Our Klamath Basin Water Crisis
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.
< PLF wins lawsuit against California water theft by federal government October 5, 2009
California Supreme Court Rules in Favor of State Authority over Mining! – September 2016, The New 49ers. "Now that the California Supreme Court has ruled, my best guess is that any prospector using a motor to remove or process streambed material within 100 yards of an active waterway without a permit (which is not being made available), if caught, is likely to be successfully prosecuted." Link includes link to memo by miner's attorney James Buchal
California governor signed climate change mandates and farm labor overtime after 8 hours, CFBF Friday Legislative Review 9/13/16
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review posted 8/17/16: climate change mandates with no oversight, bills that regulate cow farts and chase dairies out of California, overtime bills that would end up reducing hours that farm laborers would work, wool, stolen bee hives, water control board stuff and more...
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 7/1/16. Proposed bills on climate change mandates, regulations on livestock methane emissions that would "drive dairies out of California", put solar power projects on "not less than 100,000 acres" permanently retired farmland, pay overtime to farm workers for over 8 hours work, expand forest thinning for fire protection, stockponds, water transfers, ground water wells, more...
California Senate approves sweeping gun-control measures, Fox News 5/19/16
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 4/10/16. "AB 2757 would require agricultural employers to pay overtime premium pay (at a rate of 1.5 times an employee’s regular rate of pay) to their employees after 8 hours in any work day, and 40 hours in any work week; premium pay at the rate of two times the employee’s regular rate of pay for any work after 12 hours in a day; and will repeal the agricultural exemption..." "AB 2700 (Rudy Salas, Jr., D-Bakersfield) passed out of the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee on consent on April 6. AB 2700 requires the CPUC to update the criteria it uses to prioritize renewable energy projects..." KBC NOTE: Why would they create more renewable energy projects while California governor wants to destroy Klamath River hydropower (the ultimate renewable energy) dams serving 70,000 homes?
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 3/11/16. "The State Water Board submitted the emergency regulation they adopted in January to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) this week. The emergency regulation requires all surface water right holders and claimants to report their diversions annually..."
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative and Governmental Update 2/5/16. Includes doubling pay on holidays for some jobs, and Calif. Water Board news, including Tribal Resolution No. 2010-0062 "AUTHORIZE FUNDING FROM THE CLEAN WATER STATE REVOLVING FUND (CWSRF) TO THE YUROK TRIBE (TRIBE) ... 'Western Rivers Conservancy submitted an application to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Program on behalf of the Yurok Tribe (Tribe) for the acquisition of approximately 22,237 acres of forest land in the Klamath River watershed...A credit review was completed on November 4, 2010, recommending a maximum CWSRF financing amount of $18,750,000 for the project, assuming a 25-year term at a zero percent interest rate...' "
California farm economy surprisingly resilient amid drought, SacBee, posted to KBC 5/31/15. "An estimated 800,000-plus acres will sit idle this year"
Jobless rates in N. California counties remain high. Statewide, Modoc had the 47th highest unemployment rate, H&N, 3/25/15 KBC NOTE regarding federal management of our counties: KBRA permanently would downsize agriculture, OWRD is tying surface water to groundwater and has shut off water even to private Oregon irrigation wells, timber harvest is still curtailed, decimating schools, communities and economies in the region, further decimated by severe wildfires burning forests, communities and wildlife.
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws, 2/20/15: water storage, groundwater rights, Cal/OHSA, ...
Feinstein shuts off California water talks until 2015, Fresno Bee, posted to KBC 11/23/14
California - Water Bond Proposition 1
Calif. water agency wins damage suit against feds. Judges conclude that the government owes additional damages for failed water deliveries, H&N 8/5/14. "Judges concluded that the government owes additional damages for the Bureau of Reclamation’s failure to deliver enough water to the Stockton-based Central San Joaquin Water Conservation District."
In dry California, water fetching record prices, Capital Press 7/2/14. "...growers would ultimately pay $775 to $980 an acre-foot.."
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 6/27/14. Proposed bills: unlimited tax increases, renewable resources, GM labels, private property tree harvest regulations, funds to clean up illegal pot farm pollution, billions$ for climate change, river "protection," & "sustainable...", groundwater management, minimum wages, paid sick leave mandates...
