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Archive 177 - February 2017
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Klamath and Siskiyou Countys' opposition to Klamath Dam destruction
Transcribed VIDEO - Klamath County Board of Commissioners Meeting 2/14/17, Reaffirmation that the Klamath County Board of Commissioners opposes Klamath Dam Removal
*Siskiyou County Water Users Association letter to State Water Resources Control Board 2/1/17, regarding Klamath River dam destruction and water quality.http://klamathbasincrisis.org/waterquality/waterboards/notices

Comments due Feb 27, 2017 Monday, Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, Water Code 10720, regarding should City of Tulelake, Siskiyou County, Modoc County, and TID each become a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA). We have been given no previous information on the pros and cons, however comments are due tomorrow at the informational meeting or to be received tomorrow by mail.
Meetings: Tulelake 10am Feb 27 at firehall, 1 PM Tulelake Airport.
Link to California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014: recommendations for preventing and resolving groundwater conflicts, such as groundwater adjudication, management fees, legal and policy issues, "property rights reform", tiered pricing vs pumping tax, pros and cons. One interesting quote p 28: "State board needs to provide real and concrete threat of state takeover and criteria that will cause it." Another link for information--mentions possible tribal control of management.  http://www.water.ca.gov/groundwater/sgm/pdfs/Proposed_GSP_Regs_2016_05_10.pdf  

Increased flows begin at Link River Dam, H&N, posted to KBC 2/26/17
See how full area reservoirs are:   www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/klamath/teacup.html

George Takei sets phaser to ‘American Spring,’ calls for revolution against Trump, Washington Times 2/27/17.

Tule Lake Unit, World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument comments by Rudy Hiley February 26, 2017

Ranchers oppose cuts to wolf compensation, predator control, Capital Press 2/24/17.

BRING ON OVER 4000 NEW CALIFORNIA REGULATIONS/MANDATES! California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 2/24/17. "The tally for this year is a total of 2,495 bills introduced with the Senate producing 808 bills and the Assembly with 1,687 bills..." Climate change policies, mandate where prisons and schools buy food, OSHA, prohibits employers to enquire about job applicant's criminal history (murder?, rape?, child molestation?, robbery?) paid 12-16 weeks parental leave, safe harbor, water storage, ...

Klamath 'Takings' trial adjourns, H&N 2/15/17. "The two-week trial started on Jan. 30 at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, within walking distance of the White House. More than 20 irrigators or those representing the interests of irrigators testified during the trial of their losses in 2001 when water was shutoff to benefit endangered fish downstream."

Water decisions are not making any sense, by former Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams, H&N, 2 "The irony of this is so obvious. The rivers are at flood stage or very near it, and OWRD finally lifts the tribal call on the water...This applies to all uses on the listed water right, including stock water, and domestic...surface water, (rivers, creeks and springs), and ground water, (wells). Most all of the rights list irrigation as a listed use." "...A single judge and our federal government send extra water down the Klamath River for fish in the middle of a flood. You would certainly think a flood event would contain enough water for any fish needs, including flush or pulse flows. It is absolutely necessary that logic and true science drive the decisions critical to the survival of our local economies..."

.Counties sue to overturn monument expansion, followed by Two lumber companies sue over monument expansion H&N, posted to KBC 2/17/19. "Filed Monday in federal court in Washington, D.C., the suit claims former President Barack Obama did not have the authority to include roughly 48,000 acres of designated timberland in the expansion, which affected land in Klamath and Jackson counties in Oregon, and Siskiyou County in California."

Judge mandates more irrigation water down Klamath River during flood, Liz Writes Life, Siskiyou Daily News, posted 2/20/17

Klamath River floods as Jerry Brown set to tear down dams, Breitbart, posted to KBC 2/18/17. "The un-noticed Klamath River, even with its dam system still in place, is expected to flood and potentially cause serious damage to the North Coast when the rains hit. If four of the seven dams were already torn down, the flood and destruction from the Klamath River would likely have been be epic."

