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 Shasta-Scott Watersheds

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These links explain the SSRT process - Shasta and Scott Recovery Team process for local agriculture. This is a group that has been meeting for the past year under the State process for listing of the coho. They have come up with a very detailed and site specific plan for recovery while an offshoot group is working on a programmatic incidental take process that could include both State and federal requirements.
http://www.cohorecovery.org/  (Hit "public access" and scroll down to Shasta Scott Recovery)

From Supervisor Marcia Armstrong: "Here is a site on the Shasta CRMP: http://users.snowcrest.net/shastacrmp/faq.html It has the project slideshow http://users.snowcrest.net/shastacrmp/slideshow/hist1.html and the Shasta tour http://users.snowcrest.net/shastacrmp/shtour/index.html with narrative and pictures integrated.

Here is the site with the Scott River Tour pictures integrated to the
narrative http://www.krisweb.com/krisweb_kt/restore/screstor.htm"

Marcia Armstrong's website: http://www.sisqtel.net/~armstrng/index.html

Scott Valley Chamber of Commerce: http://www.scottvalley.org/

The Siskiyou ECD http://www.siskiyoucounty.org/

Siskiyou (Scott Valley) RCD http://www.sisqtel.net/~sisqrcd/siskiyourcd.html

Here is the Siskiyou County Farm Bureau site: http://www.snowcrest.net/siskfarm/
Farm Bureau midklamath links: http://www.snowcrest.net/siskfarm/midklamain.html
Farm Bureau Scott River: http://www.snowcrest.net/siskfarm/midklamscott.html
Farm Bureau Shasta River: http://www.snowcrest.net/siskfarm/midklamshasta.html

Siskiyou County Migration Barrier Removal


The Siskiyou RCD website has photos of projects as well as a list of accomplishments
http://www.sisqtel.net/~sisqrcd/rcdmainpg.html (click on project photos for more)
http://www.sisqtel.net/~sisqrcd/rcdprojects.html list of projects

The KRIS system has a lot of information : http://www.krisweb.com/krisklamathtrinity/krisdb/webbuilder/selecttopic.htm
Here is a listing with links to various Shasta project photos http://www.krisweb.com/krisklamathtrinity/krisdb/webbuilder/selecttopic_shasta.htm
Here is a listing with links to various Scott River project photos
Here is a listing with links to various Salmon River project photos

Here is the California Recovery Strategy for coho derived from the SSRT process http://www.dfg.ca.gov/nafwb/CohoRecovery/RecoveryStrategy.html



Instream Flow Study on Scott and Shasta Rivers by Marcia Armstrong, Siskiyou County Supervisor District 5, 12/18/12. "One glaring problem with this is that the Scott and the Shasta Rivers are already considered “fully appropriated” under the State of CA SWRCB Order WR 98-08. It is difficult to argue that the CA DFG must make recommendations to the State Water Board on flows to be considered in the application for new water rights when there can be no new water rights."
HERE for past columns.

Supervisors refer CDFG to DA’s office, Siskiyou Daily 12/14/12. "YREKA – While representatives of the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) were across town Tuesday carrying out the early stages of planning for their flow studies on the Shasta and Scott rivers, the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors were passing a motion to refer the agency to the district attorney’s office for criminal review."

Doubt and distrust by John Bowman, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 11/19/12. "County supervisor Michael Kobseff told Thalken several times that the process would be flawed from the outset. He said that the study’s baseline information and assumptions were biased because they were supplied by what he alleges are biased government studies."

Scott Valley Groundwater, by Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia Armstrong, posted to KBC 11/13/12.

Study indicates no overdraft from Scott Valley wells, AgAlert 10/18/12.

Local watermaster up and running, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 3/7/12.

Mark Baird's response to Regional Water Quality Control Board staff, PienPolitics, posted to KBC 2/23/12

(Siskiyou) County requests approval of coho supplementation program, Siskiyou Daily 2/22/12.

Rex Cozzalio responds to newest program to impregnate Shasta River with fertilized coho eggs — preposterous, it is, PienPolitics 2/10/12

* Feds push ahead to end farming and ranching in Siskiyou County,  by PPJ contributor Ph.D. John Menke 12/13/11. Includes great video of armed feds trying to get cooperation from rural residents in proposal to fund the agency. As stated by a resident, "..finding ways to create a stable funding source...so they (the feds) can take our land and guns from us."

