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  • Klamath Basin agreement removes four dams restores fisheries

    04/07/2016 9:23:59 AM PDT · by wita · 37 replies
    NOAA ^ | 6 April 2016 | NOAA
    April 6, 2016 In one of the largest river restoration efforts in the nation, state and federal officials, along with private industry, have agreed to remove four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River, potentially returning the river’s historic fish runs and advancing their recovery. The agreement, signed today by the governors of California and Oregon, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan, and the president and CEO of Pacific Power, was characterized as an initial step in the long-term goal of restoring the river basin. The agreement supports efforts to recover fisheries and sustain the region’s farmers and ranchers,...
  • 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...
  • OREGON - BLM Hosts Open House in Klamath Falls on Western Oregon Draft RMP-EIS

    05/22/2015 3:13:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    BlueRibbon Coalition ^ | May 20, 2015
    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Klamath Falls Field office of the Lakeview District will be hosting an open house to learn about the Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Western Oregon. The open house meeting will be held the evening of May 26, 2015, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel located at 2500 Almond Street, Klamath Falls, Oregon. BLM employees will be on hand to answer questions, provide information and listen to concerns. There will also be a demonstration on how to use the interactive maps and other online resources...
  • How the Feds Suckered Klamath Basin ( Oregon )

    04/26/2014 5:06:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Farm Wars ^ | April 21, 2014 | Barbara H. Peterson
    It all started with the sucker fish. The con, that is. I can see it all now. A group of robber barons and their flunkies sitting down at a table and deciding just what ruse they will use to grab all of the water and land in the country, and for Oregon, it’s the sucker. Yes, the infamous Klamath Basin Sucker Fish. The fish that evidently, needs both high and low water levels, murky and clear water, and an overdose of federal government interference to survive, even though attempts to eradicate it have failed time and time again. It has...
  • Agenda 21 Takeover in Klamath Basin ( Oregon )

    03/27/2014 6:34:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Farm Wars ^ | March 26, 2014 | Barbara H. Peterson
    Agenda 21 is alive and well in Klamath County, Oregon. Klamath Basin farmers are feeling the wrath of the Klamath Tribes in collusion with the Federal and Oregon state governments. Water is now basically off limits to ranchers unless they get approval from the tribes, and approvals are few and far between. ... The success of this plan spells disaster for not only the Klamath Basin family farmers, but for all family farmers, as it will be a precedent. Without locally grown produce and animal feed, we will be even more dependent on imported food at a much higher price....
  • GOP forum: Candidates agree on forest control ( Oregon )

    03/18/2014 6:08:14 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Herald and News ^ | March 18, 2014 | Tipler
    Candidates squaring off in the Republican primary, seeking to unseat Democrat Jeff Merkley in November, all support turning Oregon federal forests over to local ownership. Jo Rae Perkins, former Linn County GOP Chair, noted 53 percent of Oregon land is owned by the federal government. “This land should not be owned by the federal government. It needs to go back to the state and back into private ownership. Let the people take care of the land,” Perkins said. “We’ve got environmentalists who don’t even live in Oregon who want to bring a lawsuit against every timber sale there is. And...
  • 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.
  • Klamath Tribes and Feds Exercise Water Rights

    06/17/2013 8:26:16 PM PDT · by Baynative · 31 replies
    ABCnews ^ | 6/11/13 | JEFF BARNARD
    Tens of thousands of acres in Oregon's drought-stricken Klamath Basin will have to go without irrigation water this summer after the Klamath Tribes and the federal government exercised newly confirmed powers that put the tribes in the driver's seat over water use — a move ranchers fear will be economically disastrous. Klamath Tribes Chairman Don Gentry and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Mike Connor said Monday that they were making what is known as a "call" on their water rights for rivers flowing into Upper Klamath Lake in Southern Oregon.
  • 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...
  • Is Salazar the New Holder?

