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Klamath River Basin
Resource Users -
Farmers, Ranchers, Miners
Loggers, Indians and  Fishermen


Wildlife and Farmland
"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, Former Klamath County Commissioner
Calif. U.S. Congress-
man Tom McClintock
OR. U.S. Congressman
Greg Walden
Agenda 21, The Big Picture
Elaine Willman-Tribal  info,
  Tribal corruption, CERA,
  spreading tribalism
Bills and Laws,  Litigation
Court Decision
s, Legislation
Bi-State Alliance
Biofuel, ethanol,
   energy, hydropower,
Bureau of Reclamation
Climate Engineering/Chemtrails
Chiloquin Dam, suckers
Columbia and Snake Rivers
Conservation and wetlands
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Dam Destruction
Klamath Dams
Discussion Forum
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/Climate Change
Grazing / Bundys&Hammonds
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, including Long Lake and Barnes Ranch
TID Crops report
Tulelake Irrigation District
    and TID well reports
Tour Klamath Project transcript
Project Irrigation Primer
Tribal Forest Tour:  transcript
Unintended consequences
United Nations & Agenda 21
Upper Klamath webpage
Whose Who
Wildlife and farms, 2001 audio
Water bank & Groundwater
Water Quality
Water Management and allocation 
Weather / Floods &
      water forecast
Wilderness / Wildlands
   on land and sea
Wolves and other predators


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

Klamath 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  


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ODFW formally assumes management of gray wolf in Oregon, posted to KBC 1/12/21

PacifiCorp advice letter cancelling Klamath Dam Removal Surcharge, posted to KBC 1/12/21. KBC Note: In May 2011 PacifiCorp was authorized to demand $13.76 MILLION from it's customers to destroy the dams that the vast majority of PacifiCorp customers did not want destroyed.

Siskiyou County Water Users Association letter to CPUC demanding equal time as PacifiCorp to articulate objection to the proposed transfer of Klamath Dams in Siskiyou County, 12/14/20 posted to KBC 1/12/2021
PacifiCorp's three day notice of ex parte communication before the California Public Utilities Commission 12/11/2020. posted to KBC 1/12/2021

Power costs to decrease for Klamath Basin irrigators, KWUA News Release, posted to KBC 1/5/2021.

***Circuit Court of Oregon to Klamath Irrigation District, KID vs OWRD (Oregon Water Resources Department) 12/17/20. "...the Oregon Water Rights Act and this court's order...require the Respondents, and in particular the Watermaster, Danette Watson, to prohibit the distribution of Stored Water unless it is for a legally permissible use by parties with an established right or license to use the Stored Water...Petitioner, having an established interest in the Stored Water in the UKL, certainly has standing to demand that the Watermaster stop the distribution to any person who does not have a right, recognized by OWRD, to take and use the Stored Water."

Letter from Department of Interior  Solicitors to Daniel H. Jorjani, Solicitor, regarding Bureau of Reclamations Klamath Basin water management, posted to KBC 12/16/2020. "...Reclamation’s discretion on how the Project is operated and whether certain consequences to listed species and their habitat are effects of the Project operations is almost certainly constrained by various contracts with Klamath Project water users..."

Does Klamath dam removal even need an extra $45 million? H&N, posted to KBC 12/16/2020. FOLLOWED BY COMMENTS from Klamath Basin Crisis Facebook page by retired Oregon State Representative Gail Whitsett, former Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams, and Pat Lunde.
* HERE for > KBC's KRRC / Klamath River Renewal Corporation (Dam Destruction Group) Page, including articles, links, and Who's Who in KRRC leadership.

Biden-linked team rolls out climate plan for agriculture, Capital Press, posted to KBC 12/16/2020. "The team also suggests developing a plan to retire coal-fired power plants. After the first 100 days, proposals include investing millions in “green” and “renewable” energy, making methane digesters for livestock more affordable for farmers, promoting biofuels, hiring more women and minorities at USDA and pushing USDA to work more closely with the EPA." KBC NOTE: So, does this mean a Biden administration would preserve our "green renewable-energy" Klamath hydroelectric dams?

Luke 1:30-33 - "But the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.' "

Press Release - LaMalfa Introduces Election Certainty Act, posted to KBC 12/4/2020

Rogue Pack wolves strike again, kill cattle, H&N, posted to KBC 12/4/2020

Chinook salmonThe case of the disappearing chinook salmon, Capital Press, posted to KBC 12/4/2020. "... a new study poses a question for which fisheries biologists and managers appear not to have an answer: Why are chinook salmon returns decreasing not only in rivers that have dams but also in those that don’t?...It would be folly to destroy the region’s river transportation system, irrigation system, power generation and economy and still not help the chinook."

President Donald J. Trump is Modernizing America’s Water Resource Management and Infrastructure, Whitehouse, posted to KBC 12/4/2020.

Saving salmon to feed orcas? Capital Press editorial posted to KBC 12/4/2020. "...Among the reasons they give for wanting the dams removed is to increase the number of native-run salmon — so orcas can eat them."

