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  • Drenched by 'March Miracle,' Northern California reservoirs inch toward capacity

    03/14/2016 5:32:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 14, 2016 | Joseph Serna
    A series of storms pushed California’s biggest reservoir past its historical average for mid-March this weekend and put the second largest one on track for doing the same by Monday afternoon, officials said. Together the Lake Shasta and Lake Oroville reservoirs have the capacity to hold more than 8 million acre feet of water and after a wet weekend in Northern California, they were 79% and 70% full, respectively ... According to the National Weather Service, it rained nearly a foot in El Dorado County and more than nine inches in Shasta County between Friday and Monday mornings. Since March...
  • Klamath River dams moving toward removal despite congressional barriers ( CA & OR )

    02/08/2016 9:41:55 PM PST · by george76 · 37 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Feb. 3, 2016 | Bettina Boxall
    California, Oregon and the federal government are working on a way around congressional barriers to the removal of hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River. The states, the U.S. Interior Department and the owner of the dams, PacifiCorp, announced Tuesday that they have agreed in principle to pursue removal through the federal dam relicensing process. The move comes after a complex deal to decommission four hydroelectric dams and restore portions of the historic salmon river fell apart when Congress failed to act on a crucial piece of the pact by a Dec. 31 deadline. Republican members of Congress and local elected...
  • Klamath Basin: Water pact crumbles in Congress after years of work ( Oregon & California )

    12/21/2015 6:20:12 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | December 19, 2015 | Jeff Mapes
    The agreement never sold well either in solidly Republican Klamath County or on the California side of the border, where the idea of removing dams and tilting the scale toward environmental and tribal purposes was regarded suspiciously. "They try to say the community is for it, and it's not true at all," said Klamath County Chairman Tom Mallams, noting that almost all successful candidates in the area run against the agreement. ... Among western Republicans, the idea of removing the dams has been viewed with great suspicion, even though the aged structures are relatively small hydroelectric producers, aren't used for...
  • Chinese hack U.S. weather systems, satellite network

    11/12/2014 1:08:46 PM PST · by Kartographer · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/12/14 | Mary Pat Flaherty, Jason Samenow and Lisa Rein
    Hackers from China breached the federal weather network recently, forcing cybersecurity teams to seal off data vital to disaster planning, aviation, shipping and scores of other crucial uses, officials said. The intrusion occurred in late September but officials gave no indication that they had a problem until Oct. 20, according to three people familiar with the hack and the subsequent reaction by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA, which includes the National Weather Service. Even then, NOAA did not say its systems were compromised.
  • ‘Water Gandhi’ of India Turns Dust Bowls Into Lush Villages Using Ancient Ways

    04/25/2015 10:17:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Good News Network ^ | March 22, 2015 | Staff
    A $150,000 prize has been awarded to the “Water Gandhi of India” for his wildly successful work that turns abandoned, impoverished “dust bowls” into lush villages bustling with life again using an ancient method of rainwater harvesting. For teaching thousands of villagers in India’s most arid region how to build earthen dams to catch the monsoon rains and revitalize their land, Rajendra Singh was honored Friday with the 2015 Stockholm Water Prize. 30 years ago, Singh went to the poverty-stricken state of Rajasthan with the aim of setting up health clinics. He was told by villagers, however, that their greatest...
  • Man-made disaster': Critics say California drought caused by misguided environment policies

    04/16/2015 11:14:46 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4-16-15 | Malia Zimmerman
    The blistering drought that has Californians timing their showers, driving dirty cars and staring at brown lawns and empty swimming pools is a “man-made disaster,” according to critics, who say the Golden State’s misguided environmental policies allow much-needed freshwater to flow straight into the Pacific. In an average year, California gets enough snow and rain to put 200 million acres under a foot of water, but environmental opposition to dams over the last several decades has allowed the majority of the freshwater to flow into the ocean, even as the state’s population exploded to nearly 40 million people. ~snip~ “This...
  • California’s Green Drought

