Archive 189 - February 2018
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Irrigators gather in Reno to address the drought H&N 2/23/18. "Standing up among the some 200 irrigators and ag people, Hammerich said he believes water storage in the Klamath Basin is a “good deal.” But he wanted to know how storage benefits the Klamath Basin when it butts up against the Endangered Species Act and fish protection.“The water just goes downstream, so what are we gaining?” Hammerich asked."
Please keep in mind we have lake levels from a biological opinion that need to be met,” White added. “We have an injunction that’s been placed upon us where more water is required to go downstream as a result of litigation brought by downstream tribes last year.”...“Once the governor issues the drought declaration, then it’s after that time that people can come to the watermaster’s office here and apply for drought emergency permits,” said Kyle Gorman, of OWRD. Permits allow irrigators to use water where the primary source is unavailable, Gorman said, due to drought conditions..."
House committee approves Klamath Project water bill,
H&N 2/20/18. "...HB
4016 would allow irrigators in the Klamath Project to
temporarily transfer water claims between properties
within the same irrigation district..."
KWUA appeals to Tribes: Let's talk. OWRD, KWUA to talk 2018 irrigation, H&N 2/18/18. “They’ve felt meaningful, they’ve felt sincere,” White said Friday morning, of previous talks with Tribes representatives. “But then when these notices come out and we don’t get a heads-up that it’s coming out, we don’t have an opportunity to talk to them about it beforehand...It doesn’t feel like the community and the fish are in the best interest of the Tribes,” White said, "… and I hate feeling that way but that’s what it feels like. It feels like there’s something bigger than just the fish going on here."
Klamath Project 2018 Contractors Meeting with KWUA, OWRD, Klamath County Feb 20, 2018, to "bring contractors of the Klamath Reclamation Project current information about the 2018 irrigation season...current hydrology, possible options available, and the process for taking advantage of those options is important information for district and on-farm operations..."
Klamath Refuge construction an effort to save salmon (on
the Columbia River). Habitat restoration aimed at
dispersing (fish eating) Caspian Tern populations,
H&N 2/14/18. "...According to
Beckstrand, the Caspian tern population along the
Columbia River has been responsible for around 15
million to 20 million salmon smolts being eaten
annually. The cormorant population growing on East Sand
Island is estimated to be responsible for an additional
11 million young salmon each year..."
“There is a major problem with the sucker population,” Kliewer said. “For 25 years, the answer has been more water, more water, more water. “That’s not the right answer...”
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, 2/16/18. New Bill Introductions, Cannabis, Climate, Commodities, Natural Resources, Nutrition, Water, and New Appointments
2/16/18 - Oregon Rep. E. Werner Reschke’s water
bill HB 4016. He serves as Vice-Chair of House Energy and Environment
committee and has been working hard to get this bill passed to support
water rights in the Klamath project. The bill (relating to determined
claims) was passed unanimously in bi-partisan Committee on Wednesday and
referred to Rules where it is expected to pass the Senate as well.
Tribes seek higher water levels for Upper Klamath; lawsuit notice filed,
possibility of extinction-level event cited, H&N 2/14/18.
Linthicum drafts bill to defund dam removal, H&N 2/14/18. "...the cost for dam removal could amount to $950 million, with no specific plan yet in place to fully fund the project. He also said sediment could total 20 million cubic yards and releasing it downstream would impact long-term fish habitats..."
COMMENTS DUE FEB 23 - Reclamation unveils water contracts program (for Klamath water transfer), H&N 2/11/18. "...Contracts would expire in 2022, according to BOR officials. The deadline for the submitting comments on the NEPA documents is Feb. 23.."
KID delays project irrigation season, H&N 2/11/18.
Water Claims & Confrontations: (Klamath) irrigators say state shows lack of support, H&N 2/8/18. "...Though 2017 saw so much water in the Basin that multiple areas were flooded, the state still validated a claim on water initiated by the Klamath Tribes...Some irrigators claim that the Tribes have been making blanket calls on water without justification..."
Klamath Falls - BOR's Mikkelsen talks drought survival, H&N 2/9/18. "...The
focus of people in the Basin right now is surviving 2018...Long-term
solutions are frankly a little bit on the back-burner right now...“There
are a lot of urban congressmen, both parties, that do not have any
desire to make substantive changes to the ESA. And so we have to follow
the ESA and we will follow the ESA.”
KRRC's liaison visiting Basin, H&N 2/8/18. "...Meurer said he was “immediately” interested in the community liaison position, while he also knew it would be “wildly unpopular” to some opposed to dam removal. (KBC NOTE_ 80% opposed in Siskiyou County, 72% opposed in Klamath County)...Meurer met with the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors. He also listened in on a teleconference between a consultation between the Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma and FERC staff."
EPA, Corps put two-year hold on 2015 WOTUS rule, Issue 2/7/18, California Farm Bureau Federation AgAlert. "The 2015 WOTUS rule developed by the Obama administration will not be applicable for the next two years, while we work through the process of providing long-term regulatory certainty across all 50 states about what waters are subject to federal regulation."
Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review
2/9/18 - New bills introduced: fire, food, taxes,
(Klamath) Commissioners predict ‘devastating’ summer for water users, H&N 2/1/18
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