Klamath Hydroelectric Dams Destruction
Articles, Press Releases, Newsletters
|FROM THE ARCHIVES: FERC ignores salmon mandates, recommends keeping Klamath dams, Capital Press 11/16/07. "Federal licensing authorities Friday recommended keeping PacifiCorp's four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River, siding with the utility and ignoring calls from fisheries agencies to build fish ladders...Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chose trapping and hauling fish around the dams rather than building expensive fish ladders and reducing power production to help salmon..."|
*Transcribed VIDEO -
Klamath County Board of Commissioners Meeting 2/14/17,
Reaffirmation that the Klamath County Board of
Commissioners opposes Klamath Dam Removal
*Siskiyou County Water Users Association letter to State Water Resources Control Board 2/1/17, regarding Klamath River dam destruction and water quality.http://klamathbasincrisis.org/waterquality/waterboards/notices
|Department of Interior adviser Alan Mikkelsen in the Klamath Basin:|
EXTENSION of Public Comment period for Klamath
to July 23, 2018
to Oregon DEQ:
California water authorities consider removal of Klamath
River Dams; if approved, the J.C. Boyle, Copco No. 1,
Copco No. 2, and Iron Gate dams would all be
decommissioned and removed.
COMMENTS DUE July 23, KDRV 6/12/18. "The settlement (KHSA) sought to eventually return the Klamath River to "free-flowing" conditions, allowing fish to pass along the river unhindered by man-made dams..."
California State Water Resources Control Board: PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR DRAFT WATER QUALITY CERTIFICATION KLAMATH RIVER RENEWAL CORPORATION’S LOWER KLAMATH PROJECT FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION PROJECT NO. 14803
|( * Response by Senator Dennis Linthicum|
Siskiyou County Water Users Association / SCWUA Spring Edition Newsletter 2018, "Save the dams, Save the salmon"
|Comment period til June 15 for recreation sites after dam destruction, H&N 5/31/18|
|. Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) submitted its application to the DEQ in September 2016 for water quality certification..."|
|*** PUBLIC COMMENT: Klamath Dam Removal ODEQ Meeting Notice for June 12th, and Response by Senator Dennis Linthicum, Oregon District 28 5/28/18."...There is estimated to be in excess of 20 million cubic yards of accumulated sediment behind these structures...equivalent of 2 million ten-yard dump truck loads of silt, sediment and sludge which should be removed. Is ODEQ willing to dump that into the river system? ...if your company owned 100 dump trucks it would take 20,000 round-trip excursions to remove and discharge that much debris somewhere on our pristine landscape...there won’t be any reservoirs available for flushing-flows or regulating the volume of dilution flows and the result will be degraded river conditions..."|
|UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BEFORE THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION, Siskiyou County Water Users Association / SCWUA, Motion to Dismiss 4/24/18: "Siskiyou County Water Users Association (“SCWUA”), hereby moves to dismiss the application for transfer filed by PacifiCorp and the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (“KRRC”), on the ground that Congress has not consented to the transfer, and that an arguable mechanism of the expression of such consent, the Klamath River Compact (the “Compact”), has not been invoked. Absent Congressional consent, the KRRC is not qualified to receive the license. Put another way, it would be unconstitutional and a violation of federal law for FERC..."|
|Alan Mikkelsen, senior advisor to Sec. Ryan Zinke on water and western resources, is working with a team of congressional and state leaders on what he calls a “skeletal framework” for a long-term solution to the ongoing water conflicts in the Klamath Basin...“The skeleton is under review of everybody on my team,” Mikkelsen said. “We developed this within my office to start with.” "...Mikkelsen was mum about the details of the “skeleton” framework...I think that will begin to bring people together in a way that they, the people in this Basin, all the way from the Ocean to here..."|
|4/1/18 - Powerpoint: Position on water for tribes by Alan Mikkelson, Acting Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation and the Chair of the Working Group on Indian Water Rights Settlements.|
Wyden Renews Call for Klamath River Basin Solution,
YouTube video 9.5 minutes, discussion with Reclamation's
Deputy Commissioner Alan Mikkelsen. Mikkelsen: "...we
have a trust responsibility and an ESA responsibility to
make sure that the 2 species of endangered suckers do
not go extinct...FWS have a hatchery grogram...in 2018
we will be releasing the 1st 2 year old fish from that