    07/27/2012 3:46:14 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 26, 2012
    Charges of cover-ups, data manipulation, and junk science; noncompliance with congressional requests and mandates; putting a chokehold on energy: Interior scandals stack up. ... Scandal-wise, congressional spotlight-wise, and perhaps soon headline-wise, is Interior Secretary Ken Salazar the new Holder? The Interior Department has become synonymous with evading congressional requests in the investigation of how the Obama administration bent scientific reports to support its drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP oil spill. The department’s inspector general who was supposed to ensure oversight of that process is even being investigated herself on allegations that she tampered with a...
  • Maine dam removal aims to rescue fish species

    06/12/2012 8:29:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | June 11, 2012 | David Abel
    When the steel claw of an excavator slashes into the berm of the Great Works Dam on Monday morning, it will mark the start of a multimillion-dollar project to allow endangered and dwindling species to return to their historic spawning grounds along Maine’s longest river, the Penobscot. When the project is done - scheduled for 2015, after an additional dam is razed and another bypassed - it will open access to 1,000 miles of habitat for the native fish, including endangered Atlantic salmon and short-nosed sturgeon that journey from the Gulf of Maine to breed in the cold, fresh waters...
  • Fish or Foul on the Klamath River

    05/15/2012 8:41:46 AM PDT · by Baynative · 48 replies
    AFPCalifornia ^ | 4/23/2012 | Americans for Prosperity
    The Department of Interior plans to destroy four dams on the Klamath River in Northern California so salmon can swim further than 180 miles up the river. But these dams provide water and flood protection to thousands of humans who also live along the river. Clean energy from these hydro dams supply electricity to 70,000 residents in the area. Despite a lack of scientific evidence that dam removal will help the fish, or any study on the human impact of dam removal, the DOI is pressing forward to have the dams destroyed. When their own scientist, Dr. Paul Houser, questions...
  • 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.
  • Klamath dam removal costly, but would add jobs, federal report says

    01/25/2012 1:47:12 PM PST · by SmithL · 22 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/25/11 | Michael Doyle
    WASHINGTON – The ambitious proposal to remove four Klamath River dams would add jobs and aid fish, a new federal report asserts, but the idea still leaves California lawmakers badly divided. As they approach a make-or-break decision on whether to recommend the dam removal, U.S. Interior Department officials on Tuesday touted anticipated benefits that include improved salmon habitat and 1,400 construction jobs during the year it would take to remove the hydroelectric dams. Long-term Klamath basin restoration efforts would add an estimated 4,600 jobs, the report says. But the dam removals would also cost somewhere between $238 million and $493...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Klamath Tribes, farmers make water settlement

    05/21/2009 4:27:24 PM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies · 538+ views
    AP via SacBee ^ | 5/21/9 | EFF BARNARD - AP Environmental Writer
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- The Klamath Tribes and farmers have agreed to drop their state water rights battle pending approval of a federal agreement leading to removal of dams on the Klamath River. The settlement filed Wednesday with the Oregon Department of Water Resources mirrors the water issues in the dam removal plan, known as the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. Greg Addington of the Klamath Water Users Association, which represents farmers, said it made no sense to spend time and money fighting out their claims in the long-running state adjudication process when they have reached a settlement that just hasn't...
  • County supervisors warned in letter they could lose state support

    04/02/2009 6:52:28 AM PDT · by sasquatch · 22 replies · 903+ views
    Siskiyou Daily News ^ | Wed Apr 01, 2009, 09:24 AM PDT | By Dale Andreasen
    The continuing war of words over the controversy surrounding the possibility of dam removal on the Klamath River escalated March 17, as the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors sent a letter of response to California Resources Agency natural resources secretary Mike Chrisman. The letter was in reply to Chrisman’s threat to end support for the county’s participation in the process of looking into the status of four hydroelectric dams and the effects of their possible removal on the river system and the local economy.
  • Salmon + oracle + pacific timber + berkshire = Polosi four Buffett Earmark

    11/22/2008 12:03:39 PM PST · by tommy4usa · 9 replies · 647+ views
    ....and environmental leaders from northwest California went to Omaha to ask Buffett to tear down......buffett gives Billions to the Gates foundation.....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Watchdog Clears Cheney in Limited Probe (Klamath River water policy brouhaha, 2002 salmon kill-off)

    07/31/2007 8:07:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 380+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/31/07 | Matthew Daly - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Interior Department's inspector general didn't find political interference by Vice President Dick Cheney on a key environmental policy in part because investigators weren't looking for it, an Interior official said Tuesday. A 2004 report by the inspector general found no basis for a claim by then-Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry that White House political advisers interfered in developing water policy in the Klamath River Basin in California and Oregon. But investigators did not ask about Cheney — and no Interior employee volunteered information about him, said Mary Kendall, deputy Interior inspector general. A former high-ranking Interior official,...
  • Cheney probed over salmon die off

