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Respecting Siskiyou County Resolution

 Published in the February 18, 2009 Pioneer Press

The California Republican Party,

Recognizes, the importance of the hydropower facilities of J. C. Boyle, Copco I, Copco II, and Irongate on the Klamath River to California's renewable energy goals. That Copco I, Copco II, and Irongate Dams and located in Siskiyou County. That these dams generate 169 megawatts of emission free energy for 70,000 homes, provide flood protection, and a stable water supply for migrating fish, agricultural and community needs,

Recognizes, that the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted for a resolution opposing removal of dams in the Klamath River Basin,

Recognizes, that all impacts to the Klamath Basin, Siskiyou County and the citizens of Siskiyou County must be openly reviewed by authorities with jurisdiction without compromise of a bias resolve to dam removal,

Recognizes, the five solutions proposed by the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors: construction of the Long Lake Project in Klamath County, Oregon; proposed Clear Creek to Deer Creek (Hart) Bypass for fish passage around Irongate, Copco I and II, implementation of wild fish propagation through ARED program; study of C. Shasta parasite disease effecting 90% mortality of juvenile salmonoid migration to the Pacific Ocean; initiate study of ocean habitat conditions,

Regretfully notes, that political pressure that farmers and ranchers are under in the Klamath Basin and that they had to agree to dam removal to secure a guarantee of water in hopes of saving their farms and livelihoods,

Deplores, that the Federal Government is mitigating promised water for World War I and World War II veteran homesteaders, their descendants, and future landowners in the basin,

Whereas, the California Republican Party had declared on its website "California's 58 county Republican committees put Republican ideas into action in every corner of out state.",

That it be shown, the Siskiyou County Republican Central Committee unanimously supports the resolution of the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors; the concerns of our county's citizens; and the economic and environmental viability of Siskiyou County,

Supports, recognition of hydropower as a viable renewable energy for California's future,

Opposes, Governor Schwarzenegger's approval of the removal and demolition of Klamath Basin Dams,

Declares, that Governor Schwarzenegger has not visited Siskiyou County, nor attended a public forum regarding Klamath Basin Dams in Siskiyou County,

Now, therefore, let it be resolved the California Republican Party;

Endorses, the Siskiyou County Republican Central Committee's support of the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors resolution opposing dam removal and proposed solutions for the Klamath Basin,

Requests, that the Federal Government adhere to its promise with the Klamath Basin Irrigators to deliver the water required to sustain their farms and communities,

Requests, all counties of California should be respected by our state government,

Requests with great resolve, that the State of California and Governor Schwarzenegger respect the Republican ideal that the government closest to the people best represents the people,

Requests with greater resolve, that the State of California and Governor Schwarzenegger recognize the resolution passed by the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors and the Siskiyou County Republican Central Committee regarding the Klamath River Dams.
 

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