    04/06/2015 12:04:54 PM PDT · by fifedom · 47 replies
    The Wall Street Journal | April 5, 2015 | WSJ editors
    The liberals who run California have long purported that their green policies are a free (organic) lunch, but the bills are coming due. Lo, Governor Jerry Brown has mandated a 25% statewide reduction in water use. Consider this rationing a surcharge for decades of environmental excess.
  • Crack in 1 Columbia River dam affects others (Washington State)

    03/03/2014 12:15:30 PM PST · by illiac · 17 replies
    KHQ News Spokane ^ | 03/03/14 | KHQ News
    <p>EPHRATA, Wash. (AP) - A crack in a Columbia River dam is a concern for not only for the owner - the Grant County Public Utility District - but also for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Bonneville Power Administration, which manage the Northwest power supply.</p>
  • Drought be dammed, Calif. lawmakers look to storing water

    02/27/2014 5:24:26 PM PST · by bubbacluck · 28 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | February 27, 2014 | Michael Doyle
    The California drought is stoking a congressional appetite for additional water storage, with new and larger dams back on competing menus.
  • Younis al-Mauritani transferred to Mauritania

    06/03/2013 1:55:02 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies
    WORLD ^ | Updating: 09:59, 02 June 2013 Sunday | n/a
    Note: Photo included with article. SNIPPET: "U.S. authorities have transferred Younis al-Mauritani, held in Afghanistan, to Mauritania, officials in the West African nation said on Saturday. Pakistan said in September 2011 it arrested al-Mauritani, better known in his homeland Mauritania as Youssouf Al Mauritani, during a joint operation with U.S. intelligence services." SNIPPET: "Pakistani military authorities said Al Mauritani was planning to attack U.S. economic interests including pipelines, hydro-electric dams and oil tankers when he was captured."

    02/09/2002 4:16:51 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 480 replies · 3,525+ views
    not sure yet ^ | 02/09/02 | RaceBannon
    VANITY POST: I have been trying recently to compile any articles of Arabs within the United States or Europe taking pictures of Nuclear Plants, Chemical Plants, large buildings.
  • Government Scientist Gets Fired for Telling the Truth

    01/19/2013 5:17:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | January 19, 2013 | David Spady
    Something’s amiss at the Department of Interior. Eight government scientists were recently fired or reassigned after voicing concerns to their superiors about faulty environmental science used for policy decisions. Which begs the question, “Are some government agencies manipulating science to advance political agendas?” Fictional book authors operate in a convenient world, unconstrained by facts and experiences of the real world. The antithesis of works of fiction are scientific findings solely based on provable facts and experience. For agenda-driven environmental science, facts can sometime prove inconvenient. It’s far easier to advance an agenda with agreeable science, even if that means creating...
  • Wikileaks - Sudanese Launchpad for Egyptian Attack On Ethiopian Dam

    09/21/2012 8:59:57 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 11 replies
    All Africa ^ | September 3, 2012 | Toby Collins
    Egyptian authorities fearful of a monopoly on Nile waters received agreement from Khartoum to build an airbase in Sudan, to launch attacks on Ethiopian damming facilities, claims the anonymous media outlet; Wikileaks. Wikileaks has leaked files allegedly from the Texas-based global intelligence company, Stratfor, which quote an anonymous "high-level Egyptian source," claiming the Egyptian ambassador to Lebanon said in 2010 his nation would do anything to prevent the secession of South Sudan because of the political implications it will have for Egypt's access to the Nile. The Nile is vital in providing fresh water to the people and agricultural projects...
  • Soldiers allegedly plotted to kill Obama, oust government (credibility Zero)