Klamath salmon not a distinct population, H&N by Jerry Jones, Chiloquin, posted to KBC 12/4/2020. "Dam removal is not about salmon restoration. Any salmon species that existed in the Upper Klamath river basin have been extinct soon after the first Copco dam was built in 1920."

PRESS RELEASE - Calif. U.S. Congressman LaMalfa Says He Will Keep Fighting Dam Removal After Announcement 11/17/2020

DEQ meeting announcement and Press Release: VIDEO Today: Governor Kate Brown, California Governor Gavin Newsom, Tribal Leaders and Owner of Klamath River Dams to Announce HIstoric Agreement in Virtual Event, followed by DEQ Press Release 11/17/2020

Memorandum of Agreement 11/13/2020 released today 11/17/2020. Top-down agreement between California and Oregon governors, PacifiCorp, KRRC, and Karuk and Yurok Tribes to destroy the Klamath River hydroelectric dams and make the taxpayers liable for everything that goes wrong.

New MOA on Klamath Dams results in further divided views and questions authority, Klamath Falls News 11/17/2020

Matthew 5:7 "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy"

From KID manager Gene Souze to KBC News regarding KIDvsOWRD lawsuit 11/11/2020: "Please find the attached public records (below) which you may find useful in documenting 2020 - OWRD appeal to the Oregon Supreme Court in the KID vs OWRD case and our initial bill to pay OWRD to do the bidding of Representative Helm under the guise of “taking control of the reservoir”.
   It is very disturbing for my state public servants to be fighting so hard against the people of Oregon.  Farmer’s rights to protect their property from unlawful seizure is being undermined by my own state who’s public servants should be protecting its residents against federal overreach.
   I would say the water from Gerber and Clear Lake would not currently be flowing if the stored water in Upper Klamath Lake was not illegally released earlier this year.
   Best, Gene"
  *OWRD letter to KID demanding $41,988 in advance "estimated compensation and expenses" to perform their services of regulation of Upper Klamath Lake water distribution 11/5/2020
  *Oregon DOJ and Oregon Attorney General Memorandum in KIDvsOWRD in support of PETITION for Alternative Writ of Mandamus, in Oregon Supreme Court November 10, 2020
  *OWRD appeal to Oregon Supreme Court on KID vs OWRD November 2020.

Reschke, Iverson: Oregon must stop sending Klamath water to California, H&N, posted to KBC 11/15/2020. "Instead of complying with the court order, however, OWRD announced they plan to fight the ruling. OWRD is seeking a legal stay to allow them to continue to illegally divert water while their appeal is pending. And now California special interest groups are joining OWRD in the lawsuit."

“Just because the Bureau has an obligation to provide water for the Yurok Tribe doesn’t give them the right to go steal someone else’s...” 

Wolves kill two more cattle in Fort Klamath area, H&N 11/11/2020. "So far this year there have been nine cattle killed in Klamath County, all in the Fort Klamath area."

Study finds salmon survival rates same with, without dams, Capital Press 11/13/2020. "Breaching the Snake River dams won’t necessarily improve the survival rate of chinook salmon, because returns of the fish appear to be similar everywhere, including areas with pristine freshwater habitats, a new study finds."

USFWS PRESS RELEASE: Gray Wolves Delisted -Trump Administration Returns Management and Protection of Gray Wolves to States and Tribes Following Successful Recovery Efforts, USFWS, posted to KBC 11/4/2020. "Ranchers across the American West have lost livestock because of ever growing gray wolf populations with no way to protect their herds from this threat,” said U.S. Representative Doug LaMalfa (CA-01). "Gray wolf populations have exceeded recovery expectations for years, and three Administrations have tried to de-list the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act. President Trump and Secretary Bernhardt finally got it done. Turning gray wolf population management back over to states and tribes will give back local control and inevitably save cattle, sheep, other livestock, and families from the threat of a grey wolf. This is a great win for the West, and I thank the Trump Administration for consistently prioritizing agribusinesses across America.”

Executive order aims to conserve land, biodiversity, "an executive order from Gov. Gavin Newsom aimed at conserving 30% of California's land and marine areas by 2030," AgAlert, posted to KBC 11/4/2020

Matthew 5:6, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled."

Judge says no jurisdiction for suit over Tulelake Airport sale, H&N, posted to KBC 10/10/2020. "A case claiming the city of Tulelake, Federal Aviation Administration and Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma/Modoc Nation acted improperly in selling the land under the Tulelake Airport to the Modoc Tribe has been dismissed."
For more on continuous efforts and litigation by the Japanese Tule Lake Committee to shut down our Tulelake airport and acquire more Tulelake property, go HERE.

Salmon parasites not a problem caused by Project irrigators, by KWUA Deputy Director Mark Johnson, 10/7/2020.  

Congress frees up $10 million for Project drought relief, H&N, posted to KBC 10/10/2020.

