Our Klamath Basin Water Crisis
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.
- February 2006
AgSafety Workshop 2/28
February 27, 2006
Sabo, by Dan Keppen 2/27/06.
On short notice, trollers react to
likely salmon season limits, The
World Link, posted to KBC 2/26/06.
Crowd rebounds for Czech festival Dancing, sausages and Bohemian beer celebrate immigrants who settled in the Klamath Basin, H&N 2/26/06 "A band of about 60 settlers was drawn by a colonization project sponsored by a Bohemian agricultural magazine, Hodspoda. They named their settlement Malin after a Czech city that suggested 'wonderful country, a paradise where crops never fail,' according to an account by the Klamath County Historical Society."
KWUA Statement on California
2/24/06, by Greg Addington, KWUA Executive Director,
no way has KWUA given up the fight on our power
rates or on the legality and rationale of the
Klamath River Basin Compact."
2005 Tulelake Irrigation District Crop Report: yield, production and value. Lands served by the district, 2/24/06
Farm numbers down, sizes up, Capital Press, posted to KBC 2/24/06
OREGON: PacifiCorp seeks 13 percent rate increase, 2/24/06. (Perhaps taking out the hydropower dams on the Oregon Rivers will be a solution? KBC)
Tribes, farmers say they understand each other, Capital Press 2/24/06 Said Tucker (Karuk Tribe): “We’re just finding ways to scratch each other’s back.” “Eventually,” said Kandra, President KWUA, “we hope this will lead to substantial discussions on conflicts.”
Nature Conservancy partners with feds
for Klamath wetlands, Capital Press
National Academy begins K2 review
Did NOAA Official threaten NAS group
or just warn them? by Pat
Ratliff, Klamath Courier staff writer
More traps to be set in basin for pest, H&N 2/23/06 (for potato tuberworm)
PFUSA Grange announces an upcoming conference focusing on eminent domain abuse and conservation easements, PFUSA posted to KBC 2/23/06
People Take the Initiative to Limit Eminent Domain, posted to KBC 2/23/06
CSP watershed meetings get under way this week, H&N 2/23/06
The National Research Council meeting was in Sacramento on 2/13. They are going to peer review Reclamation’s NFS and then Hardy II with NFS plugged in. They will be meeting in Klamath Falls on May 2 and July 25.
I want to go back, Klamath Courier Reporter 2/22/06. Tulelake Fish and Wildlife Refuge story.
Owl Be Damned, Wall St Journal posted to KBC 2/22/06
PRESS RELEASE: Klamath Project’s Sabo Moving to Upper Colorado Region, Bureau of Reclamation 2/21/06
Tulelake students get FFA farm growing by Jessica Hemphill, Tulelake, posted to KBC 2/19/06
KLAMATH: Eagle Myths from Jim Beers, Retired Wildlife Biologist, Refuge Manager, Special Agent US Fish and Wildlife Service, followed by A winter sky alive with bald eagles, Oregonian letter 2/19/06
Feds give Klamath settlement talks time, Times-Standard, posted to KBC 2/19/06. "Federal energy regulators gave more time to agencies, tribes, fishermen, farmers, environmentalists and a power company to resolve issues surrounding dams on the Klamath River, a sign that a settlement could be close. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday agreed to give the groups until March 29 to file comments and recommendations."
Snow levels at 143 percent, Pioneer Press, posted to KBC 2/19/06. (Although there were floods on the Klamath this year, 143% snow, extremely above average precipitation, the Dept of Interior mandatory water bank demands 100,000 acre feet, or 1/4 of our stored irrigation water this year from Klamath farmers. HERE for waterbank page. KBC)
Playing God And Stealing Land, posted to KBC 2/19/06, American Daily. "The ESA was used to bludgeon the farmers in Klamath Falls, Oregon..."
NEWS RELEASE: FWS road closure, posted to KBC 2/18/06
Klamath irrigators, tribes engage in productive dialogue, Capital Press, posted to KBC 2/18/06. "The Irrigators share the Tribes’ goals of increased fish population and understand that it is in everyone’s interest to improve habitat and restore historical habitats." "Greg Addington is executive director of the Klamath Water Users Association. Howard McConnell is chairman of the Yurok Tribe, and Leaf Hillman is vice chairman of the Karuk Tribe."
Klamath tribes, farmers pledge collaboration, Times Standard, posted to KBC 2/18/06
Ag Safety Workshop posted to KBC 2/18/06
Wolf protection is coming soon to Oregon; here's a story from Idaho: Vicious predators devastate herds and must be removed from Idaho, posted to KBC 2/16/05
***"National Animal Identification System", including home surveillance, every animal ID forms; collection of information. "Indeed, beyond the expense, the specter of these government agents entering onto citizens' property to find possible unregistered homes and animals brings to mind the actions of a frightening police state, not the actions of a government agency whose mission should be to assist rural people, not to hunt them down." 2/15/06
McClosky's ESA vs. Pombo's TESRA: the facts speak for themselves, Randall, posted to KBC 2/15/06
Early California: A Killing Field -- Research Shatters Utopian Myth, Finds Indians Decimated Birds, University of Utah 2/13/06
NEWS RELEASE: Bush Administration asks Congress to Fully Fund the Wetland Reserve Program, Ducks Unlimited Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office 2/10/06 "250,000 acres for USDA’s #1 Wetlands Program"
Annual dinner for Farm Bureau is Feb. 25, Pioneer Press, posted to KBC 2/12/06
(Klamath) Tribal members lack information, Klamath Courier, posted to KBC 2/12/06
Water quality questioned on Klamath, Can the Expectations be attained, Pioneer Press, posted to KBC 2/12/06
MEDICINE LAKE: Geothermal projects move forward, Pioneer Press, posted to KBC 2/12/06 "Officials have stated that the company is committed to producing the clean, efficient, cost-competitive electricity for its customers. Calpine generates over 26,000 megawatts of electricity -- enough to meet the needs of more than 26 million households in a state with 30 million residents".
