Time to Take Action

Upper Klamath Basin Water
OFF-Project land north of the Klamath Reclamation Project

100,000 acres of Off- Project Ag land have already been taken out of production.

* KLAMATH WATER RALLY July 1, 2013  Short YouTube slide show

* Rural Cleansing by Kimberley A. Strassel, Wall Street Journal 7/26/01.

There is a rush to get an agreement and legislation in the next few weeks to provide millions of dollars to destroy the dams, give land and money to the tribes, permanently downsize ag, and possibly get affordable power rates to irrigators. Contact your representatives with your opinions!  

KBC News Adjudication web page

Save the Family Farm Abandoned website with UK information

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* Klamath Task Force webpage: meetings between Upper Basin irrigators and Klamath Tribes, which are part of the KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement

* 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..."

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FYI: Klamath Tribe's Constitution: "...B. It shall be the policy of the Klamath Tribes to seek the return, to the Klamath Tribes, of all lands, natural and cultural resources, including minerals and water rights that become available and which were historically a part of the Klamath Tribes heritage C. All waters which originate in or flow through the Klamath Tribes jurisdiction, or which are stored within the Klamath Tribes jurisdiction, whether found on the surface or underground, are a valuable Tribal resource of the Klamath Tribes, and are to be protected for the present and future use of the Klamath Tribes..."

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AUDIO: Must Listen: 5 1/2 minute summary of Upper Basin's Klamath Settlement Agreement; audio by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett, Local News with Paul Hanson on KFLS News/Talk Radio 1450, 4/1/13. "The nearly 100-page agreement has seven objectives..."
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***Dozens of Sprague River wells shut down by Klamath Tribal call on irrigation water, Senator Doug Whitsett 7/28/16.

Water shutoffs start in upper Basin, Klamath Tribes made the call, Wood River could be next, H&N, 5/27/16

"40 wells Oregon Water Resources Dept. plans to shut off this year. (So far)" This was sent to KBC 7/14/15. These are Upper Klamath Basin Wells.

Water shutoffs along Sprague coming. Some 40 upper Basin wells may be regulated, too, H&N 6/25/15

The Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement, by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett, posted to KBC 5/16/14: "Many farm and ranch owners... were advised that most who refused to sign would no longer be allowed to use either their surface or groundwater rights in most years. Many of those water rights date to 1864 priority. They were further advised that those who refused to participate would likely be subject to severe ...."

Threats (by Klamath tribal members) delay tribal meeting, H&N 5/16/14. "...some Klamath Tribes members have been campaigning to organize a hostile takeover of the meeting. Threats included chaining and padlocking doors to force the Tribal Council and meeting attendees to remove Gentry from the council and to overturn the results of a recent referendum vote. The referendum vote under attack was certified by the Klamath Tribes election board as in-favor of a water settlement, known as the Proposed Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement, between the Tribes and upper Basin irrigators." KBC NOTE: Upper Basin irrigators were not allowed a vote; they were only blackmailed as explained in Senator Doug Whitsett's newsletter.

Klamath Tribes of Oregon PRESS RELEASE: Threats against Klamath Tribal Council by Klamath Tribal membership,  5/16/14 (regarding Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement.)

Klamath water-sharing agreement gets funding, Sacramento Bee, posted to KBC 5/3/14.

A step forward - State and local dignitaries come together Friday at Collier Memorial State Park to sign the much-debated Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement, H&N 4/19/14.  KBC NOTE: This "agreement" is part of the controversial KBRA, which destroys 4 Klamath River hydro dams providing power to 70,000 households, gives $45 million to the Klamath Tribes plus land, permanently downsizes agriculture, controls groundwater, plants endangered species in the Klamath Basin........