* Statement from Ph.D. John Menke on DFG, posted to KBC 12/12/11

Watermaster fees shock irrigators, Capital Press, posted to KBC 11/25/11. "Menke’s bill for watermaster service rose from $1,245 last year to $8,500 this year."

Instream flows for fish, by Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia Armstrong 11/7/11. "Just like the Chadwick process, the Scott River CRMP and the Klamath Settlement, the SDM has all the earmarks of another hustle that will leave us with empty pockets and dry ditches."

French Creek September 13 2011, Pienpolitics, video and letter by Preston Harris. "I urge others to do as I did and develop a method to tell the true story of their respective watersheds and not allow people to create lies and propaganda about in stream conditions in the Scott Valley watershed."

POW: Scott Valley Protect Our Water

Liz Writes Life, posted to KBC 8/8/11. Scott Valley news.


Water Rally Protest vs DFG 4/1/11, POW. California Dept Of Fish and Game threatened to cite Mark Baird, Scott Valley, for using water on his own property. 150 people from Paradise, Calif. to Klamath Falls, Oregon came to the protest, including the Big Bucket from the Klamath Bucket Brigade.

Scott Valley Watershed Forum, Ridin Point by Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia Armstrong, posted to KBC 3/21/11

 Thoughts on the River Keepers vs DFG decision, Mike Duguay, CA Registered Professional Forester, posted to KBC 3/9/11

Judge nixes special irrigation permits, Capital Press 3/4/11. "The suit by Earthjustice, Klamath Riverkeeper and other environmental groups was one of two filed against the DFG in relation to the blanket permits." KBC NOTE: Earthjustice, financed partly by George Soros, represents most of the environmental groups with voting power in the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. Craig Tucker, spokesman for the Karuk Tribe in the KBRA, and trained by Green Corp as an environmental activist, founded Klamath Riverkeeper. He promised the KBRA would create "Peace on the River" and end lawsuits.

Bowen Liz forweb.jpgPOW: Do not sign 2011 permits, Siskiyou Daily News by Liz Bowen, posted 1/26/11-Scott Valley

Siskiyou County responds to ELF, water resources board briefs, Siskiyou Daily 1/13/11. "...Guarino also questions the water resources board’s alignment with the petitioning parties on a number of issues in the case..."

Scott Valley Groundwater Advisory Committee, column by Marcia Armstrong, Siskiyou County Supervisor, posted to KBC 1/9/11

Scott River Flows, by Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia Armstrong, posted to KBC 12/16/10

DFG did remove two fish screens along French Creek on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 without contacting any of the three active water diverters, Pie N Politics, posted to KBC 10/27/10. "On Thursday, October 7th, one water user at the end of the ditch realized that no stock water was flowing to his animals, and that three separate cattle herds had broken down fences and gotten mixed together in an effort to find water.  In addition, his horses got scrapes and cuts while breaking though fences to get to water."

Save the Dams April 1, 2010

Possible options for coho recovery discussed at Shasta-Scott meeting, Siskiyou Daily 3/26/10

 “DROUGHT Parched river endanger fabled Klamath salmon run,” 9/17/09 letter from Carolyn Pimentel, Interim Scott River Watershed Council Coordinator, to Mr. Fimrite, Staff Writer San Francisco Chronicle, in response to "Key salmon spawning rivers all but dry," SF Chronicle 9/13/09. "The Scott River Watershed Council would like corrections made to the inaccuracies stated about the Scott River in the above referenced article.  We would appreciate a follow-up article given the same front page attention as the original article with the attached photo and graph, and the following corrections and pertinent additional information"

Scott Valley Groundwater Study Plan, Pioneer Press 1/14/09

Important meeting on (Scott) Ground water study plan, Pioneer Press 1/14/09

Don't participate in the Shasta or Scott ITP or EIR, Pioneer Press 1/14/09 by Craig Chenoweth, Etna

Proposed permits heat up California water wars, Capital Press 12/6/08. Link has info to COMMENT by Tuesday Dec 9th.
Draft Environmental Impact Report for the coho Incidental Take Permit and 1602, by Marcia Armstrong, Siskiyou Co. Supervisor posted 12/6/08. "Tuesday, the California Dept. of Fish and Game (CDFG) will finally provide the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors with a briefing on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposed watershed-wide 1602 streambed alteration permit and programmatic coho incidental take permits (ITP) for the Scott and Shasta Valleys. Unfortunately, the briefing will occur on the same day that comments are due."