<Tucker's Facebook Photo. House passes bill aiming to expedite Klamath dam removal, H&N, posted to KBC 10/10/2020. “ 'The Karuk Tribe lauds Congressman Huffman’s amendment,' said Craig Tucker, natural resource specialist for the Karuk Tribe. 'It’s irresponsible to allow PacifiCorp to operate these dams at status quo and continue the destruction of our fishery.' ” KBC NOTE: Craig Tucker: "we worked with the Klamath Project irrigators, the enemies of the tribes since those guys showed up; we did work out a water sharing agreement. ...We did not solve all the problems in the Klamath Basin with these agreements. We did not get rid of all the farmers, we did not rebuild all the wetlands, but we do pull off the biggest dam removal in the history of the world...and if we're still gonna deal with water quality issues at Keno, at the end of the day, I can guarantee the Karuk Tribe and Craig Tucker will be in the front seat dealing with that next."
Water coalition aims to coordinate conservation efforts, H&N 11/19/19. "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."

Idaho leads the way in water management, Capital Press, posted to KBC 10/10/2020. "...In addition to expanding reservoir capacity behind dams, the state has an aggressive aquifer recharge effort underway." " ...should leaders in Washington, California and Oregon continue to succumb to the fad of taking out dams and face more water shortages, higher electricity costs and a jumbled transportation system as a result, they need only look to Idaho to see where they went wrong."

Diamond M ranch strikes back in lawsuit over wolf management, Capital Press, posted to KBC 10/10/2020. "The Diamond M has Forest Service permits to graze 736 cow-calf pairs. The ranch has been grazing in the Colville National Forest since 1945 and has never violated its permits, according to the ranch’s court declaration. Wolves began attacking the ranch’s cattle in 2008. Wolf packs saturate the region...The Diamond M has refused to apply for state compensation for cattle losses. The payouts are temporary and entice ranchers to accept an overpopulation of wolves, according to the ranch..."

New study: Cattle grazing significantly reduces wildfire spread, Capital Press, posted to KBC 10/10/2020. "Recent record-shattering wildfires across California, Oregon and Washington have demonstrated the need for better fire control. Researchers say their study shows that without the 1.8 million beef cattle that graze California’s rangelands annually, the state would have hundreds to thousands of additional pounds per acre of fine fuels on the landscape, and this year’s wildfires would be even more devastating."

Simmons: If jury is still out, why presume farmers are guilty? H&N, posted to KBC 10/10/2020. "For nearly 30 years, Klamath Project irrigators have been presumed guilty and punished, even though there is no evidence that their use of water from Upper Klamath Lake has anything to do with endangered sucker populations."

Klamath Irrigation District Manager responds to the question, "How much water was illegally taken from Project irrigators and sent to the ocean this year?" 9/15/2020

TimberUnity supporters from Klamath Falls donate hay for wildfire victims' livestock, Capital Press, posted to KBC 9/15/2020. "A convoy of trucks on Sept. 12 hauled over 170 tons of donated hay from the Klamath Basin to a Tangent-area drop-off point to feed displaced animals from Willamette Valley farms burned out by wildfires. Organized by the group #TimberUnity, the event was begun through the combined efforts of basin growers and other statewide ag-related businesses. Fred Simon, a hay farmer from the Southern Oregon community of Malin, was credited by #TimberUnity members as the man behind the idea for the hay effort."

Matthew, 25 35-40: JESUS: "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’ "

Klamath Basin farmers and ranchers donate and deliver hay to those who lost their homes in the Oregon fires, from Klamath Basin Crisis Facebook page, posted to KBC 9/13/2020
"It’s not the best looking load, but it will feed plenty of animals up North, who lost their homes to fire! Irvin Petersen Supplied two trucks, driven by himself and Rodney McGee to haul hay Donated by Mockridge Farms, Jeff Boersma, Moxley Brothers, Lorenz Brothers, Stan and Heidi Gorden, Walt and Nancy Hammerich, Leonard and Jacen Jespersen and Schooler Farms. Also just a shout out to Fred Simon for coming up with this plan. I believe he rounded up at least four more loads to take up North as well! If I left anyone out I apologize! Thanks also to Brad Hadwick, Brant Alvis and B.L. Haskins for donating and driving Trucks! " 

Phoenix-Talent Schools Fire Relief Information  WHERE TO DONATE, 9/13/2020

Modoc Point Irrigation District illegally turns on pumps, 9/13/2020. "As watermaster of Modoc Point Irrigation District, Combs made the decision to defy Oregon water law and take water from the Williamson to fill irrigation ditches on about 25 percent of the land in the district. He said he did it to prevent the area from being scorched by the fire should it take an unexpected turn south...For the last several water years, the Klamath Tribes — who retain senior water rights —have made calls for water to keep river and lake levels stable for red band trout. Combs said the district used to receive about 10,500 acre-feet every summer from the Williamson until the deliveries stopped entirely...“My main concern is to try to keep the community from burning up,” said district rancher John Hammack. “It’s gonna be a tragedy if we don’t turn those pumps on today.”

