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Archive 18 - September and October
Halloween Special: General Ripper Takes Over Seattle and BPA, Buchal 10/31/03
OIT creates digital archive of water issues, H&N 10/31/03
Weekly KWUA update for 10/31/03
* KWUA Hires Power Consultant to Prepare for 2006
* Upper Basin Water Users Attend Two Day Tour with Coastal Fishermen
* Herger, Doolittle and Walden Call for Congressional Hearing on NRC Report
Transcript of dialogue at Sprague River Meeting of October 21, 2003, before half the audience walked out. Posted to KBC 10/30/03."This meeting included representatives from the Klamath Tribes, Klamath Water Users, and facilitator Becky Hyde, with invited public from the Upper Basin. The negotiations are supporting reduction of irrigation in the upper basin with Rangeland Trust buying water easements, and the National Forest surrounding the Upper Basin residents being given to the tribes again. The Upper Basin irrigators were promised a public meeting..." For some interaction on the discussion forum , there is a thread regarding the facilitator with her response.. HERE for link., see Oct 23rd thread.
TID wells water levels 10/30/03
Salvaged timber produces lumber, jobs, 10/30/03 H&N
No breads for COB plant, H&N 10/30/03.
Tulelake DMV office's last day could be Friday, H&N 10/29/03
Greens Turn California Black, Michael Reagan, 10/29/03
District presents annual awards, H&N 10/29/03 "Farmers and ranchers in the Klamath Basin continue to find ways to share their stored irrigation water to benefit wildlife and the environment, according to Martin Kerns, chairman of the Klamath Soil and Water Conservation District."
Gail Norton engaged the top science
review team, the NRC, to review the Klamath situation, which
said that lake level and river flow management are wrong. Days after
the NRC released its final report, Kitzhaber's chosen panel comes
out with a report contraditing the federal report:
Liskey looks at closing the European market gap, 10/29/03 H&N.
Saving Suckers with a shock, 10/28/03 H&N.
Editorial: Klamath conundrum, Science points to a political solution, SacBee 10/27/03. "The Klamath River basin, site of one of the West's most intractable water problems, recently got a new and important dose of science that should make alfalfa farmers, salmon fishermen and federal agencies equally uncomfortable."
New refuge manager not new to region, H&N 10/27/03
County plays unofficial role in land negotiations, H&N 10/27/03
Report targets dams, H&N 10/26/03
Second amendment filed for Cob energy facility, 10/26/03 H&N
Terror targets: Power towers. Klamath Falls makes national news. World Net Daily, 10/29/03.
Beyond farmers vs fish The Oregonian 10/26/03
Klamath Tribe termination payments, 10/26/03 For more info on Tribe/Rangeland Trust/KWUA/Upper Basin, go to Negotiations. On the discussion forum there has been input regarding the Beatty meeting and it's facilitator.
Weekly KWUA update
Prayer request for JoAnn, Klamath Water Users Association. See prayer page 10/25/03
Budget cuts blamed for Tulelake DMV office closure, H&N 10/24/03"Because of the budget crisis, DMV regrettably no longer has the funds to afford that extra expense," he said. "Additionally, there are no banks, doctors, dentists, and the town lacks many other community services that might attract enough customers to keep the local DMV office open in a time of dwindling state funds." KBC: this is an absolutely false, causing one more hit to our community. We have a bank, doctor, and many businesses, some depending on having a local DMV.
Many steps ahead before reservation possible, H&N 10/24/03. 250 people were invited to Beatty to attend a public meeting. Half walked out because they were herded into little groups, "treated like kindergarteners". Perhaps the spearheaders will at some point LISTEN to the public views. KBC
H&N Editorial on final NAS report, 10/23/03
Tulelake DMV office scheduled to close, H&N 10/23/03
California: Report on Fish Kill, NY Times, Oct 22, 2003.According to the NRC report "neither the flows nor temperatures that occurred during the fish kill were unprecedented, and the committee agreed that neither flow nor temperature conditions alone can explain the fish kill." So KBC would say that NYT twisted this a bit, or rather, left out a little.
The following 2 USFWS
coincidently-well-timed-leaked articles are 9-month-old drafts: Why
aren't we surprised? kbc
Article on Klamath Tribes, by Brad Harper, previously for H&N, then reedited, and posted to KBC 10/25/03
Excerpts from Guide to the Tribes of the Pacific NW, posted 10/25/03
Restoration focus needs to be habitat, 10/22/03 Siskiyou Daily News.
