photos ( .jpg )
over farmland near
flawed Hardy flows
outlined in the report: GO
summary and report.
photo by Anders Tomlinson
wheelline in a Klamath Basin sunset
Where is the
Klamath Basin, who is our community, who is KBC, and who are
the caretakers of KBC?
Fall 2003 Tulelake hay
Thank you for
your friendship and your loyalty to Klamath Water
Users. We will miss you ! !
set you free
rainbow is for you
Major Problems with the Department of Fish and Game (DFG)
'Fish Kill' Report, by scientist David Vogel. In 2002,
the DFG was the major source of allegations regarding the
Klamath River fish die-off, blaming the Klamath Basin
irrigators, 200 miles away. In this presentation Vogel
personally gave to the DFG Director and those employees who
wrote the report, he exposes the agency's inaccuracies. For more on Vogel, go to
1954, the veteran homesteaders and other Tulelake farmers
formed a co-op and built Newell Grain Growers elevator.
The Newell Grain elevators alone
house 20,000 tons of grain annually, including oats, barley
and wheat. Its worth is approximately 2 1/2 million dollars
Upper Basin Water Users Attend Two Day Tour
with Coastal Fishermen
"Visiting farmers were provided with a
better understanding of the difficulties
local ports face with restrictions on harbor
dredging, the competition fishermen face
with local tribes who also depend on salmon,
and the growing pains that coastal
communities are facing as tourism and tribal
casinos begin to overtake commercial fishing
in the local economy."
HERE for story by Dan Keppen, Klamath
Water Users Executive Director 10/31/03
Gary Wright and Scott Seus,
irrigators on tribal tour.
Klamath Tribes host
irrigators on forest tour
participants lead you through
this tribal tour. Past and present land practices, questions
and answers, economics, restoration, forest management, tribal
termination, spotlighting, and other issues are included.
Loggers and ranchers offered some suggestions. Go
for story, 10/20/03
Agency Lake, adjacent to 94,000
acres of wetlands that have
been converted from ag lands.
KBC photos Klamath Basin, the
farmer's and rancher's paradise
Rangeland Trust, who buys water
easements with federal money, has
asked a few irrigators to be at the table
with them and the Klamath Tribes as the
Tribes try to regain 690,000 acres of the
Winema National forest. DOI is working with
the Tribes, and is also trying to find solutions for the
irrigators. ONRC and environmental groups want the
government to buy or condemn private land to give to the
Irrigators want to keep caretaking the land that they have
known for generations. They do not want their community and
economy downsized. They want to continue to produce American
food and jobs, and preserve a wholesome, productive environment for
America's children and grandchildren.
CLICK HERE for all available
news regarding the negotiations.
Sorting onions on
the bulker is hard, dusty work, but at least it is employment.
After 2001, and the threats of curtailed water in 2003,
farmers, employees, and the community appreciate, much
more, our bountiful harvest. No one feels the relief more than
the children....Mom and Dad can again be proud and
self-sufficient, and laugh again. The community and
local economy was damaged, but it is recovering.
KBC photos of Staunton Farms onion harvest.
Tulelake pilot wins during Reno Air Races
The son of a Tulelake WWII veteran homesteader
Paul Macy, Nick began racing at the Reno Air Races in 1986. He
succeeds his parents in the family business, Macy's Flying
Service. HERE for story.
by Diana Wunderle, Tri-County Courier
posted to KBC Oct 3, 2003
photo by Pat Ratliff/Klamath Media
KBC photo Barley Field
FALL 2003 The Klamath Basin is producing a bountiful
harvest. Geese are beginning to
fly in, feeding on grain and potatoes. Many families are being
employed by grain, potato,
mint, onion, garlic, and horseradish farms. The community is alive
and becoming healthy again.
Leadership in Conservation
awarded to Klamath Water
Courier staff writer Kehn Gibson, photos by Pat
for complete story
KWUA director Dan
Keppen accepting award, photo.
"Oregon Dept. of Ag.
director Katy Coba said she discovered,
during a trip to the Basin with Gov. Ted Kulongoski in April,
that there were hidden facts about the efforts of the
irrigators in the Basin."
"'In the brief time I
spent there I was completely impressed with their efforts to
conserve water," Coba said. "There has been so much negative
media coverage I think it is important their proactive efforts
with more than 250 conservation projects completed in the
Basin since 1992....irrigators have never been recognized for
that work, and to have a Democratic governor be the first
gives me a lot of hope that real solutions are coming.' "
Speaks on Healthy Forests in Oregon
Redmond, Oregon August 21, 2003
Go HERE for entire transcript. "As
you know, you've got an issue in the Klamath Basin and we've
been trying to come up with reasonable policy so that people
can farm the land and fish can live at the same time."
