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President of California Waterfowl
Ph. D. Robert McLandress, , UC Davis ecology:
"There are (433) species of wildlife here; the (biological) opinion deals with three." 
Here in the Pacific Flyway, Klamath Basin is "...the most important waterfowl area in North America..." Waterfowl eat "...70 million pounds of food here...," and more than half comes from the farms.  

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$20,000 reward - Jerry McKoen
Oregon Senator Linthicum
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Ca. U.S Congressman
Doug LaMalfa
Former Oregon
Senator Whitsett
Former Oregon
Rep Gail Whitsett
Tom Mallams, Former Klamath County Commissioner
Calif. U.S. Congress-
man Tom McClintock
OR. U.S. Congressman
Greg Walden
Agenda 21, The Big Picture
Elaine Willman-Tribal  info,
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  spreading tribalism
 Biden  nt Biden
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s, Legislation
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e, batteries
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Japanese vs Tulelake controversy
KBRA / Klamath Basin
   Restoration Agreement
George Soros and the KBRA
KID Klamath Irrigation District
Klamath Hearings
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Klamath River Compact
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KRRC Klamath River Renewal Corporation / dam destruction company
KWUA partners with tribes
Klamath River & tributaries
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Medicine Lake
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   and KBRT
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Scientific Misconduct
Klamath Settlement / KBRA
Sheriffs for the Constitution
Siskiyou County District 5
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TID Crops report
Tulelake Irrigation District
    and TID well reports
Tour Klamath Project transcript
Project Irrigation Primer
Tribal Forest Tour:  transcript
Unintended consequences
United Nations & Agenda 21
Upper Klamath webpage
Whose Who
Wildlife and farms, 2001 audio
Water bank & Groundwater
Water Quality
Water Management and allocation 
Weather / Floods &
      water forecast
Wilderness / Wildlands
   on land and sea
Wolves and other predators


"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act." Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Christian Pastor executed by Nazi Germany 1945

***Klamath Dam Removal, KBRA, current and failed agreements, related articles, letters, videos, press releases, documents, and Who's Who

KBC's KRRC / Klamath River Renewal Corporation (Dam Destruction Group) Page



Gene SouzaWater dispute should be decided in court
"As with all government activities, the Klamath Project should be operated in accordance with law, not illegal shut-off orders, illegal water diversions, nor thuggish federal extortion tactics."
< by Klamath Irrigation District Executive Director Gene Souza, Herald and News 8/27/22
KBC Explanation: Bureau of Reclamation encouraged farmers to fallow their land this season because there would not be enough of our stored water for crops. Thousands of acres were fallowed. There is abundant water. On August 19: The Blackmail: the Bureau illegally told our water districts that if they did not shut off water to their customers, they would not allow any irrigator to be paid for fallowing their land.

YouTube video after Bureau of Reclamation suddenly, illegally shut down Klamath Project irrigation water just weeks before harvest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gP4O6g_CZms

Dead sucker fish float belly up near a river bank.

McKinney fire kills scores of fish in Klamath River, LA Times, posted to KBC 9/3/22. “...the dissolved oxygen in the river plummeted to zero...It looks like probably everything in the river died.”

In 2002, during the Biscuit Fire, there was a fish kill on the Klamath River. At a science forum in 2004 in Klamath Falls, "Tamara Wood, USGS, studied water quality--the dissolved oxygen dynamics in UKL. She studied wind speed, temperature and oxygen. They found that in 2002 the oxygen into the lake was turned off by the weeks of heavy smoke from the forest fires." However, in 2002, the Tribes, environmental groups and government agencies have blamed Klamath farmers for the fish dieoff. That lie has been used to downsize agriculture, shut off our irrigation water, help convince FERC to allow hydroelectric dam destruction, put more than historical amounts of our stored water into Klamath River, force irrigators into making compromises of our water rights.


CDFW Director Charlton H. BonhamCDFW Director Chuck Bonham's Statement On FERC Release Of EIS On Klamath Dam Removal, and,
Who is Chuck Bonham, posted to KBC 9/3/22.