Klamath report calls for broader approach to saving fish. 10/21/03 U C Davis
PRESS RELEASE: Smith Calls on Klamath Task Force to Move Quickly on National Academies’ Recommendations, 10/22/03 “I believe this report provides us with an opportunity to move forward with actions that will actually recover salmon and suckers, without decimating the local economy,” wrote Smith.
Less pollution is more than Langell Valley wants, 10/22/03, H&N. "Within these standards, there are still people that could be affected," he said, adding that elderly people, small children or people with lung problems could be susceptible to higher pollution levels. "They're out there on the edge of the bell curve." Written comments on the DEQ permit must be submitted by 5 p.m. Monday to be considered by the department. A permit could be approved or denied in as little as two months. See COB page for more info.
Meeting about reservation turns testy, 10/22/03
advocates for U.S. grain shipment to Iraq, 10/22/03
Klamath Basin overhaul
is urged in report, Sacbee 10/22/03
PRESS RELEASE: Congressman Walden: "NRC Report Confirms 2001
Klamath Water Shut-off Was Not Scientifically Justified; Outlines
Roadmap for Recovery of Sucker Fish & Coho Salmon, Klamath Basin
Public hearing set on Cob Energy Facility, H&N 10/20/03 "the plant would also emit high levels of pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, which contribute to acid rain and decrease visibility in an area. The nitrogen oxide emissions would be nine times higher than state regulations normally allow."
Greens plot strategy for basin, H&N 10/20/03. Green group would not allow Klamath Basin farmers or Siskiyou County supervisors attend their strategy meeting.
A deal's a deal, H&N posted to KBC 10/20/03. "In 1936, The Klamath Tribe began deliberating the sale of its reservation. Seventeen years later, 1,659 out of the 2,133 members, voted to sell their land. Today, their descendants want the land back. They are not offering to purchase the land. They want Congress to give it to them"
USFS cleans Jarbidge outhouse, posted to KBC 10/20/03. The Jarbidge folks were here, standing beside the Klamath Basin farmers in 2001. We couldn't resist running this article.
TID well water levels. TID and private irrigators were told to pump, at their own expense, our groundwater, or the Project water would probably get shut off).
Weekly KWUA update for October 17, 2003
RELEASE: Federal Agencies Failure to Comply with Executive Order Has
Cost Taxpayers over $1 Billion, 10/16/03, attorney Roger
Tribes not seeking water-land swap, H&N 10/15/03. "Carl "Bud" Ullman, attorney for the Tribes, said the Indians have two objectives: gaining water rights in order to restore fish populations, and regaining about 690,000 acres of former reservation land now in public ownership."
Salmon return in big numbers, Statesman Journal 10/14/03. "Those were the highest daily counts in 65 years of record-keeping.(This is near Bonneville Dam, they have the highest run in recorded history, but still say they need to 'recover'. ? KBC)
Westlands to pitch water deal, The Fresno Bee, posted to KBC 10/15/03. Klamath Basin is tied to Westlands by our mutual Klamath River...The Trinity goes into the Klamath--we share the mutual attack by Tribes and environmental groups targeting agriculture.
A governor who hears call of wild, SF Chronicle posted to KBC 10/15/03. For the Klamath Basin, these views or Arnold give us hope for a tomorrow. "For Nichols and Hight, who brought a Sierra Club agenda to the Department of Fish and Game, it should be "Hasta la vista, baby." When Schwarzenegger goes through department budgets line by line, and discovers money diverted from fishing licenses to pay for pet projects, like studying harbor seal mating in Elkhorn Slough, he might say, "Knock, knock -- you're fired."
Perception vs Truth, Part 1, Illinois Leader, posted on KBC 10/15/03. This is the clearest article we have seen on explaining how my farm and your farm are directly effected by U.N. mandates and our proper rights are being taken."There is no conspiracy theory - there is no paranoia - it is just reading the information that is readily available to know what to expect next that could destroy the security of your family and your home. It is not perception."
Please keep Bill Kennedy in your prayers..see prayer page. 10/13/03
Keep private lands out of reservation issue, 10/13/03, H&N
ONRC plans rejected by tribal leader, H&N 10/12/03
Letter to KBC from Sprague River residents regarding ONRC proposal, 10/11/03. "We planned everything in our lives to get to live here....We are angered by the proposal of the Oregon Natural Resources Council to take private lands and return them to the Klamath Tribes.....This will not work.....Citizens and land owners are rallying to fight to the end."
