Our Klamath Basin Water Crisis
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.
- November 2006
Letter to FERC, Relicensing of the Klamath River Dams by Jim Foley, 11/30/06.
Pondering the power of the future, Herald and News, 11/30/06
California Regional Water Quality Control Board Notice of public workshops and CEQA scoping meetings concerning the development of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) and Action Plan for the Klamath River., EPA, posted to KBC 11/30/06
Irrigators seek $86 million in lawsuit, Herald and News 11/30/06, "A group of Klamath Basin water users filed suit in Klamath County Circuit Court against PacifiCorp Wednesday, asking for $86 million in damages for violating a 1956 contract on power rates."
FERC Klamath Hydroelectric Project public meetings through Nov. 30th.
Recommendation for Big
Look Task Force;
Water, Paper or Planning?
by Tamra Mabbott, Umatilla County Planning Director,October,
Siskiyou County drug trade and corruption by John Martinez, Pioneer Press 11/29/06 "The farmers and ranchers are getting blamed for the fish. Why are we not hearing about the nets and the big fishing companies?" "If the fish really mattered we would not see Tribes raping the fisheries with gill nets, Tribes wholesaling to Asian fish cartels, environmentalists dumping drug related production chemicals into pristine creeks and of course we'd see a tremendous effort to establish hatcheries in each tributary of each river..."
Family Farm Alliance annual conference, posted 11/29/06 Farming is National Security
FERC dam relicensing on the Klamath, by Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia Armstrong, posted to KBC 11/29/06
A million here; a million there, Mountain States Legal Foundation, 11/29/06 "Thus, a win-win proposal, which would have generated more than enough water for the species, created jobs and revenues, preserved forest health, and secured local economics, at no additional cost, was rejected. In its place is a multi-million dollar scheme that creates losers all around, beginning with those ranchers in Colorado and Wyoming."
Salmon return to Klamath foreseen; Water allocation seen as key Klamath River issue in talks, Herald and News 11/28/06(KBC NOTE: Why is it good for the public in a democratic society to not be allowed to know what rights are being secretly negotiated in dam removal/power rates/water allocation discussions?? Will someone from FERC, KWUA or Tribes answer that?)
Renewable energy conf 11/29
Ocean's early demise disputed, Fishers, other marine experts say pessimistic report unduly alarmist, Monterey Herald 11/28/06
Agricultural Trade Liberalization, economic and budget issue brief, Congressional Budget Office, posted 11/28/06. "Many of you have inquired about Ag trade and what options might be in the future. On November 20th, the Congressional Budget Office prepared the attached issue brief on the subject. I found it useful...I hope it helps answer some of your questions." Jason Larabee, Legislative Director to Congressman John T. Doolittle, Republican Conference Secretary
Designation of Critical Habitat for the Contiguous United States Distinct Population Segment of the Canada Lynx, FWS: "1,841 square miles fall within the boundaries of the critical habitat designation, in three units in the States of Minnesota, Montana, and Washington." 11/28/06
Knight vows NAIS will never become mandatory, Brownfield Ag News, posted 11/28/06
PRESS RELEASE: Postponed – Working Session on the Organizational Structure for the Klamath River Basin Conservation Implementation Program, Bureau of Reclamation, posted to KBC 11/28/06
Water Quality Control Board 11/27-30
Downriver tribe takes aim at Reclamation plan, Capital Press, posted 11/26/06: "Troy Fletcher, a biologist by training and former administrator of the downriver Yurok Tribe, said CIP governance as proposed is based on government agencies calling the shots. We will say 'No way,' Fletcher said. 'Ask what's wrong with you, the stakeholders, running the show.' "(Klamath Project Irrigator Marshall) Staunton wants a "congress" of stakeholders to review the restoration priority list, and to work with a "legislative implementation team" to seek state and federal laws that support getting the job done."
11/25/06: "Dear Mr. Secretary: Below this message is attached the latest on the West Coast Salmon Disaster Aid available to displaced Oregon Salmon Trollers in two counties. I must say you were able to drag your feet like all good bureaucrats. You said a lot, you did nothing! Shame on you! ..." followed by: Housing help available to fishermen, The World Link, posted to KBC 11/26/06
Klamath consultation in doubt; Fishery agencies demand specifics, Capital Press, posted to KBC 11/26/06 "Phil Detrich, field supervisor of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Klamath office, has put off a December Endangered Species Act consultation over Klamath hydroelectric dams."
