Our Klamath Basin Water Crisis
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.
ARCHIVE 35 - April 2005
Note from KBC: The way
Klamath Project plumbing works, when you shut off water to the
farms, you shut off water to the wildlife refuges. Water from
farms returns to the refuges, then it goes into the Klamath River.
Farm water does not just vanish
Wolf Resolution, Adopted in Convention at Redmond, Oregon by members of Oregon Women for Agriculture, posted to KBC 5/30/05
Comments sought on Chiloquin dam, H&N posted to KBC 4/30/05.
Pombo fires back at critics report on species act, Lodi News, posted to KBC 4/30/05.
Powerful U.S. Farm Groups Take Action To Re-Open Trade with Canada, Canada Newswire posted to KBC 4/30/05.
Trinity flows to hit 4-decade high by Alex Breitler, Record Searchlight, posted to KBC April 30, 2005 Commentary preceding article by Barb Hall, Klamath Bucket Brigade.
Klamath Water Users Weekly Update for April 29, 2005
ESA Report to the Chairman, Committee on Resources, House of Representatives by the General Accountability Office, April 2005, pdf. GAO recommends that Fish and Wildlife Service keep track of where their funds go toward endangered species. This is an interesting document.
Lake levels/river flows. Klamath Lake storage is up 29,443 acre feet from a year ago. Posted to KBC 4/28/05.
Restoring the Land, H&N 4/28/05 "Most of this country has been fenced since 1992," Goold said. "Neat thing about this area is our neighbors. Everyone's willing to jump in and try it with you."
A Child Comes Around Poem by Deborah Ettinger 4/05
Water rights group appeals refuge permit, Capital Press 4/28/05
“They (Fish and Wildlife) took an off-season right for every drop of
water that will ever run through that basin,” Wolff said. “Eight-hundred
and twenty cfs is a gigantic amount of water. It’s a basin at full
capacity of flood stage.”
‘It’s uncertainty, in one word’, Capital Press posted to KBC 4/28/05
Activists Must Prove Harm to Species, Not Just Allege It, to Invoke Endangered Species Act, Pacific Legal Foundation posted to KBC 4/27/05
Klamath water--70 percent, April 27,2005, California Farm Bureau.
PRESS RELEASE: Dan Keppen joins Oregon Water Resources Congress as Federal Affairs Coordinator, 4/27/05
Family Farm Alliance April 2005 Issue, Feeling Farming’s Pinch First Hand, and, at annual meeting, O’Toole Says Conservation Can Only Do So Much
PRESS RELEASE: GAO Endangered Species Report: Little Reason to Expect Poor Recovery Record To Improve, House Committee on Resources 4/26/05
Bureau of Reclamation Water Data Update – posted to KBC April 26, 2005
Letter to Lonnie Baley, Malin, from his
Home-grown structure emerges in Klamath Basin, Capital Press 4/25/05.
Letter to Congressman Doolittle Regarding: Tulelake Segregation Center/Internment Camp National Historic Designation, by Rudy Hiley, posted to KBC 4/25/05
Family Farm Alliance to appear
before NEPA Task Force April 23, 2005
Klamath Water Users Weekly
Update for 4/22/05
Trapped fish dying in droves, RecordNet.com posted to KBC 4/23/05. (If this were remotely near the Klamath Project, the dead fish would be blamed on the Klamath Project irrigators..KBC)
Property to Environmental Organizations! by Nancy Levant posted to
Governor questions grazing on national monument, Albany Democrat Herald posted to KBC 4/23/05.
Judge: Tribes' salmon suit too late by decades, H&N 4/21/05
Fishing report for Klamath and Trinity Flows, Ruth and Lewiston Lakes scheduled for plants, Times Standard 4/21/05
Organic farmers cultivating a growing agricultural industry, registerguard.com posted to KBC 4/21/05
See Prayer Page for prayer request sent to us by WWII Tulelake veteran homesteader David Carman 4/21/05
BARNES RANCH: Put irrigation at the core of water proposal, H&N posted to KBC 4/21/05.
A gentler kind of drill, H&N 4/21/05
Lawmakers make trip home H&N posted to KBC 4/21/05.
County goes with Cob's offer, H&N 4/20/05
Lake Levels and River Flows, including chart 4/20/05
Irrigators and Commercial Fishermen Meet, Oregon Trollers posted to
KBC 4/19/05. We are rerunning this article to clear up recent
misinformation regarding the relationship of fishermen and irrigators.
A positive step for Klamath, editorial LA Times by JOHN W. KEYS III Commissioner Bureau of Reclamation U.S. Department of the Interior Washington, D.C. (Is downsizing the Klamath irrigation by over 1/3 in drought and flood years, and depleting our aquifer 5 feet per year, "positive"? Positive for who? For those who built and paid in full for the Klamath Project to store irrigation water, which allows for higher-than-historic river flows and lake levels, and makes available free regulated water for power which was not available before the project....it is not "positive." See Waterbank Page for more info.
