to know you. We will miss you.

Rebuttal penned to KRRC guest editorial by Dave Meurer, "...The reason Mr. Meurer feels it would be “unique” that “dam removal might mean more water for farmers instead of less” is because it doesn’t. There is nothing to support that unaccountable assertion, and much which supports the opposite....KRRC members who have openly said that Keno will be their next step...Do not believe what they imply. FERC has not yet signed off on this debacle."
* Instructions for writing to FERC regarding Klamath Dam removal It's not too late to write to FERC.

Another threat to Oregon's timber industry, Capital Press, posted to KBC 3/23/19.

California Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Review 3/22/19

Klamath water year looks promising, H&N 3/21/19. Bureau of Reclamation PUBLIC MEETING March 22, Friday, 1-3 at Klamath County Fairgrounds on 2019 water year. (One whole day notice.)
Please take time to read through the
Draft Klamath Project Environmental Assessment. It details Project irrigators' new lower cap on surface water, additional groundwater needed to help but not make up for the decrease in surface water allowed, more fallowed land, more well pumping expense, worse economy and unemployment. Bird predation of baby suckers is one reason for keeping more water in lakes, but there have been no thorough studies of the bird predation caused by the 3 manmade islands to entice fish-eating terns to come into the Klamath Basin...terns that ate 20 million smolts annually in the Columbia Basin.
One irrigator's comments on the Bureau's devastating Draft Environmental Assessment, 3/19/19

Modoc War apology bill proposed, H&N 3/21/19.

ITTSD Motion for leave to File Amicus Brief, filed by Lawrence A. Kogan 3/19/19, regarding Klamath Dam Removal.

ITSSD Amicus Curiae Brief, filed by Lawrence A Kogan In Re Siskiyou County Water Users Association, Petitioner on Petition for Writ of Mandamus 3/19/19: "...
The States, by assisting USG to shift jurisdiction over (Klamath) dam removal from EPA to DOI and FERC, effectively freed DOI from conducting the rigorous EPA-required scientific assessment of the significant risks to human health and welfare dam removal would trigger upon release of decades of contaminants accumulated in the dam reservoir bottoms..."

COMMENT BY March 19! Reclamation requests comments on Klamath Project environmental assessment.  (KBC Note: this proposed EA lowers the cap on water deliveries to the Klamath Project, increases lake levels, projects more groundwater pumping, more unemployment, worse local economy, more seasons of insufficient water for Project. Although the comment period ended today, it's important to read this. It's a little over 100 pages. The Herald and News notice only came out a week ago, not nearly enough time to comprehend the document and make comments.)

KRRC decision reversed, H&N, posted to KBC 3/17/19.

In split vote, Klamath County OKs deal for dam removal, posted to KBC 3/17/19.

THE GREAT EXPERIMENT, DECEPTION
Dam removal report sparks HOPE for Klamath Basin Ag, H&N by dam removal liason Dave Maurer, posted to KBC 3/17/19.
"...dam removal MIGHT mean more water for farmers..."
"...dam removal MAY have something big to offer..."
"...dam removal COULD free up more water (for farmers)..."
"...ESA MIGHT loosen its grip on the region..."
"...HOPEFULLY we'll have more salmon..."
"...POSSIBILITY of using this 50,000 acre feet of water for crops..."
"...dam removal will LIKELY reduce or eliminate the biological necessity for spring dilution flows..."
"...
IF the conditions triggering the court order are addressed by the benefits of dam removal, this COULD result in a real and measurable benefit to farmers. IT ISN'T A GUARANTEE..."
"...We BELIEVE that river restoration will help communities..."

DEQ offering free well water testing in Klamath Basin, H&N, posted to KBC 3/17/19

Record February snowfall reduces drought concerns, H&N, posted to KBC 3/17/19.

Swan Lake project should be for water storage, H&N letter by Tim Plass, posted 3/17/19.

Name change likely to Tule Lake National Monument, H&N, posted to KBC 3/17/19. KBC NOTE: The Tule Lake Committee has already helped obtain more than 1300 acres for their current designation of World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, honoring the Japanese living in America who were relocated to the Tulelake Relocation facility for four years until WWII was over. For more than a decade they have continued to sue the Tulelake Airport, City of Tulelake and Modoc County to shut down our airport that services 40,000 square miles, so they could acquire that land also to tell their story. See our Tulelake vs Japanese Controversy Page.