KBC NOTES regarding above statements by Mikkelsen: Mikkelsen and Wyden support destroying 4 Klamath River Hydroelectric Dams as a "solution" to Klamath Basin's water issues, and keeping high river and lake levels by taking stored water from irrigators. Peer reviewed science suggests otherwise:
* From Klamath ESA Congressional hearing: On July 17, 2004, "Loggers, Farmers, Ranchers, Scientists, Settlers, Indian Tribes, Coastal Fishermen, Congressmen, and Government Agencies, came together to examine the Endangered Species Act, the ESA. Fish Scientist David Vogel said, 'In 1986 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff responsible for whether or not to pursue these (ESA) listings believed there were only 12,000 Lost River suckers in Upper Klamath Lake..they didn't believe they were endangered. A couple years later...we now know for a fact that number's exceeded by tens of thousands of Lost River suckers. Now they flip flop and they say they are endangered. What constitutes endangered?' "
* From DOI sponsored Klamath Scientist Workshop, Chairman National Resource Counsel Committee on Endangered and Threatened Fishes in the Klamath River Basin, Dr. William M. Lewis Jr spoke regarding the NRC conclusions on suckers: "Lewis explained that the suckers were listed since 1988 because of over harvest. They stopped fishing in '87 but they did not recover. The lake has gone from 3' range under natural conditions to experiencing 6' deep in current dry years. With charts and graphs he showed the habitat and water quality, algae and chlorophyll. He said that the committee looked extensively at water levels, and they find 'no hint of a relationship'. He also said that there was no relationship between lower water levels and extreme ph levels ... '92 was the lowest water year, and they expected it to be the least favorable for fish. 'The lowest water year produced the same amount of larvae as other years...He said that fish kill information does not support that fish are dying by changing water level."
* More on Dr. William M. Lewis Jr
Klamath Falls - BOR's Mikkelsen talks drought survival, H&N 2/9/18. "...The
focus of people in the Basin right now is surviving 2018...Long-term
solutions are frankly a little bit on the back-burner right now...“There
are a lot of urban congressmen, both parties, that do not have any
desire to make substantive changes to the ESA. And so we have to follow
the ESA and we will follow the ESA.”
Bureau of Reclamation Deputy Mikkelson and KRRC on Dam Removal vs Siskiyou County, & Attorneys Buchal and Kogan, and Congressman LaMalfa at Siskiyou Water Users fund raiser Liz Writes Life, Siskiyou Daily News by Liz Bowen 10/17/17. "KRRC Vice President Lester Snow...said the decision to take down the dams is not pending, but had been made. (Hum, not by Siskiyou or Klamath Counties.)...Snow continued saying they are looking for alternative water supply for the Iron Gate Fish Hatchery and possibly even for the City of Yreka. Uh oh, they now acknowledge dam removal could affect Yreka’s city water supply? On flooding, he said their consultants have looked at the issues and long-term liability if KRRC disappears. So, KRRC is looking for liability insurance...(CA U.S. Congressman LaMalfa) was ripping angry at bureaucrat Mikkelsen and asked us to write letters...to DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke asking him to save the four hydro-electric Klamath dams..."
|Linthicum drafts bill to defund dam removal, H&N 2/14/18. "...the cost for dam removal could amount to $950 million, with no specific plan yet in place to fully fund the project. He also said sediment could total 20 million cubic yards and releasing it downstream would impact long-term fish habitats..."|
|KRRC's liaison visiting Basin, H&N 2/8/18. "...Meurer said he was “immediately” interested in the community liaison position, while he also knew it would be “wildly unpopular” to some opposed to dam removal. (KBC NOTE_ 80% opposed in Siskiyou County, 72% opposed in Klamath County)...Meurer met with the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors. He also listened in on a teleconference between a consultation between the Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma and FERC staff."|
|Tribes renew dam removal support at FERC meeting, H&N 1/21/18|
FERC to host dam removal meeting Thursday, January
18. Notice was today January 17 in Klamath Herald and
"Public and those who opted to intervene ...invited"
"Participation in the meetings, including the gathering planned in Chiloquin, is limited to participation by tribal representatives."
"We'll be just sharing our support for the dam removal process,..."
KBC NOTE: Is this "public", or is this "limited to participation by tribal representatives" ??? Do you need to "register" with less than 1 day notice? Will there be any public meetings for non-tribal citizens?
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