Time to Take Action

Archive 158 - July 2015
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KWAPA reinstates executive director Holly Cannon, H&N 7/30/15.

* KWAPA Board of Directors will hold a special board organizational public meeting at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 28th at the Klamath Water and Power Agency (KWAPA) office, 735 Commercial Street, Suite 4000. 

History of water in the Klamath Basin, by Oregon Rep Gail Whitsett 7/26/15.

Ephesians 2:8-10 "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is a gift from God, not works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." Sent by Frank Tallerico 7/26/15.

Tulelake Irrigation District irrigation well data and well water levels 7/24/15.

More water for Project irrigators, H&N 7/24/15. "...on July 19, Upper Klamath Lake was 62 percent full, with a volume of 317,395 acre-feet. Last year on July 19, the lake was only 45 percent full..."

Board postpones decision on logging buffers to cool streams, H&N 7/24/15. "...imposing buffers up to 100 feet along streams could cost timberland owners up to $227 million in land and timber values..."

California Water Commission Water Storage Meetings, CFBF Friday Review 7/23/15

Judge clears barred owl removal study, Capital Press July 21, 2015. "Populations of the northern spotted owl, which is protected under the Endangered Species Act, have continued to decline in recent decades despite strict limits on logging...U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service authorized an experiment to remove 3,600 barred owls over four years, typically by shooting them, to see if spotted owl recovery improves...the barred owl has consistently invaded the spotted owl’s territory since the 1970s...the removal study costs $1 million a year"

Mark 10:23-27 -  "Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, 'How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!'  And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to then, "Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God.'It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter the kingdom of God!' And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, 'Who than can be saved?' But Jesus looked at them and said, 'With men it is impossible, but not with God, for with God all things are possible.' " sent by Frank Tallerico 7/19/15.

"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.

(Klamath) Project irrigators could get new fed status. ‘Applicant status’ may allow for more input in ESA development, H&N 7/18/15. "The amendment was proposed by by U.S. Reps. Greg Walden, ROre., and Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif., to help protect Klamath Project water users in Oregon and California...the amendment gives Project water users “applicant status,” ensuring they are included in Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultations that affect Project water operations."

California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 7/16/15. "The month long summer recess for the legislature began (7/16/15). It was the deadline week for policy committees to meet and report bills. Friday Review reflects action that occurred on a number of bills of interest to agriculture."

KWAPA’s future uncertain. Board members refuse to reinstate executive director, H&N 7/16/15. "After voting in favor of eliminating KWAPA’s executive director, KWAPA chairman Bair resigned his post as a KlD board member, therefore disqualifying himself from sitting on the KWAPA board...Heiney hinted that the KWAPA board does not have a solid plan for moving forward. He wants board members to reach out to the Bureau of Reclamation, which funds KWAPA, to start a discussion about how the rest of the year might play out."

Pit River chairman upset by pot raid. Calls actions a ‘serious assault to the tribe’s right to self-governance’, followed by Pit River Tribe asserts group is following law. H&N 7/19/15. "The volume of marijuana that the XL facility alone was capable of producing, estimated at 40,000-60,000 plants, far exceeds any prior known commercial marijuana grow operation anywhere within the 34-county Eastern District..."

California waterboard curtailment notices

John 16:24-28  "...Ask and you shall receive, that your joy may be full..." sent by Frank Tallerico 7/11/15

Tulelake Irrigation District public meeting agenda 7/13/15.

"KWAPA Board of Directors will hold a special board meeting at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July14th at the Klamath Water and Power Agency (KWAPA) office, 735 Commercial Street, Suite 4000.  The purpose of the meeting will be to address organizational issues. The public is welcome to attend.  For more information, visit www.kwapa.org"

(Klamath) Basin water pact stalled, H&N 7/11/15. " 'Those dams are going to come out whether we have the KBRA or not. Those dams — their days are numbered,' said Craig Tucker, a spokesman for the Karuk Tribe. According to Tucker, receiving blessings from U.S. Reps. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif., is the bill’s biggest hurdle." "According to the website govtrack.us, SB 133 has a 21 percent chance of being enacted."
Who's Who Craig Tucker Page.  Tucker: "we worked with the Klamath Project irrigators, the enemies of the tribes since those guys showed up; we did work out a water sharing agreement. ...We did not solve all the problems in the Klamath Basin with these agreements. We did not get rid of all the farmers, we did not rebuild all the wetlands, but we do pull off the biggest dam removal in the history of the world...and if we're still gonna deal with water quality issues at Keno, at the end of the day, I can guarantee the Karuk Tribe and Craig Tucker will be in the front seat dealing with that next." KBC NOTE: Tucker is referring to destroying the Keno Dam which provides much of the Klamath Project with water.

Irrigator support funds running out (KWAPA), H&N 7/9/15. "For several years, the program has compensated landowners for agreeing not to divert surface water to grow crops. The 2015 WUMP also included a program that reimbursed irrigators for energy costs to pump groundwater, plus $20 per acre-foot."

Rogue Pack is growing, H&N 7/9/15

End of Session Review - Senator Doug Whitsett and Rep Gail Whitsett by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett 7/8/15.

KWAPA July 7 AGENDA - groundwater pumping, domestic well mitigation, federal power, more...

Whistleblowers claim millions wasted in Klamath Project, Siskiyou Daily, followed by: Claim against Bureau of Reclamation gains traction as Interior Department probes drought funds’ use, H&N 7/2/15. "The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has opened an investigation into the expenditure of $48 million in taxpayer funds in the Upper Klamath Basin following a scathing whistleblower declaration. The controversy is centered on the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s interactions with the Klamath Water and Power Agency (KWAPA),  an inter-governmental agency formed in 2008 by representatives of California and Oregon drainage districts within the Klamath Project."

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