Our Klamath Basin Water Crisis
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.
ARCHIVE 28 - SEPTEMBER 2004
Klamath Bucket Brigade, KBB, has moved offices from 201 Main Street, Suite B to 507 Main Street. The phone numbers have stayed the same: 541-850-9495 (Fax) 541-850-9492.
This attachment is the hearing officer's recommended order order that was released on September 15th regarding the COB proposed energy plant near Bonanza. People's Energy wants to build a multimillion dollar facility in a small Klamath Basin farm community that does not want it. They have been given rights to pump groundwater when small farm owners have been denied the same permits. They want to not have to pay taxes to our little communities. According to COB neighbors who are fighting this construction in their neighborhood, after the above recommendation was submitted, "the DOJ decided there were so many errors in this that it will have to be redone!" See COB page for more COB news.
PRESS RELEASE: Congressmen Doolittle, Herger, House Agriculture Chairman Bob Goodlatte Blast Radical Environmentalists, 9/30/04. "It's clear that these so called 'environmentalists' are intent on turning our communities into charred shrines to their cause," stated local Representative John T. Doolittle. "The obstructionists who filed this baseless lawsuit are inviting destruction on the very forests they claim to protect. In order to return our forests to a healthy state we need to expedite these forest restoration projects and not allow these radical eco-marxists to hijack the process."
REGIONAL DAM NEWS: Judge questions plan on dams, Oregonian posted to KBC 9/30/04
Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA)
weekly update, go HERE:
PRESS RELEASE: Two Walden Bills Passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Legislation to provide forestry education for Oregon’s youth, improved water quality and quantity in Medford head to Senate
Letter from Don Stevens, Oregon Salmon Commissioner and a commercial salmon troller. The folks he addressed the letter to are members of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council. 9/24/04
Jeld-Wen bid wins tree farm, H&N 9/24/04
weekly update for 9/24/04, go to Klamath
Water Users website:
An addendum to yesterday's Press Release regarding Greg Walden and bull trout, from Walden's office 9/23/04. "USFWS stated that “in 30 years of implementing the ESA, the Service has found that the designation of statutory critical habitat provides little additional protection to most listed species, while consuming significant amounts of scarce conservation resources.” The Service went on the say that “The present system for designating critical habitat has evolved since its original statutory prescription into a process that provides little real conservation benefit, is driven by litigation and the courts rather than biology, limits our (USFWS) ability to fully evaluate the science involved, consumes enormous resources, and imposes huge social and economic costs.”
Lake Levels River Flow update for 9/22/04, Herald and News posted 9/23 to KBC.
Hatchery salmon policy meetings and comments deadline 9/23/04 Times Standard.
PRESS RELEASE: Congressman Doolittle 'My, how things have changed', 9/23/04, THANK YOU AMERICA!
PRESS RELEASE: Department of the Interior, Secretary Norton to Announce Grants to States For Endangered Species Conservation, 9/23/04
As flow of salmon surges, US moves to cut protections, Boston.com posted to KBC 9/23/04. ''It's going to be difficult to justify taking out the dams with large numbers of fish coming back," said James J. Anderson, associate professor of aquatic and fishery sciences at the University of Washington.
Klamath team prowls for new crops, Capital Press 9/23/04.
Klamath River Basin Fisheries Task Force October 13-14, 2004, Yreka.
Science team comes under fire, Capital Press 9/22/04. "SALEM – Natural resource groups last week in a meeting before an Oregon legislative interim committee called for the state’s science review panel to be more open to the public."
Enough really is enough, Capital Press 9/22/04.
BOR leads Klamath watershed-wide task to create an all encompassing committee, Pioneer Press 9/22/04. "Leo Bergeron, president of the Greenhorn Grange, accused the federal agencies of adding another layer of bureaucracy and feeding a multi-billion dollar industry – government and employee pockets. 'Your bureaucratic system will not work for us,' he said and added that the CIP process is based on biological opinions that have not been verified as accurate."
County commissioners shortchanged those who wanted to be involved on energy plant, Herald and News 9/22/04. " because of the lack of timely input from the county commissioners, Klamath County residents were deprived of the support of their representatives and were essentially hung out to dry."
SCOTT/Shasta Valleys, Siskiyou County, Water master fees may be reduced, Pioneer Press 9/22/04, "In 2003, all the irrigators under water master service in Siskiyou County paid $84,000. This year, the bill was $377,000."
Attorney says laws are out of control, Odessa American 9/22/04, according to Mt. States Legal Foundation.
PRESS RELEASE: Walden Named “Hero of the Taxpayer” Americans for Tax Reform recognize Walden’s strong voting record, protection of taxpayers 9/22/04
Klamath salmon active despite dry conditions Capital Press 9/22/04
PRESS RELEASE: Western Caucus Members Applaud the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Designation of Critical Habitat for Bull Trout 9/22/04 "Congressman Greg Walden (OR-02) responded to the decision saying, "As I heard from the communities in Oregon that would be most affected by the possible bull trout critical habitat designation, it became very clear to me that the proposed plan was inappropriately broad. ... Given the vast mileage of streams and acreage of lakes and marshes this critical habitat places in the Klamath River Basin, we ought to be reminded of the crisis that unfolded in 2001. When the esteemed National Academy of Sciences completed their peer review of the decisions in the Klamath Basin, they found that the actions taken three years ago might actually have had detrimental effects on species."
Fish screened from canal danger, H&N. 9/12/04
Dispel myths in deciding how
best to deal with tribes, Lee Matchett,H&N guest columnist, 9/20.
weekly update for 9/17/04, go to Klamath
Water Users website:
Tribes bidding on Longbell, H&N 9/15/04.
