"Stakeholders" / Organizations allowed to participate in the secret KBRA negotiations
Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement
* This page is a work in progress
One "reason" the tribes and environmental groups claim they want
to destroy the Klamath River Dams is because the "salmon are
going extinct." However:
Ocean anglers get long salmon season; In Brookings, Gold Beach area it runs May 1 through Sept. 9, Mail Tribune 4/7/12. "The liberal seasons are possible because more than 1.6 million chinook are estimated to be headed toward Northern California's Klamath River, the highest number in more than 30 years."
***Draft Dam Removal Studies EIS/EIR 9/21/11
Comment period extended to Dec 30. on KBRA/KHSA Klamath dam removal settlement EIS/EIR report.
* Comments to Overview Report on Klamath Dam removal studies from Siskiyou County to Secretary Salazar 1/31/12.
* REVIEW DRAFT: Proposed “First Amendment” to the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement 12/22/11
* Draft Agenda, Klamath Basin Coordinating Council conference call 2/10/12. "Potential Action by the KBCC to initiate amendments to the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement." Public meetings in Klamath Falls, Yreka and Arcata
Peer Review report on draft Klamath Dam Removal Overview Report for the Secretary of the Interior March 2012
Senator Jeff Merkley (OR) and Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-1)
today (11/10/11) jointly introduced the Klamath Basin Economic
Restoration Act in the Senate and House.
The Klamath Basin Economic Restoration Act authorizes the
implementation of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA)
and the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA).
HERE is the legislation
Klamath Basin Restoration (KBRA) Agreement, Draft 11
1/15/08 pdf HERE for text version
KBRA Latest version of Draft 11, 5/6/09 pdf
HERE for text version
READ IT! It explains what will happen to your water rights, possible water allocations unless the ESA and Biological Opinions interfere, hydro dams, planting endangered species in your stored irrigation water, climate change studies, tribal land gift, new Tulelake Fish and Wildlife refuge water priority, walking wetlands on public and private land, mandatory agriculture downsizing, the dispute resolution group that will control how you sue each other, who will control your new water allocation ......There is still no drought plan.
Drought Plan >
, completed 2/28/11. Released to public 3/16/11
Siskiyou County response to Drought Plan 4/6/11
|! Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement/KBRA Plan. KBC NOTE: National Fish and Wildlife Federation outlines 10-year plan, with Nature Conservancy, Klamath Rangeland Trust, Klamath Tribes, Sustainable NW, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Klamath Watershed Partnership, NRCS, and Ducks Unlimited, to downsize ag, increase water in Klamath Lake and Klamath River, restore lake by breaching dikes from ranches initially purchased for irrigation water storage, plant lamprey (fish parasites) and other endangered fish in the basin. The strategy includes statements that ag, timber harvest and grazing cause "chronic excessive nutrient loading." and we must manage water by "lake level management." Although the chairman of the National Research Council said that these waters are naturally laden with phosphorus and no amount of downsizing agriculture will fix it's naturally poor water quality, these groups, condoned by our farm leaders in the KBRA with no public support, will be controlling the land and water in the Klamath Basin if the $1 billion KBRA is adopted. Posted to KBC 10/8/09|
|HERE for the OLD KBC KBRA page|
Map of 4 Klamath River Hydropower dams proposed for removal
|Official Summary of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement Draft 11, 1/15/08 pdf. HERE for text version|
Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. (CDM Report or Report)
costs of dam removal
CDM Report - Klamath Liability Determination 7/18/08. (Note by Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia Armstrong, "The cost estimates from these reports is $800 million, but they include the costs of impacts to Siskiyou County and sediment removal, while the American Rivers/ dam removal proponent's studies do not. These are additional costs for all the impacts and issues that Siskiyou County has raised which have not been considered/mitigated in either the KBRA or the AIP.")