    08/27/2012 9:07:48 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 87 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/27/12 04:08 PM ET | Jeremy Herb
    Army soldiers formed a militia group in Georgia that plotted to overthrow the U.S. government — and they killed a fellow soldier and his girlfriend to keep the plot secret, prosecutors alleged Monday, according to the Associated Press. Prosecutors in the Long County, Ga., case say that the militia group planned to overtake the nearby Fort Stewart, to bomb a dam in Washington state and poison the state’s apple crop and ultimately overthrow the government and assassinate the president, according to reports.
  • Ethiopia powers on with controversial dam project

    06/02/2012 9:26:55 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | May 31, 2012 | Victoria Eastwood, Nima Elbagir
    The waters of the Blue Nile have for millennia flowed down from the Ethiopian highlands enriching the countries on its banks. The rocks that make up its riverbed have been eroded by Ethiopia's past and now that the construction of Africa's largest hydro-electric dam has begun, these same rocks are helping to build the country's future. The Grand Renaissance Dam project was announced last year by the Ethiopian government, in a unilateral move that is not sitting very well with its upstream neighbors. Egypt and Sudan say Ethiopia is threatening their greatest natural resource. If construction stays on schedule the...
  • Energy development at U.S. dams could power more than 4 million homes

    04/24/2012 4:37:31 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 12 replies
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory ^ | April 18, 2012 | Emma Macmillion
    In a study of the energy-producing potential of untapped U.S. dams, Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers found that 54,000 dams not currently used to generate power have the capacity to generate more than 12 gigawatts, enough to power more than 4 million homes. ORNL and Idaho National Laboratory researchers conducting a hydropower resource assessment for the Department of Energy calculated that the 100 dams with the highest energy potential could generate 8 gigawatts of power. The top 10 power-generating dams are along the Ohio, Mississippi, Alabama, Tombigbee, Arkansas and Red rivers. Equipping existing dams with power-generating plants avoids additional environmental...
  • Good Grief… Now Team Obama Wants to Blow Up 3 Dams In the Name of Junk Science

    02/29/2012 7:09:27 PM PST · by Baynative · 64 replies · 1+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Feb 29,2012 | Jim Hoft
    Just when you thought things couldn’t get any weirder… The Obama Administration now wants to demolish three dams in northern California to supposedly save the salmon… But the whole reason to support the move was based on shoddy and inconclusive scientific data.
  • Please Freep This Poll

    10/21/2011 10:45:38 AM PDT · by calif_reaganite · 8 replies
    Herald and News ^ | N/A | N/A
    Oregon State Senator Doug Whitsett is a strong conservative who is fighting dam removals on the Klamath River against a throng of environmental lunatics. Now the local paper is trying to run a "poll" to undermine his efforts. Let's fix that!
  • FBI Investigating Camouflaged Intruder Photographing Oregon Dam

    05/13/2011 11:07:24 PM PDT · by Cindy · 32 replies ^ | May 13, 2011 | by Pat Dooris, KGW Staff
    SNIPPET: "LOWELL, Ore. -- The FBI wants to know the identity of a man who climbed a barbed wire fence and entered Lookout Point Dam, southeast of Eugene, on March 2. Surveillance cameras caught the intruder on tape just before 2 a.m." SNIPPET: "The Army Corps is offering $1000.00 reward for information leading to the man. Anyone with tips is asked to call: 1-866-413-7970."
  • Please Freep This Poll! (Enviro-lunatics tearing down dams)

    09/01/2010 8:53:58 AM PDT · by calif_reaganite · 32 replies
    KOTI ^ | 9/1/2010 | NBC
    Dear All: The local enviro-nazis in the Klamath Basin (southern OR, northern CA) are attempting to tear down 4 perfectly good dams on the Klamath River and have the power generation replaced with solar, simply because dams are displeasing to these folks. The local news is running a poll at (lower right-hand corner of the screen) and the enviro side is winning. PLEASE PLEASE help turn the numbers our direction. Please vote against dam removal. It will destroy this region. Thanks.
  • Police: 2 killed in Russian power station attack