For salmon, dammed or undammed makes no difference, Water seminar attendees hear another side of issue, Capital Press, posted 11/26/06 "Environmentalists want dams removed to save salmon, ignoring one fact: The runs are in the same condition on undammed rivers as in those with dams."
Have a Happy Thanksgiving! "By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of [our] lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased." Hebrews 13:15-16
Klamath Summit delayed to allow parties to negotiate 11/23/06, Oregonian
Editorial: Historic opportunity; Warren Buffett, take down those dams! Sacramento Bee Editorial 11/23/06 (KBC Note: For the record: KBC knows of no Project irrigator who wants to see the Klamath hydro dams removed. Negotiations are secret and closed. The enviros and Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen petitioned against allowing the farmers to have an affordable power rate in exchange for free regulated water provided by the Klamath Project, paid for by irrigators. However now they are dangling power rates in exchange for dam removal--that makes it ok? A political solution to rewild the watershed! Obliterate hatcheries. Where is the science saying dam removal will benefit the fish? 20 million cubic yards of sediment to pour downstream? Warmer water? Let's not mention power for 70,000 households with no current power alternatives.)
a settlement is filed here, we would issue public notice
of it and invite comments. Depending on what's in it,
we may need to do additional NEPA work to support the
Scientist Says Dams May Not Be Limiting Fish Recovery, NW Fishletter, posted 11/21/06
A‘new’ church and state; Redefining Church to fit the concept of church and state, by John Martinez, republished from Pioneer Press, posted to KBC 11/21/06 "One of our local, Native American spiritual leaders is Leaf Hillman, the vice-chairman of the Karuk Tribe."
Globalized Grizzlies, New American by Michael Coffman, PhD. From Doug on our Discussion Forum, "The best read I have ever read on the wildlands project is a write by Dr Michael Coffman. It should shock the eyes open of anyone who reads it."
A Revolution In Fish Tracking Gets Under Way, Fishletter, posted 11/21/06 "Other new research that may shed light on the vagaries of barging fish reported that overall, barged fish were in better shape than their inriver brethren, based on lab tests that assessed their ability to ward off marine bacteria" (this Columbia Basin report has many important points being discussed for the Klamath River dams, such as, barging of fish, disease, and survival.)
In north-central Washington, coho salmon are fighting the odds, Seattle Times, posted 11/21/06. "Now they are being revived with the aid of humble hatchery stock transplanted from the Lower Columbia River."
Range Magazine: The Greening of America, by Michael Coffman Ph.D. Fall issue
FEC fines Sierra Club, The Hill, posted to KBC 11/21/06
California puts severe limits on ocean fishing, Herald and News 11/20/06
Klamath Water Users Association on Klamath Dam Removal,
"If Iron Gate Dam were removed, PacifiCorp
modeling suggests that the river below Copco I and II developments would be
slightly warmer than the river below Iron Gate Dam because Copco is smaller
and has a smaller cold water pool. There would be unknown silt impacts
downstream of Iron Gate Dam upon removal. There would still be "thermal
lag," even without Iron Gate Dam, since the Copco Dam would continue to
have a thermal lag effect. Finally, cold water in Iron
Gate Dam is a source of water for the fish hatchery, so
removal would result in no cold water supply for the
A Soldier's Christmas, by Michael Marks, Dec.7, 2000, posted 11/20/06, "...Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret, 'Just tell us you love us, and never forget, To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone, To stand your own watch, no matter how long...' "
Court: BLM Violated Rodent's Protection, Washington Post, posted 11/20/06 (wildlands project shuts down more timber harvest)
Endangered Species Act:The Greatest Con Game of All by Allyn J. McDowell, MD, posted 11/20/06
Raccoons invade California enclave, yahoo.com, posted 11/19/06. This is for entertainment of the rural folks wheret the urban gov't agencies have planted near farms and ranches. HERE for more wolf and raccoon stories.
Comments to FERC by Marcia Armstrong, Siskiyou Co Supervisor District 5, posted 11/18/06, regarding relicensing the Klamath Hydroelectric Project. "More than 20 million cu. yds. of fine sediment exist above the dams that would be mobilized down river to cement-in spawning beds, destroy populations of invertebrates and smother salmon eggs...."