Protesters interrupt ceremony, Not all in agreement with new water pact, and Two groups weigh in against accord, H&N 4/19/14. KBC NOTE: Siskiyou County supervisors, home of 3 hydro dams planned for destruction, oppose the KBRA/dam removal agreements, Siskiyou citizens voted against the agreements, and Klamath County voted in 3 county commissioners, the state senator and state representative who all oppose the agreements.

Historic pact to be signed Friday, H&N 4/17/14.   

Freedom of speech is key when talking irrigation, by Bruce Topham, Sprague River letter to H&N, posted to KBC 4/15/14. "This is what is currently being demanded of those of us who are ranchers in the north half of Klamath County. A foreign sovereign government (aka the Klamath Tribes) is requiring that for any water settlement to be met for irrigation or drinking water for our livestock we must surrender our right as Americans to express any opinions contrary to those advocated by the Klamath Tribes..."

Protesting the vote; Klamath Tribal members demand a new vote, H&N, posted to KBC 4/15/14.

Klamath Tribes approve water pact, H&N, posted to KBC 4/15/14. "A $40 million economic development package for the Tribes...the Tribes also would receive $1 million a year for five years from DOI to care for tribal transition needs this year."

(Klamath) WATER PACT - Complexity frustrates some Tribe members, vote due by Wednesday, H&N 4/8/14. 

TOTAL LOSS: $210,000. County pegs 2013 tax loss from dry land, refunds impact special districts, H&N, posted to KBC 3/16/14

* Proposed Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement
* Upper Klamath Basin Agreement and Exhibits

Freedom of speech is key when talking irrigation, by Bruce Topham, Sprague River letter to H&N, posted to KBC 4/9/14. "This is what is currently being demanded of those of us who are ranchers in the north half of Klamath County. A foreign sovereign government (aka the Klamath Tribes) is requiring that for any water settlement to be met for irrigation or drinking water for our livestock we must surrender our right as Americans to express any opinions contrary to those advocated by the Klamath Tribes..."

AUDIO - Dr. Mike Newton and Senator Doug Whitsett, begin minute 30, I-Spy Radio 4/8/14, on Science of Upper Klamath Basin ranchers being denied surface and ground water with no proof of interference to stream water, yet studies support that groundwater use enhances stream flow. What is the government's excuse? KBC NOTE: If the Upper Basin irrigator does not agree with the Kitzhaber Task Force plan, they will be denied surface and groundwater to irrigate.

(Klamath) WATER PACT - Complexity frustrates some Tribe members, vote due by Wednesday, H&N 4/8/14. 

(UN) Agenda 21 Takeover in the Klamath Basin, by Barbara H. Peterson 3/26/14 Farm Wars.

Klamath Upper Basin Proposed Settlement, by Erika Bentsen, March 20, 2014, Western Ag Reporter. "On March 4, 2014, the Proposed Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement was finally revealed to the public after six months of closed door meetings with the settlement negotiators kept under strict gag orders...the wording is such that NOTHING promised to the ranchers is concrete...45 million dollars will go to the Klamath tribes to help them be "self-sufficient."...There are provisions included for taxpayers (who were not included in these private meetings) to purchase timberland for the tribes to replace the reservation they sold. In addition, there is a jobs program (Section 2.6) exclusively for the tribes "related to implementing this Agreement in the Off-Project Area," which can be interpreted to read that tribal members might be paid to monitor or enforce regulation on the privately owned land in the valley...If the landowner is found at fault, he must pay their expenses, and there is specific wording allowing the tribes to go after the landowner themselves... Ranchers feel they are being punished for doing nothing more than buying the land when the tribes sold it and continuing to irrigate it like the tribes were doing when they owned it. Unfortunately, since the state and federal government have openly aligned themselves with a sovereign nation against its citizenship, the ranchers have no place to appeal regarding this injustice..."  KBC NOTE: KBC News was told by several Upper Klamath irrigators that they were told, in closed meetings denying any media or tape recorders, that they would be prohibited from using their personal irrigation wells if they refused to sigh this "voluntary agreement."

