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Bureau of Reclamation Klamath Project Operation Plans
and other documents and articles

KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement

Bureau of Reclamation 2012 Klamath Project Drought Plan, posted 4/7/12.

* Klamath Project Biological Opinion by USFWS and NMFS, released 6/3/13.
MEMO to BOR from USFWS and NMFS regarding Klamath Project 2013 Biological Opinion posted to KBC 6/3/13.
PRESS RELEASE: Biological Opinion on Klamath Project Operations Delivered, USBR 6/3/13.
Feds OK new balance for Klamath water, Modesto Bee 6/3/12.

KWAPA / Klamath Water and Power Agency

***Fish and Wildlife Service Final Biological Opinion, posted 4/22/08 

Water Bank and Groundwater Issues

Klamath Compact
Klamath Compact Appendix B

Ground-Water Hydrology of the Upper Klamath Basin, Oregon and California,
Prepared in cooperation with the Oregon Water Resources Department, 5/3/07.

Oregon Senator Whitsett on Oregon Water adjudication, Part 1 of 2, 11/8/09, YouTube Video.

Oregon Senator Whitsett on water adjudication, Part 2 of 2, 11/8/09 YouTube Video

 

 

! Water call made on the Williamson, H&N 11/23/16. "Water users in the upper Klamath Basin have received shutoff notices for surface water use after the Klamath Tribes called on their water rights earlier this month....Water users along the Williamson and its tributaries, as well as the Klamath Marsh, received notices directing them to cease stock and domestic use of surface water until February...this should only affect those diverting water from streams and rivers and said wells, which depend on ground water, are not affected."

Feds asking public to weigh in on breaching Snake River dams, found on This West is Our West from Spokesman Review, posted to KBC 9/30/16.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says she doesn't feel that destroying the Klamath River hydroelectric dams, that supply power for 70,000 households, will set a precedent. however... Jewell letter to FERC supporting destroying 4 hydrodams on the Klamath River 10/17/16

Upper Klamath Basin Nonpoint Source Pollution Assessment and Management Program Plan; Klamath Tribal Water Quality Consortium, Aug 16, 2016, Comments WERE due Sept 18, 2016. Who knew about this plan to eradicate agriculture and all the dams in the Klamath River Basin? received and posted to KBC 9/20/16. KBC NOTE: Participants are 6 tribes (including Karuk and Hoopa), many federal and state agencies, Trout Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust, California Coastal Conservancy, ODEQ, State and Regional Water Quality Control Boards, and dozens more; most of the agencies, tribes and environmental groups are "stakeholders" in the Klamath Basin dam-removal agreements.  "Given the large volumes of water in the Klamath Basin, very large wetlands (on the order of thousands of acres or tens of thousands of acres) would be necessary to have basin-scale effect...", they want to get rid of "... water rights, water availability, and landowner willingness issues...", " TNC recently acquired approximately 4,000 acres adjacent to Agency Lake Ranch and Barnes Ranch which it is in the process of restoring back to wetlands", Wetlands, by the way, evaporates nearly 2ce the amount of water used by irrigated agriculture, "The Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement...calls for inflows to Upper Klamath Lake to be increased by 30,000 acre-feet per year to be achieved by reducing the net consumptive use of water for irrigated agriculture," Roads that are no longer necessary would be considered for ... removal,"..."The Consortium supports reduced irrigation and improved grazing management as a method to reduce irrigation demand," "Once plans are developed for how to remove the dams and appropriate permits are obtained, the dams should be removed. The KHSA targets 2020 as the year in which dam removal would occur."
Comments on the Klamath Tribal Water Quality Consortium by Siskiyou County Water Users Association Rex Cozzalio, received by KBC News 9/20/16

Water shut offs taking place in upper Klamath Basin, H&N 8/2/16

***Dozens of Sprague River wells shut down by Klamath Tribal call on irrigation water, Senator Doug Whitsett 7/28/16.

Water shutoffs start in upper Basin, Klamath Tribes made the call, Wood River could be next, H&N 5/27/16

Hoopa Tribe Sues Federal Government over Inadequate Protections for Juvenile Salmon, Hoopa Valley Tribe PRESS RELEASE, 5/17/16

Full water supply expected, H&N 4/9/16

Klamath Water Users AssociationKlamath Water Users Association has named Scott White (the current watermaster) as its new executive director, H&N 1/20/16. “I think what’s important right now is unity...”