Pulse flow curbed in wake of downstream concerns, H&N, posted to KBC 2/18/17. KBC note: Tribes and environmental groups sought court order to take 100,000 acre feet of water from Klamath Irrigator storage to wash a parasite out of the river on an already high water year.  Tribes saw their homes might get wet. "In the Happy Camp area, where river water levels were reaching the highway, residents were getting nervous...Due to the danger looming downstream and terribly high water levels just from the run-off from the river and side hills, we decided to scale back."

No major losses reported due to Sprague flooding, H&N, posted to KBC 2/18/17

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 2/17/17. Includes rodent control, Calif. farm product buyer mandates, funding of the Open Space Subvention program,  more than a dozen water measures, Cal State Water Resources Control Board mandates, regulations for stockponds, and MORE.

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 2/10/17. Blackbird regulations, Spotted Owl issues, water rights fees, groundwater management, well permits, access to affordable water....

Matthew 10:8 - "Freely you have received; freely give."

Reclamation pulls back on water releases, H&N 2/11/17.

Bureau to release Klamath water pulse Friday, H&N 2/10/17.

PRESS RELEASE: 2/9/17 - Statement From Representative Werner Reschke On Federal Court Decision Related To Klamath River.

Court orders extra water to protect salmon, H&N 2/9/17. "...The Yurok Tribe, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA), Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR), Klamath Riverkeeper and the Hoopa Valley Tribe sought a court order to compel the Bureau of Reclamation to manage river flows to protect juvenile Coho salmon. The case was heard last week. “Mismanagement of Klamath River flows below four major dams led to an outbreak of disease from a parasite called C. shasta in more than 90 percent of sampled juvenile salmon in 2015 and nearly that many in 2014,” according to a press release from EarthJustice.org... According to court documents, the defendants claim the proposed flows will require withholding more than 100,000 acre-feet of water from the irrigation districts that rely on water for agriculture in the Klamath Basin. The Klamath Water Users and the Klamath Irrigation District, and others on the project, filed as interveners on behalf of the federal agencies in the case. Scott White, director for the Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA), said he had not seen the order yet, but bemoaned the fact that the issue was not resolved at the negotiating table..."

KBC NOTE: Earthjustice is funded by George Soros.  "...Earthjustice was founded as the "Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund" in 1971.This group seeks to place severe restrictions on how U.S. land and waterways may be used. It opposes most mining and logging initiatives, commercial fishing businesses, and the use of motorized vehicles in undeveloped areas....Earthjustice has provided free legal representation to more than 600 client organizations."
Former Earthjustice clients: PCFFA, Klamath Riverkeeper (board members are Craig Tucker, Karuk Tribal Spokesman and Leaf Hillman, Karuk Counsel President, Yurok Tribal member Frankie Meyers and Klamath Tribal member David Taylor), PCFFA founded IFR. The Yurok Tribe, PCFFA, IFR, and Karuk Tribe were "friends" / "stakeholders" of KWUA, and claimed to support Klamath farmers in the KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. Yet in a 2011 video Tucker called the Klamath farmers "enemies", and pledged to work to destroy Keno Dam after the other Klamath River hydro dams are destroyed.

PRESS RELEASE: Reclamation to Release Water Below Iron Gate Dam to Address Fish Health Concerns in Klamath River, Bureau of Reclamation 2/9/17

(Klamath) Irrigators testify to their losses, Trial results could be wide-ranging, H&N 2/5/17. " 'I refer personally to it as Black Friday,' Horsley said."

Prayer in the Whitehouse, posted 2/4/17.

***2/4/17 - Comments are due Feb 28, 2017 for development of the WWII Japanese relocation camp near Tulelake, the NPS / National Park Service’s  GMP / General Management Plan.  Approximately 67 concerned citizens and government employees attended the Jan. 18 meeting in Tulelake, by far the largest turnout of all the recent meetings Lava Beds National Monument Superintendent Larry Whalon has held from Washington to LA. This plan will affect every person and business in the Tulelake basin. Most all those who spoke opposed expansion of the already-acquired 1300 acres of land..."
   Included are notes from Tulelake public meeting and comments,
       and links to:
* Whalon's meeting video in San Jose with Japanese Americans
* Macy's Flying Service's letter to support Plan A
articles and documents with Tule Lake Committee board of director members and their affiliations, and their partnerships with CAIR / Council on American-Islamic Relations

Who's Who in Japanese-American Tule Lake committee, and documentation of Japanese American ties to Muslim “terrorist group” CAIR,  2/4/17. A few of the articles include:
* Muslims and Japanese Americans Take 11th Annual Pilgrimage to Manzanar WWII Detention Camp
* Larry Whalon, superintendent of Lava Beds National Monument, Tulelake, asks Manzanar committee (CAIR partner) for comments on Tule Lake Management Plan
* John Kerry tried to remove CAIR from terror list
* The importance of a multifaith movement for Japanese Americans and Muslim Americans today.