Shane Carroll in front of their home in Malin. The ribbon was
tied to the tree by Shane's Dad, Tom, when Shane was first
deployed to the Gulf in March.
Photo by Kehn Gibson, Tri-County
HERE for story.
Klamath Water Users Association, Klamath County Board of
Commissioners, and Tulelake Irrigation District support the
study of Long Lake for potential water storage.
Preliminary estimates suggest that 350,000 - 500,000 acre-feet of water
could be stored in Long Lake.
HERE for letters of support, more
information and video presentation info.
HERE for H&N article
California Congressman John
Doolittle came to Tulelake to see first hand the reality of
the farm and water situation.
Doolittle says, regarding
Tulelake refuge lease land, "I've discovered that
government programs that pay for themselves involving the
commercial use of resources are highly offensive to extreme
environmentalists. That's why they've destroyed the
Doolittle, addressing Bureau
of Reclamation representatives concerning the near shutdown
this summer of the Klamath Project,exclaimed, "What bizarre
policy could actually produce a situation where the water year
is upgraded where there's more water available, that actually
means less water for the farmers? That's completely
absurd and ridiculous!"
Accompanied by John Crawford and Marty Macy,
Tulelake irrigators, Congressman Doolittle
boards a plane to see the Tulelake farmland.
Link River used to go dry...cowboys and
Indians did not have to pump groundwater to replenish it.
The fish did not go extinct. Could it be that Karl
Rove speaks the truth and the environmentalists/anti-ag-in-America
folks can't bear to hear the truth? KBC
Chart (#1) of TID groundwater
pumped this summer to keep Klamath
Lake and watershed at mandatory levels.
The Klamath Project provides 2% of the
watershed. All water that the irrigators use
and reuse 9 times, returns to the refuges
and watershed. If we do not pump, BOR/DOI
has threatened to shut down the Klamath
Project, again. Private pumpers also are
pumping their own wells to irrigate with no
compensation, rather than using their stored
water in Klamath Lake.
Chart (#2) of groundwater pumped from USFWS,
ONRC, Klamath Tribes, Yurok Tribes, PCFFA, BOR,
BLM, USFS, Power Companies, The Nature
Conservancy to enhance
lake levels and Klamath River flows?
92,000 acres of ag land has been converted
to wetlands---their groundwater contribution to
watershed is included on the 2nd chart.
Bill Ransom, KBB (Klamath Bucket Brigade) chairman, "I've
fished here all my life, and I've never seen it
stagnant!" he exclaimed. The sign (l) posted by the
bridge by USFWS was amusing...we need to throw back
any trout with antennas we might catch...as if ANY thing could
be alive in this swamp. This river's ecosystem
has been exchanged for flooding the ZX Ranch, purchased by TNC.
See Story by Barb Hall, KBB
Basin farmland---early summer 2003 KBC photo
- July 27
Medicine Lake Traditional
Hosted by the Ajumawi, Atwamsini and Itsatewi Bands of the Pit
for more information
relates to a huge political agenda--example in progress
of how wilderness areas happen, clean power gets shut down, and this
WILL affect the Klamath Basin:
photos by KBC.
The 1992 Biological Opinion developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service (USFWS) states – "the construction of the Sprague River dam near
Chiloquin effectively blocked approximately 95% (70 river miles) of the
potential spawning range of the Lost River and shortnose suckers in Upper
is a few hundred yards upriver from Chiloquin Dam, where
spawning habitat is blocked off. According to fish biologist
passage at Chiloquin Dam was the primary reason the suckers
were listed as endangered in 1988 and, in our opinion, is the
primary factor limiting recovery of the species."
article on consensus to remove dam.
Farmland 2001 after the U.S.
government shut off water to the farmers in the Klamath Basin.
July 4, 2001. 400
people watched as the headgates were opened by farmers to let
water flow onto their parched land. Many standing side
by side were the WWII veterans who were given homesteads by
our U.S. government. They couldn't believe that their
government would break the promise of irrigation water
for them and 'their heirs' forever.