Irrigators wrangle over Klamath Water Users membership, H&N 1/15/16. "The 2016 KID annual budget states the cost for KID irrigators is $238,168...'I can’t say I’m against the Water Users, but I can say that I’m not for them, in the fact that they don’t include all of Klamath County. Every adjudicated, irrigated acre in Klamath County should be included,' said Oxley. 'If it’s not good for everybody, it’s not good.' Horsely agreed that Water Users should be open to more of the county’s farmers."

KBC News notes on last Friday's meeting of Klamath Project irrigation districts to find water solutions in the aftermath of the failed controversial KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, and the resignation of Klamath Water User's executive director, posted to KBC 1/12/16"Tracy Liskey said we will have the same problems again if we leave out the off project irrigators; we need a basin solution. He said 90% of the problem with the KBRA was that all the meetings were in closed door executive sessions and people didn't know what was going on. 'If we don't address issues tearing us apart, we can't bring this together.' Luther Horsely, KWUA past president of the board, said they couldn't talk about the settlement because they were gagged. Brent Cheyne brought a list of solutions he said were necessary." KBC Photo above is of TID/Tulelake Irrigation District Manager Brad Kirby, right, escorting a tribal member out of the building when he loudly interrupted this meeting of irrigation district boards.

Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement Terminated on 12/31/15. "The Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA) and Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement (UKBCA) are still in effect, they did not terminate with the KBRA, but they also require federal authorization legislation and their implementation is interdependent with the now-terminated KBRA," by Ed Sheets, Klamath agreements facilitator.

Water district board members meet Friday, H&N 1/6/16. Friday at 1 pm in Merrill, Klamath Basin irrigators meet to find solutions, "to bring community back together." "Under the (controversial KBRA) agreement, Klamath Project irrigators were slated to receive a substantial block of irrigation water from Upper Klamath Lake each year if certain instream flows were met in the lake’s tributaries..."

Water district board members meet Friday, H&N 1/6/16. Friday at 1 pm in Merrill, Klamath Basin irrigators meet to find solutions, "to bring community back together." "Under the (controversial KBRA) agreement, Klamath Project irrigators were slated to receive a substantial block of irrigation water from Upper Klamath Lake each year if certain instream flows were met in the lake’s tributaries..."

Reclamation Releases Scoping Report on Long-Term Plan for Protecting Late Summer Adult Salmon in the Lower Klamath River, BOR Press Release, posted to KBC 12/15/15.
Comments on Plan

Irrigation district reverses course, re-joins Klamath Water Users Association, H&N, 11/25/15. "Board member Grant Knoll, who represents KID’s Zone 3, said he voted to dissolve the district’s relationship with Water Users because his constituents do not agree with the policies Water Users stands for..." 'I’ve polled them, and they want to pull out,' Knoll said."

KID / Klamath Irrigation District leaves (Klamath) water users group, H&N posted to KBC 11/18/15. "Board member Brent Cheyne said KID irrigators pay Water Users about $238,000 per year...“It seems to me that some of the political goals of the Water Users contradicts what we are trying to do,” Bair said...."the money being paid to Water Users should instead be dedicated to paying for the multi-million dollar C Canal flume replacement. The flume delivers irrigation water to roughly 22,000 cropland acres in the Klamath Project."

History of water in the Klamath Basin, by Oregon Rep Gail Whitsett 7/26/15.

More water for Project irrigators, H&N 7/24/15. "...on July 19, Upper Klamath Lake was 62 percent full, with a volume of 317,395 acre-feet. Last year on July 19, the lake was only 45 percent full..."

"40 wells Oregon Water Resources Dept. plans to shut off this year. (So far)" This was sent to KBC 7/14/15. These are Upper Klamath Basin Wells.

California waterboard curtailment notices

Water shutoffs along Sprague coming. Some 40 upper Basin wells may be regulated, too, H&N 6/25/15

Bureau makes call for water, shutoffs anticipated, H&N 6/17/15

Senator Whitsett's help to Klamath Basin irrigators Senate Bill 206-A

Public Comment due 5/28/15 on non-Project water conveyance

California waterboard curtailment notices

In Central California - Calif. salmon get truck rides and more during drought; Fish taxi service in place to make sure young salmon survive the trip to the ocean, H&N 5/17/15.
In Klamath Basin - Water deliveries devastated.
Allocations slashed to less than half of average annual use, H&N, posted to KBC 5/17/15. "...
11 out of 15 Project irrigation districts that take water from the Klamath system are already shut down and unable to receive water...National Marine Fisheries Service has overspent their environmental water account, which is affecting the Klamath Project irrigators in a negative way,” Addington said. “There’s no consequence for them not managing the water properly.”
In Stanislaus River -
"Last week, per order of your federal government, the California Bureau of Reclamation ordered the release of 15,000 acre-feet of water into the Stanislaus River. That comes to 4.8 billion gallons, enough water to supply 178,301 Californians for a year...Six fish needed saving. Not six species of fish; a total of six fish..."