County to move forward with salmon propagation plans, Siskiyou Daily News, posted Sept 25, 2008

Water Quality, Shasta Valley, Wetlands & Riparian, by Marcia Armstrong, Siskiyou County Supervisor, posted to KBC 5/4/08

County residents educated about Watermaster District, Yreka's Siskiyou Daily News 1/23/08

Scott River Groundwater Study by Marcia Armstrong, Siskiyou County Supervisor District 5, posted to KBC 11/6/07

"The (following) worksheets contain the latest Chinook salmon run update for the Bogus Creek and Shasta River Fish Counting Facilities.  The run estimate for this year is preliminary at this time.  On October 19th we experienced abnormally high flows for this day.   As a result the run size estimates for October 19 are incomplete because of turbid water and periodic power shortages..." Mark Hampton, CDFG Yreka, biologist Klamath River Project.
Cal. Dept Fish and Game adult Chinook video count Shasta River, Sept-Oct 2007.
CDFG adult Chinook video count Bogus Creek, Sept-Oct 2007

Shasta River Fish Counting, by California Fish and Game, 10/18/07
Bogus Creek fish count 10/18/07
Shasta River fish count summary, 10/18/07

Shasta River conservation programs  moving ahead, Mt Shasta News 7/20/07

Scott River Water Trust and Water Balance, by Marcia Armstrong, Siskiyou County Supervisor, posted to KBC 6/27/07

Scott River Water Trust seeks to help fish, farmers, Capital Press, posted 2/9/07

Water Quality Board goes fishing, by Liz Bowen, Pioneer Press, posted 11/2/06
Why the Regional Water Quality Board wants more from the Scott, by Liz Bowen, Pioneer Press posted 11/2/06

Forest Management, by Siskiyou County Commissioner Marcia Armstrong, District 5, 10/31/06
Siskiyou TMDL's, by Marcia Armstrong, Siskiyou County Supervisor District 5, 10/31/06

Stream and Wetlands System Protection Policy, by Marcia Armstrong, Siskiyou County Supervisor District 5, posted to KBC 10/13/06
Tackling TMDL's, Fort Jones - Pioneer Press posted to KBC October 13, 2006

Comments of  Cooperative Conservation by Marcia Armstrong, Siskiyou County Supervisor District 5, posted to KBC 10/7/06. "I can say with considerable experience that oppressive environmental regulations are strangling our local rural communities to death."

32 fish screens on Scott River, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 7/20/06

Scott River TMDL Action Plan, Marcia Armstrong, Siskiyou County Supervisor District 5, 6/29/0

Decisions on Scott and Shasta will set precedent, by Liz Bowen Rancher Editor, posted to KBC 6/20/06

Irrigation water aids coho salmon -- D.A. Kirk Andrus visits with Scott Valley rancher. Rancher by Liz Bowen editor, posted to KBC 6/20/06 

Fish screens to protect coho salmon in Scott River dedicated, Siskiyou Daily News 6/19/06.

Scott Valley accomplishments and needs, by Marcia Armstrong, Siskiyou County Supervisor District 5 6/16/06

Ridin' Point, by Marcia Armstrong, Siskiyou County Supervisor District 5, posted to KBC 6/5/06
Siskiyou Water Quality
Supervisors Forest Workshop
Suction Dredge Mining, Williamson Act, Meth, and Water Quality

SOSS challenges state board, Pioneer Press by Liz Bowen, posted to KBC 6/2/06.

Scott and Shasta water issues will affect all of California, Farm Bureau alerts members - statewide, Liz Bowen, Pioneer Press 5/10/06

Citizens voice concerns over water demands, Siskiyou Daily, posted to KBC 3/23/06

New leaders for SOSS, Pioneer Press, posted to KBC 2/12/06

Board OKs Scott River TMDL despite objections, Capital Press posted to KBC 12/25/05. "'Some goals can never be met, even if you stopped irrigation and grew trees (along the

 streams) to their maximum height,' he said."

