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ARCHIVE 31 - DECEMBER 2004
Users Weekly Update 12/31/04
Christmas, by Daniel Webster, Pioneer Press.
"Christmas is the moment in time
when God and our human reality collided. The universe has never been
the same since. It's a concept that simple country folks understand
and children can grasp." posted to KBC 12/31/04. A look back at the
stories we covered in 2004 Klamath Courier Staff Report
Published 29 Dec. 04 "The Tri-County
Courier reports that, as happened in 2003, releases at Iron Gate Dam
on the Klamath River are exceeding the releases called for in the
Cows and Creeks, Managing for Healthier
Watersheds, workshop January 12, 2005, put on by OSU Klamath County
Users Weekly Update 12/31/04
Blasting into Christmas, by Daniel Webster, Pioneer Press. "Christmas is the moment in time when God and our human reality collided. The universe has never been the same since. It's a concept that simple country folks understand and children can grasp." posted to KBC 12/31/04.
A look back at the stories we covered in 2004 Klamath Courier Staff Report Published 29 Dec. 04
"The Tri-County Courier reports that, as happened in 2003, releases at Iron Gate Dam on the Klamath River are exceeding the releases called for in the Operations Plan."
Cows and Creeks, Managing for Healthier Watersheds, workshop January 12, 2005, put on by OSU Klamath County Extension Office.
Put your money where your mouth is, by Rick Woodley, Klamath Soil and Water Conservation District Published 29 Dec. 04 Klamath Courier
OTHER PLACES: Fish rap: Year marked by stellar salmon season, Santa Cruz Sentinel 12/30/04. "The salmon season for 2004 will go down in history as one of the best ever. Sea conditions kept the water cool close to shore. From opening day in April to the seasonís close on Oct. 3, fishing for salmon never dropped below consistent, and often rose to the level of astonishing."
Veneman proud of role as ag secretary, posted 12/29/04.
Other views, turning the tables, wdailypress.com posted to KBC 12/29/04
EDITORIAL: Fifth Amendment restored, If the government takes your property, it owes you money, Los Vegas ReviewJournal.com 12/29/04. "Mr. Marzulla has filed two similar takings claims -- one, for $1 billion, in the Klamath Basin, where fish protections forced irrigation cutbacks on the Oregon-California border."
Democrats Poised to Seize Water (and Power) in Washington, James Buchal 12/27/04
We wish you God's peace and love---this Christmas and for all time... see prayer page
A Letter from Ventura County from a Klamath Basin native and KBC response, 12/23/04, "I am involved opposing a project here in Ventura County, (www.matilijadam.org) they want to take a dam out so the steelhead trout can swim up stream. In doing so we will be loosing water and water storage and in their EPA it states that they will be disturbing or killing, directly or indirectly, 807 species of plants and wildlife, 15 endangered and 25 sensitive in doing the project over a 7 to 10 year period of time. This seems to be fine because a FISH will get to swim 7 miles more up stream. Do you have any archives of the damage done to the wildlife when the water was taken? "
Basin potato growers seek clout in marketplace, 12/22/04 H&N.
Government to make restitution, 12/22/04 H&N "In a precedent-setting decision, the federal government agreed to pay four central California water districts $16.7 million for water the government diverted a decade ago to help two rare fish.The case involving irrigators in the Tulare Lake Basin Water Storage District has been closely followed by farmers in the Klamath Reclamation Project, who have filed a similar claim against the government."
Fish ladder needs one more piece, H&N 12/22/04 "the 360-foot-long ladder will allow fish - including endangered Lost River and shortnose suckers - to climb the 10 feet needed to get from the Link River to Upper Klamath Lake. The same construction company, Slayden Construction of Stayton, that built the $16 million A-Canal headgates, is working on the concrete fish ladder."