NEWS RELEASE - Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Documents for Proposed Excess Capacity Contracts for Conveyance of Non-Klamath Project Water 5/14/15
* PUBLIC COMMENT due 5/28/15
LINK Reclamation proposes to enter into contracts with the Klamath Irrigation District, Tulelake Irrigation District, and Langell Valley Irrigation for the use of excess capacity in Klamath Project facilities for storage and conveyance of “Non-Project” water acquired or obtained for private use during the spring-summer irrigation season for a five-year period, from 2015 through 2019.
* Draft FONSI/Finding of No Significant Impact EPA report - KBC
* Draft Environmental Assessment of 5 year contract of water storage and conveyance of non-Project water in Klamath Project for 2015-2019

Irrigators asked to scale back usage. Shutoffs could start on June 1 if water draws continue, H&N, posted to KBC 5/7/15

(Klamath Project) Water bids are out, set fees are in, East Side payments still undecided, H&N, 3/5/15

Public Comment Period Open for Waters of the U.S. Proposed Rule - Comments due 11/14/14

State adopts drought rule; drinking, stock water given preference by commission, H&N posted to KBC 9/28/14.

County, state tussle over water regulations; public works director to sit on water advisory, H&N, posted to KBC 9/20/14.
< Klamath Falls City Councilman Bill Adams speaks about his frustrations with a proposed Oregon Water Resources Department rule on Thursday during a question and answer session at Oregon Tech.  
"Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams, also an irrigator, spoke in opposition to the proposed rule change. 'This is what I feel is nothing more than trying to put pressure on everybody trying to agree to a settlement that’s very iffy, lacks a lot of support...There is some support … because they have been pushed into a corner, and a gun to their head, as far as I’m concerned, by Oregon Water Resources and our federal government. Water resources in the past has been the champion for irrigated agriculture...I feel they’re one of our worst enemies, and that’s very disheartening.' Mallams also read a statement from State Rep. Gail Whitsett on her behalf: 'We find no viable reason or justification for this permanent rule to apply only to the Klamath River Watershed in Klamath County,' read the statement."

Klamath salmon in danger; additional flows intended to prevent fish die-off, H&N, posted to KBC 9/21/14. "The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) began releasing additional flows from Trinity Reservoir via the Lewiston Dam Tuesday....We must, however, take all reasonable measures to prevent a recurrence of the fish losses experienced in 2002"  KBC NOTE: Water was shut off to Klamath Basin family farms the summer of 2001. After irrigation was restored to irrigators in later, tribes, U.S. Dept of Fish and Game, and environmental groups focused on obliterating farming in the Klamath Basin, blamed Klamath Farmers for fish dying in 2002, 170 miles downstream. Fish Scientist David Vogel (see #'s 19, 22, 23 and 29) explained why sending high flows of warm water from Iron Gate dam was lethal for salmon in the already warm river. According to a Scientist conference in Klamath Falls in 2004, effects of the 2002, 500,000-acre Biscuit Fire smoke were never studied in relation to fish dying that fall. Neither were considered effects of drainoff from drug labs on the Klamath River.

Additional water releases for Klamath River, H&N 8/23/14

KLAMATH COUNTY New drought water ruling proposed by officials, H&N 8/16/14. "The public comment period ends at 5 p.m. Sept. 19...A new rule that would allow water for human consumption and stock watering during drought in Klamath County has been proposed by the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD)."

Agency reconsidering water for Klamath salmon, H&N 8/16/14. "Tribal members were going to Sacramento on Tuesday to hold a vigil outside Bureau offices, she said. Since the 1960s, some water from the Trinity has been pumped over the mountains to the Central Valley of California for irrigation. Sierztutowski said some of those irrigation districts have been denied water this year due to the drought."

BOR, PacifiCorp reach agreement on reservoir releases  H&N, posted to KBC 8/16/14. "According to KWAPA Executive Director Hollie Cannon, the combination of consecutive drought years and new rules in place to protect endangered fish in the Klamath watershed means irrigators are given less surface water, forcing them to turn to groundwater..."

Oregon's expansion of regulations of surface and groundwater use, by Senator Doug Whitsett 8/13/14. "What the Department is not making clear to the public is that their proposed permanent rules make substantial and critical changes to the existing emergency rule. The rule being proposed extends the Department’s authority beyond its regulation of surface-water, to include the regulation of groundwater under the preferential use of water for human and stock-water during drought. This rule appears to be another attempt by the Department to use its rule making powers to extend its authority to regulate surface water under the Klamath River Adjudication, to include the regulation of groundwater."

