groups, Attorneys-No Guarantee, Definitions, What's Next, and
Steve Kadel, Herald and News 2/15/08
A group of about 75 people listen to
Klamath Water Users Association executive director Greg
Addington during a public meeting at the Merrill Civic
Center in January.
Klamath stakeholder groups
The following is a rundown of stakeholder groups
involved with the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement.
Klamath Water Users Association:
Represents water users who are part of the Klamath
Reclamation Project. There are 17 member districts or
companies with a total membership of more than 1,000
family farms and ranches.
Klamath Off-Project Water Users: A
nonprofit organization representing agricultural power
users in Klamath County who are not part of the Klamath
Bureau of Reclamation: Owns and operates
the Klamath Reclamation Project in cooperation with
partners, who are the irrigation districts.
U.S. Forest Service:
Manages 60 percent of the Klamath River Basin in
California and Oregon, said forest supervisor Karen
Shimamoto. That includes the Fremont-Winema Forests in
Oregon, as well as the Trinity, Klamath and Six Rivers
national forests in California.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Has
Endangered Species Act authority over listed suckers in
Upper Klamath Lake and Lost River, said Phil Detrich,
Klamath issues coordinator for the Fish and Wildlife
Bureau of Land Management: The Klamath
Falls resource area of the BLM administers about 224,900
acres of public land in Southern Oregon. That includes the
Wood River wetland, Topsy Recreation Area, support
facilities for J.C. Boyle Dam, and property bordering the
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife:
The department’s primary concern is the reintroduction of
salmon to the Upper Klamath Basin, said Chip Dale, high
desert regional manager. He emphasized the importance of
salmon to the Klamath Tribes.
Oregon Water Resources Department: The
agency is involved in the talks to ensure the resulting
agreement is consistent with Oregon water
law. Department officials support the proposed agreement
because they believe it will rebuild fisheries, sustain
agricultural communities, and resolve other longstanding
disputes related to the allocation of water.
Klamath County: Commissioner John Elliott
attended the settlement negotiations representing Klamath
County’s interests. “We have a stake in the economic
future of agriculture in the Basin,” he said. “We also
have to measure the impact of all of this action on the
Tribes, who are our constituents, and the environmental
groups, who also are our constituents. We are obligated to
look at this in as many different directions as we can.”
Klamath Tribes: The Tribes include about
3,800 members. “We’ve been here since the beginning,” said
Jeff Mitchell, a member of the Tribes’ negotiating team.
“This has been our home since the Creator put us here. Our
relationship has been defined through a treaty still in
effect today. Natural resources still fundamentally meet
the needs of the tribes.”
Karuk Tribe: Administrative offices are
in Happy Camp nestled along the Klamath River in the
Klamath National Forest of Northwestern California. The
tribe, which has about 4,500 members, seeks changes that
will provide a healthy Klamath River habitat supporting an
enhanced salmon fishery.
Yurok Tribe: The largest Indian tribe in
California with almost 5,000 enrolled members. The Yurok
want a restored salmon fishery and healthy Klamath River
to promote the health of its community, said tribal
spokesman Troy Fletcher.
Hoopa Valley Tribe: About 2,500 Hoopa
people live in the Hoopa Valley Reservation. The tribe has
traditionally occupied land in the far northwestern corner
of California. Clifford Lyle Marshall, tribal chairman,
said they would not endorse the settlement because it
lacks adequate water assurances for fish.
American Rivers: Founded in 1973, the
nonprofit river conservation group has offices in 10
locations nationwide with 65,000 members. The
group’s mission is to restore and protect the nation’s
rivers for communities, fish and wildlife.
North Coast Environmental Center: The
Arcata, Calif.,-based organization is dedicated to
conserving, protecting and celebrating terrestrial,
aquatic and marine ecosystems of Northern California and
Southern Oregon. The center advocates establishing a
healthy salmon fishery on the Klamath River.
Trout Unlimited: The organization has
more than 150,000 volunteers in 400 chapters nationwide.
Its mission is to conserve, protect and restore the
nation’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds,
including that of the Klamath River and Klamath Basin.
Klamath Forest Alliance: Based in
Orleans, Calif., the nonprofit organization supports
sustainable ecosystems and communities. The group
primarily works in the Klamath Falls area and the middle
segment of the Klamath River, including the Salmon River
Pacific Coast Federation of
Fishermen’s Associations: The fishing industry trade
association has a goal of increased salmon runs for its
California Trout: The organization is a
water quality advocacy group in San Francisco that is
committed to improving wild trout and steelhead habitat.
Other stakeholder groups: Also at the
negotiating table were: the National Marine Fisheries
Service; the Bureau of Indian Affairs; California
Department of Fish and Game; Oregon Department of
Environmental Quality; Humboldt County, Calif.; Siskiyou
County, Calif.; and Friends of the River.
PacifiCorp: The wholly owned subsidiary
of Mid-American Energy Holdings of Des Moines, Iowa, was
not a formal stakeholder in the negotiations, but spurred
the talks when it began dam re-licensing procedures.
Mid-American is majority owned by Berkshire Hathaway,
which is run by Warren Buffet. PacifiCorp operates four
dams on the Klamath River that would be removed to allow
fish passage under the Klamath water settlement.
Attorneys: No guarantees with pact