Farmers, ranchers can run Basin better than 'experts,' H&N letter to editor by David Hill, Merrill, posted to KBC 9/13/2020. "...For more than 20 years now, the agriculture community have been the whipping boy for all the problems concerning the salmon, sucker and algae in the Klamath Lake Basin. So called “experts” from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the tribes above and below the lake, fisheries personnel, a local MD, biologists and others have told us how to fix the problem: Fence the riparian area of all streams, remove 30-40,000 acres of productive farm ground along the lake, keep water levels high in lake, remove cattle or keep manure out of lake. All the above have been done and nothing works. Maybe the decline in suckers is due to the trophy trout population consuming the sucker fry or the cormorants and terns and other fish eating birds are responsible. Cormorants and terns are major factors with salmon fry in the Columbia River system...
KBC NOTE: for more on fish predators cormorants and predators Caspian Terns relocated TO the Klamath Basin, go to our 
Refuge Page articles

Oregon water regulators to recoup Klamath costs, order devices, Capital Press, posted to KBC 9/13/2020. "Oregon’s water regulators plan to recoup the cost of investigating Klamath Basin irrigation diversions from farmers while requiring others to install measurement devices. The actions stem from a court ruling that determined the Oregon Water Resources Department had unlawfully allowed the federal government to release water from Upper Klamath Lake for in-stream purposes that should have gone to the Klamath Irrigation District."

Letter from John and Loy Beardsmore to FERC and PacifiCorp regarding PacifiCorp and Klamath Dam Removal
FOLLOWED BY Response from PacifiCorp
, posted to KBC 9/13/2020. "
Unfortunately, the same sediment modeling calculations used for the Condit, have been used to model sediments behind the Klamath Project. While estimated at 20-30 million cubic yards of sediment behind the project, as in the Condit, this will be off by a factor of two, resulting in actual sediment amounts being closer to 40-60 million cubic yards of sediment. No amount of dam removal experience can envision that amount of sediment will magically travel over 230 miles down the river and flow out into the ocean without decimating spawning beds, creating flooding issues, and sedimentation issues at the mouth of the Klamath River requiring dredging operations for the harbor at Crescent City and the river delta. These amount of sediment deposits will most surely negatively affect the fisheries. Inadequate studies of the possible toxicity of the sediments is concerning as well. This sediment deposition alone will require river restoration at a cost of billions of dollars, if at all possible..."

Feds Using Tribal Govenments for Tyranny The New American magazine, posted to KBC 9/13/2020. This video features tribal expert, Cherokee Elaine Willman, telling about her new book TNA Magazine: "Federally funded tribal governments are being used as a battering ram against the U.S. Constitution, state sovereignty, and individual liberty, Indian policy expert and author Elaine Willman told The New American magazine's Alex Newman. In her new book American Tribal Tyranny, Willman lays it all bare. She gives insight into the new Supreme Court ruling on Oklahoma, and explains how the federal government's complex and unconstitutional Indian policy mess is helping destroy the nation."

Wolves strike again near Fort Klamath; now 12 confirmed kills in three months, H&N, posted to KBC 9/13/2020. "During at least five of the kills, hazers had been active, driving around and staying overnight on the Wood River Valley pasture lands, trying to keep wolves away from cattle. But the human presence hasn’t deterred them...three or four wolves were seen standing 400 to 500 yards away while biologists examined a dead steer..."(Defenders of Wildlife) organization is looking at ways to provide technical support to ranchers, including ways to re-teach cattle defensive, herd instincts. They also offer financial support for range riders and other non-lethal deterrents..."

Reclamation announces more water for Klamath Project, refuges, H&N 9/6/2020

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Jesus: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength...and the second: love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these." Mark 12: 30-31.

Rogue Pack kills another steer near Fort Klamath 8/17/20, H&N, posted to KBC 8/21/2020.

Wolves kill three more cattle near Fort Klamath 8/14/20, posted to KBC 8/21/2020.

Wolves kill two more cattle near Fort Klamath 8/2/20, posted to KBC 8/21/2020

Wolves kill steer near Fort Klamath 7/24/20, posted to KBC 8/21/2020.

Feds affirm opposition to breaching Snake River dams, Capital Press, posted to KBC 8/21/2020. " (breaching the dams) would damage the federal system’s other uses, such as flood control, irrigation, navigation, recreation and electricity generation...If the four dams were gone, greenhouse gas emissions would increase, according to the government report. Natural gas-fired power plants would have to ramp up, unless more expensive and less reliable wind and solar power sources were built.Farmers would be forced to move crops, mostly wheat, by trucks and trains. Transportation costs for wheat farmers would increase 10% to 33%, the report estimates. Irrigation water would be cut off for 48,000 acres, costing farmers $460 million a year in lost sales and their employees $232 million in lost wages, according to the report..."

Gov. Newsom Urges Billionaire Warren Buffett To Back Klamath Dam Removal, Without any follow up flood control systems, the area would be at risk,’ California Globe, posted to KBC 8/21/2020. “The Klamath dams are amazingly important up North,” explained dam engineer Kyle Richardson, who studied the dams for his Masters dissertation. “Protecting endangered species are important, but no one has really thought about what dam removal can bring. Without any follow up flood control systems, the area would be at risk. Electricity would have to come from elsewhere, and it wouldn’t be solar or wind most likely. That means fossil fuels and gas, and that means pollution from power plants. But it would be especially disastrous for the many farmers in California and Oregon. We’ve seen what dam changes did to the farmers in the Central Valley. Getting rid of the dams and reservoirs would just get rid of that faucet entirely, having them rely on the natural ebbs and flows largely, and that’s reckless. There is much more danger in tearing down the dams than keeping them up. It’s not even close.”