PRESS RELEASE: Forest Service Issues New Regulations, Committee on Resources 12/22/04
Fishing groups plan legal fight in dam decision, The Oregonian 12/22/04 "Opponents, including the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association and the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations (PCFFA), assert that the policy set by the National Marine Fisheries Service fails to protect and restore salmon and steelhead as required by the Endangered Species Act." (PCFFA represents zero fishing groups in Oregon--KBC)
Plan to remove Diamond Lake fish OK'd, H&N 12/21/04. "The poison will kill all fish in the lake." (Tens of thousands of sucker fish are 'endangered' and sacred; killing one is a federal offense and a community was and is being decimated as the national science academy said the shut-off was "unjustified". Flawed science killed our community. However every remaining fish in Diamond Lake will be poisoned...that's ok? KBC)
Don Thompson, AP writer, misrepresents Bush Administration involvement with Klamath issues, 12/21/04. This is a letter by Klamath Water Users Association sent to the San Jose Mercury-News in response to an AP article written by Don Thompson. KWUA letter is followed by Thompson's AP article Wildlife rulings ignore key science, congressmen and critics say
Snowy plover protection plan OKd, Oregonian 12/19/04. "The other 16 miles include "unoccupied" areas, where scientists believe the birds are most likely to establish new nests, Wright said." According to Coos County Commissioner John Griffith, "There's no shortage of plovers..."
Group seeks status review on 198 California endangered species, sanluisobispo.com posted 12/18/04, followed by: Fish & Wildlife Service Fails to Perform Mandatory Status Reviews for Nearly 200 Species in California: PLF Announces Lawsuit to Compel Species Status Checks
Endangered Species Act Eyed for Change, FoxNews posted to KBC 12/18/04
Weekly Update for December 17, 2004
FSA offers payments for 2001 losses, H&N 12/16/04. "Crops planted after April 6, 2001, will be eligible for the Crop Disaster Program. Payments for such crops will be calculated on a non-irrigated yield, unless the crops received irrigation." (Our irrigation water was cut off April 6, 2001, however it is later in April that most crops are/were planted. Payments are calculated on a non-irrigated yield? Perhaps someone can explain to us at KBC how this makes sense. KBC)
Once-cozy company town McCloud divided on plan to sell water to Nestle, December 2004, U.S. Water News Online. (McCloud is a neighboring logging town south of the Klamath Basin that was decimated by the ESA in the guise of protecting spotted owls. KBC)
Washington's salmon plan is first to state minimums to restore runs "Specifics on the number of fish needed for viable stocks in the lower Columbia Basin aim to guide federal decisions on delisting", The Oregonian 12/16/04. (What a concept! At our Klamath Congressional Hearing it was brought up numerous times that in the Klamath Basin the federal agencies will not count the suckers so they do not know how many there are, were, or how many they want. They will not remove the Chiloquin Dam blocking 95% of sucker habitat. They will not fund deep cold-water storage identified years ago in Long Lake. And they will not acknowledge the National Academy of Science report that stated that lake level/river flow management is not the way to increase fish or help water quality. KBC)
Ranchers take aim at Oregon wolf reintroduction plan, H&N 12/15/04 "You really need to say that we have the right to protect our livestock anytime, anyplace," said Mack Birkmaier, a rancher from the Joseph area."
Malheur National Forest salvage sale, H&N posted to KBC 12/12/04.
"In July 2002, the High Roberts fire
burned nearly 13,535 acres of the 388,000-acre Malheur National
Forest." "..he issued an injunction ordering a halt to a U.S.
Forest Service plan to log over 200 acres of old-growth trees in an
area of the Malheur National Forest burned in the 2002 High
Power plant could come back to life, H&N 12/13/04. Bieber--Neighbors south of the Klamath Basin: "The Big Valley Lumber mill closed in 2001, leaving more than 100 people out of work. Much of the equipment was sold later that year at an auction. The negative impact on the Big Valley economy was devastating."
Letter disgusting, H&N letter posted to KBC 12/13/04. (This isn't about water...it's about our veterans by a junior high school boy Shaun-Baghott-Salmon -- KBC)
PRESS RELEASE: Walden Opens New Congressional Offices in Bend and Washington, D.C, Congressman Walden's office posted to KBC 12/12/04
Scott and Shasta Valley Remarkable accomplishments, by Marcia Armstrong, District 5 Siskiyou County Supervisor 12/11/04. "letís all celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of landowners in the Scott and Shasta Valleys in enhancing and restoring fish and wildlife habitat. From 1957 to 2004, about $11,370,000 has been spent in the Scott River Watershed on improvements. Of that, more than $5,290,000 has been spent in the past ten years."