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 5/16/14. Proposed bills for billions of $ for groundwater and water management and control, bill to label genetically modified food products, disclosure of extreme fuel costs from California's carbon taxes, more...
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, 5/9/14: school districts to impose unlimited tax on property owners, honeybee access, registering stockponds for livestock and irrigation, $18 billion for water projects and conservation, immigration laws, labor laws...
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 5/2/14: Sunset date on Williamson Act, regulatory requirements on fuel, cutting tree without permit on your own property, funds for marijuana farm cleanup, animal antibiotics, GMO labeling, employers to provide paid sick leave, employees to wage lien on employers property if they claim (without proof) they weren't fully paid, billions$ for Clean Water Act desires, groundwater management plan agencies, registration of animal stockponds,
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review Proposed bills: 4/25/14 Pesticide application regulations, GMO food labeling, budget increases for Fish and Wildlife and Water Resources Board, over $4 million to Department of Education, $19 million plus $2 annually to pay FWS overdue tax bills (FWS has $ to buy private land, then they don't pay their decade-overdue taxes), employees could file lean on their employeer's property if they claim they weren't paid, $8.5 billion for clean water, protect rivers, climate change, Delta Sustainability and water storage, Groundwater management, more.
Siskiyou, Modoc jobless figures worse than state’s. Counties’ unemployment rates improve, but still lag behind California averages, H&N 4/22/14. "...the unemployment rate in Siskiyou County dropped from 15.5 percent in February to 14.9 percent, while the drop in Modoc County was from 13.5 to 12.9 percent. In comparison, the California unemployment rate dropped during the same period from 8.5 to 8.4 percent, while the national average shifted from 7.0 to 6.8 percent."
Growers of thirsty pot are under fire in
drought-struck California, H&N, posted
to KBC 3/31/14. "...authorities
have found widespread damage, including
miles of irrigation lines, propane tanks,
and rat poison and other toxic chemicals
that end up in streams..."
Calif. drought has migrating salmon hitching truck rides, H&N 3/26/14. "California began hauling 30 million young Chinook salmon hundreds of miles toward the Pacific Ocean in tanker trucks to save the fishing industry after a record drought left rivers too low for migration... The hatchery fish that typically migrate through the Sacramento River Delta to the sea are key to the state’s $1.5 billion commercial and recreational fishing industry, according to the Nature Conservancy" KBC NOTE: In Klamath, the Dept of Interior wants the Klamath hydroelectric dams destroyed which provide water for 70,000 homes, water storage, and fish hatcheries. They refuse to haul the fish. Here for their KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. The DOI fired the Bureau of Reclamation's top ethics scientist Dr. Houser because he was a whistleblower, stating that the science does not support dam and hatchery destruction
Jobless rates stagnate in Northern California, H&N 3/26/14. "In Modoc County, the rate for February was 13.2 percent while in Siskiyou County the rate was 15.3 percent. The California average for the month was 8.5 percent while the national rate was 7 percent."
Final California Water Action Plan, by Cal EPA, CDFA/Calif. Dept of Food and Drug, and California Natural Resources Agency, 1/14/14. Page 11: "The administration will work with Congress to secure the necessary federal authorizations for the agreements and secure the necessary funding for removal of four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River and funding for the necessary basin restoration."
November sees job loss in Modoc, Siskiyou counties, H&N 12/26/13. Unemployment 10.3% in Modoc, 11.8% in Siskiyou
California gun owners warily eye rifle, shotgun database requirement, Sacramento Bee 12/16/13
Modoc County unemployment rates were up in November to 12.8%, Siskiyou County 14%, according to Klamath Falls Herald and News 12/26/12.
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, Legislative and Governmental Update 6/22/12: Water, Land, Transportation
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review - legislative and governmental update, posted to KBC 6/8/12: heat illness legislation, discrimination, metering, coho permits, more power to CDFG, marijuana on public lands, predator hunting restrictions, regulations and limits for trappers.
N. California jobless figures worsen, H&N, posted to KBC 4/7/12. "February (unemployment) rates at 16.7 percent in Modoc County and 18.8 percent in Siskiyou County." KBC NOTE: Our country used to support American timber harvest, mining and agriculture. Federal agencies and environmental groups have shut down roads and timber harvest, banned mining, and spent billions of dollars to eliminate agriculture in our region.