FERC Staff Issues the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Lower Klamath and Klamath Projects, FERC, posted to KBC 9/3/2022. "...The primary issues associated with license surrender and removal of project works are: potential effects on aquatic biota, including Chinook salmon, Endangered Species Act-listed coho salmon and suckers, and other fish and wildlife species; adequacy of measures proposed to restore vegetation on formerly inundated lands; effects on riverine and reservoir-based recreation; effects on local property owners due to effects on waterfront access, wells, firefighting/prevention, slope stability, reservoir aesthetics, and property values, as well as effects on traffic, emergency response times, air quality, and noise during construction; effects of dewatering on culturally important sites and removal of historic project features; and socioeconomic effects on disadvantaged communities...."

Ducks Unlimited awarded $2.6M for pumping stations in Klamath Basin, Capital Press, posted to KBC 9/3/22. "Jeff McCreary, western region director of Ducks Unlimited, said the refuges today are historically dry. He called it a "crisis situation." KBC NOTE: Our refuges and farms are "historically dry" because the Bureau of Reclamation withheld from farmers 40,000 acre feet of our stored irrigation water in 2021 above the ESA mandates, and presently shut off our water to Klamath Project farms while keeping in Klamath Lake 1 1/2' of our stored water ABOVE biological opinion mandates for suckers. The lake is 3' higher than it was historically before we built and paid for the Klamath Project.  Klamath Lake and Klamath River are presently full. When water goes to the farms, it then fills the refuges then is diverted OUT of the Klamath Basin and into Klamath River.

MarijuanaIllegal marijuana grow in Merrill stole as much as 5M gallons of water, H&N, posted to KBC 9/3/22. "...more than 2,500 cannabis plants that potentially used up 5 million gallons of water...The property owner, 61-year-old Raul Garcia of Merrill, was cited for illegal marijuana manufacturing and possession and was released..."

Paper calls for fewer cattle, more wolves to 'rewild' the West, Capital Press 9/3/22. KBC NOTE: No grazing means more rampant wildfires killing deer, wolves, owls, total ecosystems, and more wolves more dead cattle, pets, diseases and people.

Third cattle kill by wolves discovered near Doak Mountain (14 miles from Klamath Falls, Oregon), H&N, posted to KBC 9/3/22.

"During July, 10 cattle deaths in the Fort Klamath area were attributed to the Rogue Pack." Another wolf-caused death discovered in Fort Klamath area, H&N, posted to KBC 9/3/22.

OSU, Yurok Tribe partner to study Klamath River after dam removal, Capital Press, posted to KBC 9/3/2022. "the project was recently awarded $870,000 from Oregon Sea Grant to conduct the research, including outreach among five key stakeholder groups — tribes, irrigators, commercial fishing, recreation and conservation organizations."

Klamath Dam destruction group KRRC deceives citizens concerning fire protection, by Rex Cozzalio from Hornbrook, on the Klamath River 7/24/22
FOLLOWED BY KRRC Commentary in the Herald and News touting fire protection after dam removal. "...The only deep water lakes on the Klamath, by sheer fire barrier size and volume, have irrefutably protected and very likely saved regional Copco, Iron Gate, and ‘monument’ residents 4 times in the past 5 years alone.  Just ASK THE RESIDENTS and volunteer FIRE DEPARTMENT KRRC ignores..."

Klamath Irrigation District July 22, 2022 UPDATE:  https://myemail.constantcontact.com/22-July-2022-Update-from-Klamath-Irrigation-District.html?soid=1137800206451&aid=aUivAuN6Q5I
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USFWS irrationally withholds from Klamath Irrigators 3-Feet of their stored water
Klamath Lake
Water Supply Update, KID July 22, 2022 Update:
    "In March and April of 2022, the districts communicated with Reclamation staff proposals to manage Upper Klamath Lake to the 2019 Biological Opinion level for C'waam and Kaptu habitat recognizing the need to protect these species and to not take the lake to our stored water right of 4,136.0 (Reclamation datum)
    USFWS previously communicated the biological need for the C'waam and Kaptu as an elevation of 4,137.7' (Reclamation datum) allowing the endangered fish to have over 3 feet of water above a natural reef into Pelican Bay. Reclamation then updated this elevation with simply hydrology model outputs, without a biological foundation to maintain lake elevations in excess of 4,138.00' in 2019.