    07/21/2010 2:26:44 AM PDT · by DemforBush · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | 7/21/10 | SERGEI VENYAVSKY
    ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia – Two carloads of assailants attacked a hydroelectric station in southern Russia early Wednesday, killing two workers and setting off bombs. The attack took place in Kabardino-Balkariya, one of the republics in Russia's restive Caucasus region where clashes with insurgents are frequent...
  • The Case Against the New Black Panthers (McCarthy rips "conservatve" Abigail Thernstrom & DOJ)

    07/20/2010 1:55:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies · 3+ views
    NRO ^ | July 20, 2010 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Abigail Thernstrom is wrong to belittle this shocking episode. Forget about the New Black Panther Party case,” writes Abigail Thernstrom. It’s “very small potatoes.” She is suddenly upset over the “overheated rhetoric filled with insinuations and unsubstantiated charges” about the case that she grudgingly admits may “perhaps” have been a civil-rights violation. So she has explained in an NRO op-ed. Naturally, her “conservative dissent” has been seized on by the “nothing to see here” Left, which can now get back to its preferred big-potatoes-diet of Bristol Palin, Karl Rove subpoenas, and leaking classified information. It was just a year ago,...
  • US unveils Pakistan aid projects

    07/18/2010 11:31:16 PM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies
    BBC NEWS ^ | 19 July 2010 Last updated at 02:01 ET | n/a
    PHOTO CAPTION: "Correspondents say the deal is part of Washington's attempts to counter anti-US sentiment in Pakistan" SNIPPET: "US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced aid projects worth $7.5bn (£5bn) for Pakistan at the start of talks in the capital Islamabad. The package, agreed by Congress last year, is part of Washington's attempts to counter anti-American sentiment in the country, correspondents say. The five-year deal includes projects for two hydro-electric dams and renewable energy sources."
  • At Raleigh Event, Brockovich Vague On Alcoa Dam Controversy

    06/30/2010 9:56:03 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    Carolina Journal ^ | June 29, 2010 | Rick Henderson
    RALEIGH — At a press conference Tuesday, environmental activist and celebrity Erin Brockovich offered a rambling defense of the state’s efforts to take control of four central North Carolina hydroelectric dams between Salisbury and Badin owned and operated by Alcoa Power Generating Inc. “My job here today is not to sit here and bash Alcoa,” Brockovich said at a briefing that took place before an invitation-only event for state lawmakers at the exclusive Capitol City Club. “Agencies, industries, and attorneys need to get together collectively and do what’s right by people,” she added. “It’s time to … give back, and...
  • Obama was suspected target of Indonesian jihadists: expert

    05/13/2010 11:32:51 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 18 replies · 994+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 14, 2010
    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, who is due to visit Indonesia in June, was one of several suspected targets of Indonesian militants captured in police raids recently, an expert on militants said on Friday.
  • Deal to raze 4 Klamath dams

    09/30/2009 7:54:18 AM PDT · by SmithL · 82 replies · 3,267+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/30/9 | Peter Fimrite
    In what is being touted as the world's biggest dam-removal project, an agreement was reached Tuesday to remove four dams on the Klamath River and restore a 300-mile migratory route for California's beleaguered salmon. The tentative agreement was reached after a decade of negotiations among 28 parties, including American Indian tribes, farmers, fishermen and the hydroelectric company that operates the dams and distributes the water. The plan would set in motion one of the most ambitious efforts in U.S. history to restore the habitat of a federally protected species if it receives final approval by the parties in December, as...
  • Obama Administration Calls for Study on Removing Dams from Snake River to Help Salmon

    09/20/2009 8:41:57 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 32 replies · 1,312+ views
    CNS News ^ | 9/18/2009 | William McCall
    Portland, Ore. - Calling it an "insurance policy" for Pacific Northwest salmon, the Obama administration on Tuesday offered up a tougher conservation plan for the fish that includes climate-change monitoring and the "last-resort" possibility of removing dams. The plan submitted to a federal judge for approval was a revised version of a Bush administration plan that had been in the works for years, but which was rejected. Reaction to the new plan was sharply divided, echoing a debate that stretches back decades over balancing Columbia River Basin fish survival and hydroelectric dams: It either goes too far or not far...
  • Obama administration backs Columbia salmon and dam plan