Ranchers grudgingly accept Klamath water-sharing pact, Capital Press, posted to KBC 3/18/14.

Details of (Klamath) water pact discussed; water, well restrictions with, without a settlement outlined, H&N, posted to KBC 3/12/14

Historic water pact; Tribes, irrigators settle divisive issues. $40 million will be given to the Klamath Tribes to create jobs, H&N 3/6/14. Includes schedule of meetings. "The Klamath Tribes will be allotted $40 million to establish an economic development plan and revitalize regional industry, including taking ownership of the 92,000-acre Mazama Forest as a condition of the KBRA. The Tribe also will receive $1 million annually from the Department of the Interior for a five-year period...Once a landowner has agreed to permanently retire rights, the government will have discretion whether to purchase the right or not....Tribal members will vote whether or not to accept the agreement...no general vote will be held to approve the pact (for non-tribal members)."

Ranchers, tribes reach deal on Klamath Water, Redding Record Searchlight 3/5/14. "Ranchers face an even tougher year this year, because with drought continuing and another irrigation shut-off likely, many no longer have any cattle to sell, added rancher Andrea Rabe"

Brandan Topham February Newsletter - OWRD to shut off surface and ground water to Upper Klamath ranches and farms, posted to KBC 2/23/14. "The State recently told us that they are going to shut off all of the surface water above Klamath Lake again this year....(OWRD) has decided that it will also shut off most of the wells above Klamath Lake."

Letter Virginia Topham from Sprague River wrote to Oregon Water Resources Director Phil Ward who will shut off Upper Klamath irrigation wells, February 2014. "Why are we being targeted for destruction? Your own people testified that they have no way to prove that we are interfering with surface water. In the prosecution of the Nazi war criminals at the Nuremberg trials after WWII their only defense was that 'they are just following orders.' "

Klamath Water Settlement deadline missed, H&N 2/14/14. "If approved by the Klamath Tribal Council and a host of irrigators, the AIP will become one component of the proposed legislation that will cover the upper Basin; the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) including Klamath Reclamation Project irrigators and the Klamath Hydro Settlement Agreement with PacifiCorp, which may involve removing four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River."

Friday deadline: Tribes, irrigators, others close on water pact. (Klamath) agreement may affect usage for years, H&N 2/12/14

< Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett and Rep. Gail Whitsett  Science of shutoffs, well water monitoring law aims to clarify ownership, H&N 2/7/14. “We fully support the OWRD authority to regulate wells that are materially interfering with senior water rights. However, we believe the state should be required to prove that the use of irrigation wells is materially and measurably harming a water right holder with a superior priority date,” Gail Whitsett said."

Lawmakers hear (Klamath) water pact update, Rep. McLane reviews Cover Oregon, LaMalfa votes against omnibus bill, H&N 1/24/14. "If approved by the Klamath Tribal Council and a host of irrigators, the AIP will become one component of proposed legislation that will cover the upper Basin, the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) including on-project irrigators, and the Klamath Hydro Settlement Agreement with PacifiCorp, which may involve removing four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River..."(Rep. Whitsett) said OWRD has listed more than 200 groundwater irrigation wells that may be shut off if the Tribes, which have time immemorial rights, make a call on the water."

Deadline passes. No agreement yet on (Klamath) water pact, H&N, posted to KBC 1/21/14

Upper Basin water pact deadline this Friday. Groups near final agreement; next step is bill for Congress, H&N 1/14/14. "Some landowner participation is expected through reduction of agricultural water use by 30,000 acre feet. The reduction will be in the form of permanent buyouts, or “retirement,” of some upper Basin irrigators’ water rights along the Williamson, Wood and Sprague rivers...the tribes said they will reduce the minimum level of water they require in rivers above the lake to protect fisheries in return for participation by landowners in riparian area restoration. "

2013 a costly year for Upper Basin ranchers, H&N 1/2/14. "Like other Upper Basin ranchers, Duarte’s water was shut off this year ... when the Klamath Tribes and Klamath Project irrigators made calls for water in early June. That meant all the Upper Basin ranches went without irrigation water this summer.  'We’ve got a $90,000 hole in our account this year...' "

Water issues will likely dominate session work, Senator Doug Whitsett, posted to KBC 12/31/13. "The Oregon Water Resources Department has made clear its intentions in 2014 to shut down as many as 130 irrigation wells due to alleged interference with surface water rights...."

