Our Klamath Basin
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.
To the people of Klamath Basin,
Klamath River and interested parties.
By James A. Waddell, September 20,
I hope for the best for all the
Klamath Basin people.
I am James A. Waddell, Karuk Member
#447. I am a former Council member of the originating Karuk
Tribal Council c. 1971-1972. I am disabled and unable to travel
far without frequent breaks. I am a veteran of overseas US Army.
I am a research writer, member of Outdoor Writers Association of
California, an author and publisher and I have been working in
history. Please take these notes of the Klamath River for your
information or you can use them as you please in the context that
I am writing them.
Dam Removal - Loss of power production; Large unestimated volume
of reservoir sediment; Will not bring salmon to Klamath Basin.
To the best of my research, Salmon did not exist in Upper
Klamath River or Klamath Basin in known history; No spawning
gravels above State line rapids for 14 miles; No spawning gravel
in slow waters of lakes, refuges or wet lands in Klamath Basin.
Algae - is from slow water rivers, mineralized springs, bird
droppings of millions of birds, organic decay in marshes and wet
lands; Increasing the size and number of wet lands will bring
greater water evaporation and increased ingredients for algae.
Karuk Members are scattered out from Alaska to Montana, to
Oregon, Idaho and to many parts of California to get jobs
and make a living; As near as I can learn, there is no majority
of Karuk Members supporting any so called Karuk law suits or dam
removal efforts; My estimate of Karuk Members involved in
Political Activities regarding anything to do with the Klamath
River is less than 10% of the 3,456 members.
I am a Karuk Member who does not agree with any Political
Actions a group of people who proclaims themselves to be the
Karuk Tribe of California.
I hope these comments will be helpful
in bringing some kind of wisdom into these political
James A. Waddell
Thursday May 07, 2009 09:14 AM Pacific
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