    06/28/2007 1:50:22 PM PDT · by ElkGroveDan · 218 replies · 4,260+ views
    Sacramento Bee Washington Bureau ^ | 11:46 am PDT Thursday, June 28, 2007 | David Whitney
    WASHINGTON - The House Natural Resources Committee announced Thursday that it will hold hearings into Vice President Dick Cheney's involvement in Klamath River water management that many think led to the die-off of more than 70,000 salmon four years ago. [clip]... Three dozen House Democrats from Oregon and California asked for the hearing in a letter to Rahall after the Washington Post reported on details of Cheney's intervention.
  • 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...
  • Removing 4 Klamath River dams may save money, report finds

    12/02/2006 7:51:20 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 114 replies · 1,767+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 2, 2006 | Eric Bailey
    Setting the stage for a knockdown fight over the fate of four towering Klamath River dams accused of hammering salmon stocks and the West Coast fishing industry, a new government study released Friday has found that decommissioning the dams could cost $100 million less than operating them for another generation. The economic analysis, ordered by the California Energy Commission in cooperation with the U.S. Department of the Interior, should provide ammunition for Indian tribes, environmentalists and commercial fishermen eager to see the hydropower dams demolished to reopen more than 300 miles of river that have been blocked to migrating salmon...
  • Governors Schwarzenegger and Kulongoski Direct State Agencies to Hold a Klamath Summit

    10/12/2006 9:18:57 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 73 replies · 712+ views
    Gov. Schwarzenegger's Office ^ | October 12, 2006 | Press Release
    California Governor Schwarzenegger and Oregon Governor Kulongoski today directed their respective state agencies to organize a Klamath Summit to be held before the year ends. The governors have joined forces and are holding the summit to resolve a multitude of complex issues related to the health of the river that impact salmon fishermen, tribes, hydroelectric power and a host of environmental and habitat concerns. “We have the problems of water quality, water supply, listed species, energy generation, and agricultural sustainability expressed in countless ways in the Klamath Basin,” Governor Kulongoski said. “We must forge a consensus on a sustainable approach...
  • Speaking of 'Nuts': Agenda 21, in a nutshell

    09/08/2006 11:55:01 AM PDT · by Issaquahking · 31 replies · 890+ views
    Klamath Bucket Brigade ^ | September 2, 2006 | Jim Kirwan
    While this new world of corporate governance/ lobbyists/ privatization of the commons etc; seems difficult to understand (disguised as it is with buzz words – and meaningless jibberish), it’s really not as complex as one might think. After you learn how to ignore the superficial banalities, and get to the meat (if there is any) of the message being given. Most times you’ll hear just fluff and nutter talk – sounds important but isn’t. While we naturally focus upon local issues and concerns such as community development, roads, tons of garbage, forest access, tourism, sportsmen’s rights, lack of snow, no...
  • PacifiCorp may agree to removing dams (Klamath River)

    08/03/2006 10:14:43 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 26 replies · 701+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | August 03, 2006 | JEFF BARNARD
    PacifiCorp may agree to removing dams But such a step to help Klamath salmon runs wouldn't be taken if higher power rates resulted, the utility says The new president of PacifiCorp's power generating division says the utility could agree to remove five dams from the Klamath River to help restore salmon if customers don't have to pay more for electricity. "We have heard the tribes' concerns," PacifiCorp Energy President Bill Fehrman said in a statement posted Wednesday on the utility's Web site. "We are not opposed to dam removal or other settlement opportunities as long as our customers are not...
  • Regulators put severe restrictions on salmon fishing

    04/08/2006 10:05:07 PM PDT · by george76 · 79 replies · 1,186+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 7, 2006 | KATU TV 2
    Federal regulators have voted to impose severe restrictions on salmon fishing off the coasts of Oregon and Northern California to protect dwindling populations in the Klamath River. The Pacific Fishery Management Council decided to close about 700 miles of coastline to commercial salmon fishing for most of June and July. Those are generally the most productive months of the season.
  • CA: Klamath dams money in bond measure

    03/14/2006 1:14:47 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 12 replies · 347+ views
    AP - The Times-Standard ^ | 03/14/2006 | John Driscoll
    Tucked into the folds of the gigantic state infrastructure bond lawmakers were grappling with into the evening Monday is money aimed at buying and removing dams on the Klamath River. It is the first sign that money would be available from the state to grease the skids in negotiations between the dam owner and the fleet of sometimes conflicting parties that have a stake in using the river or restoring its debilitated fish runs. Tribes, environmental groups, fishermen, farmers and agencies have been meeting every two weeks to hash out a settlement that could involve decommissioning Pacificorp's dams and removing...
  • Court tosses Bush plan for Klamath water