Klamath plan meets opposition. 'Conservation groups say a proposed land transfer threatens old growth and wilderness' The Oregonian 10/10/03
Weekly KWUA update for October 10, 2003
Press Release: What's at stake: putting water talks in perspective 10/9/03 by Idaho Congressman Butch Otter. So much of what Otter is saying can be put into perspective in our own back yard.
Interior floats offer of 'reliable' water for reduced Klamath Project deliveries, Tri-County Courier 10/8/03.'Offer includes return of 672,000 acres to the Tribes'.
continue over land, water swap, H&N 10/9/03. "Bill
Bettenberg, director of the Interior Department's office of policy
analysis, said he was in the Basin to give updates on negotiations
with the Klamath Tribes and run through scenarios of different water
management options for the Klamath Reclamation Project."
ONRC announces its
ideas for tribal lands, H&N 10/9/03.
"The proposal calls for the government to purchase lands or, when
necessary, use eminent domain to acquire private lands within the
boundary of the reservation as it existed in 1954, when the Klamath
Tribes were terminated."
Conservationists' Letter on proposed transfer of National Forest Lands to The Klamath Tribes, posted to KBC 10/09/03. Letter from 'Environmental' groups to Senator Wyden., D Oregon.'As members of the conservation community, we write to you to express our opposition to the Bush administration's proposed plan to transfer over 1,000 square miles of Winema-Fremont National Forest land to The Klamath Tribes.'
Taxpayers being sold out, H&N 10/8/03 "....Bill Garrard ... sponsored a bill allowing the Cob to pay no taxes - zero - if the Klamath County commissioners (two out of three) would extend the enterprise zone to Peoples Energy location near Bonanza. ...(between $4 million and $4.5 million a year in taxes...)
Water quality meetings planned, H&N 10/8/03. Check out proposed restrictions and write letters!
PRESS RELEASE Congressman Walden's speech from Iraq, 10/8/03. Check out section on 'Our children in Iraq'.
The tragedy of the 2001 water shut-off, the uncertainty of seasonal irrigation water even on wet springs like 2003 when we were temporarily shut off, and also the projected 'downsize' of 1/4 of the Klamath Project with the Department of the Interior's 'water bank', are all devastating our local economy. Greg Williams of Northwest Farm Credit Services tells Basin's current financial impacts from 2001, by Dan Keppen, Executive Director of KWUA. This is in our new 'economics' section to the left.10/8/03
Eastside irrigators want a white white winter, H&N 10/7/03.
Oregon Revised Statute, ORS 468B, by Dr. Doug Whitsett, 10/07/03. This law will be a tragedy for American farmers.
Cattlemen's Association letter to Klamath County Commissioners
regarding negotiations with tribes, farmers and Rangeland Trust:
Tribes set to release forest plan, posted to KBC Oct 6, 2003. "The Tribes now hope to gain ownership of about 660,000 acres of former reservation land now owned by the U.S. Forest Service"
in Klamath Basin,
The Oregonian 10/4/03, by Michael Milstein.
Weekly KWUA update for Oct 3, 2003:
- Recap of 2002 Die-Off
- The Blame Game Begins
- Media Attention Peaks
- Common Sense Prevails - Briefly
- Myth #1: Klamath Project Operations Caused the 2002 Die-Off
- Myth #2: The Bush Administration's Klamath Project operations plan is seriously flawed
- Myth #3: Bush Administration policy makers suppressed agency scientists during the development of 2002 Ops Plan
- Myth #4: Inconvenient scientific and economic studies have also been suppressed to serve political agendas
* USGS Draft Recreational Study
* Draft Hardy Phase II Report
Nature Conservancy digging to regain wetland from reclaimed farmland, H&N 10/2/02. Since over 92,000 acres of ag lands have been converted to wetlands, our water quality is much worse, and flows have diminished. Read Upper Klamath Basin tour details explaining where has all the water gone? Go HERE for more on The Nature Conservancy.
PRESS RELEASE, Oct. 2, 2003. Walden Testimony on Future of White City Dom. Oregon wants to close our veteran domicillary in White City, but Congressman Walden stands up for veterans.