National News - Record-breaking migration is overwhelming border agencies, H&N 3/6/19. "More than 76,000 migrants crossed the U.S.-Mexico border last month, more than double the number from the same period last year."

John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world that He gave his only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but shall have eternal life."

PLEASE ATTEND, or COMMENT before March 12!!! Hearing Scheduled on Bill That Would Ban Forest Practices on Over a Million Acres in Oregon, OFS 3/8/19:  "On Tuesday, March 12 at 1:00 PM, the House Committee on Energy & Environment will hold a public hearing on HB 2656. HB 2656 is probably the most threatening bill to Oregon’s managed forests by banning harvest, road building, and the use of pesticides and fertilizers in forestland that supplies drinking water for public sources. Thus, locking up over a million of acres..."

COMMENT BY March 19! Reclamation requests comments on Klamath Project draft environmental assessment, posted 3/9/19

California Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Review 3/8/19: emission reporting mandates, climate change, forests, construction mandates in high fire zones, wildlife.

U.S. plans to lift protections for gray wolves, Capital Press, posted to KBC 3/9/19.

California judge upholds wolf protection, H&N 3/1/19.

Standing in Unanimous Support…RESOLUTION OF THE OREGON REPUBLICAN PARTY, Senator Linthicum Newsletter, posted to KBC 3/9/19

John 17:26 - "I (Jesus) have made You (God) known to them (His disciples), and will continue to make You known in order that the love You have for Me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

            PLEASE SEND COMMENTS BY 3/4/19
             This could eventually effect us all,
                     not just Klamath Basin !

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OWRD Comments Due on UK well use BY 3/4/19.
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Commentary on OWRD / Oregon Water Resources Department well water mandates by Joan Sees, Beatty Oregon, posted to KBC 3/2/19 "...OWRD is again picking the “science” that will give it the outcome that it wants.The proposed interim rules are not really protecting senior water rights but giving them all the water in the basin and putting the Upper Klamath Basin irrigators out of business..."
* Commentary on OWRD Mandates : Great news, or just another 'Trojan horse' for Oregon? by TOM MALLAMS, former Klamath County Commissioner and Upper Klamath Basin irrigator for 40 years, for the Capital Press posted to KBC 3/2/19: "...Many suits have been filed by well owners in the Klamath Basin, challenging OWRD’s overreach. OWRD already spent their current litigation budget of $835,628. They then were given an additional $1,352,526 that will last until June, 2019...surface water users were encouraged by OWRD to drill a well, and then told “your water will be safe...With OWRD’S endorsement of Klamath dam removal, we predicted years ago that this movement would expand to the Columbia and Snake River system...We now predict that OWRD’s current attempt to claim, through computer modeling, that ground water and surface water are connected, will be expanded in other areas of the State..."

* Groundwater Workshop in Siskiyou County: Understanding the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act on 3/14/19

ITSSD Summary of their following comments to SWRCB draft EIS regarding Klamath Dam destruction posted to KBC 3/2/19: "Attached is the 30-page comment submission sent to the California State Water Resources Control Board by the Institute for Trade, Standards and Sustainable Development (ITSSD), and its President, Lawrence Kogan. These comments respond to/oppose the SWRCB's draft EIR supporting KRRC's application with FERC for license transfer and surrender, and ultimate decommissioning of PacifiCorp's Lower Klamath Project, for the purpose of removing the four Klamath River dams. Although the comments..." Continue

ITSSD Comments Regarding the SWRCB Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Lower Klamath Project License Surrender Pacificorp Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Project No. 14803 posted to KBC 3/2/19

KLG Memo of Law - Congress must consent-ratify Klamath River Dam Removal, Prepared by Institute for Trade, Standards and Sustainable Development (ITSSD) and Lawrence A. Kogan, President 2/25/19. Detailed Memo

CFBF Legislative Review 3/1/19: Air quality, pot, climate change, zero greenhouse gas emissions, environmental regs, hemp, food, rural health and safety, drinking water fund, groundwater recharge, wildlife trapping, wildlife, ESA accidental take.

