Our Klamath Basin Water Crisis
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.
- March 2006
Letter from Don Stevens, advisor to the Oregon Salmon Commission, to Glen Spain and Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen, regarding Spain's untruths and mis-quotes the Register Guard article (following). posted to KBC 3/31/06
Closing of Sport and Commercial Salmon Fishing, letter by Congressman Greg Walden to Dept of Commerce and Pacific Fishery Management Council, 3/31/06, pdf file.
Letter to KBC, "How
is it that your truth is so much
different from virtually EVERYTHING
else I can find on the subject.
I guess it’s right though….it's
backed by so much anecdotal evidence
and personal stories. Who needs
Your right…we should make every
effort to save a tiny, man made
farming community at the expense of
a state wide industry." Kevin Quigley
Water Users update March 31, 2006
Habitat restoration gets $10 million, Project to help endangered suckers on Williamson River, H&N March 31, 2006. Millions and $ and 100,000 acres have been taken from ag land to make 'sucker habitat', while Chiloquin Dam blocks 95 per cent of sucker habitat. See Chiloquin Dam page.
Tribes' fresh hope on salmon river, Scotsman.com 3/31/06
Federal Agencies Make Klamath Suggestions/fish ladders on Klamath Dams, Posted to KBC 3/31/06
California Farm Bureau Friday Review MARCH 31, 2006. Today's Friday Review contains information on the Williamson Act, SB 1162, SB 1167, AB 1835, AB 1844, and SB 1379.
PRESS RELEASE: FWS 3/31/06 Secretary Norton Announces Funding to States To Prevent Wildlife from Becoming Endangered ($60 million), FOLLOWED BY: Secretary Norton Announces Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Apportionments to States; Both Accounts Pass $5 Billion Mark. More on ESA$ go HERE
FORESTS: House Resources panel OKs salvage legislation, host of bills, E&E Daily, posted to KBC 3/30/06
Klamath River Tribes applaud federal
agency efforts to restore salmon
Finally, Salmon’s Return to Upper
Klamath Basin a Possibility,
posted to KBC 3/30/06 "...says
Hillman. "Our aim is to keep the
farmers farming and the fishermen
Coastal Fishermen Fight Back With Petition, 3/30/06. (Coastal fishermen are facing a possible season closure. They have submitted the following petition stating that all fish returning to the Klamath are to be counted equal, regardless of spawning in the gravel, or spawning in a hatchery.)
Irrigation season delayed, H&N 3/30/06
Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Securing Our Border, Enforcing Our Laws, And Upholding Our Values, President Bush's Presidential Action, posted to KBC 3/30/06
National Indian Gaming Commission: Tribe Must Cease. Volatile letter tells Alturas tribe to cease construction and stop plans for gaming in Yreka, Pioneer Press, posted to KBC 3/30/06.
Siskiyou and PacifiCorp testimony harmful to Project irrigators; Tulelake Irrigators meet with County Supervisors, Klamath Courier 3/30/06 "Project irrigators paid in full for the Klamath Reclamation Project which puts millions of dollars worth of free water into Klamath River for PacifiCorp to produce cheap power for its ratepayers. In exchange for free regulated water, Project irrigators were given an affordable power rate. However, PacifiCorp has led Siskiyou County supervisors to believe..."
Irrigators wrestle with water ruling; Judge accelerates Klamath River plan, 3/29/06 "We're very concerned that we've taken a step backward in that one entity will bear the brunt of dealing with supply issues,” Kandra said. “The solution needs to come from a watershed-wide approach."
Immigration in the basin, establishing roots, H&N 3/29/06
PRESS RELEASE: House Committee Overwhelmingly Approves Bipartisan Forest Health, Research Legislation, House Committee on Resources votes 25-13 to advance Forest Emergency Recovery and Research Act introduced by Walden, Baird, Herseth, 3/29/06. Forest page go HERE.
PRESS RELEASE: Pombo, Frank and
Bipartisan legislation would
strengthen regional management of
Civ. No. C02-2006 SBA ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR INJUNCTIVE RELIEF FOLLOWING REMAND, Case 4:02-cv-02006 Document 452 Filed 03/27/2006 HERE FOR FULL COURT ORDER.