Reclamation invests in new science updates for Klamath Project, BOR News Release, posted to KBC 8/21/2020.

Klamath Irrigation District scores victory in water rights case, Capital Press, posted to KBC 8/21/2020. "No party has provided this court with law or fact which allows the bureau the right to use stored water in the (Upper Klamath Lake) without a permit or license,” Bennett wrote in his opinion. “OWRD’s failure is a deprivation of a precious resource belonging to the people of Oregon. OWRD failure is also an infringement of property rights of established users, permittees and licensees.”

 US appeals court denies bid to resurrect Bundy standoff case
US appeals court denies bid to resurrect Bundy standoff case, H&N, posted to KBC 8/21/20. "
Navarro found “deliberate attempts” by the FBI and prosecutors “to mislead and distort the truth.” She blamed FBI agents for “reckless disregard” of requirements to turn over evidence relating to government snipers and cameras that monitored the Bundy homestead...government agents “threatened the Bundys’ lives, killed their cattle, assaulted family members and perpetrated tyrannical executive power over them.”

US officials seek limits on "habitat" for imperiled species, H&N, posted to KBC 8/21/20. "The dispute arose after the Fish and Wildlife Service designated 1,500 acres of land and ponds in neighboring Louisiana as critical habitat for the frog even though none lived there."

Siskiyou County Water Users Association letter to CPUD regarding FERCs directive to PacifiCorp and Klamath dam removal, posted to KBC 8/21/2020. "The FERC in its wisdom and with a great deal of public input wisely decided that PacifiCorp could not shed the license and liability for the destruction that will result from removal of these hydro- electric clean energy facilities...We are requesting that the CPUC immediately suspend the transfer of rate payer funds to KRRC (the Klamath dam destruction group).

  Jesus Matthew 6:19-21 - “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

***KID / Klamath Irrigation District vs OWRD/Oregon Water Resources Department, posted to KBC 7/31/20: "...respondents are ordered to stop releasing Stored Water from the UKL (Upper Klamath Lake) without determining that the release is for a permitted purpose by users with an established right, license, or permit to use the Stored Water in the UKL"

DOI secretary makes rare appearance at Klamath Project Says Trump will “expect results” Western Livestock Journal, posted to KBC 7/31/2020. “The Hoopa and Yurok tribes never made a claim to a water right in the Klamath adjudication,” he said. “Under law, if you don’t make a claim, you don’t have a right.” ...a briefing filed by the state of Oregon in 2018 made the same point, stating “the Yurok and Hoopa Tribes have no rights to the waters of Upper Klamath Lake.” “As for the Klamath tribe,” Rietmann (KID attorney) added, “they were effectively granted a 1908 water right, which is junior to the farmers’ 1905 water right and can’t curtail that senior right.”

7/30/2020 - Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office: EVACUATION ORDER UPDATE - MEDICINE LAKE
The evacuation order for the Medicine Lake cabins has been lifted and residents may return. Please be cautious of fire apparatus on the roadways. The Medicine Lake Campground remains closed to the public and continues to be occupied with fire personnel and equipment.

Caldwell Fire grows to 70,000 acres, H&N 7/29/20. "A mandatory evacuation remained in place for the Medicine Lake Recreation Area. The Lava Beds National Monument remains closed..."

Jesus: "Always treat others as you would like them to treat you; that is the Law and the prophets."  Matthew 7:12

172 FERC ¶ 61,062

(Issued July 16, 2020)

 "...we approve a partial transfer of the license for the Lower Klamath Project from PacifiCorp (transferor) to the Renewal Corporation (transferee), contingent on PacifiCorp remaining on as a co-licensee."


PacifiCorp's statement regarding FERC's order on partial transfer of Klamath River dam's license, Yreka News on Facebook, posted to KBC 7/18/2020.

FERC approved "Partial License" transfer for Klamath River Dams, PRESS RELEASE: Siskiyou County Water Users Association / SCWUA, posted to KBC JULY 18, 2020

FERC Agrees with LaMalfa: KRRC Can’t Handle Klamath Dams’ License, Yreka News, posted to KBC 7/18/2020

Federal decision leaves future of Klamath dam removal unclear, H&N, posted to KBC 7/18/2020

Federal regulators clarify path to Klamath dam removal, Trout Unlimited, posted to KBC 7/18/2020.

* Here is KBC's KRRC (Dam Removal Group) Leadership page updated...Who's Who

Interior Secretary Bernhardt came to Klamath Falls to help find water solutions, Liz Bowen Column in Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 7/18/2020

Submitted photos taken off of Tingley Lane here in Klamath Falls July 12, 2020. The pasture is KID “A” land west of Tingley Lane. One is KBID land at the NW corner of Tingley Lane and Cross Road.

