Liz Writes Life
Bureau of Reclamation Deputy Mikkelson
and KRRC on Dam Removal vs Siskiyou County,
& Attorneys Buchal and Kogan, and
Congressman LaMalfa at Siskiyou Water Users
Siskiyou Daily News by Liz Bowen 10/17/17
for complete article, go here:
On Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, Alan
Mikkelsen, who is the Acting Deputy
Commissioner for the federal Bureau of
Reclamation, was quoted in the Sacramento
Bee supporting Klamath dam removal. Or to be
more exact, would not stand in the way of
the non-profit Klamath River Renewal Corp.
and the Tribes that want the four
hydro-electric Klamath River dams out. Let’s
just say this did not sit well for those of
us working to save our Klamath dams.
On Tuesday night, Oct. 10,
2017, our Siskiyou Co. Board of Supervisors
held a public meeting with Mikkelsen along
with Executive Director and Vice President
of KRRC in Winema Hall at the fairgrounds in
Yreka. Board Chairman, Michael Kobseff,
first allowed KRRC leaders and Mikkelsen to
KRRC Vice President Lester
Snow was blunt. He said the decision to take
down the dams is not pending, but had been
made. (Hum, not by Siskiyou or Klamath
Counties.) The goal of KRRC is to take
ownership of the four dams from PacifiCorp,
who will surrender the license through FERC,
which is the Federal Energy Regulatory
Snow continued saying they
are looking for alternative water supply for
the Iron Gate Fish Hatchery and possibly
even for the City of Yreka. Uh oh, they now
acknowledge dam removal could affect Yreka’s
city water supply? On flooding, he said
their consultants have looked at the issues
and long-term liability if KRRC disappears.
So, KRRC is looking for liability insurance.
Yep, they are! Scary!
KRRC promised a series of
property owner meetings in the Copco area
this week and admitted it is still trying to
gain knowledge about the amount of sediment
that will be released during dam destruction
and how they will remove it as it pollutes
the river. Oh, gosh the sediment pollution
Mikkelsen tried to gain trust
by saying he was a rancher in Montana. It
didn’t go over well. He said the Trump
administration is not anti-dam, but claimed
the situation is a business decision by
PacifiCorp. (You and I know PacifiCorp has
Chairman Kobseff was the
first of the supervisors to question the
three outsiders. He asked if KRRC will be
able to pre-empt state and local permits,
such as one that should be needed from the
county for demolition? The way I heard it,
Snow said “yes.” What!
Kobseff asked if the state
and federal Environmental studies, CEQA and
NEPA are being accomplished. The answer is
that the state water board is doing CEQA (it
is pro dam removal) and FERC is doing NEPA.
More foxes watching the hen house, I would
The other four supervisors
asked pointed questions and provided a
united front against this atrocity. Many of
the answers were vague – after all the
largest dam removal project in the United
States is an experiment.
A vast majority of the public
comments were against destruction of the
dams echoing comments from our supervisors,
concerns about fraud, the increase cost in
our power and environmental destruction.
Mikkelsen kept his head buried in his lap
top. When he was accused of lack of eye
contact with the public, he said he was
writing the comments down. Sure.
It looks to me like Mikkelsen
made a deal with the Devil and has promised
monies to our local Tribes that are always
litigating or complaining about Siskiyou
County. During public comment, I told this
to Mikkelsen. No wonder he wouldn’t look us
in the eye.
So it was déjà vu, when on
Sat. night, Oct. 14, 2017 more than 200
people again filled Winema Hall to raise
funds to save the Klamath dams. Dave Tyler
did a super job on the prime rib and the
ladies provided fine salads and potato
casseroles. Seems like many of us have been
going to meetings and fundraisers to save
our dams, our water and property rights and
fight the ridiculous spotted owl and coho
salmon ESA listings for over 25 years. Yep,
Richard Marshall, president
of Siskiyou Water Users, served as M.C.
Congressman Doug LaMalfa and his rep. Erin
Ryan were there. Doug was ripping angry at
bureaucrat Mikkelsen and asked us to write
letters — right there — to DOI Secretary
Ryan Zinke asking him to save the four
hydro-electric Klamath dams. He also
recorded us on his cell phone doing a shout
to save the dams. He will be meeting with
officials this week in WA. D.C. sharing the
many letters and video.
Then two different attorneys
offered their suggestions on the situation.
James Buchal and Larry Kogan have fought the
Endangered Species Act listings and water
battles for decades. Their ideas are a bit
different and they didn’t always agree, but
both recognized the situation is dire as the
powers-that-be are not following their own
rules – belligerently plowing ahead with the
so very costly dam destruction.
The Silent Auction was a hit
with lots to choose from.
Scott Valley Protect Our
Water will meet Thurs., Oct. 26, 2017 at the
Fort Jones Community Center at 7 p.m. Bring
a desert to share, if you can.
Liz Bowen is a native of
Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan.
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