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Comment by Katherine Lehman regarding Siskiyou
County Supervisor Marcia Armstrong's response to Nita Still
regarding dam removal and Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement
Electing same (Siskiyou County) supervisors? by Nita Still;
response by Siskiyou Co. Supervisor Marcia Armstrong
May 6, 2008
The beat goes on........
Marcia's LTE reply to Nita Still's begs the question why the BOS
is conducting secret meetings with Interior. Owyhee County's
coordination meetings, with every agency, were all open to the
public and the media, and as Fred Grant advises all entities to so
conduct themselves on the public's behalf.
Marcia has statutory citations requiring state and federal
agencies participate in the coordination process........far beyond
her implication that SisCo is restricted to working only with the
USFS and BLM. The NEPA process is required because of the federal
involvement, and it is that federal involvement, as well as the
state involvement, that triggers the coordination mandate, NOT
whether or not NEPA is involved. NEPA primarily, although not
exclusively, deals with the public's ability to comment on
proposed federal actions. SisCo's coordination with the federal
agencies should have all taken place BEFORE their proposal goes
public, yet Marcia implies the BOS cannot coordinate until, and
unless, NEPA is involved.
IF the BOS waits long enough then, yes, there will likely be
created the federal legislation (now lacking) that will override
SisCo's ordinance requiring a permit and full CEQA process prior
to dam removal.
Tuesday May 12, 2009 01:31 AM Pacific
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