"I never saw Tingley Lake like this growing up here in the 70s and 80s.

There are a good number of KBID and Warren Act lands upstream from Tingley Lake which are not receiving water…in addition to my requirements to reduce flows, minimize spill, and otherwise constrain farming practices, there is not enough return flow into Tingley Lake to keep it healthy."



Jesus: "This is my commandment to you: love one another." John 15:17

IMG_0781.jpg< From left to right: Congressman Greg Walden, BOR Brenda Burman, Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt, and Congressman Doug LaMalfa speak Thursday on a field in Midland
Secretary of Interior Bernhardt tours Midland field of crosses, H&N, posted to KBC 7/12/2020. "Gasser said Bernhardt is responsible for returning the Project to receive 140,000 acre feet of irrigation water. 'He saved this community … even though there are still a lot of farmers out there who have no water. There’s a lot of hurt still going on, but if he wouldn’t have done what he did, it really would’ve been horrific because a lot of investments were made planning on the (140,000 acre feet) … millions of dollars would’ve been lost and a lot of growers would’ve been lost.' "

Interior Secretary Bernhardt and Reclamation Commissioner Burman travel to Klamath Basin at LaMalfa’s Request, Congressman Doug LaMalfa News Release 7/12/2020. "After Congressman LaMalfa continuously engaged with the Trump Administration, water allocations were restored to the April commitment, and the tens of thousands of acres of already planted crops would be able to survive the growing season. Congressman LaMalfa and Congressman Greg Walden (OR-02) extended the invitation to Secretary Bernhardt and Commissioner Burman to visit the Basin for today’s events..."

Interior officials tour Klamath Basin, promise solutions, Western Farm Press, posted to KBC 7/12/2020. "U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman promised to seek a resolution to the decades-long water conflicts in the basin after meeting with growers, local water officials and other affected parties.

Congressional Delegation pushes flexibility in $10M water relief, H&N, posted to KBC 7/12/20.

Ninth Circuit Court decision could benefit many Oregon ranchers, H&N, posted to KBC 7/12/2020

'Takings' case closed, H&N, posted to KBC 6/24/2020. "After nearly two decades, the takings case stemming from the water shutoff to the Klamath Reclamation Project in 2001 is closed. The U.S. Supreme Court made the announcement on Monday that it has denied a petition to review a lower federal court’s decision that ruled that Project irrigators of about 175,000 acres on the Oregon and California border are not entitled to compensation for the re-allocation of water under the Endangered Species Act in 2001..."

SCOTUS Blog Coverage: Baley v. United States, posted to KBC 6/24/2020.

Klamath Project, Siskiyou Daily News by Liz Bowen, posted to KBC 6/24/2020. "The saga of the government taking away legal water right allocations to 1,200 farmers in the government-encouraged Klamath Project continues...But, last month, federal agencies said the project’s water allotments would be reduced – again – meaning no water for July, August and September...A rally called “Shut down and Fed Up” was held on May 29, 2020 with more than 2,000 people showing-up with tractors, log trucks, hay trucks, pick-ups and cars rolling from Merrill, OR. into Klamath Falls, OR. and down through the basin to Midland, OR. It was over 20 miles long..."

Wolf call: Oregon ranchers frustrated by criteria of state investigators, Capital Press, posted to KBC 6/24/2020. " 'You can go murder somebody and be convicted quicker than you would convict a wolf, with the criteria they have...' Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife released its annual wolf report documenting 158 wolves statewide in 2019 — a 15% increase from the previous year..."

Judge in Seattle to rule on wolf removal, Capital Press, posted to KBC 6/24/2020. "The Wedge pack has attacked at least four calves in Stevens County between May 11 and June 17, but the department has not opted for lethal removal. The calves belonged to two different producers."

Jesus' brother James 1:5 - "If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you."

Walden, LaMalfa, Bentz: Supreme Court must prevent uncompensated theft of Western water, Pens Op-ed in Washington Examiner, posted to KBC 6/21/2020. "

Earthjustice plays fast and loose with the truth about the Klamath Project, SDFU / Shut Down and Fed UP, posted to KBC 6/21/2020. "One of the biggest challenges about Klamath Basin agriculture are the false narratives that get treated as fact. Maybe it’s accidental, but in most cases it’s calculated misinformation to push an agenda. When these bits of fiction get pushed out to the public, it creates an atmosphere that makes it hard for everyone up and down the Klamath River to find a solution to save fish and farms...."

April's EXTREME "pulse flows", 6000cfs, dewatering Klamath irrigators' stored water, posted to KBC 6/21/2020 from rancher Rex Cozzalio, Hornbrook, CA on the Klamath River. The 3 photos of flooding are Iron Gate flow wasted over the spillway, Hornbrook on the Klamath River, and Klamathon Bridge near Hornbrook.