Please continue to pray for Nancy and her husband, as he is very ill. See prayer page. 10/2/03 KBC
Dam fills valid purpose, 9/30/03. Why is the Chiloquin Dam which, according to USFWS, blocks 95% of endangered sucker habitat, not being dealt with? KBC
Water users richly deserve recognition, H&N 9/30/03
RECOVERS THE SALMON
and take limits are increasing. Since Democrat reps
Thompson and Blumenauer say last year's Trinity River fish "deaths
were a 'direct result of a failed Klamath water policy by the Bush
would stand to reason the
the Bush administration has recovered the salmon!
Herald and News Letter to the Editor: Barnes Neighbor says 'Don't buy Barnes Ranch', 9/29/03, "To store that amount of water on 2,821 acres would require a dike around the property perimeter 25 feet in height. Considering the way peat ground subs (percolates water), raising a 2,818-acre lake is likely to create seepage and inundation of the adjacent ranches, one of which I own."
Here's to a double dose of good news, H&N 9/29/03 "Basin irrigators and the Klamath Tribes are taking tentative steps to find common ground."
Compensating Basin irrigators, H&N posted to KBC 2/29/03
Pump efficiency testing program gives information to area farmers, H&N, posted to KBC 9/29/0
* Doolittle Includes $25 million for Klamath in WRDA Bill
* KWUA Hosts Project Tour for Klamath Tribes and Upper Basin Irrigators
* Rogue River Developments
* Tour Focuses on Pre-Project Conditions
* California Minnow to be Removed from ESA List
* Klamath Politics to be Aired on PBS' "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer"
* Reclamation - Again - Adjusts Water Year Type: It's "Below Average"
Construction traffic dangerous, costly. Cob plant should be built in an area already zoned for heavy industry The author Diana Giordano is a farmer and 25-year resident of the Langell Valley, H&N, posted to KBC 9/27/03
PRESS RELEASE:: September 24, 2003 from Conference Secretary Press Office Doolittle Secures Millions For Upper Klamath Basin
Tribes, Irrigators seek success, 9/26/03, H&N.
"Service & Sacrifice: Klamath Basin Life Through Two World Wars," is the theme of the newly released 2003 Shaw Historical Library Journal., H&N 9/26/03
The three following articles
ran in the Sept 24th "Agriculture" section of the Klamath
Falls Herald & News. They provide a good summary of the proactive
efforts undertaken by local irrigators:
Bureau makes final lake level: Below average, H&N 9/25/03
PRESS RELEASE: 2004 FUNDING OPINION for BOR, 9/24/03
Although the 2002 Klamath River salmon run was a record high, 2003's salmon run is estimated 'above average'. It's acknowledged that loads of warm water was not healthy for the fish in 2002. With 2002 fish run well above average in spite of the die-off, irrigators cannot figure out why there were claims of a devastated economy by Yuroks. H&N 9/24/03.
Water groups, tribes seek better way,
9/23/03, H&N. KBC has not heard how the talks with KWUA, the
Klamath tribes, and Jim Root of Rangeland Trust are
proceeding...hopefully more info will be available after
Fish and wildlife, and forest service biologists, and 'environmentalists', claim that wildfires help environment, and leaving trees to rot is good habitat, --much better than, heaven forbid, LOGGING! H&N 9/23/03.
Greens argue against cutting burned timber, H&N 9/23/03. The same groups advocating to downsize or eliminate farming in the Klamath Basin are the same groups who are destroying the coastal fishing industry, and are keeping litigation active until the burned/charred timber is not salvageable. Again, welcome to Oregon, the highest unemployment rate in the United States. Is Oregon the only place in the world that does not realize that timber is a renewable resource? That fish do not need higher-than-historic flows? That owning and caretaking property, raising a flag, and going to church does not make someone a rich right-wing radical?
70,000 FISH DEAD! 40,000 yearling fall chinook and 30,000 yearling summer steelhead dead, but "it's not catastrophic". Is there one sane person out there that can tell us Klamath Basin farmers that targeting the Klamath Basin last year was not agenda driven? ...when last year's die-off of 30,000 Trinity fish was used for demonstrations against Basin farmers 200 miles away, for bills to downsize the Klamath Project. Last year was a record run of salmon yet the Yuroks said their community was devastated. Commissioner Keyes encouraged (mandated) downsizing the Klamath Project through a water bank. The left press told the world that Klamath Basin farmers killed the fish and devastated the Yuroks (while real fishermen supported the basin farmers...see Fishermen's Corner.).