April 18, 2005 Dow Jones Newswires 1132 GMT [Dow Jones] Dismissal of a USD1B US lawsuit against Scottish Power's (SPI) Pacific Corp "has not been a share price issue," says an analyst. There was "a small likelihood they would have to pay out." Says case "dates back to things that happened 50 to 100 years back....none of these lawsuits have led to anything." Klamath Tribes have about ten days to appeal the ruling. ScottishPower shares fall 0.2% or 6p to 412.00p as of 1124 GMT. (JAM)
Council steers away from Trinity water shift, Times Standard 4/19/05.
State high court to hear farm rights suit COB proposed power plant in Bonanza 4/19/05.
STOP THE COB We have been told that the tax break for COB Enterprise Zone will be discussed or decided. It is evidently not a hearing so we may not be allowed to speak Even if we just hear what is proposed or decided, at least we are informed. Our presence, though, could have some influence so please attend.Tuesday 9 a.m., 4/18/05 Government Building 305 Main Street Notice by Lyn Brock, Bonanza
Scottish Power: Judge recommends dismissing suit vs US, 4/18/05 AOL news, London. "PacifiCorp, received a magistrate judge's opinion, agreeing with PacifiCorp's request for summary judgement, recommending that the $1 billion lawsuit filed against it by the Klamath Tribes be dismissed as untimely."
4/16 townhall meeting Senator Whitsett and Reps Garrard and Gilman
Joint Committee on Ways and Means TODAY 4/16/05 Public Hearings Schedule Today in Klamath Falls. For details go HERE.
PRESS RELEASE: Smith, Wyden Announce Support for National Drought Preparedness Act posted April 16, 2005
TID well water levels posted 4/16/05
Weekly KWUA update for April 15, 2005
Water Users go on the air today, Friday the 15th, noon, KFLS radio in Klamath Falls
Little east side water to go around, H&N posted to KBC 4/15/05
Preventing a spud flood, H&N posted to KBC 4/15/05
(Trinity) Diversion to Klamath possible, Interior officials suggest plan will prevent fish kill, Redding Record posted to KBC 4/15/05
Lake Levels River Flows 4/15/05
Power Costs in
TID current rate and tariff rate.
Professor Jaeger from OSU and other 'environmentalists' see this
as a means to turn our once-lake and current farmland into a desert void
of people and 489 species of wildlife.
A poem written by Judge Roy Moore from Alabama: Judge Moore was recently sued by the ACLU for displaying the Ten Commandments in his courtroom foyer. He has been stripped of his judgeship and now they are trying to strip his right to practice law in Alabama. PRAYER PAGE 4/13/05
PRESS RELEASE: Subcommittee Examines Challenges for Grazing and Range Conservation, 413/05 House Resource Committee.
National News: Gov't backs off cutting aid to farmers Libby Quaid AP, 4/13/05
Cooperation, luck keys to irrigation season, H&N 4/13/05, "The Bureau of Reclamation has approved an operations plan built on a 15 percent cut in water use by irrigators. That's on top of a water bank plan that will probably take about 25,000 acres out of production in order to cut the demand by about 50,000 acre-feet. Pumping will provide another 35,000 acre-feet and wildlife refuges, 15,000, for the 100,000 acre-foot water bank."
PRESS RELEASE: Future Role of Water Storage to Be Discussed, posted to KBC 4/13/05, House Resource Committee.
The Facts about BARNES RANCH by geologist Gail Hildreth Whitsett 2/18/05. Much more on Barnes go HERE. Ag land that has been acquired and converted to wetlands in the guise of 'saving water' and 'storage', and how much water it has depleted.
Channel could save Clear Lake suckers, H&N posted to KBC 4/13/05.(KBC note. Suckers in Clear Lake have healthy populations. They do not have the kind of habitat that is being created in the Upper Basin, using this swamp ideal for additional land acquisition. Clear Lake suckers are doing just fine and not considered endangered.)
Plan Limits Water Use in Klamath Area, LA Times, posted to KBC 4/12/05 "Rob Crawford, a Klamath farmer in Tule Lake, Calif., took exception to complaints by environmentalists. He said farmers are cooperating to conserve in every way possible: holding off early irrigation, installing more efficient water systems, planting less-thirsty crops."
Bureau of Reclamation Water Data Update – posted to KBC April 12, 2005
One stormy winter, SFGate 4/12/05
PRESS RELEASE: Klamath Project
2005 Operations Plan Released posted to KBC 4/11/05
Provides for Agriculture Power Contracts
Farmers told restraint now means water later The U.S. Government asks Klamath Basin farmers to limit irrigation to avoid forced cutbacks as drought sets in, Oregonian 4/10/05. (With waterbank at 30% of irrigator's water, water we stored for irrigation plus our aquifer, and another 15% demanded by the biological opinions, irrigators must forfeit 45% of their irrigation water this year. This will make lake levels and river flows higher than possible before the irrigation project was built because of flawed Hardy Science. The National Academy of Science said that these artificially elevated lake levels and river flows are "not justified."