Jerry Brown changes high-speed rail plan, lowers cost by $30 billion, Sac Bee 3/30/12
Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects, DFG, posted to KBC 3/1/12. "Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved $17.9 million in grants funding to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat..." Pit River, Watsonville, Willow Creek, Stanislaus County.
House Passes Nunes Water Bill, Families Protecting the Valley 3/1/12. "When farmers agreed to the river restoration in 2009, it was because they were promised they would get the river water back when it got to the Delta. But, the NRDC, a party to the agreement, reneged on the deal and sued to shut off the pumps because of the Delta Smelt. Instead of getting the water back, farm water flowed to the sea. Was that a water grab? Yes. Farmers are just trying to grab their water back."
SB 810, mandatory California's Medicare for All, failed today. 1/31/12
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, legislative and governmental update 1/20/12. KBC NOTE: Included is a bill, which failed, to LABEL genetically modified fish. Our state has reduced fishing, eliminated suction dredge mining, and plans to destroy 4 hydroelectric dams on the Klamath river and hatcheries which produce millions of fish, in the guise of superiority of "wild" fish. Obama then bails a genetically modified salmon firm. And by the way, Obama's food Czar was Monsanto's legal representative. So wiping out the Klamath hatcheries could conveniently be replaced by Obama's pet "Frankenfish."
Regional jobless rates jump, H&N, posted to KBC 1/27/12. "Rates in Siskiyou County rose from 16.8 percent in November to 18.3 in December, while in Modoc County the increase was from 13.4 to 14.4 percent.
Sham Science Vindicates Sham Scientists! Families Protecting the Valley 1/9/12. "If we told you the President of Resolve is the former Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, you might have some doubts about how neutral they would be. Not surprisingly they found no evidence of misconduct."
Jerry Brown appointees help approve higher rural fire fee, Sac Bee 11/10/11.
Federal agency congratulates itself for illegal delta smelt biop, Families Protecting the Valley, posted to KBC 10/29/11. "
California approves carbon trading to combat global warming, SacBee 10/20/11
Gun Control, Firearms AB 144, Calif. bills signed by Governor 10/10/11. "The bill would, subject to exceptions, make it a misdemeanor to openly carry an unloaded handgun on the person or openly and exposed in a motor vehicle in specified public areas and would make it a misdemeanor with specified penalties to openly carry an exposed handgun in a public place or public street, as specified, if the person at the same time possesses ammunition capable of being discharged from the handgun, and the person is not in lawful possession of the handgun, as specified..."
CALIFORNIA - Jerry Brown signs California Dream Act, SacBee 10/9/11. "The program's expansion is expected to cost the state $23 million to $40 million annually...legislation would encourage illegal immigration and force students who are in the country legally to compete with undocumented immigrants for public resources.
"California: A Morality Tale in Three Parts" - a speech U.S. Congressman Tom McClintock gave to the Council for National Policy, posted to KBC 10/8/11.
Obama Interior Department Rife with zealots, Washington Examiner, posted to KBC 9/27/11.
Central Valley - Judge throws out parts of salmon, steelhead plan, Contra Costa Times, posted to KBC 9/25/11
Angry federal judge (Wanger) rips 'false testimony' of federal scientists, Washington Examiner, posted to KBC 9/24/11
Judge: Salmon protections too costly to water users, Contra Costa Times 9/21/11.
U.S. District Court: 2009 salmonid biop found to be unlawful, Central Calif district court decision 9/20/11
California's poverty rate highest in more than a decade,
SacBee, posted to KBC 9/15/11
To: The Honorable Members of the California Redistricting Commission, from Frank Tallerico, retired Siskiyou County Superintendent of Schools July 7, 2011
California water rules rile farmers - Would mean radical changes for industry, Monterey County Herald, posted to KBC 6/25/11
California Democrats may benefit from redistricting, H&N 6/11/11. "California's new voting districts could put Democrats within reach of as many as five more seats in Congress and enough in the state Legislature for the two-thirds majority..."
Re-district lines are a sham, by Liz Bowen, president Scott Valley POW/Protect Our Water 6/10/11.
California: Brown proposes prison reduction plan: "Corrections chief Matthew Cate said the state must immediately begin overhauling the prison system to meet a November deadline to lower its head count by more than 10,000 inmates."