(Klamath) Basin water allocation tightens, reservoirs drawn to their limits, H&N 8/6/14

BOR reduces Iron Gate Dam flows, H&N 7/3/14

On April 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) jointly released a new proposed rule – Definition of Waters of the U.S. Under the Clean Water Act – that would amend the definition of “waters of the U.S.” and expand the range of waters that fall under federal jurisdiction. The proposed rule, published in the Federal Register, is open for public comment for 90 days, until July 21, 2014.

Senator Roberts and Western Caucus urge EPA to halt Waters of the US rule, 5/8/14

Why Willamette Valley farmers should watch Klamath Falls' water rights fight, Statesman Journal, posted to KBC 5/10/14. "The agency identified 130 wells (including Mallams) that could interfere with surface water sources, meaning he and other farmers could lose both sources of water this summer. 'You virtually cannot prove there isn’t interference because of the way they did the modeling,' Mallams said. 'I am considered guilty unless I prove myself innocent and I cannot prove myself innocent.' For Whitsett, that means the OWRD can do the same thing to any watershed in Oregon."

Zero acre-feet of water; East Side Klamath Project irrigators to see little or no water; idling funds also are in short supply, H&N 4/15/14. "Moxley said the newly designed pivots can reduce his irrigation water use up to 50 percent. But last week, the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) announced that irrigators, who rely on water supplies from Clear Lake Reservoir, will get zero acre-feet for the 2014 irrigation season." KBC NOTE: When Klamath Reclamation Project was built, Clear Lake was a meadow. Suckers do not live in meadows. To create farmland, water was stored in Clear Lake (meadow) to so it could be used for irrigation if needed. The U.S. government made it into a bird refuge and decided to create habitat for suckers who historically did not live in this meadow, mandating lake levels and denying access in most of that area to the public.

Press Release: Klamath Project 2014 Operations Plan Released, Bureau of Reclamation  4/8/14
2014 Klamath Project Operations Plan 4/8/14

Klamath 2014 Emergency-Use Drought Permits Denied, posted to KBC 4/7/14

< Lucky Ackley
Klamath Basin farmers, ranchers face tough water year, CFBF Ag Alert, posted to KBC 2/26/14

Klamath Basin water outlook, recent rains just a drop in the bucket, H&N, posted to KBC 2/19/14.

Brandan Topham February Newsletter - OWRD to shut off surface and ground water to Upper Klamath ranches and farms, posted to KBC 2/23/14. "The State recently told us that they are going to shut off all of the surface water above Klamath Lake again this year....(OWRD) has decided that it will also shut off most of the wells above Klamath Lake."

Water Interference Bill, legislative update by Oregon Rep Gail Whitsett, posted to KBC 2/21/14. "....Over 130 Klamath Basin farmers and ranchers have been threatened by the OWRD to have their irrigation ground water wells shut down as soon as April 2014.  This is in addition to the same ranches having all of their surface water called on, and shut off, by the Klamath Tribes (as the newly adjudicated senior water right holder) and the OWRD in 2013. The adjudication provides absolutely no direct statutory control over ground water, but the OWRD is trying to tie the two water sources (ground and surface) together in an attempt to gain control over all of the ranch and farm lands (through their water) in certain areas of the Basin, without going through the process of defining a “Critical Groundwater Area”. OWRD does not want to go through this process as there really is not a shortage of ground water in this region..."

Governor plans $687 million for California drought, Capital Press 2/20/14

Drought Declared, Four Oregon counties to receive state relief, H&N 2/14/14.

* The Oregon Water Resources Department is no longer a friend of agriculture 8/1/13 by Senator Doug Whitsett: "More than 250 water users holding Allottee and Walton water rights dating to 1864 are being forced to turn off their irrigation water...The Department’s final determination gave the Tribes such a huge amount of water that virtually no additional water will be available for irrigation in a normal year..."

Crater Lake shutoff possible, H&N 6/30/13. "Any impacts to Crater Lake could be far-reaching economically. In 2011, visitors contributed $34.6 million to nearby communities, said Jeff Olson, National Park Service spokesman, and 549 area jobs were supported...Calls for water were made June 10 by the most senior water rights holders: Klamath Project farmers and the Klamath Tribes."

(Oregon U.S. Senator) Wyden calls for new basin-wide solution to Klamath water issues, Wyden Press Release 6/20/13.
Archived video of the 6/20/13 hearing, testimony and a full list of witnesses are available here.