Statement from Wa. Congressman Doc Hastings (R) On Dam Breachers' Capitol Hill Press Conference, posted 11/18/06. "These groups will go to any extreme to push their dam removal agenda. They'll manufacture a study or ignore scientific facts, whatever it takes to tear out our dams."
156,350 acres Critical Habitat Designation for the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow, FWS, posted to KBC 11/18/06
Thousands of acres in Oregon designated habitat for butterflies with ESA, FWS, posted 11/18/06
Salmon rule gets preliminary OK, H&N 11/18/06 ‘‘This is certainly not acceptable to ocean commercial fishermen. It does not provide us with a means to access very many healthy hatchery stocks at all.’’
COMMENTS: Klamath Watershed Conference 2006 Nov 7-9, Marcia H. Armstrong, Siskiyou County Supervisor, District 5, posted 11/18/06 "In 1989 before the Northwest Forest Plan and Aquatic Conservation Strategy, the Klamath National Forest, alone, harvested 320 million board feet of timber. Last year, only 18 million board feet were harvested and this year, only 14 million ...."
Corps holds four-day anadromous fish research conference, cbbulletin, posted 11/18/06, "Sea lions were, for the most part, undeterred in their pursuit of salmon in the waters below Bonneville Dam this past spring and early summer despite efforts of biologists, and noise-making devices to shoo the large marine mammals away."
DeFazio's Request For South Coast FERC Hearing Granted, posted 11/18/06
Biased information, by Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski, Washington Times, posted to KBC 11/17/06 "...responsible use of resources is too often opposed by environmentalists. Information is often selectively presented to give a biased view against development. Such information is used in a bewildering array of regulations and laws to stop legitimate resource use."
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board Seeks Comments On Rules For Grants To Employ Displaced Fishers, Applegate Oregon News, posted 11/17/06
Managing for Excellence, Bureau of Reclamation workshop, Family Farm Alliance, posted 11/17/06
'Take these dams down' by John Driscoll, The Times-Standard November 17, 2006
Humboldt County leaders advocate Klamath dam removal, Times Standard, posted 11/17/06
HERE for speeches, power points and reports at the Redding Klamath Watershed workshop that took place Nov 7-9.
Oregon ocean commercial troll salmon catch and effort
estimates for statistical week 44
(October 23 -October 29,
Week 45 (October 30 - November 5, 2006)
Date narrowed for Klamath summit, Capital Press 11/17/06
Salmon vs. power costs, H&N 11/14/06 report on FERC public meeting in Klamath Falls.
Pacific Legal Foundation attorneys for the Klamath Water Users Association filed a brief Monday with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco in their appeal of an injunction speeding up the timetable for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to increase Klamath River flows for threatened coho salmon. 11/14/06
Power Rates Needed
for Klamath Project Survival, by KBC. 11/14/06
NOAA Salmon Recovery Plans; public input by Nov 13, 06
Condit Dam removal could hurt fish downstream, state says, Seattle Times, posted 11/13/06
Levee answers sought by group, H&N 11/13/06
(Humboldt) Board to look at Klamath dams, The
Eureka Reporter 11/13/06
Salmon of the Backs of Buffalo, Film by Dr. Kari Norgaard, UC Davis, and Karuk Tribe, 2004. Notes by KBC News. Klamath River tribal delegation and Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen attorney went to the Scottish Power headquarters to speak with Ian Russel, C.E.O. of Scottish Power, and meet with Scottish Power shareholders in Edinburgh, Scotland because "Scottish Power owns the dams that are blocking our fish from being able to return to their native homeland." "They got rid of the buffalo so they could get rid of the Indians. 100 years later, they're getting rid of the fish so they can get rid of the Indians. It's being used as a weapon against us right now." ..
Fishermen spawn Chinook at Indian Creek hatchery, Curry Pilot, posted 11/12/06
Submitted by miner Jim Foley
purchase of Cob plant, H&N, posted 11/11/06.
The Klamath Watershed Conference in Redding by Marcia Armstrong, posted 11/11/06
Ninth Circuit Reverses Lower Court Ruling, Halts Development on 10,000-Year-Old Sacred Site at Medicine Lake, posted 11/11/06
Reclamation boss balances issues, H&N, posted 11/9/06
Letter to FERC regarding dam removal by Ryan Grizzell, posted 11/9/06
Price for water-for-salmon tradeoff too costly, Capital Press 11/9/06 (San Joaquin River-$800 million)
Second round of financial assistance available to qualified Oregon salmon fishers, Deadline Nov. 9, Newport News Times, posted to KBC 11/3/06
Endangered Species Expenditure Reports. Ever wonder how much of your tax money is going into a program that has far less than one percent success rate?
