| KBC short
summary of the KBRA/Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement
HERE for KBRA Page
Controversial "Agreement" includes removing 4 Klamath River hydroelectric dams, downsizing Klamath Basin agriculture, planting endangered salmon and lamprey/fish parasites in the Upper Basin's shallow warm waters, increasing river flows
above historic levels, giving Klamath Tribes a forest they sold, and
the $1 billion price tag does not include dam removal expenses or
deep water storage. It will cost up
to $4 billion on your power rates and taxes. Negotiators are
discussing removing Keno Dam also.
The FERC's, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's dams are up for relicensing. Klamath River tribes, environmentalists, Siskiyou County, and Pacific Power petitioned against the Klamath irrigators keeping an affordable power rate. Klamath irrigators lost. So the blackmail is, if Klamath Water Users Association, KWUA, agrees to the KBRA
demanding the above terms, KWUA will get $30 million of the $1 billion pot to come up with some sort of affordable power,
a block of water if the ESA and Biological Opinions and Climate
Change study results don't conflict, and some of the tribes and environmental groups might not continue to sue them.
A May 2009 poll
conducted by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett and State
Reps Garrard and Gilman showed that only 5% of those
polled in Klamath County favor the closed and
confidential negotiations involved in developing the
Klamath Basin Restoration
Agreement/KBRA and Klamath dam removal
agreement. KBRA supporters ridiculed the poll, so
those reps conducted a
public input meeting Nov. 2009 on the KBRA.
Klamath County Commissioners, Klamath Tribes,
Klamath Water Users Association, Family Farm
Alliance, and PacifiCorp
boycotted the meeting. Of more than 300 attending,
no one spoke or wrote testimony supporting the KBRA
or dam removal. Klamath County Commissioners and
most Klamath Project irrigation districts denied
their constituents their request to vote on the KBRA.
As of the November 2010
election, 80% of Siskiyou County, home of 3 Klamath River
Hydroelectric Dams targeted for destruction, oppose the KBRA/Klamath
Basin Restoration Agreement that mandates 4 Klamath Dams be
Nearly 50% of Klamath County oppose
their current County Commissioners'
being at the table in support of the KBRA They voted out Klamath
County Commissioner John Elliott who supports the KBRA, and
voted in a newcomer, Dennis Linthicum, who opposes it. They
voted to keep a state representative Bill Garrard who
opposes the KBRA, and voted against Karl Scronce, a
77% of Tulelake voters opposed the KBRA/Dam removal.