Klamath Tribes: Support the KBRA in exchange for water talks, Capital Press 6/20/13. "The leader of the Klamath Tribes told a U.S. Senate committee June 20 that ranchers facing water shutoffs in the Upper Klamath Basin would have to agree to provisions of a three-year-old basin restoration agreement to negotiate more water from the tribes." KBC Note: Klamath Tribe is presently denying  irrigation water to off-Project Klamath irrigators supposedly for the sacred sucker fish. However, if the irrigators agree to supporting the KBRA (which destroys 4 hydro dams on the Klamath River, gifts land to the tribes that they previously sold to build a sovereign land base, destroys a fish hatchery producing millions of salmon, and downsizes agriculture), then the tribe will allow off Project irrigators to discuss terms to get their water back.

*** Wyden invites comments (by June 19th) on water management in Klamath River Basin / KBRA, Democratic News, posted to KBC 6/15/13. KBC: the Senate hearing on the controversial KBRA/Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement /  and KHSA/Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement is June 20th. Email your comments on water management by June 19th!

Water shutoffs to continue; Judge denies temporary stoppage on Klamath Basin adjudication enforcement, H&N 6/15/13. "If they cannot feed their livestock, ranchers will be forced to sell..."

In Upper Klamath Basin, irrigation water shut-off begins for some ranchers, Oregonian 6/12/13.

Klamath Tribes and federal government put out historic call for water rights in drought-stricken Klamath Basin, Oregonian, posted to KBC 6/12/13. "The Klamath Tribes and the federal government called their water rights in southern Oregon's Klamath Basin for the first time Monday, likely cutting off irrigation water to hundreds of cattle ranchers and farmers in the upper basin this summer...Some 300 to 400 irrigators – and 70,000 to 100,000 cattle – could be impacted, upper basin water groups estimated. State officials said shut offs could begin as soon as Wednesday, and would be calibrated throughout the summer as river flows and weather dictate." KBC NOTE: Some quotes in above article are by KBRA supporter Becky Hyde, former board member of Sustainable Northwest.  SNW founder and president is Martin Goebel. Goebel was director of World Wildlife Fund, which is partner of United Nations Foundation with George Soros and Ford Foundation. Goebel is Trustee for Summit Charitable Foundation owned by Roger Sant. The company in a five year span granted Sustainable NW $342,875.  The funds come from Sant's company AES, worldwide developer of power in 29 countries, power "from coal to gas to renewables such as wind, hydro and biomass."  Hyde is at the closed-door KBRA negotiation table. The KBRA would destroy 4 hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River and fish hatchery producing millions of salmon, give land to the Klamath Tribes, put full support behind the Endangered Species Act, downsize agriculture by 25% or more, and give new water rights to bird refuges, along with planting endangered fish in warm shallow Klamath Lake and mandating their success.

* Klamath Project Biological Opinion by USFWS and NMFS, released 6/3/13.
MEMO to BOR from USFWS and NMFS regarding Klamath Project 2013 Biological Opinion posted to KBC 6/3/13.
PRESS RELEASE: Biological Opinion on Klamath Project Operations Delivered, USBR 6/3/13.
Feds OK new balance for Klamath water, Modesto Bee 6/3/12.

Drought, disputes put water at premium; uncertain supply, delayed opinion point to tough year, H&N 6/2/13.

Irrigators prepare for the worst, Delivery uncertainty: Klamath Project operating ‘without guidance,’ posted to KBC 5/14/13 Including legal actions, adjudication

Agency looks to curtail water usage, (Klamath) Group is preparing for drought, H&N, posted to KBC 5/9/13.

Upper Basin water shutoffs likely, Low water flows a troubling sign as state directors visit Klamath, H&N 5/7/13. "Upper Basin contestants have filed stays against various instream claims, Upper Klamath Lake levels, and the Klamath Project’s consolidated claim"

Mandatory Ranch Management Plan illegal and unconstitutional, letter from Mark Baird, Scott Valley rancher and commercial pilot, 10/22/12

Agricultural contributions and water reallocation, Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett, Klamath Falls Dist 28, posted to KBC 10/11/12

Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) – Part 1, Column by Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia Armstrong 9/18/12. "IWRM was born out of The Dublin Statement on Water and Sustainable Development created at the International Conference on Water and the Environment held in Ireland in 1992. ..“Integrated Water Resources Management” was featured in Chapter 18 of Agenda 21.."
General information on IWRM - The Global Agenda - IWRM - a Blueprint for Control, by Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia Armstrong 

Oregon needs action on water, Capital Press, posted to KBC 8/24/12.