***OWRD hearings Feb 26 in Klamath Falls
OWRD Comments Due on UK well use 3/4/19
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Oregon Regrets executing Modoc Chief Captain Jack who murdered General Canby, Senate Concurrent Resolution 12 Sponsored by Oregon Senator GIROD, February 2019. "Resolved, That we express our regret over the execution of Kintpuash (Captain Jack), Schonchin John, Black Jim and Boston Charley in October 1873 and for the expulsion of the Modoc tribe from their ancestral lands in Oregon." https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SCR12/Introduced

Wheels keep turning in lawsuit to retain dams, Siskiyou Daily News 2/12/19
Reminder that Siskiyou County Water Users has kept up the fight PRESS RELEASE: Siskiyou County Water Users: Hearing scheduled for DC Circuit Court on Writ of Mandamus regarding Klamath Dams, KRRC and Klamath Compact, SCWUA, reposted to KBC 2/22/19

Merkley to hold town hall in Klamath, Lake counties Saturday, H&N, posted to KBC 2/22/19. "The Klamath County Town Hall will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Oregon Institute of Technology..."

The state is making up its own water rules, H&N by Jerry Jones, Chiloquin, posted to KBC 2/22/19. "Historical documents show Oregon Department of Water Resources (ODWR) has engaged in water theft from the historical ranches of the Upper Klamath Basin..."

TID pumping water to Lower Klamath Refuge, H&N 2/19/19, FOLLOWED BY:
Amidst Uncertainty, Klamath Project farmers increase water delivery to Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, KWUA press release.

BOR updates KID on water operations, H&N, posted to KBC 2/22/19
BOR map of current Klamath Basin water storage 02/17/19

California Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Review 2/22/19.

Opinion: The Oregon Trail Blazers could unite our state, by Rep. E Werner Reschke, Oregonian, posted to KBC 2/22/19

Reminder that Siskiyou County Water Users has kept up the fight PRESS RELEASE: Siskiyou County Water Users: Hearing scheduled for DC Circuit Court on Writ of Mandamus regarding Klamath Dams, KRRC and Klamath Compact, SCWUA, reposted to KBC 2/22/19

The 23rd Psalm: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want...

***Public Comments Due Feb 26 on Klamath Dam Draft Environmental Impact Report

*** Remember the Herald and News Poll: Will you benefit from Klamath dam Destruction? As of 2/22/19:
51 voted "Yes, a direct benefit,"
39 voted "Yes, but indirectly,"
35 voted "No, I will not benefit," 
163 voted "I see no benefit at all,"
13 voted, "No opinion"

Tom MallamsDraft groundwater rules: Great news or just another Trojan Horse? Guest opinion by Tom Mallams, Beatty irrigator and former Klamath County Commissioner. COMMENTS DUE 3/4/19, hearings Feb 21 & 26. "Oregon Water Resources Department, (OWRD), admitted that this wording means the entire Klamath Basin, not just the Upper Klamath Basin. This wording will put all wells in the entire Klamath Basin at risk (of being shut off) as well as other areas in Oregon."
Public hearings set on Upper Basin well regulation, posted to KBC 2/16/19

California Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Review posted to KBC 2/16/19. Governor Newsom's intentions, budget and appointments, truck emission mandates, rural crime, utilities, $51.3million for safe drinking water, wildfire bills.

Oregon rivers, lands would gain protection under bill passed by U.S. Senate, H&N, posted to KBC 2/16/19. "...according to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, the measure would provide protection for about 250 miles of rivers and streams in Oregon. That would give the state more wild and scenic designations than any other state besides Alaska..."
Wilderness-Wildlands Page

President Donald Trump's Border Security FACT SHEET, and Presidential Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Southern Border of the United States posted 2/16/19.

Oregon lawmakers debate multiple gun bills, H&N, posted to KBC 2/16/19. "It would limit ammunition purchases to 20 rounds in a 30-day period and prohibit firearm magazines that can hold more than five rounds....."

LaMalfa PRESS RELEASE: LaMalfa Announces FEMA Grant Funding for Paradise, posted to KBC 2/16/19

Global warming myth debunked: humans have minimal impact on atmosphere's carbon dioxide and climate, posted to KBC 2/16/19. 

Psalms 139:13-14 - "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."