Flawed water quality plan is approved, Felice Pace demands ground water for Scott River flows, Pioneer Press, posted to KBC 12/18/05

Scott Valley groundwater, by Marcia Armstrong, Siskiyou Co Supervisor Dist. 5, posted to KBC 12/18/05

Scott River TMDL action plan in process, Siskiyou Daily News 10/31/05

State agency explains its mandate Public comment for Scott River TMDL ends Nov. 3, Pioneer Press posted to KBC 10/30/05

Water meeting packed 150 attend water quality meeting, where assumptions verses science is the problem, say landowners, YREKA, Pioneer Press 10/30/05

Where did the federal Klamath River Basin Fisheries Task Force money go?, Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia Armstrong 10/23/05

Western Siskiyou County awesome website!. It contains excellent links. Siskiyou County Supervisor District 5 Marcia Armstrong has researched exceptionally informative documents at Indian Matters.

Siskiyou County Supervisor District 5 Marcia Armstrong's Oral testimony on the economic impacts of the proposed Scott River TMDL, posted to KBC 10/23/05

Scott TMDL out to Public, Public comment will be accepted until Nov. 2, 2005, Pioneer Press posted to KBC 10/20/05

SOSS protects water -- Fundraising dinner is Oct. 1, Klamath Courier 9/29/05

State going after Scott – hardcore Landowners along Scott River are about to get slammed by state, Pioneer Press posted to KBC 8/14/05 (Technical Advisory Group  participated with the state agency during the last 2 1/2 years and were told they would be part of the draft plan. Unsurprisingly they are now left out. KBC)

Scott-Shasta TMDL 6/28/05

Additional fees hammering agriculture in the Scott and Shasta Valleys by Marcia Armstrong, Siskiyou County Supervisor, Pioneer Press posted to KBC 6/14/05. For her other columns go HERE.

State agency will address “problems” on Scott and Shasta Rivers, Pioneer Press 6/9/05

Scott-Shasta TMDL Meetings, Pioneer Press posted to KBC 6/5/05

SOSS says "get involved", Pioneer Press posted to KBC 6/5/05

Big Decision for Ranchers, Pioneer Press posted to KBC 6/2/05 "This reporter attended the California Fish and Game Commission meetings and saw first-hand the politics played at the expense of using correct information or data. It is not about the coho, but how to regulate water."

The good, the bad and the ugly, Issues are hitting us in the face, Pioneer Press 6/2/05

Scott-Shasta TMDL Meetings, Pioneer Press posted to KBC 6/5/05

SOSS says "get involved", Pioneer Press posted to KBC 6/5/05

Here are links to Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia Armstrong's latest columns on the coho regulations coming down on the Scott River farmers and ranchers:

$117,500 goes to legal fees, Pioneer Press by Liz Bowen 3/2/05

SOSS explains water issues, posted to KBC 3/1/05, Pioneer Press by Liz Bowen.

Disease and Chinook, by Siskiyou County Supervisor Marsha Armstrong 2/18/05
Scott River Water Trust by Supervisor Armstrong written 7/05. Here is another one I wrote in July that might be of interest to upper Basin folk. Marcia

SOSS will discuss water issues, Pioneer Press 2/16/05

Scott and Shasta Valley Remarkable accomplishments, by Marcia Armstrong, District 5 Siskiyou County Supervisor 12/11/04. "let’s 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."

SCOTT/Shasta Valleys, Siskiyou County, Water master fees may be reduced, Pioneer Press 9/22/04, "In 2003, all the irrigators under water master service in Siskiyou County paid $84,000. This year, the bill was $377,000."

Controversy brews in Siskiyou, Pioneer Press, posted to KBC 6/5/04.  "The California Department of Fish and Game is seeking restrictions and regulations on water right allotments or use, so that agriculture water can be used in coho streams to increase water flows. Mountain-grown alfalfa, grain and pasture are the largest agricultural crops grown in Siskiyou County, along with beef cattle. Government restrictions have jeopardized practical timber harvest."

Salmon River Marijuana Growers Exposed, Salmon River Marijuana Growers Association:  Narcotics Trafficking Organization or Environmental Radicals? by John Martinez, Pioneer Press 5/26/04. "By the late 80s, the SRMG had consolidated its control over  the Salmon River region and was not only providing protection, but also controlled who grew (marijuana) and who did not grow within their protective area. In the late-80s, the ideological tenets of the group publicly surfaced through a group calling itself the Klamath Forest Alliance (KFA). Brucker and Felice Pace played key roles in founding KFA and continue to be involved in the process."

12,329 wild chinook counted on Scott River, Liz Bowen, Pioneer Press posted to KBC 3/29/04. "This year, the estimates on the 2003 fall-run came in at 12,329, which is the second-highest, since the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) began conducting counts in 1978."




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