Our Klamath Basin
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.
Dear Mrs. Pendergast,
September 14, 2006
Greene Research Biologist, Retired
Dear Mrs. Prendergast,
I am sure you have received a lot of
communications regarding opinions why your
corporation should or should not remove the dams
along the Klamath River.
I believe that the dams should NOT be removed.
I have looked at river concerns myself and
prepared some PowerPoint presentations of my
findings. They can be found at http://www.klamathbasincrisis.org.
In my report on ocean conditions and salmon
survival you will note that Chinook salmon returns
to the Iron Gate Fish Hatchery had an average 2%
per year increase for 24-years (from about 1962 to
1985). Around 1985-1987 ocean conditions seemed to
have changed in such a way as to cause great
salmon mortality and low salmon returns.
I also found that the hatchery selected the fish
from the earliest runs to propagate. This in turn
caused the runs to arrive earlier. Consequently
more salmon are arriving during the warm water
month of August than would have arrived naturally
before hatchery intervention.
In my report on the 2002 fish die-off on the lower
Klamath you will find that I believe that toxic
chemicals rather than warm water caused the fish
KILL. There was the report of a meth lab dump in
Ohpah Creek (confluent to the Klamath River at
river mile 21) and approximately 97% of the fish
that died were below this confluence. Some fish
that were exposed survived to die later upstream.
Furthermore, in a statement by Harold Tripp,
Traditional Fisherman and Cultural Technician with
the Karuk Department of Natural Resources he said
that “Last year, all the fish were sick I could
tell because they were bleeding, every time they
hit the net they would be bleeding before you
clubbed them. And after the river came up, about
ten days later the fish got better. So I think
that if they wouldn’t have released the water I
think a lot more than 30,000 fish would have wound
up dying. They had some kind of big boils on them
and some of them, had blisters”.
THE CONDITION OF THE FISH DESCRIBED BY MR. TRIPP
IS NOT LIKELY CAUSED FROM WARM WATER. And gill
disease is not coupled with external damage to the
fishes skin surface area.
I should also point out that the poisoning
occurred on lands encompassing the Yurok
reservation and controlled by the tribe. They
themselves must then be held accountable for their
part in the illegal activities that are occurring
in the area under their legal authority
You have, of course, been subjected to a great
deal of mis-information. I hope to balance what
you have received with some factual data which I
have made every endeavor to provide citations so
the information can be verified.
I hope you will take the time to read through
Joe Greene Research Biologist, Retired
Thursday May 07, 2009 09:14 AM Pacific
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