Water pact awaits tribal approval; Tribes’ support hinges on tree farm acquisition, H&N 12/24/14

KWUA, officials review pact, H&N, 12/14/13. "Conditions of the AIP include reducing agricultural water use by 30,000 acre feet through permanent buy out, or “retirement,” of some upper Basin irrigators’ water rights. Jerry Jones, who owns 20 acres in the upper Basin, said irrigators who are not in desperate financial straits are unlikely to sell their water rights or vote in favor of the AIP. 'Not everybody has a gun to their head. It’s not going to work,' he said." KBC NOTE: according to the last Task Force meeting, the permanent downsizing of water rights is "voluntary." However, if they do not agree to the terms of the KBRA/dam removal/tribal land acquisition mandate, then they probably will continue to have their off-project water shut off like they did this year.

Task force work winds down; Power costs left unresolved Basin water dispute close to settlement. Deal between Tribes, irrigators key to legislation H&N, 12/4/13. "initial estimates for the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) delivering inexpensive power to off-project users may not be as cost effective as planned....“We do not have and will not have this worked out for a year or two before we know exactly what the final solution will be,” he said...the tribe also hopes to acquire a 92,000 acre Mazama tree farm for economic development, which would be funded by the proposed congressional legislation. Early last summer, the tribe called for its water right, forcing the shutoff of hundreds of water users in the upper Basin. About 100,000 acre feet of water was shut off. The economic impact of that was estimated to be up to $500 million annually..."

VIDEO of Governor's final Task Force meeting to implement the KBRA/KHSA re: Klamath River hydro dam removal, 12/3/13. 127 minutes.

FINAL Report and Recommendations from the Klamath Basin Task Force to Senators Wyden and Merkley, Congressman Walden, and Governor Kitzhaber 12/3/13. Task Force received this report 12/2/13 and had one week to give input. The public did not receive final 'draft' before 12/3/13 to comment on.

Final Task Force meeting today; Proposed water pact to be made public; solutions for refuges remains unclear, followed by Tribes, irrigators sign water pact; Details of ‘Agreement in Principle’ topic of public meetings 12/3/13

Klamath Tribes, irrigators ink tentative water-sharing pact, 12/2/13

Klamath water task force to hold final meeting 11/28/13

Klamath County Water Crisis by Heather Smith Thomas, Western Montana Water Rights, posted to KBC 11/23/13. "One of the most devastating government “takings” in the history of the U.S. is in progress in Klamath County, Oregon.  This movement to get farmers and ranchers off their privately owned lands has been brewing for many years but came to a head after a sequence of events this spring and summer shut off long-time water rights and deprived landowners of their ability to irrigate or water their livestock."

Rough water year ending, Irrigation stops for 2013, but concerns continue; 350 water users shut off, H&N, posted to KBC 10/22/13

(Klamath) Task Force back online, resumes operation with government; next meeting date not yet determined, H&N 10/18/13. (Klamath and Siskiyou Counties are not at the table, and are not in agreement, with the KBRA dam removal agreements).

An alternative Klamath Task Force, interview by Jefferson Public Radio with Tom Mallams, Klamath County Commissioner, posted 10/10/13.

(Klamath) Racism and Land Theft, Oregon-Style, by Erika Bentsen, posted to KBC 8/28/13. "What does this mean to the future of Klamath County? Are tribal members going to be the only ones allowed to own land? Now that irrigation is taken out of production, property values are plummeting. But only tribal members will be compensated; all others will be bankrupted. Who gets the land next? Will the tribes buy it for pennies on the dollar? Then what? Will the water in the rivers no longer be called, like it was before the tribes sold the reservation?"