On our Klamath Basin Crisis Facebook Page, a question was asked "Why are the Yutok stating they did not receive the 40,000af flushing flows per the Herald and News ? "
Klamath Irrigation District manager Gene Souze responded,
"the 40,000 is an additional augmentation to 400,000 environmental water agreed to by Reclamation to stay a 50,000 litigation for more in this drought year. To date they have received nearly 250,000 + 7000 + 8000...and should have well over 422,500 by the end of September. For them to complain about not getting water..."




6/14/2020 - We just received this message from Rex Cozzalio, from Hornbrook on the Klamath River, after the flood last week: "Just found out about it (extreme high water) when the flood occurred.  1780 cubic feet per second, or the equivalent of the top 10-20% WETTEST years on record.  No idea yet why, other than assuming the 'triggering' spore count is above 5 spores/liter, though the OSU report site doesn't support that, so it is likely a 'behind closed doors' special interest arrangement.  The 'flushes' are insane on their own, ESPECIALLY in a drought year, considering the already 'confounding' (their words) results from prior 'experiments' (last year REALLY didn't fit their modeled 'profile').  Since Copco and Iron Gate lakes are already way down from 'borrowed' water to support the prior waste, I can only imagine where the water is coming from, beyond possible programmatic UKL sucker fish reduction of lake level, more from the irrigators, or tapping possible unexpected input flows.  Ironic and worst part is, their 'collaborators' already acknowledge that under their (defective) scenario, due to the studies that prove the environmental benefits the deep water lakes provide, that once the dams are destroyed, the required 'pulses' using confiscated 'unnatural' artificially stored water will INCREASE in 'programmatic' perpetuity.

! Klamath Irrigation District requests a temporary restraining order against OWRD, Director Byler and Watermaster Watson, filed 6/12/2020. Bureau Of Reclamation, with an agreement with PacifiCorp, is presently diverting an extreme amount Klamath Irrigators' stored water into Klamath River, and Upper Klamath Lake elevation is rapidly lowering: "...enough to supply one acre foot of water to at least the 10,342 acres of land in Klamath Basin Improvement District, 3,911 acres of land in Shasta View Irrigation District, 2,981 acres of land within Enterprise Irrigation, and 904 acres of land in Pine Grove Irrigation District, which are shut-off and not receiving any water from UKL reservoir..."

Reduce Klamath Cormorant population to save the fish, by Debbie Klaja for H&N, posted to KBC 6/14/2020. "Has anything been done to reduce the number of fish-eating Cormorants? It seems everyone thinks the problem with no surviving baby sucker fish is the water level..." KBC NOTE: See our Refuge Page articles for more on fish-eating Caspian Terns lured to Tulelake and Lower Klamath refuges on million-dollar, FWS-made islands from eating baby salmon. 

Fairness and Justice For Farmers, by Oregon Rep E. Werner Reschke, 6/14/2020. "For far too long farmers have been stereotyped as environment-trashing know-nothings. The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is the favored tool of litigious-happy, urban environmental groups who attack rural America and are rewarded with court-ordered attorneys’ fees. In the Klamath Basin of southern Oregon and northernmost California, farmers and ranchers using water from a federal water project are on the bleeding edge of the onslaught..."

The Deep State destruction of rural America, (the Klamath Crisis), American Greatness 6/12/2020. "On May 29, in Klamath County, Oregon, thousands of farmers and community supporters showed up to protest reduced water allocations, announced earlier this year, which threaten to destroy the region’s agricultural economy. The protesters formed a convoy of more than 2,000 vehicles that passed through downtown Klamath Falls and ended up at a rally site in Midland, Oregon. This convoy, with a majority of the vehicles either farm tractors or semi rigs, was over 30 miles long."

BLM names state director for Oregon/Washington. Farmer and agriculture policy professional Barry Bushue named to oversee more than 16 Million acres of public land, BLM, posted to KBC 6/14/2020. "...Bushue was the President of the Oregon Farm Bureau Federation for nearly 20 years, where he advocated on behalf of the Federation’s farming and ranching members. He also served as the Vice President of the American Farm Bureau, based in Washington, D.C."

PRESS RELEASE: LaMalfa Applauds Trump Administration for Restoring Water to Klamath Basin Farmers, Congressman Doug LaMalfa June 9, 2020. "While Basin farmers are still only receiving 40% of their legal water right from Upper Klamath Lake, it will help to get them through the remainder of the growing season with the crops they currently have in the ground. I was pleased to partner with my colleague from Oregon, Congressman Greg Walden, in this fight to restore water to our farmers on both sides of the border."

Water Users React to Restored Project Allocation, KWUA PRESS RELEASE 6/9/2020

BOR PRESS RELEASE: Reclamation secures 2020 water supply for Klamath Project, 6/9/2020. "...Reclamation will deliver approximately 140,000 acre-feet to the Klamath Project from Upper Klamath Lake in 2020..."

