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Our Klamath Basin Water Crisis
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.

OPINION by Dr. Richard Gierak of Siskiyou County Water Users Association


Scientific analysis regarding Klamath dam removal

U.S. Department of the Interior ignores scientific data supplied by Klamath Bureau of Reclamation and closes down their further participation in fisheries data collection. Memo dated Nov. 8, 2012


Klamath Dams sediment contains toxic levels of Mercury, Chromium, Zinc and Antimony

According to Klamath Bureau of Reclamation studies of sediment behind Klamath Dams, “The percent recoveries for QA sample CDH-W-CPN were unacceptably high for chromium, mercury, and zinc.” Report published May 2011.


Klamath Dam removal contributes to species decline

According to the Klamath Bureau of Reclamation removal of Klamath Dams “contributes to species decline” Memo dated Nov. 8, 2012


Hydroelectric power is the cleanest “green energy” producer

Advantages to hydroelectric power according to the U.S. Geological Survey :

“Fuel is not burned so there is minimal pollution

Water to run the power plant is provided free by nature

Hydropower plays a major role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Relatively low operations and maintenance costs

The technology is reliable and proven over time

It's renewable - rainfall renews the water in the reservoir, so the fuel is almost always there”





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