Fact vs flat out lies
regarding Klamath dams and
What a crock!
Donít give in,
by Mark Baird,
Siskiyou Daily News, posted to
Mark Baird of Scott Valley is
vice president of Scott Valley
Protect Our Water and the new
owner of KSYC Radio.
Why was Tule Lake drained into the Klamath River?
Answer by Jerry Pyle, Tulelake Irrigation District Assistant
Tule Lake has no
natural outlet, Pumping Plant "D" was constructed for flood
control and to supply water to the Lower Klamath Lake Refuge
and irrigated lands in the Lower Klamath Lake area and
return water to the Klamath River.
Where does all
the runoff into Tule Lake go?
Answer by Jerry
Irrigation District Assistant Manage
Some water returns to ground water, some re-diverted for
irrigation, some stored for future irrigation and wildlife
uses and the remainder pumped to Lower Klamath.
Who is the largest wholesale water supplier and the second
largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United
The Bureau of Reclamation
How much water does the Klamath
Project contribute to the entire Klamath watershed? a. 80%,
b. 40%, c.3%
TRUE OR FALSE--and who is the author??
"Locally, potatoes are being raised more for the
government subsidies than the market."
FALSE - There
are no government subsidies for potatoes in the Klamath
Quote of Andy Kerr, Senior Counselor, Oregon Natural
Resources Council before the Committee on Resources,
U.S. House of Representatives in Klamath Falls, Oregon, June
16, 2001, public record.
What were the hatchery returns of fish at the Iron Gate Dam
last summer, the summer of the 2002 fish die-off,
compared to the past 40 years?
Answer #7 - d. 3rd highest
How many species of fish and wildlife were affected in the
Klamath Basin by withholding water from our farmland
habitat in 2001?
Answer #6 - c. 489
Question #5 - Who paid for the
Klamath Project that stores water for irrigation, refuges and
a. tribes (BIA), b. fisheries (NMFS), c.
refuges (USFWS), d. environmental groups
(ONRC, Audubon, PCFFA, Sierra Club, Wilderness Society, KFA),
Answer #5 -
e. IRRIGATORS ONLY. Paid in full.
2002, which group did NOT cut back their use of water? They used
MORE WATER than they had in the past
a. farmers b. tribes c. refuge
Answer #4 - c. refuge
#3 - Before the Klamath Project was built in 1906,
how much water from Clear Lake/Lost River flowed into Klamath
Lake and Klamath River:
Answer - None,
except on flood years. Before the Klamath Project's diversion
canals were built, ALL the water remained in Tule Lake. Tule
Lake was in a closed basin.
Question #2 -
How much more water is there "to go around" for fish and
farms after converting 94,539 acres of irrigated ag land to
wetlands in the Upper Klamath Basin?
a. 20000 acre-ft (AF) b. 50,000 AF c. other
Answer #2 -
other. One acre irrigated ag land uses approximately 2 to
2Ĺ Acre Feet (AF) water. One acre wetlands uses 4 to 4Ĺ AF
water. Wetlands use over 2ce as much water as ag lands. 94,539
acres converted UK farmland times 2(modest estimate) = OVER
189,078 AF MORE WATER IS TAKEN FROM THE FISH AND FARMS BY
CREATING WETLANDS. (figures from Klamath Relief Fund office)
Question #1 -
With the promise of more water for
fish, tribes and agriculture:
#1 How much private property has been
sold in Upper Klamath Basin primarily to conservancies (most of
which becomes purchased by the federal government)???
Answer #1 - Lands taken out irrigated
and converted to wetlands as the primary usage
above Upper Klamath Lake
Submitted by Edward Bartell
The following is a list of lands, which have been removed from
agricultural production as the primary land management, above
Upper Klamath Lake.
Cattle production peeked in the Upper Basin in 1960, the start
of the major decline was when the Tribal Grazing lands at
Klamath Marsh was converted to Wetlands under the Management of
US Fish and Wildlife in 1960.
The most dramatic increase in lands taken out of agricultural
production and converted to wetlands has been past 1980.
*TNC Tulana Farms East (ADJ Claim 91) 4,600 Acres (TNC
properties 1980s forward)
*TNC Goose Bay Farms (ADJ Claim 81) - 2,187 Acres
*TNC Sycan Marsh (ADJ Claim 34) - 9,790 Acres
*TNC Brattain Ranch Inc. (ADJ Claim 23) 3,098 Acres
*TNC Sycan Marsh (ADJ Claim 36) 8,255 Acres
*NWR Klamath Marsh 38,766 Acres (1960 major additions in
*NWR Upper Klamath Lake 14,440 Acres (1928)
* Trout Creek Ranch 1,200 Acres
* Private WRP (NRCS) 1,480 Acres
* Wood River Ranch 3,000 Acres (1994)
* Agency Lake Ranch 7,123 Acres
* Runny Y Wetlands 550 Acres
* Lakeside Farms 50 Acres
Total Land changed to
wetland from 94,539 Acres
as primary water usage (above Klamath Lake)
*TNC (The Nature Conservancy) land estimates are from the
Klamath Adjudication process, TNC may have more irrigated lands
that are not in the adjudication. The extent of agricultural use
prior to Upper Klamath Lake NWR is unknown, the rest of the
lands had extensive agricultural use prior to conversion. Agency
Lake Ranch, Wood River Ranch, Lakeside Farms, and Running Y
acres come from 2002 FWS draft Sucker BO. Trout Creek Ranch
acres comes from the National Archives, not all in wetlands. WRP
acres were provided by NRCS
Ken Rykbost comments on book by Dan Tarlock and
Holly Doremus, Water War in the Klamath Basin,
addressing some of the myths in the following article
the same authors: The Klamath Basin: The Tricky Business
of Water Rights in the West, by
Dan Tarlock and Holly Doremus, Center for Progressive
Reform, posted to KBC 2/12/09