|Agreement in Principle/AIP 11/13/08, Dam Removal Document|
|Klamath Agreement in Principle summary and draft bill LC946, to be offered by Governor's office by beginning of 2009 Legislative Session, 12/20/08|
|Klamath Tribe document of intensions - putting land into tax-exempt trust, ...intends to "buy back private lands....and secure funding for purchasing retired water rights, conservation easements...assert tribes senior water rights...expand gaming...exchange for federal lands..."|
|Mazama Tree Farm, 179± Million board feet, part of the proposed Klamath Water Settlement deal for the Klamath Tribes.|
|FERC Final Environmental Impact Statement for relicensing Klamath Dams 11/16/07|
|Federal Energy Regulatory Commission/FERC's Power Point Presentation from the Jan. 29th PacifiCorp public meeting regarding the Agreement In Principal. The commission is trying to figure out what their participation would be with the AIP and possibility of dam removal. *FERC supplimental notification * FERC letter of clarification|
|Draft of the proposed "Sense of Congress" Resolution 12/8/08|
|Strategy to form the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement: Cal/EPA Environmental Justice Action Plan May 18, 2005. Lead Agency: State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)|
|Dam Removal Power Point Presentation by Joseph C Greene, Retired EPA Research Biologist, posted to KBC 6/12/06 Joseph Green biography|
|Transcripts from the four public scoping meetings held in N. California in Oct. regarding dam removal and environmental concerns. They were held by the Calif. Water Quality Control Board. Full transcripts of the public comments are included, as well as introduction and explanation of the purpose of the meetings. Please send comments to the board by Feb. 23. Yreka Klamath Orleans Eureka Two groups at the Klamath settlement table, North Coast Environmental Center and Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen, support taking out the Keno Dam as well. People at the Yreka meeting presented testimony objecting to dam removal. Most of those objecting are not allowed at the table. Eureka.|
|(OFFICIAL) STATEMENT OF THE COUNTY OF SISKIYOU regarding the Agreement in Principle 11/19/08|
|Affected parcels in Copco and Iron Gate if Klamath River Dams are removed. by the Siskiyou County Assessor April 2006|
|There would be potentially 20 million cubic yards of sediment on spawning grounds and emerging fish|
|EPA - Reconsideration of California’s 2006 Section 303(d) List Omission of Microcystin Toxin Listings for three Klamath River Segments and Determination to Add Microcystin Toxins Listing for Klamath River Hydrologic Unit (HU), Middle HA Hydrologic Area (HA), Oregon to Iron Gate, posted 3/25/08|
|HERE for DC video from 1/24/08.|
|Benefits and Costs of Klamath Settlement/Restoration Agreement To the People of Siskiyou County (excluding Karuk tribal government and Tulelake Klamath Project interests), developed by Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia Armstrong 3/2/08|
|Benefits and Costs of Klamath Dam Removal, developed by Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia Armstrong 3/2/08|
|Klamath Settlement FAQs, by Save the Family Farm 2/19/08|
|KWUA KBRA Powerpoint Presentation at public meeting in Merrill, posted to KBC 1/29/08|
Karuk minutes: Hoopa Tribe supports Karuk Tribe in getting fishing rights, posted 1/29/08
More minutes go HERE > http://karuk.us/staff/minutes/
|Frequently asked questions regarding the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement by KWUA 1/30/08|
|1/23/08 - The following was in the Herald and News hidden in the sports section, by attorney James Buchal regarding Klamath Settlement|
|Klamath Settlement Analysis, by Marcia Armstrong, Siskiyou County Supervisor District 5 1/18/08.|
|Yurok and Hoopa Tribes and Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen (PCFFA) and enviro groups petitioned against the Klamath Irrigators continuing to get an affordable power rate, forcing KWUA into an agreement to get power funds in exchange for dam removal and tribal land, Court Document 11/8/05. Their goal was to reduce irrigation,|
|Compilation of Information to Inform USFWS Principals on Technical Aspects of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement Relating to Fish and Fish Habitat Conditions|
|4/30/08 - Review comments of Hoopa Valley Tribal Fisheries Department of KBRA|