No water, no cattle. Shipping out: Cattle moved from Modoc Point. Without water, ranchers cannot feed cattle in the upper Basin, H&N posted to KBC 8/28/13.

Science of (Klamath) fish mortality should be challenged, by Jerry Jones, Chiloquin H&N, posted to KBC 8/28/13. "Most of the summer is gone with no resumption of water deliveries to Upper Basin irrigators...The state and federal governments conspired with the tribes to create this problem and destroy the opposition to the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement..."

Latest Klamath water crisis continues century of conflict, Capital Press, posted to KBC 8/23/13. "Nathan Jackson, a Cow Creek Indian who manages his family's ranch near Bonanza in Klamath County... said...the Klamath Tribes have "asked for an unreasonable amount of water to support their hunting and fishing rights." He said the quantity of the tribes' water call is "decimating the entire industry in the Klamath Basin.' "

Chamber stance wrong on KBRA support, Virginia Topham for H&N posted to KBC 8/19/13.

Klamath Falls Mess: Judge denies livestock access to water, Western Montana Water Rights, and also Western Ag Reporter,  by Erika Bentsen, posted to KBC 8/13/13. "The tribes and government, hiding behind the skirts of the KBRA,  successfully divided the community by pitting farmer against rancher, and neighbor against neighbor.  The government and tribes learned from their  original failure when only one group was attacked.  By dangling incentives to some, they splintered their opposition...If these tribal claims are validated by the court system, no river in the country is safe..."

* The Oregon Water Resources Department is no longer a friend of agriculture. 8/1/13. "More than 250 water users holding Allottee and Walton water rights dating to 1864 are being forced to turn off their irrigation water...The Department’s final determination gave the Tribes such a huge amount of water that virtually no additional water will be available for irrigation in a normal year..."

2013-07-01 10.25.53 copy< Klamath Water Crisis, by Dani Nichols, posted to KBC 7/22/13. "...Here are the basics: the Klamath Tribes and the environmental activists have teamed up to starve farmers and ranchers out of the Klamath Basin, because of the lives of the supposedly endangered sucker fish in Upper Klamath Lake, and the Coho Salmon of the Klamath River. Because the tribes have been in the Klamath Basin since “time immemorial”, a judge recently ruled that their water rights supersede those of the Klamath County Agriculturalists. What are the tribes doing with these newfound rights? Turning off water to agriculture, the main industry of Klamath County (plus a threat to refuse multi-use water to Crater Lake National Park, the only National Park in Oregon and a revenue generator of more than $30 million for Klamath county and the surrounding area last year) and letting thousands of gallons of economic and cultural force drain to the ocean instead..."

Upper Basin water shut-off newsletter by Brandan Topham, posted to KBC 7/12/13. "The day after the rally we were in district court in front of Judge Wogan, asking for a stay so that we can resume irrigating while this is fought in court. It was a bit demoralizing when a person goes into the courtroom and there are 3 lawyers trying to help agriculture and there are 16 lawyers from the tribes and government fighting very hard to keep the water turned off. .."

H&N POLL 7/10/13 - Water shutoffs: What should Circuit Court Judge Cameron Wogan do?