U.S. court backs tribe in fight over Calpine plant, 11/6/06.(KBC Note: Energy from the earth, no pollution, no carbon, no noise, but of course the courts don't like it. Where are the "environmentalists"? It seems they prefer problems to solutions.)
Pray for the elections and vote. HERE for Presidential Prayer Team.
Russia Re: Wolves RUSSIAN REALITIES & AMERICAN ARTIFICE,
posted Nov 6, 2006, by Jim Beers, retired USFWS biologist. (KBC
Note: Wolves are not just an upcoming Klamath Basin problem,
they are a world-wide human right's problem. Beers must be
doing something right; our gov't is trying to ban him.)
The year the water shut off, Herald and News 11/5/06
HERE for a vague idea of the amount of money being spent on Endangered Species Act mandates.
Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife preliminary 2006 Oregon Ocean Commercial Troll Salmon Catch and Effort Estimates Through Week 43 (October 16 – October 22) After deducting the 10,000+ Chinook landed North of Cape Falcon, the resulting Oregon Troll landed Chinook Catch through October 22 is approximately 8.6% of the highly restricted 2005 landed catch. This is at a minimum 3.4% below that originally estimated by NOAA or 12%. You can view these and other ocean salmon reports: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/salmon/catchindex.html
Klamath Dam Removal Events, Indy Bay, posted 11/4/06. Films and workshops anyone wanting dams to be removed. Karuks and environmentalists are planning events to train people to write to Federal Energy Commission to keep them from getting dams relicensed.
There is a COB meeting at the Ross Ragland Theater, 218 N. 7th Street in Klamath Falls, about the Japanese buying the COB permits on November 8th, at 7 p.m. HERE for COB page. Peoples Energies Resources (COB) planned to build a multimillion $ power plant in Langell Valley, Oregon, in the Klamath Basin against the wishes of the Langell Valley residents.
Environmentalists Attack Richard Pombo, Human Events, posted 11/3/06. (KBC Note: Pombo has been very involved in the Klamath Water crisis. Two Congressional hearings were held in Klamath to sort out fact from fiction, science from agenda. The last hearing and rally in 2004 we captured on video, Klamath ESA, with fishers, loggers and farm representatives telling agenda-driven environmentalists, devoid of science, have decimated their communities and economies. Resource users in the Klamath River Basin know Pombo...he represents us, the family farmer and coastal fisherman and the guy thinning trees to prevent forest fires that have devastated our forests, towns and killed people. "Add it all up and by Election Day, the dollars from special interests flowing into the 11th District of California to defeat Pombo will easily top $2 million."
Presidential Proclamation 8067 Modify Rules of Origin Under NAFTA, posted 11/3/2006. HERE for Agriculture page.
Klamath Dam Removal "sham", by Rex Cozzalio 11/2/06
Why remove dams?
Bob and Penny 11/2/06
Sucker fish return in droves, Herald and News 11/2/06, "In August, the Klamath Project's A-Canal fish screen and bypass facility at the southern part of the lake recorded 4,000 juvenile suckers per hour entering the lake. About 50 per hour were counted in 2004."
Board goes fishing, by Liz Bowen, Pioneer Press,
Horseradish harvest, H&N 11/2/06.Times Standard 11/2/06
Congressman Doolittle and Congressman Pombo have been active in the Klamath Basin water crisis. They have become educated regarding our issues, possible solutions, and they've participated in Congressional Hearings in the Klamath Basin. They are aware of the enemies of resource users: miners, loggers, fishermen and farmers. They are focused on improving the Endangered Species Act which does not recover species and it regulates people and their land and water without sound, peer-reviewed science. If you want them to continue to support resource users in the Klamath Basin, visit their websites, read about them, donate and vote. Doolittle website. Pombo website.
Preliminary Draft Environmental Assessment for Pacific Coast Salmon Plan amendment, an opportunity to provide de minimus ocean fishing opportunity for Klamath River Fall Salmon Chinook, Pacific Fishery Management Council November 2006