Dr. Hardy was scientist whose studies were used in the biological opinions. BIA/Dr. Thomas B. Hardy page
Chiloquin mayor opposes removal of dam, H&N, posted to KBC 3/26/06. "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 Klamath Lake". HERE for more on Chiloquin Dam.
Federal Land Sale Concerns, Loss of grazing allotments feared by county cattlemen, Pioneer Press, posted to KBC 3/26/06.
Mr. Kempthorne goes to Washington (as Secretary of the Interior), Capital Press, posted to KBC 3/26/06.
National potato stocks down 8 percent from last year, Capital Press 3/26/06.
PRESS RELEASE: Oregon Women for Agriculture learn about Coastal Agriculture, posted to KBC 3/26/06
Oregon to hold emergency on coast fishing closure, cbbulliten, posted to KBC 3/26/06.
Yreka Casino irks GOP, Pioneer Press, posted to KBC 3/26/06
Bureau of Reclamation chief retires after refocusing agency, Capital Press, posted to KBC 3/26/06
New extension agents headed to Basin, H&N 3/26/06
This is a response to your editorial dated March 20, 2006, “Where are the Klamath Salmon?” by W.D. Kennedy, Klamath Basin farmer, for the San Francisco Chronicle.
NATIONAL AG WEEK March 19-25
Operation Iraqui Freedom, Three Years Later, President George W. Bush, President’s Radio Address posted to KBC 3/23/06
Nozzles, pump tests available, H&N 3/23/06 for Oregon and California Irrigators.
PRESS RELEASE: FEMA: Siskiyou County disaster-related flood insurance coverage, posted to KBC 3/23/06 "April 4, 2006, is the last day to register for state and federal disaster assistance"
Of Mice and Men, Wall Street Journal, 3/23/06 "31,000 acres of local government and privately owned land in the state and stretching into Wyoming--an area larger than the District of Columbia--was essentially quarantined from all development so as not to disrupt the mouse's natural habitat. Even the Fish and Wildlife Service concedes that the cost to these land owners could reach $183 million." "It turns out that not only is the mouse not endangered, but it isn't even a unique species." More on ESA price tags, go HERE.
Pombo named vice chair of ag committee, Capital Press 3/23/06
Citizens voice concerns over water demands, Siskiyou Daily, posted to KBC 3/23/06
Reclamation position a key one for the Basin, H&N, posted to KBC 3/23/06
KBC response to: Salmon fishermen feel pain of Klamath's troubles, followed by article, The Olympian posted to KBC 3/21/06. "Barnard from AP has been recently saturating his readers with his repetitive lies or half-truths along with Glen Spain, PCFFA-Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen (who represents some California fishing groups)"
President Bush on immigration and farm workers, received from Oregonians for Food and Shelter 3/20/06
The Bucket, Herald and News letters 3/20/06, 3 letters, by Barb Hall, Bill Ransom, and Marcus Robinsons.
Smith Releases Progress Report on Biscuit Fire Recovery, Nearly $140 million in timber value may be lost along with hopes of reforestation, posted 3/19/06. "The Forest Service cited lawsuits as a primary factor in timber loss and stated that lack of funds generated through salvage have caused delays and reductions in reforestation, habitat restoration, and fuel treatments."
Responses to Questions asked by the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations concerning the Biscuit Fire in Southern Oregon, posted to KBC 3/19/06, Word doc Here for Forest Page.
Be careful with water, Beckman H&N, posted to KBC 3/19/06.
California Farm Bureau Friday Review, posted to KBC 3/19/06. "The Heritage Tree bill is back. Senator Perata reintroduced his bill, SB 1799, to protect the state’s heritage trees. The bill defines a heritage tree by age and size and makes it a crime to harvest or harm a heritage tree...Included in the list of heritage trees, are hardwood species with a diameter greater than 28 inches at stump height. This provision impacts not just forested areas, but rangeland as well. "
Taking American's Rights and Land, Nancy Levant, posted to KBC 3/19/06. This is a gentle, basic summary of the UN's role in our loss of rights. "First and foremost, Agenda 21 mandated that there is to be NO ownership of private property – worldwide. The U.N. believes that all land, watershed systems, and natural resources must be owned and administered by “government.” To American people, this is what we consider to be Communism. We believe that ownership of property is directly tied to freedom.....The U.S. is a member of the United Nations, and therefore we were required to implement Agenda 21."