4th of July 2013. Today we remember our roots, the fight for freedom, the blessings of that freedom. 3 days ago, many of those who fought in foreign wars for that freedom, then spent the rest of their lives growing food for a hungry world, stood on the steps of the Klamath County Courthouse pleading for the freedom to continue to farm and ranch as our government took away their irrigation water. This short short video helps tell their story. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpBwZuxfukI - * KLAMATH WATER RALLY July 1, 2013  Short YouTube slide show

KBC News 7/3/13 - On Monday nearly 1000 farmers, ranchers, and concerned citizens came together to plead for water for 114,000 acres of land supporting cattle, pasture and alfalfa. The original order prohibited farmers and ranchers to use water for human consumption and livestock watering. Some ranches have been in the families since the mid 1800's. The blackmail was, if the off Project irrigators would sign an agreement, The KBRA, further downsizing irrigated agriculture and gifting land to the Klamath Tribes, then the Tribes would not shut off their water which they claim will produce more suckers. The vast majority of the communities oppose this "agreement" in which they were allowed no input. 100,000 acres of Off- Project Ag land have already been taken out of production.

Water shutoffs to continue; Judge denies temporary stoppage on Klamath Basin adjudication enforcement, H&N 6/15/13. "If they cannot feed their livestock, ranchers will be forced to sell..."

RACISM AND LAND THEFT, OREGON-STYLE by Erika Bentsen 8/28/13

Science of fish mortality should be challenged, H&N 8/23/13 letter by Jerry Jones, Chiloquin

Klamath area ranchers cope with lack of water, followed by Watermaster, rights determine haves, have nots, Capital Press 7/2/13.

Water rights secured for livestock and human use in Klamath County; Oregon Water Resource Commission adopts temporary rules granting water rights preference to livestock watering and human consumption in Klamath Basin. Oregon Cattlemen's Association 7/1/13. However, they are still prohibited from keeping their crops and pastures watered.

Ranchers rally for water, Protesters say their livelihood could be ruined by shutoffs  by SAMANTHA TIPLER, H&N 7/1/13

Klamath Basin Water Rally 7/1/13

Crater Lake shutoff possible, H&N 6/30/13. "Any impacts to Crater Lake could be far-reaching economically. In 2011, visitors contributed $34.6 million to nearby communities, said Jeff Olson, National Park Service spokesman, and 549 area jobs were supported...Calls for water were made June 10 by the most senior water rights holders: Klamath Project farmers and the Klamath Tribes."

Klamath County Ag Impact rally Monday July 1 at 10:00 a.m. Who are we, and economic impact of current water shut-off to dozens of farmers and ranchers in the Upper Klamath Basin, 6/25/13.   

myoutdoorbuddy.com, frank galusha, Klamath Basin, outdoors, agriculture, water shutoff, ranchers, Water cutoff will impact wildlifeKlamath water cutoff will impact wildlife, My Outdoor Buddy by Frank Galusha, posted to KBC 6/26/13.

Who are we, and economic impact of current water shut-off to Hundreds of farmers and ranchers in the Upper Klamath Basin, 6/25/13.

"Today, a portion of the water on our ranch and all of the water for a neighboring ranch that we rent was shut off, thanks to the government and the Klamath tribes."newsletter from Brandan Toppin, Flying T Salers Ranch, Sprague River 6/21/13

Klamath Tribes: Support the KBRA in exchange for water talks, Capital Press 6/20/13. "The leader of the Klamath Tribes told a U.S. Senate committee June 20 that ranchers facing water shutoffs in the Upper Klamath Basin would have to agree to provisions of a three-year-old basin restoration agreement to negotiate more water from the tribes." KBC Note: Klamath Tribe is presently denying  irrigation water to off-Project Klamath irrigators supposedly for the sacred sucker fish. However, if the irrigators agree to supporting the KBRA (which destroys 4 hydro dams on the Klamath River, gifts land to the tribes that they previously sold to build a sovereign land base, destroys a fish hatchery producing millions of salmon, and downsizes agriculture), then the tribe will allow off Project irrigators to discuss terms to get their water back.

(Oregon U.S. Senator) Wyden calls for new basin-wide solution to Klamath water issues, Wyden Press Release 6/20/13.
Archived video of the 6/20/13 hearing, testimony and a full list of witnesses are available here.

Devastating results from (Klamath) water regulations, June 27, 2013 letter by Edward Bartell, H&N

 

 

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