Langell Valley faces limited water supplies, H&N, posted to KBC 8/22/12.

Farmers, ranchers in the Langell Valley familiar with water crises, H&N, posted to KBC 8/16/12. "Under federally-mandated U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biological opinions, a minimum lake level is required to support the short-nose sucker, an endangered fish." (KBC NOTE: There is a mandatory lake level in Clear Lake for "endangered" suckers. Before the Klamath Project was built, Clear Lake was a meadow. The reservoir was built to evaporate water so farmers could farm. The Project also pumped water out of this closed basin into Klamath River, water which historically did not reach the river. The federal government now demands a higher-than-historical lake level for salmon because of the ESA / Endangered Species Act. )

Panel adopts comprehensive Oregon water strategy, Capital Press, posted to KBC 8/5/12

Draft of (Oregon) state water plan posted, Capital Press 6/26/12

Draft IWRS / Integrated Water Resource Strategy 6/22/12
IWRS Executive Summary 6/22/12
     "The Oregon Water Resources Commission is scheduled to adopted the Integrated Water Resources Strategy at their August 2 meeting. The meeting is being held at the Water Resources Dept Conference Room 124 725 Summer St NE in Salem. The discussion is scheduled to begin at 1:00 pm.
     Water for Life does not support adoption of the Strategy. It is our position that it is not a strategy but an opinion piece and policy statement. The link to the complete document is below. You are encouraged to attend the meeting and let the Commission know your thoughts on the document."

     Helen Moore, Executive Director
(503) 375-6003

Well, it looks like the Karuk Tribe and Klamath River Keepers are at it again, PieNPolitics 6/5/12. "Late last week while the areas food producers were preparing for the 2012-farming season, the Karuk Tribe, in coordination with the Klamath River Keepers, went public with an extremely biased and highly controversial groundwater model of the Scott River aquifer."

Plan in place to ease moderate drought, basin irrigation officials say idling will save 10,000 acre-feet of water this summer, H&N 5/31/12. "The first land idling period begins June 15 and the deadline to apply is Tuesday, June 5."

Oregon Integrated Water Resources Strategy, by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett 5/31/12. "...IWRS advisory committee... appear to have placed little emphasis on the development of additional storage for current and expanded agricultural use. Implementation of those public policies can only serve to diminish the supply of water available for irrigation."

Latest water level drop at Copco, by Robert Davis, 5/14/12. "NMFS requested a higher than normal water flow out of Irongate, above 3000 cfs. Flows provided from Klamath Lake were about 2750 cfs. ...The shortage was made up from Copco Lake resulting in a drop in lake level of about 7 feet...It is evident there was no monitoring of the process to assure any request for change would not cause damage or hardship for the other sections of the project."

The Big Picture part 2, by Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia Armstrong, posted to KBC 5/14/11. Armstrong documents how the UN and ICNU, with designated roadless areas and wilderness areas, were formed to shut down human use of land and resources in the Klamath River Basin.
HERE for the Big Picture part 1.

Here is the link for Armstrong's research on Agenda 21 Rewilding or HERE

The Big Picture Part I, by Marcia Armstrong, Siskiyou County Supervisor, posted to KBC 5/11/11. "I was struck by a sentence in the recent “chinook expert panel” report commissioned for the dam removal studies. It said: “Furthermore, the refuges should be managed for fish and wildlife versus agriculture if the basin management objective is rehabilitation of fish species.” Just when did the citizens of Siskiyou County agree to an over-riding regional “management objective”of fish rehabilitation? Just who signed the orders relegating us to serfdom, putting our private property and livelihoods in the service of fish production and those who harvest fish? What happened to our own economic priorities – to the development of our local natural resources to create food, fiber and mineral products for the benefit of our families, communities and nation."

OIWRS / Oregon Integrated Water Resource Strategy Issue papers comment by 3/1/11

Managing Klamath River complicated; recent flow change offers an example, H&N editorial, posted to KBC  2/15/11. (KBC NOTE: last year more than 1/2 Klamath irrigators received no irrigation water. This year the federal agencies sent approximately 20,000 acre feet of water into the ocean.) "Greg Addington, executive director for the Klamath Basin Water Users Association, which represents water users on the five irrigation districts on the 240,000-acre federal project, said the lake’s 'in good shape now. That’s a lot of water (going downriver), but I don’t feel like the lake is in jeopardy of not filling because of it.' ”

River flows to increase for fish, H&N, posted to KBC 2/10/11. "Flows will be three times their current cubic feet per second rate, going from 1,600 cfs to 5,000 cfs for six hours, and then decreasing to 1,300 cfs."