FISH KILL!!! 40,000 Fish Dead. USGS and Mary Nichols didn't blame Klamath Irrigators. Yuroks not devastated! No dead fish on the capital steps! H&N 9/22/03.
U.S Forest Service won't let volunteers to their $10,000 job to protect river from outhouse leakage, AP, posted to KBC 9/23/03. The Jarbridge folks, "volunteers", came here in 2001 to support the Klamath Basin farmers. Their issues are in a different place, but with the same government agencies to contend with.
Commercial fishermen support Klamath Farmers, "Boley himself contradicts the image that the Pacific commercial fishing industry is lined up solidly against Klamath Basin agriculture. He says the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations, which has been active in lawsuits challenging the management of the Klamath River, doesn't represent him or other Oregon-based fishermen." H&N 9/21/03 For more on fishermen's support of Klamath Basin farmers, go to Fishermen's Corner.
Tribes, water users plan to host tours, H&N 9/22/03 "Thursday's tour of the Klamath Project will start at the recently constructed $14 million A Canal headgates and fish screen, and move through the Project as the water flows. Tour participants will observe the effects of idled land, pumped groundwater, and the relationship between farming and refuge waterfowl".
Tribes and Klamath Water
Users look for common ground, from KWUA weekly update
9/19/03. "Individual irrigators and association representatives
have been meeting with the tribal leaders to assess if we can find
common ground while we learn more about the problems that have
divided us,” said KWUA Executive Director Dan Keppen.
Letter to Commissioner John Elliott from The Klamath
Tribes, posted to KBC 9/22/03 regarding Long
Lake storage proposal.
"Wearing many hats seems quite the norm anymore," as submitted on our Discussion Forum by Buster Keester, regarding Rich McIntyre, 9/22/03. This was written to explain possible KBC confusion on identifying McIntyre ("lodge owner", " American Land Conservancy Consultant" and "Coordinator", "Water Watch Board of Directors Vice President", etc. (also Hatfield Upper Klamath Basin Working Group member)
KBC regrets and retracts and apologizes for
our mistake regarding the Barnes Ranch article (5 articles below
this). Mr. McIntyre is not a 'real estate agent or broker', as we
mistakenly wrote. He is a "consultant' (the KBC reporter did not
know that there was a difference).
----- Original Message -----
From: james fournier
Sent: Sunday, September 21, 2003 5:29 PM
Subject: KBC website mistake
This is Rich McIntyre.
On the KBC website, you have stated that I am a "real estate broker." I normally disregard your bizarre, often humorous, and slanted rantings, but not this time. Remove that statement immediately, AND issue a retraction, or the next conversation will be with my attorney. I will presume this will be dealt with within 24 hours, or by 6pm Monday.
By the way, Barnes Ranch is, as you know, and ALC project, and, for the record, I am a consultant, not a real estate agent or broker.
Herald and News
From KBC to our readers: We at KBC do our best to get accurate information to you. We use audio and direct quotes as much as possible so there will be no mistakes in our reporting. We get input from Congressional offices, BLM, BOR, OSU, KWUA, Klamath County Commissioners, colleges, farmers, scientists, ranchers and fishermen, and make corrections whenever a mistake is brought to our attention. We are farmers doing our best to share the truth and the science to the best of our abilities. We had no previous experience in journalism, webmastering, and real-estate terminology.. Please contact us when you see errors..we will correct them.
Using private firm's
peer-review worthwhile, H&N 8/18/03
the Bush administration credit for following up on the experience
it gained during the 2001 water crisis in the Klamath Basin.
Irrigation water to the Klamath Reclamation Project was held back
then to provide for fish in a decision that was later determined
to have insufficient scientific merit."
* Two Tours Planned to Bring Together Water Users and Klamath Tribes
* KWUA Participates in UC Berkeley Panel on Central Valley Project Improvement Act
* Diverse Interests Show Support for KWUA Letter on Lower River Recommendations
* Alliance Begins Water Supply Enhancement Study
Note from KBC: We'd like to thank Klamath Bucket Brigade office manager for her many contributions of news articles and research sent to KBC on a daily basis.