National Park Service staff step up campaign against Trump, H&N, posted to KBC 2/4/17. "The National Park Service employees’ Twitter campaign against President Donald Trump spread to other parks on Wednesday, with tweets on climate change and a reminder that Japanese Americans were forcibly interned in camps and parks during World War II..."

Rejection of Nomination of Cong. Ryan Zinke as Interior Secretary, Western States Constitutional Rights, LLC, letter to Alaska U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, Chairwoman, Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources 2/2/17.  Many TOPICS INCLUDE: national forests and parks could be transferred into trust for tribes, tribes could exercise water rights based on aboriginal priority date to claim use over all waters flowing through "flowing through deemed 'Indian Forest Lands' at the expense of downstream farmers and ranchers (as is happening in Upper Klamath Basin)," Yurok Tribe lawsuit which would severely curtail Klamath Project and Off-Project irrigators exercise of their water rights, "Zinke has failed to guard America’s back-door against infiltration by lethal terrorists...unguarded 3,987-mile U.S.-Canada border that spans “sovereign” Indian reservations," "the Islamic Government of Turkey also sponsored eight additional tribes with reservations located within 100 miles of a nuclear power plant, a registered nuclear fuel facility or a registered uranium mine or deposit and also a water source,"  "...Council on American Islamic Relations (“CAIR”) located..." in same areas as many tribes.

* Comments on Western States Constitutional Rights letter to Sen Murkowski by editors Karla Davenport from iSpyRadio.com, and Captain William E. Simpson, MyOutdoorBuddy.com 2/4/17. Cpt. Simpson also addresses: "...This, in the face of Obama's Islamic resettlement agenda into America, where his team, in strategic cooperation with CAIR, have targeted American cities that have historically been the stronghold cities of American patriots. Cities such as Irvin Texas, Boise Idaho, Twin Falls Idaho and the former iron-belt states, where Islamists have now have garnered significant political control as a result of their population foothold in these, and other cities and states across America..."

Klamath irrigators testify on water shutoff compensation, H&N 2/2/17
Klamath irrigators detail hardships during water shutoff, H&N 2/1/17
Walden talks about 'takings' case, H&N 2/1/17
Testimony opens in 'takings' trial in D.C. Irrigators lay out their case, H&N 1/31/17."...Klamath Irrigation District et al v. the United States and Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Association / PCFFA and John Anderson Farms, Inc. et al v. United States..." KBC NOTE: And who is PCFFA? They sued: against irrigators being compensated in this takings case, to shut down Calif. suction dredge mining, to force water quality regulations on Klamath irrigators to make naturally mineral laden Klamath Lake and River prestine, petitioned against irrigators keeping their affordable power rate.... Press Release from George Soros-funded Earthjustice and PCFFA in 2005 in takings case.    
     Klamath Water Users Association are now 'friends' of PCFFA in Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, agreeing to destroy Klamath River dams and downsize agriculture. 70-80% of Siskiyou and Klamath County citizens oppose the 'deal.'

The New 49ers February Newsletter, 2/4/17. 

Comments due Feb 28 NPS General Management Plan for Tulelake WWII Japanese relocation camp

Letter from Macys Flying Service, Tulelake, to their community regarding NPS General Management Plan for Tulelake WWII Japanese relocation camp Includes where to send comments. 2/3/17

Siskiyou County Water Users Association letter to State Water Resources Control Board 2/1/17. Comments are due today Feb 1 regarding Klamath River dam destruction and water quality. http://klamathbasincrisis.org/waterquality/waterboards/notices/klamathnop20161222_


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