Midland rallyKlamath County tractor convoy spans 20-plus miles; Going the distance for ag, H&N, posted to KBC 6/3/2020.
< More than 2,000 people attended the "Shut Down and Fed Up" rally on Del Fatti Lane in Midland Friday afternoon
Congressman Doug LaMalfa, (R-Richvale) said he and Congressman Walden will be fighting to provide more water for farmers to finish their irrigation season...'This is your water,' LaMalfa told the crowd. 'It doesn’t belong to BOR (Bureau of Reclamation), it doesn’t belong to NMFS (National Marine Fisheries Service), it doesn’t belong to Fish and Wildlife. It doesn’t belong to anybody else.' LaMalfa emphasized that the Klamath Project was created over 100 years ago for one purpose and that was for agriculture for those who came and settled in the Basin and were given the opportunity to farm...“We’re going to fight for getting the full allocation back right now...'We’re going to take what is rightfully ours...' "

Join our Convoy for Change May 29th
to protest the shut down of the Klamath Irrigation Project

People who are concerned about the repercussions of bad government policy and the failure of the ESA, are urged to join farmers, ranchers, and businesses from across the west in a Convoy for Change on May 29. Starting in Merrill, Ore. at 10 a.m., and moving through Klamath Falls, Ore., the convoy will protest the shut down of the Klamath Irrigation Project. Protesters are taking part to show a united stand for agriculture, what it means to the economy of the Klamath Basin and the rural west. Please join us and show support for the farmers and ranchers of the Klamath Project who are Shut Down, and Fed Up. Today, it’s the Klamath Project being shut down. Tomorrow, it could be your community.

For more information, please visit https://shutdownfedup.org or www.facebook.com/shutdownfedup

* Momentum grows for May 29 tractor convoy event, 5/24/2020
* Convoy to rally community support for ag May 29, 5/22/2020


"My Name is Orvin Ray Ackley IV. Most people know me as Lucky. Well, these days I don’t feel so lucky."  5/26/2020.  "...I am a third generation Rancher in the Klamath Basin. Here is a little background of my family so that you can understand the full story and why I feel the way I do. My great grand father Orvin Ackley I, was a Kansas farmer who lived through the dust bowl and the Great Depression..."

Copco and Iron Gate reservoir levels to remain below normal through June, H&N, posted to KBC 5/26/2020

Court denies Yurok Tribe effort to increase downstream Klamath River flows, H&N, posted to KBC 5/26/2020.


Image may contain: 4 people, including Erika Ben DuVal, people smilingKlamath water decisions will cause farms to close, by Ben DuVal for H&N, posted to KBC 5/26/2020. "The only reason it’s even available (for Klamath River Salmon) is the reservoirs that were built for a single purpose - storing irrigation water for the Klamath farmers. How does a legitimate Biological Opinion include water that naturally would have never even existed?...My farm, like many on the Project, was developed on land that was under 10’ or more of water until that time. Now, we are told that there isn’t even 0.5 acre-foot available for that same acre...(Also) Upper Klamath Lake (UKL) is being held at a higher level than necessary, purportedly to allow sucker populations in UKL to access spawning habitat. Unfortunately, for the past 20 years, agency-imposed higher and higher UKL levels have contributed to a whopping 0% survivability....Does it seem rational to continue to ruin the economic base of the Klamath Basin in order to save zero fish?"

Klamath water users oppose Yurok Tribe request for flow increases 5/19/2020. "Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA) filed its opposition with a federal court to a motion filed the Yurok Tribe and Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Association that was filed May 13.  The tribe’s motion requests that the court re-open a lawsuit that was put on hold for two years in March, and that the court immediately require increased flows below Iron Gate Dam in the Klamath River.."

How high can a salmon jump? by Judge Bob Kaster, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 5/21/2020.  "It seems that everyone is on the bandwagon to yank out four dams along the Klamath River which have existed for decades and which do what they were designed to do, including flood control and clean hydroelectric power generation. Everyone is on the bandwagon, that is, except for the majority of those of us who actually live here in the California and Oregon counties where the dams are located; and except for many of us who are actually paying for it, i.e., the PacifiCorp electric utility ratepayers...."

VIDEO - Six minutes: Calif. U.S. Congressman Devin Nunes water update on Central Valley irrigation. President Trump on  "...water being poured out into the Pacific..." Trump signed an executive order for water to be released to the farmers two years ago, however California Governor Gavin Newsom is blocking California farmers from receiving millions of gallons of water. https://youtu.be/VQSTQG-gYRk

Klamath Dams - Attack Planned and Carried Out? Followed by: Ottawa blocks Chinese takeover of Aecon on security grounds. Commentary by Rudy Hiley, Tulelake, for KBC News 5/21/2020

JESUS: "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you took me in..." Matthew 25:35

5/18/2020 - "54 Million Americans are fighting hunger," according to a Whitehouse Meeting today with President Trump and restaurateurs. All the while the Bureau of Reclamation is sending Klamath Project stored water and that of California's Central Valley to the ocean, denying water to millions of acres of productive farmland.."

Yurok Tribe joins lawsuit seeking temporary restraining order to restore essential water flows for Klamath River salmon, Del Norte Triplicate 5/18/2020. "The Yurok Tribe joined the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations and the Institute for Fisheries Resources in pursuit of a temporary restraining order to reinstate water flows on the Klamath River."



For May 2020 chronological news, see Archive 216, April 2020 see Archive 215
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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.


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