9/18/03 This is the actual letter response from Commissioner Keyes to Congressmen Doolittle, Herger, and Walden, trying to explain why farmers got shut off because spring was wetter than they estimated. Again, (KBC addressed this before), the questions Mr. Keyes did not answer is, why is the operation plan based on non-peer-reviewed reports that were taken from the highest water years in Klamath Basin history. If the NAS committee was enlisted for 'best available science', and their draft report criticized lake level/river flows/single-species management, why is the non-peer reviewed, flawed Hardy report, accepted as science ? And why is a 'water bank' being promoted to downsize the Klamath Project if the 'best available science' does not substantiate it? Idling farmland is decreasing our return flows to the refuges and the Klamath River.
Humboldt County asks PacifiCorp to consider Klamath dam removal, H&N 9/18/03. ONRC sues PacifiCorp, if anyone wants to see what that tax-exempt nonprofit organization does with it's donations. Board wants Klamath dam removals considered, Eureka Times Standard 9/18/03
PRESS RELEASE: Congressman Greg Walden is trying to keep open the domiciliary which provides services for our Klamath Basin farmers, most of whom are veterans, "Shutting this facility down would have a devastating effect on the veterans of our region who depend on it for care, in addition to the more than 400 local residents who are employed at the SORCC." 9/18/03
District was told this summer to pump their emergency wells or
have the Klamath Project shut down again. They have been forced to
donate 16751.74 AF of groundwater
(SEE CHARTS) .with no compensation, no representation by
irrigators, no contract. The DOI forced us into downsizing the
Klamath Project (called water bank) by 17,000 acres idled land and
50,000 AF additional ground water. There was taken tens of
thousands of AF water from our storage, ABOVE the 2003 operation
Nature group killing off wildlife, letter by Gary to TusconCitizen. Response by KBC.
Letter to Interior Secretary Gale Norton from CA Congressmen John Doolittle and Wally Herger, and OR Congressman Greg Walden. This outlines initiatives that, if implemented, could lead to the delisting of the sucker fish, provide deep, cold water storage, and lead to the use of sound science in better understanding fish die-off and other Klamath issues. posted to kbc 9/17/03.
Folks wonder why the Oregon economy is destroyed, fires rage, Oregon unemployment is highest in the USA. Read on for details: Andy Kerr, 'Don't try to improve grazing, abolish it', outlines how he and the environmental groups will litigate to break the ranchers.
" Better grazing is also boring to work on. Abolition is much more interesting."
"We must make it more expensive for elite welfare ranchers. On forests west of the Cascades, the timber industry used to expend X amount of effort for Y amount of timber. Today, while they still aren't run off the public forests within the range of the Northern spotted owl, they do have to spend 10 times the effort for maybe one-tenth of the timber."
Kerr tells how the ONRC are using the ESA to end
timber, and tells which species they plan to use to reach their
Lawmakers slam Endangered Species Act, World Net Daily, 9/16/03
Rare summer hailstorm damages acres of crops, H&N 9/14,03.
Environmental groups shut down burnt-timber salvage, H&N 9/15/03. The Winter Oregon fire burned 34,000 acres. This project "would have included salvage of about 9 million board feet of dead timber over about 1,900 acres, and replanting of an estimated 1,200 acres of trees within the burn." WAKE UP AMERICA! DON'T YOU SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING? For more KBC news on destruction of our forests, go HERE
Too few answers given to questions about Klamath Basin fish
issues, H&N WWII veteran Jim Leard, OP ED, 9/15/03."From
history and old photographs I understand that what is known as
Upper Klamath Lake was mostly a marsh with a stream flowing
through it. Why have the fish suddenly
undergone a genetic change
that requires them to have a very high level of water?"
President Bush came to Oregon to save our forests,
economy and wildlife, and the ecoterrorists blame him for
starting forest fires!
"President Bush visits rural Oregon to tout his forest plan.
Suddenly, huge fires burn. Now a small town is consumed by
conspiracy theories," posted to kbc 9/15/03 We
at KBC thank you, Mr President, for your efforts to save the West
from these group's destruction. Due to their efforts, Oregon is
the highest unemployment rate in our nation.
USFWS proposed ESA revisions, posted 9/15/03
Bureau head John Keyes, tries to explain why Project water was briefly cut off this summer after a wet spring, 9/12/03. The question Mr. Keyes did not answer is, why is the operation plan based on non-peer-reviewed reports that were taken from the highest water years in Klamath Basin history. If the NAS committee was enlisted for 'best available science', and their draft report criticized lake level/river flows/single-species management, why is the non-peer reviewed, flawed Hardy report, accepted as science ? And why is a 'water bank' being promoted to downsize the Klamath Project if the 'best available science' does not substantiate it. Idling farmland is decreasing our return flows to the refuges and the Klamath River.
