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Supervisors have 12 points they want addressed
by Lee Juillerat, Herald and News December 17, 2009
Siskiyou County supervisors have a list of 12 points that must be
addressed before they will sign an agreement that would remove
four Klamath River dams.
Supervisor Jim Cook, whose district includes Butte Valley and
Tulelake, said supervisors on the board prepared the 12 points
because stakeholders in Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement
negotiations “frequently seem not to get it.”
A key concern, Cook said, is a requirement that Siskiyou County
sign the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement as a prerequisite to
participating in the hydro agreement discussions. Supervisors
strongly object to a demand that the county sign the agreement by
List sent out
The list, prepared by county counsel Thomas Guarino, was sent to
government agencies, groups and individuals involved in the
ongoing negotiations, including Interior Secretary Ken Salazar,
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and California Resources
Agency Secretary Mike Chrisman.
Cook said a relatively new negotiating concern involves protecting
the rights of the Shasta Nation, an Indian tribe not formally
recognized by the federal government. Although the group is split
into two factions, both have concerns about impacts on burial
grounds if the dams are removed, and both want the agreement to
guarantee other tribes do not infringe on traditional Shasta
The Siskiyou Board of Supervisors also wants a study to determine
possible impacts to Yreka’s water supply system, and if needed, a
guarantee the system would be replaced.
Among the negotiating points on the county’s list:
Identify and fund renewable energy sources equal to energy lost by
removing the dams.
Provide the county $2.5 million so it can participate in and
evaluate environmental, economic and social studies.
Guarantees that environmental studies will review all possible
contaminants in released sediment.
Assurances the government will fulfill coordination obligations.
Friday December 18, 2009 02:54 AM Pacific
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