A Farmer's Last Harvest, Tri County Courier by Kehn Gibson 9/15/04, also appearing in the Siskiyou Daily News.
PRESS RELEASE: Frivolous Enviro Lawsuits Hurt Economy, Environment & Taxpayer, 9/14, House Resource Committee
Water's too short, H&N posted to KBC 9/14/04. "It is my opinion that the agencies and others pushing the power plant could be sent to the Department of Justice because they made such a mess of the contested hearing. Cathy Van Horn is pushing from the Oregon Department of Energy, which, in my opinion, has bent over backward to accommodate the power plant...."
A collection of some 2002 fish die-off articles full of blame of
project Irrigators. Also there is a recent letter to President Bush
asking for money because fish died. It does not mention that it was a
record run of chinook that year, or that the National Academy of Science
(highest level of peer review) could not find evidence that more warm
Klamath Irrigation water at an artificially high level would prevent a
KBB update posted to KBC 9/13/04.
"The following is my column that will appear in the Pioneer Press next week regarding the Bureau of Reclamation's CIP." Marcia Armstrong, Siskiyou County Supervisor 9/10/04 "Personally, I dislike the plan because: ..."
For KWUA weekly update for 9/10/04, go to
Klamath Water Users website:
Judge puts fish death trial on ice Thursday, Herald and News 9/10/04.
Bonneville Power Administration says Cob can plug in, H&N 9/10/04.
NOAA Fisheries files new Columbia Basin salmon plan with court, sfgate.com 9/10/04.
Letter to the editor of KBC followed by KBC response 9/9/04. This is regarding our plea for people to vote with a link to praythevote, and the Communist Party USA supporting Kerry.
Even now the federal agencies ask us for local solutions. We find
solutions. We found them 40 years ago. They do nothing---read on:
Salmon-protection plan upheld, Statesmans Journal 9/9/04. “ 'We aren’t going to be able to reach a goal of 222 million board feet a year on the Tillamook (state forest),' Tillamook County Commissioner Paul Hanneman said. Opponents of the plan said there is no scientific evidence that the existing rules regarding timber harvest don’t protect fish habitat and water quality."
More insanity to devastate our brother fishermen and our economy: 10 a.m. today, Sept 9: SAN FRANCISCO -- Press conference is scheduled to bring attention to the potential closure of much of the West Coast's salmon fishery due to the impact of the 2002 fish kills that occurred on the Klamath River because of the failure of the federal government to heed the advise of fishery biologists and release enough water to the river for fish survival. Scoma Restaurant, Pier 47, Fisherman's Wharf. Contact: Tom Worthington (415) 956-1985
Salmon river pot raid, Pioneer Press posted to KBC 9/9/04. "Marijuana raid nets over 5000 plants" (It's interesting that environmental activists bend on shutting down our forests to the public and logging, demolishing our economy, are also affiliated with pot growing in the same areas. KBC)
Liberty for All, Felice Pace Wrong Again,
Pioneer Press posted to KBC 9/9/04.
Siskiyou makes voice heard at capital, Pioneer Press posted to KBC 9/9/04, regarding hike in water fees.
Leave it alone, H&N letter by Henry Christiansen, past Tulelake refuge manager 9/8/04, regarding Rep Earl Blumenauer's persistence in trying to eliminate refuge farming, "...it would take 162,800 acre-feet more water to flood the farm area than it takes to farm it. At present, that amount of water isn't available and there isn't anything indicating it will ever be available."
Court blocks Biscuit salvage, H&N posted to KBC 9/8/04. For more on 'environmentalists' blocking the harvest of these dead burned trees, go to 'logging and our forests' page. For more on Oregon and it's devastated economy, go to 'Oregon' page.
Klamath water storage request turns into regional diplomacy gambit, Times-Standard 9/8/04.
9/7/04 Following are three
opinion pieces that ran in Friday's Capital Press,
all addressing the July
17th congressional field hearing on Endangered Species Act
implementation in the Klamath Basin:
KWUA letter to Federal Energy Commission regarding Klamath Hydroelectric Project, FERC No. 2082-027, posted to KBC 9/7/04
Klamath water supply: Talk of long term solutions, Capital Press 9/7/04.
KWUA to Congressman Blumenauer posted to KBC from
www.kwua.org website.9/6/04. re:
August 26 meeting in Klamath Falls 9/1/04 followed by attachments 1-6.
There are 2 missing graphs that hopefully will appear soon:
Lake conditions and fish distribution update courtesy of USGS, posted to KBC 9/5/04.
NRDC: Biting the taxpayers who feed them, 9/5/04. "The Natural Resources Defense council is the most effective litigation group in the environmental movement. But why should we taxpayers support an advocacy group that raises millions from scare campaigns and lawsuits?"
KWUA weekly update for September 3, 2004
Good news out of Willow Creek, Times Standard 9/2/04. "sport salmon anglers fishing off Eureka and Trinidad have been scoring big time. Gisela Kinder of Johnny's Marina reports "fishing for salmon off the stacks has really been good all week."
TID wells water level 9/2/04. TID wells have not run for the last two weeks, according to Earl Donosky, Tulelake Irrigation District manager. HERE for past TID well reports. HERE for waterbank information and local consequences.
Klamath's Al King glad he's in New York, H&N 9/2/04. "King, a Klamath County rancher who is running against Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden, has spent the week meeting with party leaders, top fund-raisers and national political operatives, as well as attending nightly sessions at Madison Square Garden."
Letter to the editor of KBC, Sept 2, 2004.
Federal draft plan to protect salmon will be delayed, Oregonian 9/2/04.
Lake levels/river flows Sept 1, 2004.
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