Lawmakers list actions wanted to protect fish, H&N 9/11/03
KWUA Update for Sept 11, 2003
Please pray for Oregon Senator Gordon Smith and his family. Ask your prayer groups to pray for them too. See prayer page
Sucker petition to get a second look, H&N 9/9/03. "'If the Bush Administration were friends of the farmers they could turn around and do the status review and have the delisting done in nine months,' he said."
KWUA receives "Leadership in Conservation" Award from State of Oregon
"In the past decade, over 250 partnership-driven restoration actions were undertaken in the Upper Basin, primarily with the intent of helping sucker fish protected by the Endangered Species Act," KWUA Executive Director Dan Keppen told the audience at awards dinner. "To date, no flexibility in lake level management has been provided to reflect these efforts. In fact, despite these efforts, supplies from Upper Klamath Lake were curtailed in 2001, and we nearly had another curtailment just two months ago...". .
Weekly KWUA Update for Sept 5, 2003.
* KWUA receives "Leadership in Conservation" Award from State of Oregon
* Panelists to Discuss Klamath River Historical Hydrology Next Monday in K Falls
* Court Overturns Denial of Sucker Delisting Petition
* ODA Releases Ag School Calendar: By Kids, For Kids
* ONRC to Sue PacifiCorp
Water option proposed, Siskiyou Daily News, posted Sept 8, 2003. Klamath County Commissioner Elliott said, "It would help agriculture because the water would provide cool water with a stable flow for the river leaving water allocations intact for agriculture. No stream or tributary is associated with the Long Lake Valley so the project should not have a negative environmental impact to the Klamath River watershed." For more information on Long Lake, go HERE
The Oregonian can't have it both ways. They are the first to say that salmon die-offs and occasional low runs are due to Klamath Irrigators, low river flows, loggers, miners, and humans in general. However riparian efforts, in their esteem, are essential, but the record high salmon runs are due to ocean conditions (otherwise they would have to give the Bush administration recognition for recovery of the species, which are flourishing). Also, If a hatchery salmon is not a real salmon, a test-tube baby is not a real baby. Here for the Oregonian spin on the recent huge salmon runs, 9/8/03.
TID well update. 16,236.25 have been extorted from our aquifer to water our crops since we had a wet spring, and the BOR sent 30,000 more acre feet of water down the river above and beyond the obligation to the 2003 project plan. This is in addition to DOI's mandatory downsizing (water bank), and to the irrigators who have pumped their private wells, with no reimbursement, to keep the rest of the project irrigated. 9/7/03 And according to Earl Donosky, manager of TID, "All wells are shut down. We have no plans to start pumping at this time."
News from the Front #73: A Ray of Hope for the Klamath Farmers, Seot 5, 2003, James Buchal. "Vogel testified that the 1988 listings were based on a “selective” and “distorted” review of the available data, and that 'It is now evident that either: (1) the estimates of the sucker populations in the 1980s were in error and did not, in fact, demonstrate a precipitous decline (i.e., the populations were much larger than assumed), or (2) the estimates of the sucker populations in the 1980s and the suckers have demonstrated an enormous boom since the listing and no longer exhibit 'endangered' status.' "
Denial of Sucker Delisting Petition!
photographers Larry Turner and Amy Hartell, have showing at Ross Ragland
Theatre, 9/4/03, The Tri-County Courier.
According to USFWS studies, the Chiloquin Dam blocks over 90% of endangered sucker fish habitat, yet the ONRC will sue Pacificorps for lack of fish screens, H&N 9/4/03 (by the way, the DOI has not funded counting the fish...perhaps they would find that they are not even endangered, so they could not so totally control us anymore.
Klamath Bucket Brigade (subweb of
added the following four information/links to their "You Need to Know"
Growers expecting respectable yields this year, H&N 9/3/03
10 reasons I oppose the COB energy plant, by former Klamath County Commissioner Roger Hamilton, Bonanza. "I have served the past twenty years as a Klamath county commissioner, an Oregon public utility commissioner, and as Governor Kitzhaber’s energy advisor. I have seen a lot of energy schemes come and go, some worthy of public support, others so foolish they have spared their investors by dying early on the vine. But this one surpasses them all in its technological clumsiness and callous indifference to the local folks who will bear the brunt of its impacts every day of their lives.", H&N 9/1/03
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