Our Klamath Basin Water Crisis
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ARCHIVE 34 - March 2005
Lake Levels River Flows H&N 3/30/05. Upper Klamath Lake storage is up 18,588 acre feet from a year ago.
Report faults costs of Klamath water bank, Oregonian by Michael Milstein 3/31/05. (The Bureau of Reclamation demands over 100,000 acre feet of irrigation water this year, 1/3 of water we stored in the project we paid for to be sent to the ocean. Now the ecoterrorists are using our depleted aquifer and compensation to landowners as leverage to try to buy our farmland, creating arid waste. It would destroy habitat of 489 species of wildlife and $200 million worth of crops. Historically the river went dry before the project was built, so water that used to be in lakes-converted-to-farmland is now being diverted down the river, creating artificially high lake levels and river flows. Go figure...KBC)
John M. Bartholow. 2005: Recent Water Temperature Trends in the Lower Klamath River, California. North American Journal of Fisheries Management, posted to KBC 3/30/05
Drought meeting assesses problems, Register Guard 3/30/05. "If farmers reduce how much they plant this year, that could hurt donations of surplus and off-grade produce such as onions and potatoes for the Oregon Food Bank, said Steve Randolph, agency relations manager for the organization. Wyden jumped in to say, "There's no question in my mind that drought can translate into more hunger."
Reclamation Met Its Water Bank Obligations, but Information Provided to
Water Bank Stakeholders Could Be Improved, Government Accountability
Office GAO 3/30/05
PRESS RELEASE: PLF Lawsuits Charge Government with Flawed Critical Habitat Designations for 42 California Species: Fish and Wildlife Service Admits Designations Routinely Skirt Scientific Standards, Pacific Legal Foundation 3/30/05
Proposals at Committee’s Bipartisan
Water Conference, List includes industry, enviros, academia, government,
Tribes and farmers come together while Glen Spain, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen spokesman and Eugene attorney, still fueling the flames. KBC commentary followed by Tidepool's article Cutbacks Reflect Klamath Fish Kill Legacy, 3/30/05
Oregon Agriculture Power Point Presentation Thank you Brent Searle, Special Assistant to the Director, Oregon Dept. of Agriculture March 2005
Klamath River Basin Compact is 'The Law of the River', H&N by James Ottoman 3/28/05.
A historic bargain doesn't just evaporate, H&N 3/28/05. "If PacifiCorp has its way before federal and state regulators, rates could go up tenfold. That would wipe tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars off the bottom line for individual operators. It might well dry up irrigation in the Klamath Basin. This is not a result that should be left to one company, nor to panels of non-elected regulators."
$149 million in refunds demanded from Peoples Energy, Breeze - Courier posted to KBC 3/28/05 "The Chicago Sun-Times reported last month that the lunch occurred just days after a utility watchdog group filed paperwork with the ICC demanding $149 million in refunds from Peoples Energy for alleged overcharges to Chicago-area cnsumers."
Water claims hearing to be televised at OIT, H&N 3/28/05.
PLF Sues Government to Compel Missed Status Reviews for Nearly 200 Species in California, Pacific Legal Foundation posted to KBC 3/28/05
Weekly Update for March 25, 2005
Pacific Power prepares irrigators for rate hike, H&N 3/28/05
Water Data Update from Bureau of Reclamation – posted March 25, 2005
Supes ask for Trinity water, once again, Times Standard posted to KBC 3/25/05
Endangered Species Act: 30 years of Endangering People and Animals is Enough! conservativevoice.com posted to KBC 3/22/05.
East side could go dry this summer, H&N posted to KBC 3/22/05.
This isn't about water, but it's about life: Congressman Doolittle: Life Deserves One More Chance, Applauds House Passage of Schiavo Legislation, 3/21/05
Scripture from Mike Connelly regarding the Chadwick meetings last week, Prayer Page 3/21/05.Taken from the discussion forum.
Klamath River Compact spelled out how water in river was to be used, H&N 3/21/05 by Lynn Long, Klamath Water Users power committee chairman. "As both federal and state law, the compact spells out a priority listing for the use of water, and also provides for "lowest power rates which may be reasonable for irrigation and drainage pumping, including pumping from wells."
Ag has a big impact on nation, Capital Press, American Farm Bureau posted to KBC 3/21/05. "This great nation was founded by farmers 229 years ago. Since then, the United States and agriculture have remained inextricably linked. As goes agriculture, so goes the nation."
Water forums build trust, communication, H&N 3/21/05.
Western irrigators hire Keppen as director, H&N 3/21/05
Justice Dept. Says ESA Law 'Pretty Much Inoperable', Greenwire 3/21/05
Senator Whitsett update District 24 3/21/05
Prayer for water crisis, 3/21/05 by Pastor Gordon Aguiar, Calvary Fellowship Lower Klamath
OTHER PLACES: Double Standard: Eco groups silent on federal fish kill, The Monitor View, posted to KBC 3/21/05.