    10/19/2005 10:02:38 AM PDT · by FOG724 · 42 replies · 1,076+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | Wednesday, October 19, 2005 | MICHAEL MILSTEIN
    Court tosses Bush plan for Klamath water Water A federal judge says the irrigation plan for farmers doesn't help threatened fish Wednesday, October 19, 2005 MICHAEL MILSTEIN A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out the Bush administration plan to deliver irrigation water to Klamath Basin farmers, saying it does not do enough for threatened coho salmon in the Klamath River. The ruling probably will mean more water must be shifted from farmers to fish in the basin's emotional tug of war over the precious resource. "This clearly could be a worse picture for us than what we had in...
  • Endangered Humans [IBD Editorial on the ESA vs. Klamath farmers and four dead firefighters]

    01/19/2005 3:52:16 PM PST · by snopercod · 15 replies · 846+ views
    Investor's Business Daily | January 19, 2005 | IBD staff
    A judge has ruled that coho salmon have been illegally listed as an endangered species, a victory that comes too late for the farmers of the Klamath River Basin and the families of four young firefighters. In the spring of 2001, the government ordered irrigation water cut off to 1,400 farms in southern Oregon and northern California to save suckerfish and salmon... [snip] Last week, federal judge Michael Hogan agreed with the Pacific Legal Foundation that the government violated the ESA when it failed to include hatchery fish in its assessment of the coho’s status. ...the Klamath community was practically...
  • Klamath River Salmon Protections Ruled Illegal

    01/14/2005 9:21:53 AM PST · by Reagan is King · 59 replies · 1,379+ views
    Pacific Legal Foundation ^ | 1/13/2005 | Russ Brooks
    Klamath River Salmon Protections Ruled Illegal: Federal Court Says Endangered Species Listing Of Klamath Coho Is Bogus Eugene,OR; January 13, 2005: Coho salmon in the Klamath River Basin region have been illegally listed under the Endangered Species Act as a threatened species, a federal judge declared yesterday. Ruling from the bench, Judge Michael Hogan agreed with Pacific Legal Foundation that the federal government violated the ESA when it failed to consider hatchery fish in its assessment of coho in southern Oregon and northern California rivers. ESA protection of coho in the Klamath River was a significant factor in the government’s...
  • Suckers hang around restored wetland

    11/08/2004 7:39:51 PM PST · by farmfriend · 26 replies · 842+ views
    Herald and News ^ | November 8, 2004 | DYLAN DARLING
    Suckers hang around restored wetland Monday, November 8, 2004 1:34 PM PST By DYLAN DARLING MODOC POINT - Tiny juvenile suckers foraged this summer in a shallow bog that once served as a cow pasture beside Upper Klamath Lake. The appearance of the endangered fish was particularly rewarding for the Nature Conservancy, which bought the land and breached a dike to let lake water flow in and out of the parcel to create sucker habitat. "It is showing us that if we open up areas, they will use them," said John Crandall, the Klamath Basin fisheries ecologist for the Nature...
  • Screens accomplish at least one big goal (Klamath)

    11/08/2004 7:34:24 PM PST · by farmfriend · 12 replies · 582+ views
    Herald and News ^ | November 7, 2004
    Screens accomplish at least one big goalPublished November 7, 2004 The new $16 million fish screens at the headgates on the A Canal apparently have done a job. They had two jobs to do, actually, and while we don't know if they've done both of them, they've certainly done one. In building the fish screens, the federal government has eliminated a source of contention between irrigators on the Klamath Reclamation Project and the Klamath Tribes, to whom the suckers are an important part of their religion and culture, and, historically, as food. Two species of the sucker have come under...
  • Tribes enlist Arnie's help in fishing feud