|5/23/08, Dr. Thomas Hardy support for the KBRA, posted to KBC 3/7/09. Discusses evaporation, retiring farmland, and limiting groundwater pumping.|
|Lawsuit Aims to Protect Northern California Salmon Habitat, posted to KBC 3/20/09. Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen, North Coast Environmental Center, Klamath Riverkeeper are among Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement stakeholders suing the Calif. Water Quality Control Board to regulate water quality in the Klamath Basin. The historically warm, mineral laden water must become clean. February 2009 lawsuit. Court petition HERE.|
|FERC ignores salmon mandates, recommends keeping Klamath dams, Capital Press 11/16/07. "The final environmental impact statement from the staff of the 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...The dams produce enough power for 70,000 households."|
|NEPA document for Klamath Dams and Pacificorp May 2011|
|This is where is all began: Klamath River Fisheries Task Force meeting with Fish and Wildlife in Hoopa 10/5/93. Attending: Tulelake farmer John Crawford, Klamath Forest Alliance founder Felice Pace, etc. Discussed are strategies to plant endangered fish in the Klamath Basin, remove dams, seek mandatory minimum stream flows, oppose large water storage, and create a timeline. In 1993 they sought consensus. In 2009 at the KBRA/settlement agreement table, there are closed door meetings; if you do not agree you are not allowed at the table.|
|National Marine Fishery Service Modified Prescriptions for Fishways and Alternatives Analysis for the Klamath Hydroelectric Project (FERC project #2082) from the Dept of Commerce and NMFS, posted 1/30/07.|
|NEWS RELEASE: Acoustic Tag Salmon Study Refutes Environmentalists’ Breaching Benefits Claims, Coalition for Idaho Water, posted 1/18/07|
|The following is an excerpt from the proposed California water bond, posted to KBC 9/7/09, regarding Klamath dam removal.|
|Recently circulated agenda of a KBRA secret PAIL meeting including mention of Keno and Link River Dams removal discussions, and "avoid advocating for science..." 1/28/09|
about the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA)
and Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement
(KHSA, by the Klamath Tribes,
Dec '09 issue.
"...Because of the
significantly reduced and capped irrigation water
diversions in the KBRA, there will be more water
left in the lakes and rivers for fish, wildlife and
plants. And the Klamath Tribes will not give up a
single Treaty Right!...Don Gentry, Klamath Tribes.
"RUMOR: The KBRA weakens the Endangered Species Act.TRUTH: The KBRA specifically retains our ability to protect fish using the Endangered Species Act (ESA)..."
" *Counties Program – provides some funding for offsetting property tax impacts of water use retirement on agricultural lands, and for some economic development planning."
"Over $235 million for a massive effort by the Klamath Tribes and many others to fix our lakes and rivers above Iron Gate Dam."
" *Klamath Irrigation Project deliveries will be reduced and capped in the drier years, in exchange for a pledge from the Tribes not to further reduce Project diversions. In the driest years, a drought plan will be in place to maintain river flows and lake levels to support fish.
*$47 million to substantially increase flows in the Sprague, Wood and Williamson by retiring enough water uses to increase inflow to Upper Klamath Lake by 30,000 acre feet per year."
" *The TFPA is a new federal law under which Tribes can influence the management of adjacent federal lands. A key component of the TFPA is Tribal ownership of property that is adjacent to Forest Service lands. Over 50 miles of the Mazama boundary touch the Fremont-Winema National Forest."
|PCFFA Glen Spain ANALYSIS OF “Outline of Objections to the Klamath Basin Restoration and Hydroelectric Settlement Agreements.” Spain explains why environmental NGO's and Tribes should support the dam removal and ag-downsizing 'agreements|
|Klamath Dams: Scoping report available online, Siskiyou Daily 9/28/10|
Stipulation of Conditional Withdrawal of KPWU's contest to
claims 616 and 622 and conditional and interim no-call
provisions by the United States and Klamath Tribes,
May 14, 2009
* Attachment 1 to Stipulation
* Attachment 2 to Stipulation
* Attachment 3 to Stipulation
* Certificate of Service of Stipulation 5/18/09
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