Water and Power Subcommittee to hold Fresno Field Hearing on the Man-Made Drought in California, House Natural Resources Committee 3/21/11
Unemployment rate up in
Northern California counties.
LaMalfa named to committees.
H&N, posted to KB C 2/1/11.
indicate 16.1 percent of people in Modoc County and 19 percent in Siskiyou
County were unemployed..."
California - Court Backs Illegal Immigrants, NY Times 11/15/10
CALIFORNIA - Sacramento Bee article this Nov 10: "...Legislative Analyst's Office projects that (California's) looming deficit is $25.4 billion..." KBC NOTE: The KBRA promises further downsize agriculture, Cal Fish and Game, along with environmental groups and the Karuk Leadership have managed to ban gold mining, ripping out 4 hydro dams on the Klamath River will destroy Siskiyou County economy, 3 of Obama's proposed new National Monuments will shut down millions of acres of land to resource use, Schwarzenegger signed away millions of acres in Calif to wilderness. Sept. 2010 unemployment rate for California 12.4%
(Calif) Governor signs $10 million Williamson Act bill, Siskiyou Daily 10/22/10
Smelt regulations violate Constitution, Capital Press, posted to KBC 8/28/10
Delaying the $11 Billion Water Bond: What Does it Mean for the Delta? 8/12/10, by Somach, Simmons and Dunn
***Assembly passes ban on carrying unloaded handguns in public, Sacramento Bee, posted to KBC 6/4/10
Reps. Costa and Cardoza Take Aim At NMFS Biological Opinion, Congressman Costa Press Release, posted to KBC 4/30/10. "...tens of thousands of acre-feet of water are now flowing into the ocean. Flexibility in implementation of the NMFS biological opinion would allow more of this sorely needed water to reach the Valley."
The Glory that Was San Joaquin, singer Joey Joseph, posted to KBC YouTube 4/30/10
California Unemployment 12.4 percent, Sacramento Bee, posted to KBC 1/24/10
Central Calif - Federal Fish Agency Refuses to Answer Any Questions On Scientific Basis for Its Restrictions on Water Deliveries, Family Farm Alliance, posted to KBC 1/15/10
ESA blamed for low flows (Calif. Central Valley), Capital Press 12/3/09
PacifiCorp will be filing a general rate case with the California Public Utilities Commission today for a rate increase, 11/20/09
‘It’s just depressing,' Calif Central Valley water shutoff impact, H&N 11/19/09. "His (Keppen's) organization also is part of a lawsuit demanding the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service release its studies on what needed to be done to help fish species such as the Delta smelt, and there likely will be a push to suspend the Endangered Species Act in the region." (KBC Note: Dan Keppen supports the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, which says, "NMFS and FWS expressly reserve the right to make determinations and take actions as necessary to meet the requirements of the ESA and implementing regulations." Our request for Mr. Keppen: Please explain to us why it's ok to enforce ESA regulations in Klamath Basin but not in Central California.
State Legislature approves comprehensive package to overhaul
water system, including an $11-billion bond,
LA Times, posted to KBC 11/6/09
(includes Klamath dam removal
11/6/09: U.S. Unemployment Rate 10.2%, Highest Since 1983, 10/21/09 Oregon was 11.5%, Calif.12.2%
California, Sacramento unemployment fall (to 12.2%), Sacramento Bee 10/16/09
Enviros now going after groundwater, Families Protecting the Valley 10/14/09 (KBC NOTE: in the closed-door negotiated Klamath Restoration Agreement, there is a map of the groundwater areas that will be controlled, from South near Alturas (Canby) Calif, West near Doris Calif, and North through the Upper Klamath Basin. We farmers have no access to the latest drafts that detail the mandates and regulations for our land and water and our deeded rights.)
Schwarzenegger pushes lawmakers for water deal, Capital Press 10/9/09
Court orders government to pay for water losses; decision could open door for more districts to seek payment for water shifted to fish, Contra Costa Times, posted to KBC 10/7/09
People need to know about San Joaquin Valley, H&N letter 10/7/09.
Schwarzenegger Executive Order: ALL Californians to be vaccinated for swine flu! posted to KBC 10/21/09
California unemployment rate hits 12.2 percent, Sac Bee 9/18/09
Protecting the Valley, Westlands, CA water shutoff: