Our Klamath Basin Water Crisis
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own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.


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Science Misconduct page

Related - David Vogel, fisheries scientist now with nearly 50 years experience, 14 working for U.S. Fish and wildlife Service: "In 1986 the U.S. F&W Service staff responsible for whether or not to pursue these (ESA) listings believed there were only 12,000 Lost River suckers in the Upper Klamath Lake...they didn't believe they were endangered. A couple years later...we now know for a fact that numbers were exceeded by tens of thousands of Lost River suckers. Now they flip flop and they say they are endangered? What constitutes endangered?" July 17, 2004 Congressional Hearing in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

WARNING: Stephen Koshy Page: Clay-Core Dam Engineer Stephen Koshy's scientific reports, letters, and government correspondence regarding his prediction of the imminent catastrophic collapse if the Klamath Hydroelectric Dams are destroyed.
* Simplified 3-page letter to Siskiyou County legal counsel Thomas P Guarino from scientist Stephen Koshy on catastrophic Klamath dam collapse. Koshy called and explained to KBC News that there will be a catastrophic collapse if Klamath dams are destroyed, costing lives and at least $5 billion to clean up. He sent his detailed warning to the Bureau of Reclamation but they did not respond. 4/15/12.

Klamath Dams and Oyster Farm: The President’s Unfinished Promise: The Federal Government Still Lacks a Meaningful Scientific Integrity Policy, Huffington Post by Dr. Corey Goodman, elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, biotech entrepreneur and venture capitalist, and retired University of California at Berkeley biology professor, 2/26/16. "..When the Obama administration came into office, it began considering a billion-dollar project to remove four dams on the Klamath River. There was never much doubt about the outcome: in 2009, Interior Secretary Salazar said that the proposal to remove the dams 'will not fail.'...
First, Interior’s policy provides no transparency, timeliness, and truly independent review. Second, it fails to deal with agency conflicts of interest. Third, it has no requirement to correct egregious errors. And fourth, it provides no accountability - no way to appeal decisions either administratively or in the courts..."

"Watch over the legitimacy, and the truthfulness, of what we call science," by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett, posted to KBC 6/23/14.
* "Upper Klamath Lake TMDL is based on the false assumption that development of the Upper Basin by European man has resulted in significant increases in the phosphorous concentration that helps to cause poor water quality in Upper Klamath Lake.
* We are asked to assume that the alleged decline of the endangered suckers is the result of declining water quality
* We are asked to assume that Coho Salmon are threatened in the Klamath River due to water storage for the Klamath Project
* We are asked to assume that the Northern Spotted Owl is endangered due to man-caused loss of habitat
* We are being asked to assume that the declining numbers of sage grouse are the result of loss of habitat due to cattle grazing.
* we are being asked to cooperate with the regulation of groundwater by the Oregon Water Resources Department based on a regional computer model that can only be described as fraudulent"

Klamath Watershed in Perspective A review of historical hydrology of major features of the Klamath River Watershed and evaluation of Hardy Iron Gate Flow requirements. By Dr. K.A. Rykbost, Superintendent, Klamath Experiment Station, Oregon State University, and R. Todd, Klamath County Extension Office, Oregon State University. HERE for Power Point presentation. 3/25/04. HERE for Dr. Rykbost biography. More on Hardy: Science Page III and X

Commentary by Dr. Kenneth A Rykbost on: Water War in the Klamath Basin, by Holly Doremus and A. Dan Tarlock. "I believe you, as many others, do a disservice to the local community as well as the scientific community by publishing one-sided material such as this. It will no doubt serve as additional fodder in the future by those wishing to obscure facts and promote an agenda."

Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat, KATU 9/30/14. Go HERE for numerous articles on huge pot plantations near the Klamath River, on the Hoopa Indian reservation, in our locked-up forests.

Dr. T. B. Hardy vs Dave Vogel, Wildlife Biologist, The Water Report - Klamath Basin Science. 1/15/05. Biography of David Vogel

12/2/10: Fisheries scientist David Vogel sent us some short videos of Klamath River steelhead and Klamath suckers. HERE for Videos, Bio and some Klamath Reports.
Some of Vogels' Klamath reports include 8 peer-reviewed reasons for decline in coho, flaws in Hardy report, flaws in Cal Fish and Game 2002 "Fish-Kill" report, 2002 Klamath River water temperatures, ...

***National Academy of Science News Report: National More comprehensive analysis of Klamath River basin needed to aid decision makers; 2 studies could assist if improvements are made, 11/28/07. [NAS free report online: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12072 ] (KBC NOTE: When you read the dozens of green media releases in the coming weeks, keep in mind this actual report and recommendations, and also, keep in mind who it is that the journalists are quoting.)
Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO),  or  http://jisao.washington.edu/pdo/ 11/2012: Study of ocean conditions and climate as related to fisheries.
Articles and letters by Dr. John Menke
Dr. John Menke biography, retired professor and range ecologist, rancher, involved in the Klamath Basin Watershed. 
Scoping Input on the Klamath Settlement Environmental Impact STatement/Environmental Impact Report EIR/EIS Process
Comments on Klamath River Basin Science Conference: Water resources discussed at Wednesday’s meeting, 2/8/10 by Dr. John Menke

Leaders: Consider the human factor, H&N 2/7/10, at Science Conference: "In conversations and at conference programs involving 300-plus scientists, Dierauf and others said a major message was to involve people living in areas impacted by the river and its tributaries in ongoing and future studies." "Cook:'Prove that’s the best for the river and prove that’s the best for the people of the United States. Don’t do it because it feels good.' ”


How government destroyed science in Columbia River Dam decisionmaking, by James Buchal, posted to KBC 12/11/11. Presentation 1/31/09. Remarks at the First Annual Northwest Water Law Symposium, Lewis & Clark Law School, January 31, 2009 (edited) by James Buchal, author The Great Salmon Hoax [here]


Biological Opinion versus Applied Science  By Gail Hildreth Whitsett, written 10 years ago, in 2001. "As a scientist with advanced degrees in geology, biostratigraphy (paleoecology), and additional research at Princeton University’s Yellowstone Bighorn Research station, I am continually amazed at the inaccurate statements being represented as “science” by our governmental agencies...."
The following is the science behind destroying 3 hydropower dams serving 70,000 households:
Salmon lecture left questions unanswered, by Steve Rapalyea, H&N Letter, Chiloquin 3/4/11. "They examined 15,000 bones from archaeological sites on the Williamson and Sprague rivers...6,000-plus were from suckers and minnows, 185 from salmon...These bones were dated from 7,000 to 100 years ago...That's 185 bones in 6900 years..."
More Comprehensive Analysis Of Klamath River Basin Needed To Aid Decision Makers, Science Daily, posted to KBC 12/6/07. " 'Science is being done in bits and pieces, and there is no conceptual model that gives a big picture perspective of the entire Klamath River basin and its many components...As a result, the integration of individual studies -- such as the two examined by the committee -- into a coherent whole has not taken place, and it is unlikely to take place under the present scientific and political arrangements'...the model results indicate that if more water is devoted to agriculture, more water would be returned to the Klamath River."

NRC final report and related articles October 2003
National Academy begins K2 review Did NOAA Official threaten NAS group or just warn them? by Pat Ratliff, Klamath Courier staff writer
The National Research Council meeting was in Sacramento on 2/13/06.  They are going to peer review Reclamation’s NFS and then Hardy II with NFS plugged in.  They will be meeting in Klamath Falls on May 2 and July 25. 

Ground-Water Hydrology of the Upper Klamath Basin, Oregon and California, Prepared in cooperation with the Oregon Water Resources Department, 5/3/07.

The National Research Council was it Klamath 1/30. They welcome any scientific data or facts regarding their assignment. Go here for details of their assignment, and where to send your info.

Overview of 1/29 National Research Council Committee public meeting in Klamath Falls, 1/30/07 by KBC. We have requested some of the presentations, so when we receive them we will share them with you.
HERE is statement of Bob Gasser, businessman Merrill, Oregon
HERE is the statement of Greg Addington, Executive Director KWUA

10/12/06 Last week the National Research Council met in Yreka to listen to input on Klamath River, tributaries, flows, power from dams, and fish habitat. They are reviewing Dr Hardy's final phase II report and the Bureau of Reclamation Natural Flow Study.

Power Point Presentation: Nutrient loading in the Klamath Basin: Agriculture and Natural Sources, Special Report 1023, , by K.A. Rykbost and B.A. Charlton, Oregon State University/Klamath Experiment Station. Posted 1/10/07
Report: Nutrient loading of surface waters in the Upper Klamath Basin: agricultural and natural sources, Rykbost and Charlton.
HERE for Water Quality page.

Researchers hope to continue "River of Origin" salmon study, CBB, posted 4/13/08

Science panel looks at Klamath minimum flows, Interchange raises questions about apparent lack of coordination, Capital Press, posted to KBC 10/7/06

 BIA/Dr. Thomas B. Hardy page
PCFFA vs Bureau of Reclamation decision by 9th Circuit Court Ruling October 18, 2005.

* Bureau of Reclamation Final Natural Flow study of the Upper Klamath River, posted to KBC 12/15/05 - pdf file, 115 pages.
* Appendices, 161 pages of appendices, to the Undepleted Flow study, pdf.

* Rae Olson, Bureau of Reclamation Public Affairs Officer, describes the Bureau's Natural Flow Study, written for KBC 12/19/05

Marc Van Camp  from MBK Engineers power point presentation to the National Research Council regarding the Bureau of Reclamation Klamath River Basin Natural Flow Study, posted 4/4/07

 'Undepleted Natural Flow of the Upper Klamath River,'  Final Draft by the Bureau of Reclamation, 12/8,03. Here is the Model Spreadsheet, Summary Report, and News Release .
A.  Naturalized flow
summary draft reports for Upper Klamath and Lower Klamath Lakes. 11/03
  Part I and
Part II

US Fish and Wildlife Service, 5 Year Review of Sucker Delisting 8/26/04

Fish scientist of 36 years David Vogel, has extensively studied the salmon in the Klamath River.
       A.  Biography of David Vogel
       B.  8 peer-reviewed reasons for the decline in coho, according to the USFWS studies.
           a.   VIDEO of David Vogel describing the 8 peer-reviewed reasons for the decline
                 in salmon.
       C.  Documents and reports of David Vogel
           a.  Vogel addresses flawed Hardy Flows in Salmon Rearing Habitats in the Main Stem Klamath River.  Key concerns outlined in the report: GO HERE for summary and report. 12/12/03
           b.  Major Problems with the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) 'Fish Kill' Report.  In 2002, the  DFG was the major source of allegations regarding the Klamath River fish die-off, blaming the Klamath Basin irrigators, 200 miles away. In this presentation Vogel personally gave to the DFG Director and those employees who wrote the report, he exposes the agency's inaccuracies.
           c. Document by fish-scientist David Vogel, directed to the Fish and Game's statements on the 2002 fish die-off.  posted to KBC 10/7/03
          d.  Go HERE for Assessment of Klamath River Water Temperatures Downstream of Iron Gate Dam During September and October 2002, by David Vogel.

The Big Picture. Video of the Klamath River

Articles about the salmon

  Suckers and the Chiloquin Dam

      Department of Justice will appeal delisting of sucker fish, 11/02/03, attorney James Buchal

      Feds won't fight judge's ruling on suckers  H&N, posted to KBC 1/26/04.

Fish and Wildlife plans to raise Klamath suckers, The Oregonian 5/16/2006 

 Fish Die Off 2002

Fish Parasites

 Klamath Hardy flows exposed by Western Scientist., 9/9/03, KBC.  Dr. Rykbost presented his power point presentation to the Klamath County Commissioners.  Forum followed with other scientists participating. For biography of Dr. Rykbost, go HERE

 Klamath County Commissioner Steve West brings common sense, and Dr. Ken Rykbost shares Hardy flaws with Fishery group in Yreka, 11/9/03.  HERE for story.

