Our Klamath Basin
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Siskiyou County Water Users Association Inc.
347 North Main Street
Yreka, Ca. 96097
SCWUA responds to KBRA extension
January 1, 2013
Relative to the announcement of the signing of the
extension of the KBRA, the Siskiyou County Water Users
Association is disappointed but not surprised.
disappointed because significant information has been
provided regarding the misuse of the scientific process
by the Department of Interior and the revelations of Dr.
Paul Hauser, and now by the revelation of the situation
in Marin County, with the oyster farm by Senator Diane
Feinstein and Dr. Corey Goodman. Apparently, Secretary
Salazar has clearly indicated that he can make decisions
without being confused by good science. It is clear that
the decision to try to remove four perfectly good and
productive dams is politically motivated and has nothing
to do with the Coho salmon. The current Salmon run
numbers are indicating one of the best runs ever. This
fact is further illuminated by the findings of Dr.
Nathan Mantua of the Farrallon Institute and the JISAO
study by the University of Washington marine scientists,
who have tied the volume of Salmon production to the
Pacific Decadal Oscillation process. The riverine system
is at the tail end of the process when it comes to
returning Salmon. The DOI has indicated that any study
of the impact of the ocean environment on the Coho is
not within its jurisdiction and should not be
considered. The recent decision by Judge Dixon of the
Siskiyou County Superior court (Siskiyou Farm Bureau vs
CDFG) raises questions concerning the Department of Fish
and Game motives and ability to manipulate the process
for their own ends. They are one of the main signatories
to the KBRA.
not surprised that the signatories to the KBRA have
decided to extend the time frame. It is to be noted that
significant pressure was brought to bear on those
ranchers and farmers who decided to sign up or face
potential impact to their power and irrigation water
availability, in the event that the project went ahead
without their being a party to it. The Tribes and NGO’s,
in our opinion, obviously are not ready to give up on
the opportunity to raid the public treasury. The
significance of the hundreds of millions of dollars
which are involved in the KBRA cannot be under
end, we believe that the right decision will be made,
leaving the dams in place producing blue power for our
region and the issues confronting the Salmon at sea and
as they enter the riverine system will be resolved.
Siskiyou County Water Users Assoc.
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