DOI Press Release: Commissioner Keys Has Resigned: Norton Lauds Service of John Keys as Commissioner of Bureau of Reclamation, 3/17/06
Weather, Flows, Maps, Crop Water Information. Check out this page for informative links. (Thank you Peter L. Palmer, AgriMet Program Coordinator, US Bureau of Reclamation, Pacific Northwest Region, for the recent corrections and additional resource links."
Reuters: Bush picks Idaho's Kempthorne for Interior---WASHINGTON, March 16, 2006 (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Thursday chose Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne as his choice to replace Gale Norton as Interior secretary...
Klamath Chapter Oregon Hunters Association Annual Fundraiser Scheduled for April 8. Proceeds go to Wildlife Conservation Projects, posted 3/16/06
Water for New Demands Must Come from New Storage, or it Will Come from Agriculture by Dan Keppen, Family Farm Alliance Executive Director, Klamath Falls, OR. 3/16/06 "The roaring river flows we have seen in the past several weeks ought to make every sensible person question the activists’ claims about "too little water". On New Year’s Eve, measurements on the Klamath River showed that flows over 400,000 cubic feet per second were being discharged to the Pacific Ocean. That flow rate equates to approximately 800,000 acre-feet of water in one day. By comparison, the Klamath Irrigation Project and adjacent national wildlife refuges use approximately 350,000 acre-feet of water in an entire typical irrigation season."
Geese Numbers, Damage Rise, Birds keying in on alfalfa fields; damage can be total "When Bob Flowers was growing up on his family’s ranch near Midland, geese weren’t a problem. Now they are."
Knowledge is Power, by Pat Ratliff, Klamath Courier 3/16/06, "if the Oregonian prints 25 articles in a row without ever contacting anyone from the Klamath Basin to check facts or ask questions about the other side of the story, which camp would you put them in, friend or foe?"
Senator Doug Whitsett, Oregon District 28, March Newsletter.
Good news -- Judge Coughenour has endorsed the stipulation removing the Oregon Coastal Coho from the Washington Toxics injunctive order that imposed buffers for use of certain pesticides near coho streams in this ESU. A copy of the signed order is attached, Terry and Paulette, Oregonians for Food and Shelter. pdf file of Wa Toxics Coalition, plaintiffs, vs EPA and Croplife America.
The Game’s Over, Governor slams the door shut on Alturas Rancheria casino in Yreka "State claims Alturas Rancheria is building casino on “non-Indian lands.” Pioneer Press 3/15/06
ESA TODAY Doubts cast on superstar woodpecker's return, New Scientist 3/13/06. "The apparent rediscovery of the ivory-billed woodpecker in 2005 – hailed as one of the great conservation triumphs of recent times – may be merely a case of mistaken identity....the US government moved quickly to appoint a recovery team and commit more than $10 million to try to rescue the species.....The problem is that the video – still the best evidence of the woodpecker's existence – contains no more than a blurry, four-and-a-half-second glimpse of a distant bird as it takes off from a tree and flies away into the forest."
3/12/06 Fact for today, revisited: 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 Klamath Lake". According to fish biologist Dave Vogel, "Fish 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." HERE for Chiloquin Dam page.
PRESS RELEASE: Secretary Norton Announces Departure from Interior, posted to KBC 3/12/06
Herald and News got it wrong. The
big bucket at the courthouse was
about unity and coming together; it
wasn't a symbol of conflict in 2001.
People came from around the country
to aid people in distress. Veterans
gathered every day.
Shasta Indians Seek To Clarify Its Jurisdiction "Shasta Indian Karol Purcell from the Scott Valley asked the Siskiyou County Supervisors on Feb. 21 to request a congressional investigation concerning the Karuk (Karok) Tribe’s federal recognition, claiming that the Karoks “fraudulently” received its federal recognition in 1978 by the use of the Shasta’s treaty." Siskiyou Daily news, posted to KBC 3/12/06
On the Klamath River, pain flows downstream: another perspective. Steve Cheyne responds to Oregonian editorial, 3/12/06
Liability - From Indonesian Troops to Saskatchewan Wolves, by Jim Beers, posted to KBC 3/12/06. WOLF PAGE.
Ocean closures restrict trawlers, Oregonian, 3/9/06
WA Congresswoman Morris Introduces
Legislation to Require ESA Cost
Transparency, posted to KBC
to the BPA, last
(Chiloquin) Dam removal could help Tribes, H&N 3/9/06
Meeting on cougar plan to be held, H&N 3/8/06 "Craig Foster, an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist, will provide details about the state’s proposed cougar management plan at 7 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room at the Klamath County Courthouse, 316 Main St." HERE for predator page.
Record bond proposal creates lobbying frenzy in state capital, Mercury News 3/8/06. "Environmentalists and some North Coast Indian tribes are urging that the bonds include money to improve salmon runs on the Klamath River, possibly by tearing down a series of hydroelectric dams to help the fish reach spawning grounds."
Water bank figures start to roll in, H&N 3/8/06. (Snow pack last month was 158% of average. However the Bureau's mandatory water bank will take more than 100,000 acre-feet of water, (1/4 Project downsize) from irrigation and send it to the ocean to artificially raise the lake level and river flows because of the biological opinion driven by Dr Hardy science. KBC) HERE for Hardy page. HERE for water bank page.
PRESS RELEASE: “Rural or Urban, It’s Ridiculous to Regulate Dust in the Wind”, U.S. cattle producers testify today across the nation, National Cattlemen's Beef Association 3/8/06. (EPA issue)
Water for New Demands Must Come from New Storage....or it Will Come from Agriculture by Dan Keppen, Family Farm Alliance Executive Director, posted to KBC 3/8/06
FEMA: Yreka disaster center to close Saturday 3/3/06 "The center at 1712 Fairlane Rd. is staffed by federal, state and local officials and by volunteer agencies to provide information and answer questions for Siskiyou County residents who registered for disaster assistance for damage suffered in the December-January flooding."
Hoopa tribe gets $103,000 for river hydropower study, Eureka Reporter 3/6/06
Bids accepted for lease lands, H&N 3/6/06
Research, potatoes, grass and water, H&N 3/6/06. Dr. Ken Rykbost retires. Klamath Watershed in Perspective A review of historical hydrology of major features of the Klamath River Watershed and evaluation of Hardy Iron Gate Flow requirements. By Dr. K.A. Rykbost, Superintendent, Klamath Experiment Station, Oregon State University, and R. Todd, Klamath County Extension Office, Oregon State University. HERE for Power Point presentation. 3/25/04. HERE for Dr. Rykbost biography
Karuk Treaty controversy continues, Pioneer Press, posted to KBC 3/5/06 "Supreme Court ruling documents, congressional testimony and historians utilized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the National Indian Gaming Commission are the basis for the proof that the Karuk Tribe received its federal recognition through a lie."
Diseases killing fish, by Marcia H. Armstrong, Siskiyou County Supervisor – District 5, posted to KBC 3/5/06
Chadwick Consensus Klamath Basin Congress, Conference Planning Meeting Notes, posted to KBC 3/5/06. HERE for Chadwick Page.
Save our Species Alliance: Newsletter ESA reform, posted to KBC 3/5/06
TULELAKE - Spud variety licensing shift under way, Capital Press 3/3/06
Talk on geese planned Friday, H&N 3/2/06
District weighs dam removal, H&N 3/2/06. (The Chiloquin Dam produces no power and blocks more than 95% of sucker habitat. Rather than removing this dam that tribes, irrigators, and government agencies agree on removal, more than 100,000 acres of ag land has been acquired for 'sucker habitat' when in fact the problem lies in removing that dam. KBC) HERE for more on Chiloquin Dam.
Genetically-modified seed stirs debate, H&N 3/2/06
PRESS RELEASE: Bureau of Reclamation and USGS Budget Review, House Committee on Resources 3/1/06
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