    07/24/2004 2:35:05 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 69 replies · 1,047+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | July 24, 2004 | JAMES DOW
    Native Americans demonstrating in Edinburgh yesterday Fish rotting in the Klamath river. The tribesmen are calling for fish ladders or other measures to allow salmon to move upstream. Picture: David Moir NATIVE Americans embroiled in a dispute with the energy company ScottishPower have pledged to take their case to the governor of the State of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The tribesmen were in Edinburgh yesterday to demonstrate at ScottishPower’s annual meeting. They say dams owned by a subsidiary of the company have damaged their fishing grounds. They publicly challenged the chief executive of ScottishPower, Ian Russell, to make a personal...
  • Legislators seek changes to Endangered Species Act (KLAMATH FALLS)

    07/19/2004 6:18:03 PM PDT · by take · 21 replies · 721+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 17, 2004 | JEFF BARNARD
    Legislators seek changes to Endangered Species Act KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) - A House subcommittee looking for ways to change the Endangered Species Act came to the Klamath Basin on Saturday, where irrigation water was cut off to 1,400 farms in 2001 to conserve water for threatened and endangered fish. "In 30 years, only seven species of 1,300 listed have been recovered, and those are mainly due to other conservation laws," said Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Calif., chairman of the House Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power. "At the same time, communities across the West are stopped cold in their tracks...
  • Coho decision postponed, again

    06/29/2004 4:11:34 PM PDT · by forester · 13 replies · 305+ views
    Pioneer Press, Fort Jones, California | June 29, 2004 | Liz Bowen, Assistant Editor
    * Fish-friendly agriculture made the difference. * Cutting-edge projects of land owners open eyes of decision-makers. * A united effort with other resource-based groups paid off. CRESCENT CITY, CALIFORNIA - The extraordinary efforts of farmers, ranchers and timber were recognized on Friday, when the California Fish and Game Commission voted 3 to 2 to postpone the final vote for listing the coho salmon to the California Endangered Species Act. So coho limbo continues, at least, until August; and it may linger for another six to seven months. The shocking postponement of the decision is full of legal twists and turns,...
  • Water level drops in Klamath Basin

    05/04/2004 8:33:34 AM PDT · by HairOfTheDog · 36 replies · 231+ views ^ | Monday, May 3, 2004 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Monday, May 3, 2004 Water level drops in Klamath BasinTo save fish, farmers are paid to use wells, but now the aquifer is shrinkingTHE ASSOCIATED PRESSKLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- Klamath Basin farmers are facing another water crisis, this time caused by the widespread use of wells after the federal government cut off their irrigation water in 2001.The Bush administration has encouraged this use, paying farmers to irrigate crops with billions of gallons of water from the wells, leaving lake and river water for protected fish.But now the underground reservoir that feeds the wells is shrinking -- the water table is...
  • Empty Allegations

    03/18/2004 6:28:18 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 1 replies · 63+ views
    NRO ^ | March 18, 2004 | Byron York
    It's not surprising that a lot of accusations are made in a presidential campaign. What is surprising is for the accuser to get his official comeuppance so early in the contest. In one small case, however, that's exactly what has happened. And the accuser who has gotten his comeuppance is the Democratic candidate for president. Last year, Sen. John Kerry (D., Mass.) — who at the time was watching his presidential hopes disappear in the face of the Howard Dean juggernaut — sided with environmentalists who were accusing the Bush administration of using political muscle to influence a key environmental...
  • Empty Allegations: Kerry attacks Bush, government investigates, finds nothing.

    03/18/2004 9:40:32 AM PST · by CheezyD · 6 replies · 108+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 03/18/04 | Byron York
    March 18, 2004, 10:38 a.m. Empty Allegations Kerry attacks Bush, government investigates, finds nothing. It's not surprising that a lot of accusations are made in a presidential campaign. What is surprising is for the accuser to get his official comeuppance so early in the contest. In one small case, however, that's exactly what has happened. And the accuser who has gotten his comeuppance is the Democratic candidate for president. Last year, Sen. John Kerry (D., Mass.) — who at the time was watching his presidential hopes disappear in the face of the Howard Dean juggernaut — sided with environmentalists who...
  • The unbearable lightness of Kerry’s allegations

    03/16/2004 7:02:09 PM PST · by conservativecorner · 10 replies · 126+ views
    The Hill ^ | March 17, 2004 | Byron York
    It’s not surprising that a lot of accusations are made in a presidential campaign. What is surprising is for the accuser to get his official comeuppance so early in the contest. In one small case, however, that’s exactly what has happened. And the accuser who has gotten his comeuppance is the Democratic candidate for president. Last year, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) — who at the time was watching his presidential hopes disappear in the face of the Howard Dean juggernaut — sided with environmentalists who were accusing the Bush administration of using political muscle to influence a key environmental decision...
  • Interior Clears Rove Against Kerry Claim - LIAR