NOAA, state seek to maintain funding for coastal coho despite non-re-listing, posted to KBC 2/10/06
New leaders for SOSS, Pioneer Press, posted to KBC 2/12/06
Dredge Miners granted intervention status in litigation between Karuks and DFG, Miners 2/12/06. See Miner Page
Beef industry backs ID system, 700 tons of beef goes to Japan, Pioneer Press, posted to KBC 2/12/06
According to the NRCS, Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Klamath Basin snowpack in 158 percent of normal.
Bureau: Project water bank succeeding, H&N 2/11/06. ( After 2001 water shutoff, the Bureau of Reclamation told Project Irrigators they must participate in the "water bank" which would downsize the Project by 1/4, or else the Klamath Project would be shut down. Is that voluntary? KBC). More on Water Bank Page.
* Bureau of Reclamation's Klamath River Basin Conservation Implementation Program Draft 3, February 9, 2006, pdf file
Klamath Lake Levels and River Flows posted to KBC 2/9/06
Fisheries Scientist David Vogel statement on the 2002 Klamath fish die-off directed to Fish and Game's , March 11, 2003, rerun on KBC 2/9/06
They did not restore the Klamath salmon in 20 years; And now they want more money to manage fish and farms, Klamath Courier 2/8/06 "They misspent the $21 million dollars, they ruined the fisheries, and they blamed the Klamath irrigators for lack of fish. And now the group wants to be reauthorized and receive more funds," Moore said."
PRESS RELEASE: Udall Requests Hearing in House Forestry Panel on Recently Published Study; Walden Responds Affirmatively; Forests & Forest Health Subcommittee to hold hearing on recent OSU research, 2/8/06
PRESS RELEASE: Key Challenges for
Science Identified by the USGS to
Support Western Water Management,
Budget cuts timber payments, H&N 2/7/06
PRESS RELEASE: President seeks more than $2 billion for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2007 budget, posted to KBC 2/7/06 "This total includes a requested increase of $2.0 million for restoration work in the Klamath Basin"
PRESS RELEASE: Reclamation's FY 2007 budget request is $971.6 million, posted to KBC 2/7/06 "$24.8 million for the Klamath Project to increase studies and initiatives related to improving water supplies to meet irrigation, wildlife refuges, and Tribal trust obligations; continue a water bank; and coordinate Reclamation's Conservation Implementation Program"
Karuk Tribe does not have a federally-recognized or protected fishing right on the Klamath River. This conclusion was confirmed by the Associate Solicitor for Indian Affairs in a 1994 memorandum. Posted to KBC 2/6/06
Klamath electric rates are down to the wire, Capital Press, posted to KBC 2/6/06.
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Task Force from Family Farm Alliance, posted to KBC 2/6/06
A Bad Law Must Be Repealed, Tom DeWeese, posted to KBC 2/6/06
A history of recent and current attacks on suction dredge mining in Oregon, by Tom Kitchar – President, Waldo Mining District, posted to KBC 2/6/06. HERE for MINING PAGE.
"They misspent $20 million dollars", Coos County Commissioner weighs in on fisheries management and agriculture, Klamath Courier, posted to KBC 2/6/06.
Fall salmon could reach record low on Salmon River, Capital Press 2/2/06.
Paying for water, H&N 2/6/06 “By damming the Upper Klamath River they've been able to generate power,” he said. “If it were a free-flowing river, there would have been times they wouldn't have had any water at all. The Project has made it work.”
California Farm Bureau Friday Review, posted to KBC 2/6/06.("Today's Friday Revew discusses the Governor’s water supply and flood protection bond proposal and AB 674.")
Falling supply means more demand in Klamath Basin, Capital Press, posted to KBC 2/6/06
Brief Klamath Basin water
Nature, Not Man, is Responsible for West Coast Salmon Decline, John Carlisle study, posted to KBC 2/2/06, A Publication of the National Center for Public Policy Research. "The immense influence of the oceanic cycle on salmon should give politicians and bureaucrats considerable pause before implementing costly policies that penalize people. Even if this natural cycle was not the culprit, the failure of past attempts to maintain or increase salmon populations suggest that a regulatory approach is not advisable."
Comment period extended for cougar management plan, Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife, posted to KBC 2/2/06
Wolves may drop off endangered list (in Rockies) posted to KBC 2/2/06.
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