    09/15/2009 2:11:04 PM PDT · by Domandred · 6 replies · 614+ views
    Idaho Statesman ^ | 9/15/2009 | Rocky Barker
    The Obama administration said Tuesday the federal government's salmon and dam plan for the Columbia and Snake rivers, with modifications, will not jeopardize endangered salmon and steelhead. A drop in the populations of the endangered salmon and steelhead in the region would trigger a new review of the recovery efforts and a consideration of alternatives including breaching four dams on the lower Snake River. But the administration said that the so called biological opinion, "combined with the implementation plan, is legally and biologically sound and based on the best available science." It would order the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...
  • As Wind Power Grows, a Push to Tear Down Dams

    06/12/2009 5:49:58 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies · 773+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 11, 2009 | Kate Galbraith
    For decades, most of the nation’s renewable power has come from dams, which supplied cheap electricity without requiring fossil fuels. But the federal agencies running the dams often compiled woeful track records on other environmental issues. Now, with the focus in Washington on clean power, some dam agencies are starting to go green, embracing wind power and energy conservation. The most aggressive is the Bonneville Power Administration, whose power lines carry much of the electricity in the Pacific Northwest. The agency also provides a third of the region’s power supply, drawn mostly from generators inside big dams. The amount of...
  • Ali Al-Marri Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Al-Qaeda

    04/30/2009 5:10:56 PM PDT · by Cindy · 15 replies · 1,627+ views
    US - Press Release ^ | April 30, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Ali Al-Marri Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Al-Qaeda Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, 43, a dual national of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to al-Qaeda. Al-Marri entered his guilty plea at a hearing this afternoon before Judge Michael M. Mihm in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. In so doing, al-Marri admitted that he agreed with others to provide material support or resources to al-Qaeda in the form of personnel, including himself, to work under al-Qaeda’s...
  • Immigrants ravage U.S. infrastructure

    01/16/2009 2:08:23 AM PST · by Man50D · 14 replies · 1,074+ views ^ | January 15, 2009 | Chelsea Schilling
    The United States will need $1.6 trillion to repair damage to its infrastructure from a massive influx of immigrants, a new report reveals. In his report titled, "The Twin Crises: Immigration and Infrastructure," prominent researcher Edwin S. Rubenstein examines 15 categories of infrastructure: airports, border security, bridges, dams and levees, electricity (the power grids), hazardous waste removal , hospitals, mass transit, parks and recreation facilities, ports and navigable waterways, public schools, railroads, roads and highways, solid waste and trash, and water and sewer systems. Rubenstein, a financial analyst and former contributing editor of Forbes and economics editor of National Review,...
  • Four Klamath River Dams May Be Removed to Benefit Salmon

    11/20/2008 1:37:30 AM PST · by calcowgirl · 28 replies · 789+ views
    Environment News Service ^ | November 19, 2008
    NEVADA CITY, California, November 19, 2008 (ENS) - Four dams on the Klamath River that have blocked salmon runs upstream to their spawning areas may be removed in the year 2020 under an historic agreement among federal, state and corporate parties. Dam removal will re-open over 300 miles of habitat for the Klamath's salmon and steelhead populations and eliminate water quality problems such as toxic algae blooms caused by the reservoirs. The federal government, the state of California, the state of Oregon and the PacifiCorp electric utility Thursday announced an Agreement in Principle to remove the four dams as part...
  • Threat Matrix: August 2008

    08/01/2008 12:17:04 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,066 replies · 8,561+ views
    Pentagon Makes Fighting Extremism Top Priority Seven years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the Pentagon on Thursday officially named "the long war" against global extremism as its top priority and pledged to avert any conventional military threat from China or Russia through dialogue. The Defense Department, in a new national defense strategy, also emphasized the need to subordinate military operations to "soft power" initiatives to undermine Islamist militancy by promoting economic, political and social development in vulnerable corners of the world. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he hoped the change would help establish permanent institutional support for counterinsurgency skills...
  • 69 Chinese dams damaged

    05/25/2008 7:44:51 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 48 replies · 67+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | May 25, 2008 | Bill Schiller
    Cracks run on the top of a dam in Wenchuan, China's southwest Sichuan Province May 20, 2008. CHENGDU, China – Nearly 70 dams scarred by the force of China's most powerful earthquake in three decades were in danger of bursting, the government said Sunday, while looming rains added to worries about relief efforts for millions of homeless survivors. The confirmed death toll from the May 12 quake rose to 62,664, with another 23,775 people missing, Cabinet spokesman Guo Weimin said. Premier Wen Jiabao has said the number of dead could surpass 80,000. A magnitude 5.8 aftershock rattled the quake area...
  • Rendell seeks loan for highway, bridge work

    03/28/2008 8:59:28 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 421+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | March 27, 2008 | Tom Barnes
    HARRISBURG -- With a section of a Pittsburgh bridge dropping 8 inches and an Interstate 95 support pillar cracking in Philadelphia, Gov. Ed Rendell is turning up the heat under the Legislature to provide infrastructure repair funds more quickly. Mr. Rendell sent a letter to all 253 legislators yesterday urging quick passage of a $240 million "supplemental debt authorization." His program of borrowing would enable state officials to fast-track repairs on some of the state's 6,000 bridges classified as structurally deficient, along with fixing ailing highways, repairing "state-owned, high-hazard dams" and beginning flood mitigation projects. Also yesterday, Mr. Rendell called...
  • Lawmakers have their eye on new dams, higher dams (Idaho)

    03/20/2008 9:00:41 AM PDT · by Domandred · 4 replies · 322+ views
    Idaho Statesman ^ | 3/20/2008 | Rocky Barker
    1976 Teton Dam disaster is just one hurdle facing any project to store more water and make more electricity. While Gov. Butch Otter and the Idaho Legislature talk about ways to build new dams and enlarge existing ones, the discussions are framed by two floods - one that some fear could happen at any minute, and another more than three decades ago that still hangs over the part of the state once devastated by its power. Weiser residents are watching the weather closely as above-average snowpack threatens to swell the Weiser River, which has no dam, to flood stage this...
  • Hope For An Ailing (Klamath) River

    01/21/2008 12:20:56 PM PST · by marsh2 · 17 replies · 139+ views
    Eugene Register-Guard ^ | 1/18/08 | unknown
    The agreement announced Tuesday on the future of the Klamath River offers reason for cautious hope that the troubled waterway can recover from years of human intervention and abuse while meeting the conflicting needs of fish and farms. The agreement � forged by the farmers, fishermen, American Indians, government agencies and conservation groups whose views on the Klamath’s future long have clashed � achieves the seemingly impossible: a broadly supported plan to allocate the free-flowing waters of the river without dams. Therein lies the hope. And therein lies the caution. That these longtime adversaries, who for years battled over a...
  • Groups say dams may damage Mekong River (and harm giant catfish and Irrawaddy dolphin)

    11/14/2007 12:22:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 222+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/15/07 | Michael Casey - ap
    BANGKOK, Thailand - Six proposed dams on the Mekong River could displace up to 75,000 villagers and harm hundreds of species like the endangered giant catfish and Irrawaddy dolphin, conservationists warned Tuesday. Premrudee Daoroung, director of the Bangkok-based environmental group TERRA, said 13-year-old plans to build four dams in Laos and one each in Thailand and Cambodia have been revived as part of efforts — mostly by China, Thailand and Vietnam — to find new energy sources for their growing economies. "The natural flow of the river will all be completely changed," Premrudee said. "Of course, it will affect all...
  • California commission recommends ripping out Klamath Dams

    10/29/2007 8:33:08 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 90 replies · 1,331+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 10/29/07 | Al-AP
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- California Energy Commission analysts urged Oregon, California and Washington to deny any requests from PacifiCorp to increase electricity rates to help pay for upgrading Klamath dams. A Monday letter signed by California Energy Commission executive director B.B. Blevins asks the public utility commissions in each of the three states to authorize cost recovery only for decommissioning the four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River. Indian tribes, fishermen and conservation groups want the dams removed to open up spawning habitat for struggling salmon runs. "The Energy Commission has a responsibility not only to provide reliable energy supplies,...
  • CA: Governor proposes $9 billion bond plan, dams centerpiece (up from ~$6B proposed in July)

    09/18/2007 5:21:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 343+ views
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday proposed a $9 billion water bond measure that would earmark more than half the money for dams opposed by most of the Democrats who dominate the Legislature. The proposal eclipses the governor's previous $5.9 billion bond plan, in large part by adding a third dam project in Contra Costa County. Whether the lawmakers will go along with dams - and how much they are willing to pay for them - will be a key part of the negotiations in the Legislature's upcoming special session on water projects. Senate President Pro Tem. Don Perata, D-Oakland, has...
  • Schwarzenegger administration promotes new dams as delta fix ('smelt' this one coming)

    09/05/2007 8:14:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 269+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 9/5/07 | Samantha Young - ap
    The Schwarzenegger administration on Wednesday dusted off a failed dam proposal as a way to shore up California water supplies in light of a federal judge's ruling limiting shipments from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. But it seemed doubtful that the Democrat-controlled Legislature - long-opposed to new dams - would go along in the waning days of its 2007 session. At a Capitol news conference flanked by city water leaders, farm and building industry representatives, Resources Secretary Mike Chrisman said an Aug. 31 ruling by a federal judge in Fresno could cut water flows out of the delta by about a...
  • Schwarzenegger says plan for new dams could go on February ballot (6 Billion dollar bond)

    07/16/2007 10:02:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 719+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 7/16/07 | Samantha Young - ap
    SACRAMENTO – California voters could decide as early as February whether to spend billions of dollars to build dams and a canal to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday. His statement, made during a news conference at a shrinking federal reservoir, shows the governor wants to accelerate the timeframe to devise a far-reaching water plan. It also sets the stage for a summer of negotiations with the Democrat-controlled Legislature. If the sides can reach a deal, Schwarzenegger said a bond measure could be added to the ballot for the Feb. 5 presidential primary. That...
  • Native American group on crusade to dismantle salmon-killing dams

    04/26/2007 2:42:52 PM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies · 632+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/26/7 | Glen Martin
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A group of Klamath River Native Americans kicked off a road trip today from San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf to demand removal of several salmon-killing dams on the Klamath River. Members from the the Yurok, Karok and Hoopa tribes plan to tow hand-carved redwood canoes to Omaha, Neb., to a Berkshire Hathaway stockholders' meeting. The company, headed by billionaire and philanthropist Warren Buffett, owns PacifiCorp, the firm which holds the four hydropower dams on the Klamath River blamed for decimating local salmon runs. "We hope to meet with Mr. Buffett and convince him to do the right thin
  • Schwarzenegger promotes dams as way to boost water reserves

    03/26/2007 6:28:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 385+ views
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday promoted a $6 billion plan for increased water storage and protecting fresh water supplies, calling for two new dams and better management of the delta. "Our state's population is increasing rapidly. We also have earthquakes and major storms that could really destroy our levee system," the governor said, speaking against the backdrop of Friant Dam at Millerton Lake, in the Sierra foothills east of Fresno. Two-thirds of Californians depend on the Sierra Nevada snowmelt for drinking water while Central Valley growers use it to irrigate their fields. Schwarzenegger said the state's expected growth - to...
  • Feds require fish ladders at Ore. dams (at four hydroelectric dams on Klamath River)

