Archive 220 - September 2020
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more than 20 years now, the agriculture community have
been the whipping boy for all the problems concerning
the salmon, sucker and algae in the Klamath Lake Basin.
So called “experts” from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation,
the tribes above and below the lake, fisheries
personnel, a local MD, biologists and others have told
us how to fix the problem: Fence the riparian area of
all streams, remove 30-40,000 acres of productive farm
ground along the lake, keep water levels high in lake,
remove cattle or keep manure out of lake. All the above
have been done and nothing works. Maybe the decline in
suckers is due to the trophy trout population consuming
the sucker fry or the cormorants and terns and other
fish eating birds are responsible. Cormorants and terns
are major factors with salmon fry in the Columbia River
House passes bill aiming to expedite Klamath dam removal,
H&N 9/25/2020. “ 'The Karuk Tribe
lauds Congressman Huffman’s amendment,' said Craig
Tucker, natural resource specialist for the Karuk Tribe.
'It’s irresponsible to allow PacifiCorp to operate these
dams at status quo and continue the destruction of our
"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."
Matthew, 25 35-40: JESUS: "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’ "
Oregon’s water regulators plan to recoup the cost of investigating Klamath Basin irrigation diversions from farmers while requiring others to install measurement devices. The actions stem from a court ruling that determined the Oregon Water Resources Department had unlawfully allowed the federal government to release water from Upper Klamath Lake for in-stream purposes that should have gone to the Klamath Irrigation District."
The Diamond M has Forest Service permits to graze 736 cow-calf pairs. The ranch has been grazing in the Colville National Forest since 1945 and has never violated its permits, according to the ranch’s court declaration. Wolves began attacking the ranch’s cattle in 2008. Wolf packs saturate the region...The Diamond M has refused to apply for state compensation for cattle losses. The payouts are temporary and entice ranchers to accept an overpopulation of wolves, according to the ranch..."
A convoy of trucks on Sept. 12 hauled over 170 tons of donated hay from the Klamath Basin to a Tangent-area drop-off point to feed displaced animals from Willamette Valley farms burned out by wildfires. Organized by the group #TimberUnity, the event was begun through the combined efforts of basin growers and other statewide ag-related businesses. Fred Simon, a hay farmer from the Southern Oregon community of Malin, was credited by #TimberUnity members as the man behind the idea for the hay effort."
Basin farmers and ranchers donated and delivered
hay to those who lost their homes in the Oregon
fires, from Klamath Basin Crisis Facebook page,
posted to KBC 9/13/2020
Modoc Point Irrigation District illegally turns on pumps, 9/13/2020. "As watermaster of Modoc Point Irrigation District, Combs made the decision to defy Oregon water law and take water from the Williamson to fill irrigation ditches on about 25 percent of the land in the district. He said he did it to prevent the area from being scorched by the fire should it take an unexpected turn south...For the last several water years, the Klamath Tribes — who retain senior water rights —have made calls for water to keep river and lake levels stable for red band trout. Combs said the district used to receive about 10,500 acre-feet every summer from the Williamson until the deliveries stopped entirely...“My main concern is to try to keep the community from burning up,” said district rancher John Hammack. “It’s gonna be a tragedy if we don’t turn those pumps on today.”
Dam removal is not about salmon restoration. Any salmon species that existed in the Upper Klamath river basin have been extinct soon after the first Copco dam was built in 1920."
New study: Cattle grazing significantly reduces wildfire spread, Capital Press 9/9/2020. "Recent record-shattering wildfires across California, Oregon and Washington have demonstrated the need for better fire control. Researchers say their study shows that without the 1.8 million beef cattle that graze California’s rangelands annually, the state would have hundreds to thousands of additional pounds per acre of fine fuels on the landscape, and this year’s wildfires would be even more devastating."
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