Our Klamath Basin Water Crisis
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.
They did not restore the
Klamath salmon in 20 years
And now they want more money to manage fish and farms
By Jacqui Krizo
Klamath Courier Reporter 2/8/06
KLAMATH BASIN – James L. Moore, in Klamath Falls recently to talk to Klamath Water Users, urges Klamath farmers and his fellow commercial fishermen to write to Congressional Committee members currently deciding whether to fund a task force devoted to Klamath River Basin Fisheries.
"They misspent the $21 million dollars, they ruined the fisheries, and they blamed the Klamath irrigators for lack of fish. And now the group wants to be reauthorized and receive more funds," Moore said.
"It's time for the Task Force to be taken to
"They did not follow the law. They did not take care of people they entrusted to put fish in the river," Cook said.
Chris Parilo from California Congressman John Doolittle’s office advised, "Now is the time to write your Congressmen and Senators about your thoughts and concerns regarding the Klamath River Basin Fisheries Task Force."
Locally affected county officials also have criticized the Task Force.
"Only $1,671,542 or 10 percent of the whole was actually spent on on-the-ground habitat restoration projects," stated Siskiyou County District 5 Supervisor and Task Force member Marcia Armstrong in a recent report. The Task Force has received $16,182,197 of the $21million authorized by Congress.
Coos County Commissioner John Griffith said irrigators and commercial fishermen are all producers. He said America’s appetite for resources grows every year while the environmentalists want to import our resources.
Griffith said there have been record runs of salmon, 1.6 million in the Sacramento last summer, but government fisheries managers won’t let fishermen catch them because they might catch a Klamath fish. Griffith said dams were built for resources. Now, environmentalists want only the beautiful and natural and no use of resources.
The Task Force’s studies and recommendations
affect farmers, fishermen, loggers, miners and
- Background on the Klamath River Basin Fisheries Task Force -
"For 100 years the California Department of Fish
and Game managed the fish populations on the Klamath
in a proper and responsible way, but in the early
1980s they began getting their hands tied," said
Cook. "With total disregard for the well being of
the people of this country, the green movement
looked solely after there own interests and began
dictating policy on the Klamath, through injunctions
and litigation. By 1987, the CDFG could no longer do
The Act was to "provide fishery resources
necessary for Indian subsistence and ceremonial
purposes, ocean commercial harvest, recreational
fishing and the economic health of many local
communities." It established a management council
and task force.
- Congress and GAO express concerns regarding the Task Force
House Resources Committee Chairman Richard W. Pombo (R-CA), Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore), and Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif) were among the Congressmen who requested an investigation of the Klamath Restoration Program, Management Council, and Task Force by the Government Accountability Office. The GAO report concluded, "Fish and Wildlife officials are not able to demonstrate that the Restoration Program is in compliance with the Act’s nonfederal match provision." It also states FWS accounting records do not provide the detailed information needed to assure restrictions are being complied with.
Do you want Congress to reauthorize the Klamath Fisheries Task Force? Here are points Moore and Cook consider important to make in letters to representatives. They identify some of the tasks and accomplishments of the Task Force:
" Feel free to get farm, city and fishing organizations to send recommendations to their representatives, as well."
Farming and fishing communities are both affected by the studies and recommendations of the Task Force. Your elected officials and representatives need to get input on whether the Management Council and Task Force should be re-funded for 20 more years. Following are some addresses for some of the representatives:
Congressman John Doolittle, R Calif., 2410 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC 20515. Ph: (202) 225-2511 Fax: (202) 225-5444
Congressman Greg Walden, R Ore., 1210 Longworth
House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515.
House Resources Committee Chairman Richard W.
Pombo (R-CA), 2411 Rayburn House Office Building,
Washington, D.C. 20515, Ph: (202) 225-1947, Fax:
(202) 226-0861 Email:
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