    01/30/2007 8:49:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 814+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/30/07 | Jeff Barnard - ap
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. - A Pacific Northwest utility must build new fish ladders and take other steps to help salmon swim freely past four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River if it wants to renew its license to produce electricity, federal fisheries agencies said Tuesday. The cost of the ladders, turbine screens and fish bypasses was estimated at nearly $300 million. The high cost could boost pressure on the utility, PacifiCorp, to remove the dams altogether — something environmentalists have been pushing for. Removing the dams would open access to 350 miles of salmon spawning habitat that have been blocked...
  • Waiting for water woes: Democrats oppose new dams in California, favor conservation

    01/27/2007 8:24:54 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 61 replies · 770+ views
    AP & Davis Enterprise ^ | January 26, 2007 | Don Thompson/AP
    Democrats in the state Senate on Thursday said California does not need to build new reservoirs as it tries to cope with the expected consequences of global warming. Instead, the state should rely on conservation, underground storage and boosting the height of existing dams. Their plan, outlined in a series bills, runs counter to Republicans’ desire for new reservoirs to help California address the changes anticipated from global climate change. It sets up a potential clash in the coming months with Republicans and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who proposed $4.5 billion for two new reservoirs and underground water storage in his...
  • Democrats oppose new dams in California, favor conservation

    01/25/2007 5:39:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 404+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/25/07 | Don Thompson - ap
    Democrats in the state Senate on Thursday said California does not need to build new reservoirs as it tries to cope with the expected consequences of global warming. Instead, the state should rely on conservation, underground storage and boosting the height of existing dams. Their plan, outlined in a series bills, runs counter to Republicans' desire for new reservoirs to help California address the changes anticipated from global climate change. It sets up a potential clash in the coming months with Republicans and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who proposed $4.5 billion for two new reservoirs and underground water storage in his...
  • Schwarzenegger wants to build new prisons, schools, dams (Let's borrow 43 billion more!)

    01/09/2007 6:44:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 908+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 1/9/07 | Laura Kurtzman - ap
    SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday proposed another huge round of borrowing to build prisons, schools and dams in a state of the state speech that also called for cleaner fuels to help curb global warming. The borrowing proposals, which add up to $43.3 billion, are similar to ideas that were cut out of the enormous borrowing plan the governor put forth last year. The Legislature changed it and cut it in half, and voters eventually approved $42.7 billion in bonds in November. Addressing a joint session of the Legislature, Schwarzenegger said he was bringing the ideas back because,...
  • Arnold Suffers Not Only From Broken Leg But a Case of "Dam-nesia?"

    01/07/2007 2:31:24 PM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 1 replies · 577+ views
    The Pasadena Pundit ^ | January 7, 2006 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Arnold Suffers Not Only From Broken Leg But a Case of "Dam-nesia?" Damnesia - damn amnesia, e.g., "What's Arnold's problem? Oh, he's suffering from damnesia again." - Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is using the environmentalists own "Global Warming" rhetoric as a reason to build new dams in California which they have opposed (see here: Even worse for environmentalists, he proposes to free up the long-standing political log jam on the infamous "Peripheral Canal" which would send water, which is dangerously backing up behind flood levees in Sacramento, around the Delta to Southern California. With shrewd ideological co-opting tactics like...
  • CA: Governor to push for new dams despite long-standing resistance

    01/07/2007 10:32:17 AM PST · by calcowgirl · 8 replies · 385+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | January 7, 2007 | Michael Gardner
    SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to draw on his popular campaign against global warming to promote something not so popular among environmentalists – building new dams in California. His strategy will attempt to capitalize on fears that climatic disruptions linked to global warming could take a toll on fish and wildlife, as well as increase flood risks and reduce overall water supplies for a growing state. To guard against those threats, Schwarzenegger will aggressively pursue at least one, and possibly two new reservoirs as part of his 2007 agenda. The combined price tag could be as much as $3.7...