Our Klamath Basin Water Crisis
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.
- October 2006
Klamath River water flows, by Lewie Baker 10/31/06
2006 Proves to be a Good Year for Suckers and Water Quality Conditions in the Upper Klamath River Basin, Bureau of Reclamation, posted 10/31/06
Council Boosts Funding For Controversial Fish Survival Study, Questions Others, Fishletter October 31, 2006, "they strongly suggest that the ocean plays the critical role in the management and conservation of Columbia River salmon stocks, and that ignoring these issues leads to more blame being ascribed to the hydro system than is, in fact, appropriate."
Letter from Mid-Basin citizens to be presented at CA Water Board meeting, 10/31/06, sent to PacifiCorp. "...The environmentalists and Native Americans feel the solution is removal of Iron Gate, Copco 1 and 2 and the JC Boyle Dams all located on the Klamath River. Removal of theses Dams will not solve the algae issues nor will it change them...."
Siskiyou TMDL's, by Marcia Armstrong, Siskiyou County Supervisor District 5, 10/31/06
Dr. Ken Rykbost presentation in Yreka at the Greenhorn Grange October 20, 1006 on Nutrient Loading in the Upper Klamath Basin, notes by Katherine Lehman
Banned by US Government! Jim Beers, retired Fish and Wildlife Biologist and Refuge Manager, has become reknown for his writing regarding endangered species, property rights, freedom, wolves and whatever the government is doing to destroy our freedom. He exposed where wolves killed a young man and the father contacted KBC to speak with him. Read about his being banned by the US Government. 10/29/06
State says Klamath smothered in sediment, Times Standard 10/29/06 See Water Quality Page for more info and links.
Tribal water right issues may be resolved, Klamath Water dispute absent from administration's list, H&N posted to KBC 10/29/06
Five lawsuits swirl around hatchery vs wild lasting policy, , posted to KBC October 29, 2006, Columbia Basin Bulletin
Final work on Reclamation Klamath Plan in December, Capital Press, 10/27/06
Water Data Update – October 28, 2006
Hatchery review aims to balance harvest, ESA protections, October 27, 2006 Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Bulletin
Tribes ask for Klamath algae limits, Times Standard, posted to KBC 10/27/06
CDFG Fishery Bulletins Available Online; 178 of the historic California Department of Fish & Game (CDFG) Bulletins, dating back to 19I3, are now available online at: http://ceo.ucsd.edu/fishbull/ Note that Bulletin 34 is on Klamath salmon.
IUCN Environmental Law Paper; The Easement as a Conservation Technique, by David B. Gregory, IUCN, posted to KBC 10/25/06. Thank you Julie Smithson for this information, http://www.propertyrightsresearch.org
Farmers, fishermen meet, by Pat Ratliff, Pioneer Press 10/25/06
Battle line drawn over wolves, Denver Post, posted to KBC 10/25/06. "In the first 10 years after their reintroduction in the Rockies, gray wolves killed 505 head of cattle and 1,306 sheep, and the numbers are rising." (KBC note: wolves are coming soon to Oregon.)
Would she live to tell the story? Pioneer Press 10/25/06
Audit faults forest program controls, Star Tribune, posted to KBC 10/25/06
Klamath Summit. Notes by Senator Doug Whitsett, Oregon District 28, "What is disturbing about the Governors' actions is their lack of effort to identify and to understand what needs to be fixed." Posted 10/23/06
Voisin wrong about Basin, Herald and News letter by Bob Gasser, Merrill, posted Oct 20, 2006. "On radio station KLCC, she recently stated that because of the poor quality of Klamath Basin soil, specific crops grown in the Klamath Basin were very harmful to the environment. During her question and answer session, when I asked her to identify those crops, she immediately singled out alfalfa, potatoes and rice. It was surprising to hear that rice is so bad for the Basin since it has never been a commercial crop grown in the Klamath Reclamation Project - a notable area of rich bottomland soils. And alfalfa is always considered a soil builder."
Coalition pushes for storage; Fishermen, farmers want to give Congress a unified message, H&N, posted 10/22/06
Chiloquin dam to be removed, H&N, posted to KBC 10/23/06. Chiloquin Dam blocks more than 90% of sucker habitat. "Allen Foreman, chairman of the Klamath Tribes, said after Thursday’s ceremony that not all tribe members support dam removal. The structure, built from 1914 through 1918, created fishing and swimming opportunities for generations."
Salmon tracing study a success; may expand to entire coast, posted 10/23/06 Columbia Basin Bulletin. "In their study, the OSU scientists found that about 5 percent of the fish caught off the Oregon coast originated from the Klamath basin."
Bush picks Deb Crisp for top Compact spot, Pioneer Press by Pat Ratliff 10/20/06
Dam removal tops governor's agenda, Tam Moore, Capital Press 10/20/06. "Two governors, already on record as favoring removal of hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River, last week joined the call for a state-federal-stakeholder meeting to resolve water allocation and other issues."
FARMERS AND COASTAL FISHERMEN UNITE, Oct. 20, 2006 at 6 PM at Merrill Elementary School Gym
Oct 21, Dr. Rykbost in Yreka.
website videos tell the stories of law-abiding
American citizens whose guns were stolen by police
and never returned:
EDITORIAL: Saxton for governor, Challenger shows willingness to tackle tough issues, Roseburg News Review, posted 10/19/06. The other editorial endorsements are: The Oregonian, Bend Bulletin, Herald and News, Grants Pass Courier, Medford Mail Tribune , McMinnville News Register and Brainstorm NW magazine.
Upcoming Events shaping Klamath Basin natural resources, by Marcia Armstrong, Siskiyou County District 5, 10/19/06
President Bush appointing Deb Crisp as Chairman of the
Klamath River Compact Commission, posted to KBC 10/18/06
Anyone Looking at the Bigger Picture? by Dan Keppen, Executive Director Family Farm Alliance 10/18/06
Klamath River water flows, by Lewie Baker, 9/24 - 10/12/06.
EQIP conservation funding available to Siskiyou farmers and ranchers, October 17, 2006, Siskiyou Daily News
Klamath Report: This has all the reports and filings pertaining to Hardy Phase II and Reclamation review, posted to KBC 10/17/06. (KBC Note: Dr. Thomas B. Hardy is the guy who was contracted by the Department of Justice to establish Indian water rights to be an expert witness for (and paid for by) the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) in the Klamath River adjudication process. The BIA authorized Hardy in his 2000 contract $550,086. He worked with the Klamath River Basin Fisheries Task Force Technical Work Group. He used tribal biology paid for by individual tribes. Dr. Hardy wrote the studies that are currently regulating the Klamath Project water management. From his studies, biological opinions were formed. HERE for Hardy/BIA page)
Family Farm Alliance, A View from Ground Zero: Assessing the Real State of Western Irrigated Agriculture and Recommended Research Topics that Will Help Family Farmers and Ranchers; A White Paper Prepared by the Family Farm Alliance . Family Farm Alliance President Patrick O’Toole (WYOMING) on October 25th will speak to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board (Board) in Washington, D.C. Attached is a white paper that we prepared for this meeting, and which will form the basis for Pat’s presentation, 10/17/06. HERE for summary by FFA Executive Director Dan Keppen.
Bonneville Dam, WA: Hasting, Baird take aim at sea lions preying on endangered salmon; Lawmakers Unveil Bipartisan Endangered Salmon Predation Prevention Act, October 16, 2006 "When we're spending hundreds of millions per year in direct spending on salmon recovery, our region cannot afford to ignore the impact of these sea lions," said Hastings."
Change begins at the top; Oregon voters should elect Republican Ron Saxton to replace Ted Kulongoski as the state's governor, posted to KBC October 17, 2006, The Oregonian editorial
Kulongoski debate comment on farmers badly misses the mark, Oregon Farm Bureau followed by Kulongoski ad, posted to KBC Oct. 17, 2006
Kempthorne likely to seek Endangered Species Act changes, Great Falls Tribune 10/16/06
Bureau of Reclamation Water Data Update, posted to KBC 10/16/06
Cooperation vital for summit success, H&N, posted to KBC 10/16/06
Branding helps target problem sea lions, H&N, posted to KBC 10/16/06
PRAYER PAGE: prayer request from Ohio.
Wetlands System Protection Policy, by Marcia Armstrong,
Siskiyou County Supervisor District 5, posted to KBC
Ongoing Karuk/DFG Litigation: DFG Says Dredgers are Harming Fish! By Dave McCracken General Manager New 49er's Newsletter, October 2006. "Our involvement with this litigation began about a year ago when we discovered that DFG had imposed substantial restrictions upon our California suction dredging regulations within Siskiyou County without following any of the mandated administrative process which allows the affected public to participate. They didn't even give us any notice! " 10/13/06
Historical information on Klamath Watershed Hydrology and water quality in the Upper Klamath Basin Presented to the National Research Council Committee on Hydrology, Ecology and Fishes in the Klamath River Basin by Klamath Water Users Association, posted to KBC 10/13/06
Nutrient Loading of Surface Waters in the Upper Klamath Basin: Agricultural and Natural Sources, by Dr. Ken Rykbost, Superintendent Professor, and B.A. Charlton, Faculty Research Assistant, Klamath Experiment Station, Klamath Falls, Oregon, posted 10/13/06. (Dr. Rykbost will be giving a presentation October 21st in Yreka; HERE for info)
Judge sides with government on most Klamath hydro challenges, Capital Press 10/13/06
Biologist challenges Klamath models, Capital Press 10/13/06
10/12/06 Last week the National Research Council met in Yreka to listen to input on Klamath River, tributaries, flows, power from dams, and fish habitat. They are reviewing Dr Hardy's final phase II report and the Bureau of Reclamation Natural Flow Study.
Cob plant may be sold before it’s built, Japan-based company wants to buy the plant Natural gas facility. H&N 10/12/06
Governors call for summit to solve Klamath salmon problems, H&N Oct 12, 2006
Klamath dam reports conflict, Siskiyou Daily News, posted 10/12/06
Congress must act to prevent water crisis, Capital Press, posted to KBC 10/12/06
Hydroelectric plants are a good thing, Paradise Post, posted to KBC 10/12/06 "Hydroelectric power is the cleanest and most efficient power we produce. It's 33 percent less expensive than gas-fired power operations which by the way, are being built in large numbers throughout California. Thanks to the environmental movement and their opposition to hydroelectric dams and nuclear power plants, we pay more for energy in California than almost any other state. I don't know about you, but I find it silly that my power bill would be a lot lower if we were allowed to build the dams necessary to produce it."
Wolf howls prompt wilderness evacuation, Frightened Forest Service employees extracted, Idaho Mt Express 10/11/06. (KBC Note: Firefighters have died fighting fires when feds would not douse the fire because it could break endangered species rules for water levels in the lake. Ranchers have watched helplessly as wolves, planted near their ranches by federal employees to promote the species, have ripped apart their livestock, kittens and puppies with laws against killing the predators. However in a wilderness area, federal employees get airlifted by helicopter because the wolf howl scares them. ?) HERE for Wolf Page.
Hearing set on COB plant permit, Herald and News, posted to KBC 10/10/06. (KBC Note: we missed the meeting but you can still send comments)
Coast line being polluted, Celebrity septic tanks thought to be responsible, H&N, posted to KBC 10/10/06. (KBC Note: Have we a double standard here? Environmentalists and agencies would shut down agriculture in a heartbeat if they had raw sewage in a ditch, however in Malibu...)
Locals prepare for 2007 session, H&N, posted 10/10/06, "Liskey said the Oregon Farm Bureau is opposed to raising the state’s minimum wage..."
Hundreds in Idaho mourn former Rep. Helen Chenoweth-Hage, Seattlepi.com, posted 10/10/06
U.S. Attempting to Reshape Fishing Rules, But How
Much to Tighten Reins?
Washington Post, posted 10/10/06
Federal judge in Seattle upholds new rules for regimenting dams, kgw.com NW News Channel, posted 10/8/06.
Upstream Battle to Save the Salmon, Wall Street Journal letter by Bob Lohn, Northwest Regional Director NOAA Fisheries, posted to KBC 10/8/06
Klamath summit, a great idea: Get it scheduled, Herald and News editorial 10/8/06. (KBC note: In July 2006, Congressman Greg Walden introduced the idea of a Klamath Summit, to get input from communities. Klamath Watershed has tried to merge with their dam-removal plans. Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski joins with Ca. Gov Schwarzenegger.
Comments of Cooperative Conservation by Marcia Armstrong, Siskiyou County Supervisor District 5, posted to KBC 10/7/06. "I can say with considerable experience that oppressive environmental regulations are strangling our local rural communities to death."
Science panel looks at Klamath minimum flows, Interchange raises questions about apparent lack of coordination, Capital Press, posted to KBC 10/7/06
White House Press Release: The President intends to appoint Debra Lynn Crisp, of Oregon, to be a Member of the Klamath River Compact Commission (Federal Representative) and upon appointment, designate Chairman, 10/5/06
10/5/06: The Conservation Implementation Program (CIP) working session to finalize the organizational structure and first-year goals will be held on December 6-7, 2006
PRESS RELEASE: Subcommittee field hearing in Pacific Northwest reaffirms need for FERRA, Forest restoration 10/5/06, Followed by Congressman Walden press release.
Update on upcoming Chadwick/Klamath Congress email interaction, posted 10/5/06 "Although I would not presume to speak for all the Tribes, I can assure you there is a lot of agreement btw Tribes on what our top 2 priorities are: 1) removal of the lower 4 Klamath River dams, and 2) adequate in stream flows for fish." Craig Tucker, Karuk Tribe. More on Chadwick go HERE.
GAO blames govt. for (Biscuit Fire) logging losses, SacBee 10/4/06. For more on Oregon Governor and environmentalists protests and lawsuits against restoring Biscuit forest, go HERE.
Water storage study proposal could help shape Ore. farming, Statesman Journal 10/04/06
NAS in Yreka Oct 3-4. This is the 2nd Meeting of the Committee on Hydrology, Ecology, and Fishes of the Klamath River Basin
***Hilltop Logging (logging on Fruit Grower's [Sunkist] land outside of Hilt, CA) had every piece of equipment destroyed over the weekend, fuel contaminated, etc., and "ELF" painted around. This put eleven families out of work The investigation in ongoing. 10/2/06
Klamath issue concerns us, too, The four dams generate an average of 735,000 megawatt hours of power a year, enough to supply about 70,000 residential customers."Finally the residents & property owners of Siskiyou County may have been heard. Not everyone is in favor of "your" dam removal. N. Grant Yreka, CA, posted to KBC 10/2/06
Just what is wilderness anyway? by Pat Ratliff, Pioneer Press September 27, 2006. "In places 80 and 90 percent of the trees were dead. Bark off, grey in color, the forest was a catastrophe waiting to happen."
What is the aquifer, KPVI News Channel 6, posted 10/2/06. "Jerry Rigby, chair, Idaho Water Resources Board: 'It's an accounting system, you only get a reservoir to increase its level when water's being put in.' " (KBC NOTE: in Klamath Basin, the Department of the Interior's 'water bank' is taking 100,000 acre feet of our stored water and aquifer and putting it into the Klamath River, artificially elevating river flows above historic levels. This water bank is sucking out our aquifer at the rate of 5' per year, and is not allowing our aquifer to recharge. HERE for waterbank page.)
Feds suggest fish get a lift around dams, Oregonian, posted to KBC 10/2/06
Washington Update, Family Farm Alliance, posted 10/2/06