compiled by kbc from notes
from Klamath Water Users, scientist/biologist Dave Vogel, Ph.D.
Robert McLandress of UC Davis, ecology
There was a fish die-off of 33,OOO chinook
salmon 200 miles from the Klamath Basin.
100,000 healthy fish are currently returning to upstream hatcheries and
As of this weekend, the number of returning salmon at Iron Gate Hatchery
on the Klamath River was the THIRD highest since records have been taken
Water levels in the Klamath this year have been higher than water levels
during three of the last 10 years. There were no significant die offs of
salmon in those years when water levels were lower than they were
earlier this fall, suggesting that other factors than flows may be
responsible for the disease that killed the fish this year.
The Klamath Project only represents 2% of the entire Klamath River
Project releases from Iron Gate Dam represent just one of over 100
downstream "tributaries" to the Klamath River mainstem.
It is indeed unfortunate that bacteria killed many early-returning
salmon at the beginning of the run as they entered the Klamath River, at
a time when dry-year water temperatures were hostile.
There is simply no scientific or other evidence to suggest that
increased flows in the Klamath at this time will provide any benefit to
the salmon fisheries.
The National Academy of science found no benefits of raising the lake
levels for endangered fish, and said that the 2001 water shut-off was
Increasing flows now will almost certainly cause great harm to the
federal and private wildlife refuges, as well as Klamath Basin
communities that will need this water next summer to support the
"There are 433 species of wild life here. The Biological Opinion Deals
with 3. The farms and wetlands supply the food for waterfowl that we are
pledged to look after. There are 200 million waterfowl use days that
waterfowl have to be fed here in the Klamath Basin. That's about 70
million pounds of food...we couldn't even cover half of that under the
natural systems. The other 1/2 has to come out of the farms." Robert
McLandress, Ph.D. ecology, UC
For those thinking that making wetlands out of our private farmland or
refuge farmland to use less water, WETLANDS USE 2CE THE AMOUNT OF WATER
AS IRRIGATED FARMLAND.
Articles - with
Klamath Basin facts:
Senator Whitsett sets the record straight (with ONRC regarding Klamath
Power Bill #81) 6/2/05. “What I am not willing to do is sit
quietly while the ONRC makes up facts and spreads falsehoods about the
hardworking men and women of the Klamath Basin who make their
livelihood in agriculture.”
Oregon State University--The
Daily Barometer, An Endangered
Act 1/21/05, followed by KBC Commentary, which has been posted to
the Daily Barometer.
This commentary contains FACTS