OTHER PLACES: Projections suggest banner year for salmon, striped bass, sfgate 3/20/05.
Lake levels river flows H&N posted to KBC 3/17/05
Water forcasts worsen H&N 3/17/05
Klamath River power depends on reclamation, H&N by Steve Kandra, president Klamath Water Users Association board of directors, .posted to KBC 3/17/05
Severe limits for salmon proposed for south coast, Curry Pilot posted to KBC 3/17/05
Chadwick Workshop Day #2. Approximately 90 people attended, less than 10 farmers because they are tilling their field. The Yuroks and many government agencies and environmental groups came.3/16/05. More information to come.
Power open house draws crowd, criticism, H&N 3/17/05.
PRESS RELEASE: Dan Keppen is new Executive Director of Family Farm Alliance, posted to KBC 3/17/05. Congratulations Dan!! Family Farm Alliance, New Leadership Will Examine Storage Needs, Irrigated Ag’s Future
Tonight's Public Utility Commission public hearing was attended by well over 100 people at the Klamath Fairgrounds. However, there was no public hearing as anticipated, no chairs, but only a few booths. People were welcomed to give their testimonies to 2 recorders, telling how the projected power rate increase will end their farm operations or local businesses. KBC 3/15/05
Governor proclaims drought in Klamath, H&N 3/15/04
Greater Klamath Basin Stakeholder's workshop, March 16-18. With facilitators, irrigators, government agencies, tribes and 'environmentalists', the outcome is supposed to be understanding and solutions. We'll be there and keep you up to date. KBC
Klamath River power depends on reclamation, H&N 3/14/05 by Steve Kandra, President Klamath Water Users.
Basin turns nervous eye to snowpack, H&N 3/14/05. Does anyone find it peculiar that, with low snowpack, the irrigators are forced to send 100,000 acre feet of water into the ocean to create higher-than-historical, unnaturally-elevated lake levels and river flows. This is despite the National Academy of Science peer review saying that lake-level/river-flow management is scientifically unjustified. Now newspapers allover the West are screaming drought, drought, and it's the irrigators' fault, while our storage is being depleted because of a flawed, obsolete biological draft opinion that was not peer reviewed!!!
Limits on ocean-trolling targets sought to aid Klamath Basin fish, Oregonian posted to KBC 3/14/05. "Whether fish numbers will prove as bad as projections is far from certain. Forecasts have underestimated and overestimated run sizes by tens of thousands of fish in many years. Actual returns won't be known until after the fishing season, so larger returns won't allow more fishing." "Troll fleets off Oregon and California last year took unexpectedly large numbers of Klamath salmon," (Another projected crisis and blame of Klamath irrigators even though there were recent record runs and huge underestimations in fish forcasts in the past. KBC)
Nature Undisturbed. The Myth behind the Endangered Species Act PERC March 2005
PRESS RELEASE: Bureau of Reclamation, Notice of Implementation of Drought Plan, and Drought Plan. Go HERE.
SacBee published 2 local letters to the editor regarding Klamath Project power rates by William Kennedy, Klamath Falls, and Steven Plass, Tulelake, posted to KBC 3/13,05. These were in response to an article, Klamath Farmers, Fish at Crossroads.
Tribes look for governor's support for removal of dams, Times-Standard 3/13/05.
KWUA Weekly Update for March 11, 2005
Greed rules county, H&N 3/10/05. "Along comes Cob power plant offering millions to the county."
RELEASE: Updated Klamath Basin Water Supply Triggers Release of
Reclamation's Drought Management Plan, Bureau of Reclamation posted
to KBC 3/9/05
NEWS RELEASE: Healthy Forests received increase in funding, Congressman Walden's office 3/10/05
Stop Nature Conservancy's Midnight Sweetheart Deal! 3/20/05 alra. More on The Nature Conservancy go HERE.
Lake levels, river flows 3/9/05.
Budget plan would mean huge power rate increase, H&N by Congressman Greg Walden, posted to KBC 3/10/05
Anti-Cob initiative tossed, H&N posted to KBC 3/10/05
Water and Power by Pat Ratliff, Klamath Courier March 9 2005 issue. "An important point to remember, and one that Scottish Power, PacifiCorp’s parent company does not recognize, is that PacifiCorp receives value from the water in the lake stored by the Project. Having the ability to use the water spread out over time, and to a degree when they want it, and not just as it runs through the system, is of definite power making value."
Oregon officials to talk power rates, H&N 3/9/05
Scarce water triggers Klamath Basin plan, Oregonian 3/9/05. (See waterbank page for more on the Klamath water theft. In 2001 the Dept. of Interior told irrigators to devise a waterbank, making more reliable water supplies available to irrigators. That was thrown out entirely, a plan that would work on low water years. It has been discarded for the Bureau of Reclamation's plan that takes 100,000 acre feet of our water annually, regardless of water levels, and NONE of the idled land or aquifer pumping is for irrigation needs...it all gets sent to the ocean. Our aquifer is being depleted 5' per year. Now they want more irrigation water. KBC)
Many oppose 2005 version of biennial bill over who owns water, Capital Press posted to KBC 3/9/05
Words from Webster Crazy thoughts, Klamath Courier 3/9/05.