ACTION ALERT - Please help to restore our Mining rights, News from Dave McCracken, The New 49ers 2/10/19

PRESS RELEASE: Siskiyou County Water Users: Hearing scheduled for DC Circuit Court on Writ of Mandamus regarding Klamath Dams, KRRC and Klamath Compact, SCWUA, posted to KBC 2/10/19

Image may contain: 1 person, outdoorImage may contain: one or more people, people standing, shoes and outdoor< Siskiyou County residents showed up to protest Klamath Dam removal before the meeting held by the CA State Water Resource board in Yreka on Tuesday Feb. 5th. Submitted photos by Louise Gliatto
Both sides represented at Klamath Dams removal meeting in Yreka, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 2/10/19. KBC NOTE: An attendee called to inform us that most dam removal supporters were tribes from downriver from where another water board meeting will be held. Also, no meetings will be held in Klamath Basin.

Interior's Bernhardt keeps Mikkelsen Trump to nominate former lobbyist Bernhardt for Interior secretary, Washington Post, posted to KBC 2/10/19

California adds protections for Klamath spring salmon; Klamath spring chinook a candidate for CESA listing, H&N, posted to KBC 2/9/19. "The decision was in response to a petition filed last year by the Karuk Tribe and the Salmon River Restoration Council." KBC Note: The Karuk Tribe has stated that Klamath irrigators are "the enemy," they want to get "rid of all the farmers," and after the dams come out they will target "Keno Dam."

Response to the KRRC (Klamath Dam removal corp) commentary's 'corrections' by Rex Cozzalio, followed by KRRC's 'corrections.'  H&N, posted to KBC 2/10/19. "At a recent meeting when questioned what they would do if the KRRC had insufficient money, an annoyed Mr. Bransom stated ‘no matter what else happens, KRRC will blow the dams’." ..."Any claims of ‘eventual’ benefit come with no historically supported assurance, particularly true coming from a shell corporation dissolving after acknowledged irreversible regional devastation.  Holding themselves harmless...FERC...(called) just last week for the KRRC to produce proof of as yet non-existent insurance coverage..."
"Send your comments to FERC." 
KBC's KRRC / Klamath River Renewal Corporation (Dam Destruction Group) Page


Cal Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Review, 2/8/19. More taxes, more 'restoration' 'conservation' and 'management' of rural farmland, water, forestry...

***Public Comments Due Feb 26 on Klamath Dam Draft Environmental Impact Report
PUBLIC MEETING FEB 5

SCWUA - Water Board evaluates the Klamath Dam removal without a final plan by FERC, by SCWUA President Richard Marshall, posted to KBC 1/27/19

Klamath Dam Destruction EIR, Siskiyou Daily News, Liz Writes Life Column, posted to KBC 2/3/19. Liz, column writer for Siskiyou Daily News, addresses State Water Resources Control Board regarding corrections and draft Environmental Impact Report concerning potential Klamath Dam destruction.

Herald and News Poll: Will you benefit from Klamath dam Destruction?

Local rules governing control of well use in the Upper Klamath Basin: OWRD / Oregon Water Resource Dept. Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, filed 1/29/19
OWRD Hearings: 2/21/19 in Salem, 2/26/29 Klamath Falls
COMMENTS DUE 3/4/19,
4 business days after the Klamath Falls hearing.
OWRD webpage:
https://www.oregon.gov/OWRD/programs/policylawandrules/OARS/Pages/
ProposedRulemaking.aspx

 

Water talks resume Feb. 12 in Medford, H&N 2/3/19. “ 'We have an imbalance in the Basin of needs and resources,' Mikkelsen said." KBC Note: this repeats government 2001 water shutoff rhetoric, which screamed to the farmers that the 'best available science' says there's 'not enough water to go around.' After the shutoff, bankruptcies, suicides, heart attacks, and auctions, the National Academy of Science stated the shutoff was "unjustified." 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 our US President, we were allotted 2+ acre feet of water for our crops, and the vast amount of 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.
 


CFBF Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 2/3/19: biotechnology, Governer Newsom's proposed 2019 spending, bill to eliminate the cannabis cultivation tax and reduce the excise tax rate on commercial cannabis, proposed indoor heat illness prevention standard, land use.

Klamath groundwater meeting< Scaled-back Klamath groundwater regulation debated, H&N, posted to KBC 2/3/19. "Tom Mallams, who represented the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association on the committee, said the agency’s statement about the connection between ground and surface waters was unproven and “erroneous.”

Siskiyou County Water Users comments on "Gene research upends Klamath-Trinity Chinook history; ‘Run time gene’ rewrites narrative of spring vs fall runs", by Philip Santos, Eureka Times Standard, posted to KBC 2/3/19. Comments follow by SCWUA President Richard Marshall and member Rex Cozzalio.

 

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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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