Klamath Water Users Weekly Update for Dec 10, 2004
Salmon Trout Steelhead Readers, A Broad Watershed Wide Approach, by Rob Crawford, Klamath Basin farmer and steelhead fisherman, in response to "Fish Versus Farmers" by Don Roberts, 12/8/04.
Bush's salmon habitat proposal is move in right direction, AgAlert December 8, 2004 issue, by Emma Suarez, California Farm Bureau Federation, and Growers hopeful about proposal for fish habitat December 8, 2004, AgAlert by Christine Souza
12/7/04. Ms. Izakson recently wrote a story, 'What's at Stake in
the Klamath Basin' for "California Coast & Ocean" that concludes "Since
2001, farmers in the upper basin have benefited politically from their
mythic status. Real fishermen, anglers, tribal members, resort owners,
and threatened species may eventually become myths themselves - and
nothing more." She is a freelance natural resource reporter
in Portland, Oregon, and associate editor of Tidepool.org.
GO HERE for a response
from Dan Keppen, Executive Director of Klamath Water Users Association .
Hopefully we will get an online version of Izakson's report.
Hitting a Vein, LA Times 12/7/04 -- more Klamath River discord.
Federal compensation fought to Central Valley farmers California Congressman Doolittle's office: 12/7/04
Smithson of Property Rights Research sent us several
articles regarding our new Secretary of Agriculture
including the following. Go
News other places:
Secretary Norton Lauds Bennett Raley for Work on Western Water Issues
* Lost and Klamath River TMDL Status
For all subjects and links of KWUA 2004 weekly updates go HERE.
KLAMATH: Feds agree to consider Endangered Species Act protection for lamprey, NCTimes 12/3/04.
Klamath salmon return
declines, Siskiyou Daily News 12/3/04. "The last
four years have produced an unusually big run at Iron Gate, with a
record-setting year in 2000 of over 71,000 fish....The
adult coho run is running steady with last year at 1,275 taken thus far.
"If you figure it over time, averages have been between 800 to 900, so
actually we are a little higher than average for coho," Rushton said.."
PRESS RELEASE: No Listing
Decision for Sage-grouse Good News for Species Recovery,
Committee on Resources 12/3/04.
Fish and Wildlife service
recommends not listing sage grouse as endangered, Congressman
Walden's office 12/3/04
Water Other Places: State may deal
water to Nevada CAP board OKs $330 mil plan,
Arizona Republic 12/3/04.
PRESS RELEASE: No Listing Decision for Sage-grouse Good News for Species Recovery, Committee on Resources 12/3/04.
Fish and Wildlife service recommends not listing sage grouse as endangered, Congressman Walden's office 12/3/04
Water Other Places: State may deal water to Nevada CAP board OKs $330 mil plan, Arizona Republic 12/3/04.
KWUA Response to ďFish, Farms and the Clash of Cultures in the Klamath BasinĒ, by Dan Keppen, Executive Director of Klamath Water Users Association 12/1/04. "At the time of the (sucker) listings in 1988, the Klamath Project was not identified as having known adverse affects on the sucker populations, yet four years after the listing, using limited or no empirical data, the USFWS turned to the Klamath Project as their singular focus. Paradoxically, since the early 1990s, despite new beneficial empirical evidence on the improving status of the species and lack of relationship with Klamath Project operations, the USFWS became ever more centered on Project operations and increased restrictions on irrigators instead of paying attention to more obvious, fundamental problems for the species. This circumstance caused tremendous expense in dollars and time by diverting resources away from other known factors affecting the species."
Lawsuit aims to alter Endangered Species Act, Mt Shasta Herald 12/1/04 "The Pacific Legal Foundation has announced it will file a lawsuit intended to challenge provisions of the Endangered Species Act aimed at de-listing numerous species throughout California including salmon on the Klamath River."
OSU scientists help detect salmon, trout parasite (on the Klamath River) Bend.com 12/1/04.
Pombo wants Schwarzenegger, other govs to help change Endangered Species Act, 12/1/04 SanLuisObispo.com
isn't an option under Bush's plan
Seattle Times 12/1/04
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