PRESS RELEASE: President's FY06 Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management Budget Analyzed 3/9/05, Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health
Grange holds meeting with Pacific Legal, Lee Bergeron, followed by notes by Barb Hall, KBB 3/2/05.
Important to avoid appearance of waste, H&N 3/9/05
First blush seen on ocean salmon season, Times Standard 3/9/05.
Ranchers need flexibility to graze, protect species, Capital Press 3/9/05
Drugs, Mexican cartels, attorney general and your water, Klamath Courier 3/9/05
Sealed land bids due Wednesday March 9, 2005
COB should give percentage of power to Klamath, Brock 3/8/05
City OKs enterprise zone for Cob plant, H&N 3/8/05.
Multimillion-dollar question looms for Klamath, Capital Press 3/8/05
AuCoin Appointment Re-ignites Timber War, Senate Republican Office 3/8/05
Long Lake reservoir, H&N 3/7/05. (Several years ago the irrigators were asked to find storage. They found Long Lake, deep cold water storage. Here we are, 2005, the Bureau of Reclamation is beginning to drill holes and will still be studying the concept for years. At the same time they are downsizing the Project irrigated agriculture by 1/3 with the mandatory water bank. However they support the Barnes Ranch acquisition, which will further take more ag land out of production to add to the government's 100,000 acres of acquired ag land in the upper basin, making shallow warm water storage that will further harm the water quality and increase evapo-transpiration. KBC)
Nevada 91.9% government owned, Elko, NV 3/7/05
Talk isn't cheap when you have to mean it, H&N 3/7/05
Senator Doug Whitsett update 3/7/05
Karuk Tribe seeks removal of dams to restore healthy salmon diet, posted to KBC 3/7/05. A link and commentary will eventually appear to this incredible article.
Irrigators add new blood to biop litigation 3/07/05 Fish Letter.
KWUA electrical power
legal brief. Rate was part of original deal asserted by federal Law,
KWUA, posted 3/7/05
KWUA Weekly Update for March 4, 2005
Water director returns to roots, H&N 3/6/05.
Power meeting notes by Barbara Hall, KBB posted 3/6/05
Water year looks like
2001, H&N posted 3/6/05.
Former Klamath County Commissioner Steve West forms Consulting Group, posted to KBC 3/6/05
23,600 diseased chinook salmon killed, Bend.com posted to KBC 3/6/05 (Why is it that when salmon in the Klamath are diseased, Cal Fish and Game and all the environmental groups and green press blame the Klamath Irrigators 200 miles away despite court rulings and peer review proving otherwise? However diseased fish managed by tribes and government agencies in other places are automatically attributed to 'natural causes'. KBC)
Salmon outlook mixed, posted to KBC 3/6/05, register guard. "The good news is that the ocean is expected to be chock-full of chinook salmon bound for the Columbia and Sacramento rivers." "the forecast calls for about 152,000 "Oregon Coastal Natural" coho, up 1,000 from the 2004 forecast"
Smith waits -- and waits -- for Klamath Council appointment, Times Standard 3/6/05.
Critical Public Power Meeting March 3. "PacifiCorp proposes to raise Klamath irrigators' power fees 2500 percent of the current contractual rate by 2006."
Judge allows salmon fishermen to intervene in irrigators' lawsuit,
signonsandiego.com 3/2/05 "U.S.
District Judge Francis M. Allegra ruled Monday that the Pacific Coast
Federation of Fishermen's Associations had an economic interest in the
allocation of water to the Klamath River, because salmon that the
fishermen catch spawn there, and fishermen cannot depend on the
government to fully represent their point of view." (What Judge
Allegra does not say is that 'environmentalist' Eugene attorney Glen
Spain of PCFFA represents no Oregon fishermen. KBC)
In Fish vs. Farmer Cases, the Fish Loses Its Edge, NY Times posted to KBC 3/2/05 (Roger J. Marzulla,Washington property rights lawyer representing farmers in the Klamath River basin and Sue Ellen Woolridge,solicitor for the Interior Deptment comment in this article in the NY Times on Feb.22. Important Read. Rob Crawford.)
Students scope Basin products at Farm Expo, H&N 3/2/05
TID well report 3/2/05.
Coho numbers skyrocket in Siskiyou County, California, Pioneer Press by Liz Bowen posted to KBC 3/1/05
Low stocks mean fishing cutbacks, Corvallis Gazette Times 3/1/05
KWUA weekly Update for February 25, 2005
Karuks file lawsuit against mining, Forest Service is expected to stop suction-dredge mining Pioneer Press 3/2/05.
$117,500 goes to legal fees, Pioneer Press by Liz Bowen 3/2/05
SOSS explains water issues, posted to KBC 3/1/05, Pioneer Press by Liz Bowen.
Snowpack's status nearing critical, Oregonian 3/1/05
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