Reclamation Announces Flows from Iron Gate Dam to Increase on Wednesday, February 9, BOR 2/7/11. " 'I am confident that we will have the lake as full as possible for this time of the year, and we are on track to fill the lake on or before April 1, 2011,' stated Phillips."

Integrated Water Resources Strategy; Oregon Water Resources Department
Medford Flyer (Tuesday, May 11)
Klamath Falls Flyer (Wednesday, May 12)
Redmond Flyer (Thursday, May 13)

PRESS RELEASE: Reclamation Announces Start Date for Klamath Project Water Deliveries, Bureau of Reclamation, posted to KBC 4/5/09

Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia Armstrong compares California water plan with Klamath dam-removal Agreement, Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, 7/24/08

CA New Water Governance Paradigm; information, sent by Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia Armstrong 7/21/08
Comments on Statewide Watershed Program, by Marcia H. Armstrong, Siskiyou County Supervisor District 5, posted to KBC 7/21/08

Rationing signals grim times for water out West, by Dan Keppen, Executive Director of Family Farm Alliance, 2/29/08, H&N. "...government regulations and court-ordered directives favoring fish over farmers will put the screws to San Joaquin communities this summer.  Because farmland within Westlands Water District — ground zero in the current crisis — accounts for 20 percent of the $5 billion agricultural production of Fresno County (the nation’s No. 1 farm county), the potential economic impacts will dwarf the 2001 Klamath crisis."

Central Valley farmers adjusting to drought, CVBT 6/24/08

Columbia River: Salmon win in this dam legal battle, Capital Press editorial 4/25/08. "It's a fact that some environmental groups won't be happy until every dam is removed from every salmon stream and river in the West. Whether that's practical is, for them, not a concern. They simply don't seem to be willing to accept any alternatives. For them, it's an all-or-nothing proposition."

Water obligations will be met, Reclamation expects to make full deliveries to irrigators, H&N posted to KBC 4/14/07

PRESS RELEASE Reclamation : Klamath Project 2007 Operations Plan Released; Supplies Expected to Meet all Responsibilities, 4/9/07. "Reclamation has developed access to supplemental water of up to 100,000 acre-feet, if it is required, to meet Project needs...the WSES water comprises off-stream storage, land idling, and ground-water pumping."

Growth threatens water, H&N 3/1/07. "Addington said irrigators are frustrated that the matrix gives them less water in average-water years than in low-water years."

Recommendation for Big Look Task Force; Water, Paper or Planning? by Tamra Mabbott, Umatilla County Planning Director,October, 2006
Oregon's water management plan, Oregon State Senator Doug Whitsett responds to above recommendation, 11/28/06 "Her (Mabbott's) proposals, taken as a whole, represent the largest expansion of Oregon’s police powers since the 1973 passage of Senate Bill 100, the land use planning statute. Six of her specific policy proposals appear to oppose the interests of agriculture and the interests of many municipalities."

Project aims to mend lake shore, H&N, posted to KBC 7/3/06 "Mark Buettner, a fisheries biologist for FWS, acknowledged the lake level does not currently meet the biological opinion's requirement. But he said the agency has OK'd the temporary discrepancy, which was due to circumstances beyond Reclamation's control. Analyses by Reclamation and FWS conclude the current level will provide adequate sucker habitat this year."

Interior and Yurok Tribe announce agreement to improve management of Klamath River Basin, posted to KBC 6/29/06.

Common sense left out of Klamath water plans, Capital Press Steve Cheyne posted to KBC 12/25/05

Bureau Commissioner John Keyes 'On Point', July 19, 2005, transcript.

Reclamation Managing Water in the West articles for 6/24/05

Wrangling Water, International water experts and officials gather in Boise to discuss rising demands and decreasing supplies, Headwaters News 6/22/05 (Family Farm Alliance Dan Keppen and BOR Commissioner John Keyes were amongst the panelists.)

Water-use measurement bill clears Senate, Capital Press 6/13/05.(In California in certain regions, this type bill led to landowners being charged over $100/acre foot for their own groundwater. KBC)

Whitsett has good reason to be wary, Herald and News editorial 6/8/05. "Rural Oregon should be afraid of such things because they put weapons in the hands of urban residents who have little knowledge about such things as agriculture and responsible use of resources."

Rural Oregonians fear bill SB731 is threat to their water rights, Seattle Times 5/30/05. (BEWARE: there are places in California that private property owners must pay over $100 per acre foot for their own water. This will erode your property right to your water. KBC)

Alliance: ‘Mining’ ag water becoming default water policy for urban growth, Wyoming Livestock Roundup 5/7/05 "Quotes from Family Farm Alliance president Pat O’Toole and Chairman of the Board, Bill Kennedy on the importance of enhancing Western water supplies."

Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA unveils water action plan for California, "No Time to Waste: A Blueprint for California Water" pdf file. HERE for summary.

2 H&N articles on the Klamath Conservation Implementation Plan, 10/25/04, 'Focus sought for water program', and 'Bureau takes new program for test drive.'


Irma Largomarsino, supervisor of the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service's Arcata Field Office, and NMFS biologist Jim Simondet


Hope and concern are the local reactions to the federal government's idea of a Klamath solution, the CIP,

 
by KBC 10/23/04.


Christine Karas, Bureau of Reclamation, deputy manager of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's Klamath Falls office.

Klamath Water Users Association weekly update October 14, 2004. Go to Klamath Water Users Association update 101404 for update:
* Klamath Water Users Applaud Signing of Landmark Watershed Agreement
* Interior Secretary Announces Klamath Watershed Coordination Agreement
* Complete Text of the Klamath River Watershed Coordination Agreement
* Klamath County Commissioner Clarifies the Record for ONRC

10/14/04: Attached are local, regional and national news articles regarding yesterday's announcement of the historic Klamath River Watershed Coordination Agreement:
1. Associated Press
2. Los Angeles Times
3. The Oregonian (Portland)
4. Eureka Times-Standard
5. Redding Record Searchlight

Hands across the Basin, H&N 10/14/04

PRESS RELEASE: Interior Secretary Gale Norton Announces Klamath Watershed Coordination Agreement, Office of the Secretary 10/13/04.
MEDIA ADVISORY:
Klamath Water Users Applaud Signing of Landmark Watershed Agreement 10/13/04

Cal-Fed Authorization, NCWA-Northern California Water Association pdf., October 8, 2004.

Klamath Basin  Water Management, by Dr Doug Whitsett, AgLifeNW Magazine 7/19/04.

WATER 2025

Officials push for water regulation, The Idaho Statesman, posted 7/22/03 regarding Water 2025.  "John Keys, commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, the agency which supplies water to more than 30 million people in 17 Western states, said Idaho´s water bank is one of the innovative ways states can shift water from one use to another to meet new demands. A water bank is a brokerage service that allows farmers and others to lease their surplus water to others."The water market needs to be regulated, said former U.S. Sen. James McClure, so rich outside interests cannot overwhelm the social and economic structure of a community. “There is no question Idaho could look like Owens Valley if we allowed California to buy our water,” McClure said."

Water 2025: The Coming War on the Western Frontier, 7/11/03, The Sierra Times."On April 6, 2001, flawed science forced the federal shut off of over 100,000 acre-feet daily irrigation water to over 1400 farms in the Upper Klamath Basin south of Klamath Falls, Oregon ' to save the sucker fish and coho salmon'".

Water 2005 conference spawns feud with Yuroks, H&N July 11, 2003 AP.H&N July 11, 2003 AP. "But (Yurok tribe chairperson Susan) Masten said she's skeptical, and her tribe, with 90 percent poverty and 70 percent unemployment, is dependent on the river for its livelihood."  While accusing Klamath Project of ruining the livelihood of her tribe, she forgets to mention that last year's run of fish was the 3rd highest run, there were so many fish the take limit was raised, the price was lowered, and they had trouble selling them.  KBC

State Rips Norton on Water, July 10, 2003, The Sacramento Bee."We have grown to expect this sort of partisan whining from Mary, and that is the way it is," said (assistant Interior Secretary Bennett) Raley, a water lawyer from Colorado. "I find it humorous that, in her zeal to make this a partisan issue, Mary is blaming the Bush administration that the California delegation doesn't have a consensus." (State Resources Secretary Mary Nichols is the woman who blamed the Klamath Project for the dead Trinity-river fish 200 miles from Klamath Project which contributes 2% of the watershed.  This was before the water was tested, before any scientific studies were done, and before they even knew that these were not Klamath River fish. KBC)

Norton's surprising stance, by Stuart Leavenworth --The Sacramento Bee,  July 7, 2003 "Called Water 2025, Norton's water blueprint takes a few pages out of the environmentalist playbook: "It calls for more conservation of supplies, more banking of groundwater and more water trading between farms and cities, instead of new dams."

Water, growing demand, dwindling supply, by Shaun McKinnon, The Arizona Republic July 6, 2003

DOI Press Release June 4, 2003--Water 2025

Western water initiative aims to douse disputes, by Patrick O'Driscoll, USA TODAY.

 

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