    03/14/2004 8:39:32 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 12 replies · 262+ views
    Newsmax/AP ^ | 3/15/04
    The Interior Department's inspector general has found no basis for a claim by Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry that White House political advisers interfered in developing water policy in the Northwest. The inspector general said President Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, was not involved in a 2002 decision to divert water from the Klamath River in Oregon to irrigate farms. While Rove mentioned the Klamath in passing during a briefing with senior Interior officials, "we found nothing to tie Karl Rove's comments ... to the Klamath decision-making process," Inspector General Earl Devaney said in a letter to Kerry, the...
  • Oregon Farmers Win Reprieve in Water War: Klamath WILL get water

    02/27/2002 1:23:05 PM PST · by Jeff Head · 94 replies · 2,831+ views
    Fox News ^ | Feb 27, 2002 | William LaJuenesse
    <p>The Federal Bureau of Reclamation announced Wednesday that beleaguered farmers in Klamath Falls, Ore., will be receiving water this year in time for the 2002 planting season, which officially begins next month.</p> <p>Speaking to reporters in Washington, John Keys, the head of the Reclamation Bureau, said the move will not guarantee enough water for the farmers. But if current weather patterns and water levels hold it should be plenty, he said.</p>
  • Newfangled 'Fish Protection' Religion Debunked --"Greens" Motive To Bankrupt Oregon Farmers

    02/11/2002 5:12:35 AM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 45 replies · 1,211+ views
    Too Good reports ^ | February 11, 2002 | Vin Suprynowicz
    It comes too late to save the farms and livelihoods of hundreds of southern Oregon farmers left high and dry last summer, but the National Academy of Sciences released a report Feb. 5 bearing out what those farmers have been saying all along &#151; the federal government did not have sufficient scientific evidence to cut off irrigation water to the farms below Oregon's Klamath Lake Dam. Two hundred thousand acres of the Klamath Valley in southwest Oregon went without irrigation water last summer, with 1,500 affected farm families suffering losses that may total $250 million, dwarfing a $20 million ...
  • Deeper, colder lake key to solving Basin water dilemma (Klamath)

    02/23/2004 10:23:33 PM PST · by farmfriend · 6 replies · 133+ views
    Herald and News ^ | Feb. 23, 2004 | ROBERT W. GARDNER
    Deeper, colder lake key to solving Basin water dilemmaPublished Feb. 23, 2004 By ROBERT W. GARDNER Guest columnist I am writing in regard to the Klamath Basin water problem. Though it is believed there is no easy solution, I believe there is a way to meet the needs of all. When Fremont came here in the mid-1800s, he found a huge, shallow lake covering most of the basin at the foot of Crater Lake. It was so foul-smelling and dirty-looking with green algae in it that his horses wouldn't even drink from it. In the winter and spring, the lake...
  • Water quality, supply key to Klamath solutions

    02/19/2004 8:50:05 PM PST · by farmfriend · 4 replies · 172+ views
    Capital Press ^ | February 19, 2004 | TAM MOORE
    Water quality, supply key to Klamath solutions By TAM MOORE Oregon Staff KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Lost River and shortnosed suckers are tough, long-lived fish native to the Upper Klamath Basin. They’ve been on hard times at least since the 1980s. Sacred to American Indian tribes, once so numerous they supported a commercial “mullet” fishery, the two sucker fish ended up on the Endangered Species List in 1988. Last week after four days of talk about suckers, it appears the ancient fish are far from recovery even as some debate how to measure sucker recovery. In 2004, sucker...
  • Bush budget gives Oregon extra for forests, fish

    01/30/2004 6:01:19 PM PST · by ambrose · 2 replies · 137+ views
    Oregonian ^ | 1.29.04 | Oregonian
    Bush budget gives Oregon extra for forests, fish The plan includes more money for thinning woodlands in the state viewed as pivotal in the 2004 election 01/29/04JIM BARNETT WASHINGTON -- With the November election looming and Oregon likely to factor as a swing state, the Bush administration is touting plans in its 2005 budget to boost spending on environmental programs it once sought to limit. The White House will release its full $2.3 trillion budget Monday. But as has been the practice in previous administrations, officials have offered the public a glimpse of proposals that might yield maximum political...