X Hardy Fact Sheet by KWUA: The Hardy Phase II DRAFT Report Is Not a Recipe for Preventing Fish Die-Off and it Still Does Not Represent the Best Available Science on Klamath River Flows.1/06/04

XI.   PRESS RELEASE from Department of the Interior:  New U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service study says “combination of factors” caused salmon die-off in Klamath River in 2002. 11/19/03

XII  Scientist workshops February 2004
Klamath Science Workshop planned by the DOI, February 3, 2004 KBC. Dr William Lewis Jr., University of Colorado, spoke regarding the NRC conclusions on suckers.
Water, sucker science argued at conference, H&N 2/4/04.
Searching for sound science, HN 2/5/04
             c.  Klamath Scientists Day 3, KBC  2/5/04
             d.  The final day of the scientists, KBC (jdk) 2/7/04
Water managers call for science that is useful, H&N 2/9/04
              f.  Official interest shown, H&N 2/9/04
Notes from the Upper Klamath Basin Science Workshop by Barbara Hall, Klamath Bucket Brigade, 2/9/04
Another blow delivered to Klamath theory, Capital Press 2/11/04.
William Lewis, chairman of a National Research Council committee,  Capital Press 2/19/04
Presentation by Dave Sabo, Bureau of Reclamation Area Manager, Klamath Falls office.2/3/04
     B.  Workshop results,  http://www.usbr.gov/research/science-and-tech/conference/lowerklamath/rankingresults/sneeds_report.cfm

XIII Sound science/peer review
      A.  Articles
     NOAA Scientists Say Reports Altered, Red Nova posted to KBC 7/1/05
  a.  Congressman Walden's 2/4/04 statement on sound science before the House Subcommittee.
 AgLife March 2004 Issue, Klamath Basin Science.
           c. Things I still don't get, Tri County Courier 8/11/04 regarding Hardy
           d. KWUA Media Advisory:
"In the wake of a recent field hearing held in Klamath Falls, the Chairman of the House Resources Committee sends letters to U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner and Assistant U.S. Interior Secretary"
Two letters signed by the five congressman present in Klamath Falls for the recent field hearing, plus Chairman Richard Pombo, that urge the following:
To Craig Manson, Ass't Secretary of Interior: Bring the NAS to peer review the 5-year status review of suckers. (counting the fish is a suggested place to perhaps begin)
To John Keys, USBR Commissioner: Accelerate implementation of the Water Supply Enhancement Act, regarding water storage and the water bank.
Science team comes under fire, Capital Press 9/22/04. "SALEM – Natural resource groups last week in a meeting before an Oregon legislative interim committee called for the state’s science review panel to be more open to the public."

Science and its proper role, Democrat Herald posted 12/26/08

XIV Facts: Fish, Birds, ESA, BO's from 2001-2002 archives

Projects for students:
     Potato Power, teacher's guide 082204.
In this activity, you will learn how to build a battery from potatoes.

USGS Klamath Lake Water Quality and Sucker Distribution Updates

River Conditions--testimonies, presentations
SPOKEN TESTIMONY OF DAN KEPPEN ON BEHALF OF KLAMATH WATER USERS ASSOCIATION Briefing on Klamath River Conditions Eureka, California August 30, 2004

Briefing on Klamath River Conditions Eureka, California August 30, 2004

"This is a copy of a letter I sent to have read at Rep. Thompson's fish status forum today...", Marcia Armstrong, Siskiyou County Supervisor   8/30/04 {Monday, August 30, 2004 – Briefing on Lower Klamath River Conditions. 1:30 p.m. Eureka City Hall, Eureka, California. Organized by U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA). Among many others, KWUA and local county commissioners / supervisors will make brief presentations.}




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