July 4, 2003. 1500 farm
families are praying for no rain during this time of water
According to the 2003 operation plan, if we get more moisture
, farmers get less and fish get more (while the NAS interum
report says the fish don't need more). The Bureau of
Reclamation says they may shut off our water this year--this
month, with $200 million of crops in the ground because we had
a wet spring.
|H&N photo by
Gary Thain June 11, 2003
Peppermint grows on 140 acres of Rob Crawford's farmland near
Tulelake. Grown for quality and with environmental
conscientiousness, the 140 acres are hand-weeded.
Thousands of farm and business employees find work
from the many Klamath Basin farms and ranches.
article on mint
article HIGH AND DRY 2001
In 2001, the Crawfords
were only one of the hundreds of families to watch their land,
the first time in all history, go dry. This ditch had
never ever been dry...you see, this used to be a big lake in a
closed basin (meaning that the water never could leave the
basin until a diversion canal was built to send water down the
Klamath River). So the Klamath Project just rerouted the
water so some of the land could be farmed. These farms,
canals and reservoirs, for the past 100 years, have been
filled with over 350 species of wildlife. In 2001 we
watched crops and wildlife die, along with the spirits of
these American farmers.
veteran Homesteaders Mr.and Mrs. Sprout, came to Tulelake,
invited by our gov't as a 'thank you' for serving in the U.S.
military to defend America's freedom.
The veteran Homesteaders, with their flags at the Bucket
Brigade. Their cattle and their fields were dying when
all water was shut off to Klamath Basin farmers.
photo by Anders Tomlinson
Many of these WWII veterans, from
privates to colonels, our mothers and fathers, facing the
armed U.S. marshals who kept them from their deeded, promised
water. They built the canals, dams, and headgates, and paid
for them in full to store the water for irrigation.
GOD BLESS OUR VETERANS.
HEAR THEIR PRAYERS, lest they are betrayed again.
||Sea lions or seals at
the mouth of the Klamath River in September.
"It is unlikely that sea lion and seal
predation is a cause for the decline of coho salmon,"
according to the National Marine Fishery Service.
"If these large, warm-blooded animals are not eating salmon
at the mouth of the Klamath River, what are they eating?"
Klamath Water Users Newsletter
to The Oregonian, 5/27/03,
sea lions, in slightly longer than a month, have devoured an estimated 2,700
adult salmon and steelhead trout -- a rate that approaches 1.5 percent of the
total run of fish during the sea lions' visits..."
(this is rampant at the mouth of the Klamath River, yet the
environmentalists and tribes seem to only attribute the fish loss to the
Klamath Project 200 miles away, which uses only 2% of the water. KBC)
MAY 25, 2003!
400 local veterans and their families!
The sound.... a lone voice in the eerily-silent building, reading a
seemingly eternal list of names of veterans who fought, and are
fighting for, our freedom Who are they? click
THE WALL, photo submitted by Cindy Wright
The Woman Behind the
KBC photo 4/28/03
JoAnn Rogers, Administrative Assistant for Klamath
Water Users Association. She deals with attorneys,
governors, senators and congressmen, a bunch of farmers and ranchers, and hate
calls. She types, attends meetings--night and day, takes
minutes, organizes, makes decisions, listens, smiles, and
THANK YOU JOANN!
Photos by Anders Tomlinson
WHY COASTAL COUNTIES JOINED THE BUCKET BRIGADE,
by John Griffith, Chairman of the Coos County Board of
"I've polled Oregon commercial fisherman over the
years to learn if ANY are members of PCFFA, and have been unable to
find any. I've been unable to find any who say they know of any
Oregon fishermen or fishermen's associations that are members.
To my knowledge, PCFFA is Glen Spain, a Eugene attorney, Zeke
Grader, of Eureka, and apparently some California fishing groups or
link to story
May 7, 2003
photo by KBC, May 2003
It is May in the Klamath
Basin. The clouds and rain have cleared, and grain and onions
are sprouting. But the dark cloud of uncertainty remains on
our hearts and in our souls. We continue to tend our crops,
our elderly, increase our production, decrease our pesticides
unlike any foreign country, and care take our wildlife and natural
resources. Our grandfathers built and paid for the most
efficient Reclamation Project in this country, since all of the
water we use returns to the river. Our storage allows more
water to be used for downstream purposes than ever before the dams.
We know it is good. We know it is a success. Yet the
untruths, the lawsuits, the winds of deceit and agendas don't
God is truth, and God is love.
"You shall know the truth, and the truth will set you
free,' John 8:32" He will see us through this storm.