Lake Levels River Flows go HERE 4/6/05
See Waterbank Page for details on the Bureau's 2005 mandatory waterbank.
April-May 2001 archives go HERE
Karuk Tribes uses wrong treaty, Pioneer Press 4/8/05
Water Users Update 4/8/05
Decommissioning the Dams is Not Enough, A Golden Opportunity for Justice on the Klamath by Felice Pace. After Felice Pace physically assaulted too many people in the Shasta Valley, he is now employed by the Yuroks at the mouth of the Klamath River. His allegations about the farmers are false. For Klamath Irrigator's presentation of facts regarding power rates, see POWER PAGE.
Name of Shasta Nation is used for a casino scam at the opposite end of the State of California, by Liz Bowen, assistant editor, Pioneer Press, Fort Jones, California 4/8/05
15-percent irrigation cutback sought, H&N 4/8/05. Actually this would be a 45% irrigation cutback. The Bureau of Reclamation 'water bank' has demanded 100,000 acre feet of water from the Klamath Basin, or 1/3 of our irrigation water. Add 15%. Even after hundreds of conservation projects and approximately 100,000 acres of ag land have been converted to wetlands, the remaining irrigators have no assurance. They have nothing but fear, being targeted to supply our stored irrigation water and our depleting aquifer to send water down the river to make higher-than-historic lake levels and river flows. See waterbank page.
News from the Front #82: Cutting Off Irrigators Again, Buchal 040805
Counting every last drop, Lake, Modoc and Siskiyou Counties H&N posted 4/7/05.
Oregon's governor tries to lessen impact of continuing drought, US Water News 4/7/05.
boost power bills, Statesman Journal 4/6/05 (The
farmers paid for the Klamath Project which allows regulated, free water
to go to the power companies for affordable power for cities, tribes,
and communities and for irrigators. The tribes and ecoterrorists want to
take out the dams, causing less available power with higher rates. Power
companies, supported by tribes and ecoterrorists, plan to raise the
power rates to farmers by 2400 percent in 2006. ?!?!?!?! KBC)
More on power, go
Notice for Oversight Hearing on "The Role of the Power Marketing Administrations in the 21st Century", House Resources Committee 4/6/05
Congressman Richard Pombo Commentary: 'ESA has a zero percent rate of success', AgAlert California Farm Bureau 4/6/05.
Agency proposes to list southern green sturgeon as threatened, Mercury News 4/6/05.
DOI Release: Interior, Lower Colorado Basin Leaders Launch 50-year, $626 Million Wildlife Conservation Program, posted 4/6/05. Forwarded by Klamath Bureau of Reclamation Christine Karas, "MSCP joins with UC RIP, SJ RIP, PRIP, GCMRC, etc. We have the support of 4 cabinate level people to develop a "cip-like process" for the Klamath. What should it look like?"
Public-lands ranchers: Should you trust this man? by Paul Larmer. "Andy Kerr, who has been an environmental activist for more than 20 years, was a key figure in the struggle to curtail logging in the Pacific Northwest in the 1980s and 1990s. Today, he is the director of the National Public Lands Grazing Campaign, which seeks to pass legislation that would allow the federal government to buy federal grazing allotments from ranchers and permanently retire the land from grazing. HCN executive director Paul Larmer"
PRESS RELEASE: Task Force on Improving National Environmental Policy Act Created Pombo taps Rep. Cathy McMorris to lead, House Resources Committee 4/6/05
Link River ladder ready for migration, H&N 4/6/05.
Restructuring the Oregon
Fishing Industry, Newport News Times 4/6/05. "the
commercial fishing industry contributed $342 million in personal income
to the Oregon economy in 2004. According to the report, that made 2004
"the best year the industry has had since 1988," and was "about 39
percent higher than the average of the previous ten years."
Distribution of Anadromous Fishes in the Upper Klamath River Watershed Prior to Hydropower Dams—A Synthesis of the Historical Evidence, pdf file, April 2005, 11-page report by John B. Hamilton, Gary L. Curtis, Scott M. Snedaker, and David K. White. Hamilton and Curtis are fishery biologists at the U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office, Yreka, CA. Hamilton can be contacted at John_Hamilton@fws.gov. Snedaker is a fishery biologist with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Klamath Falls, OR. White is a hydraulic engineer—fish passage specialist with NOAA Fisheries in Santa Rosa, CA.
Help for ag students, H&N letter 4/5/05. (Scholarship information, Oregon and California)
PUC 'hearing' was a farce, H&N letter posted to KBC 4/5/05.
Water, water everywhere, but it's becoming scarce, Oregonian 4/4/05
Tough water season begins as headgates open, H&N 4/4/05
Bill would give public more say on power plants, bendbulletin 4/3/05. "He (Rep Bill Garrard) said that concern was solidified when the state didn't respond to his letter about a controversial plant proposed near Bonanza in Klamath County." More on the Bonanza power plant go HERE.
Power rate hike threatens Klamath, Capital Press April 1, 2005
Weekly USGS river flow graphs, go HERE (thank you Barb at KBB)
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