Outflows to Upper Klamath Lake over 100 percent of average --- Inflows around 25percent of average, KID Update, posted to KBC 7/24/22. "...a great deal of water is being unnecessarily and unnaturally evacuated from the Klamath Basin into the Klamath River canyon below Keno..."

Wetlands in Klamath Basin9th Circuit rejects arguments against farming in Klamath wildlife refuges, Capital Press, posted to KBC 7/24/22. "A unanimous panel of three 9th Circuit judges has now upheld that decision, ruling that the Fish and Wildlife Service’s plan complies with all the laws governing the 200,000-acre refuge complex... The 9th Circuit has disagreed with that argument, ruling that the Fish and Wildlife Service’s plan struck the appropriate balance between agriculture and wildfowl management as required by refuge management statutes...FWS adequately explained that some amount of pesticide use was necessary on the Refuges to ensure sufficient crop production, on which Refuge waterfowl now depend..."

Letter from FERC to US Congressmen Bentz and LaMalfa regarding Klamath hydroelectric dam destruction, FOLLOWED BY: letter from Congressmen Bentz and LaMalfa to FERC, posted to KBC 7/24/22. "...I take very seriously our obligation to ensure that any action the Commission takes is in the public interest..."

Rogue Wolf Pack kills more cattle near Fort Klamath, H&N, posted to KBC 7/24/22. For more on Klamath Basin wolves killing livestock: www.klamathbasincrisis.org/wolvestoc.htm

Klamath Drainage District Press Release: Reclamation files surprise complaint against KDD, District disappointed in government's conduct July 11. 2022. "Scott White, General Manager for the district notes that this is not a contract issue at all and points to the district’s existing water rights of record. 'The Bureau has literally acknowledged and affirmed KDD’s water rights in the past and encouraged us to exercise them when there is no Project Supply available,'said White. 'It’s incredible that they claim we are in breach of contract for doing the very thing they asked of us for years.' '...The district is also bound by contract to deliver water to water users outside of the district, but the complaint makes no mention of the district currently facilitating the conveyance of water to the refuge under state law. 'The Bureau is out of its lane in picking and choosing which law to recognize,' states Bill Walker, President of the district. 'The Bureau supports state law when it means getting water to their land but does not when it means getting water to family farmers and ranchers...'"
UNITED STATES of America VS Klamath Drainage District, COMPLAINT with Department of Justice attorneys against the small Klamath Drainage District 7/5/22.

< Lucky Ackley. Costs spike, fields go fallow in Klamath, CFBF AgAlert, posted to KBC 7/14/22. " 'That (Upper Klamath) Lake did not exist other than wet years before they built the Link River Dam," he said. "It was built to store water for dry years to irrigate and farm with, and now it's totally being misused, mismanaged, and all the water is getting flushed down the river for salmon or being held in the lake at unhistoric levels for suckerfish.' He said many beef producers have had to sell their cattle at a loss because they can't feed them. If Ackley were eventually forced to sell off his herd, he said, he would lose about 80 years of genetic selection for the best cattle for this rangeland. 'You can't just go buy that back,' he said."

Ag stakeholders reject White House draft reports on (Columbia/Snake) dam breaching, Capital Press 7/13/22. "...Only Congress has the authority to order the dams to be removed," said Sean Ellis, a spokesman for the Idaho Farm Bureau. "The president can have his own opinion on the matter, but Congress will be the one deciding..." KBC NOTE: In the case of Klamath River hydroelectric dams, Congress did not support dam destruction because the Klamath and Siskiyou counties overwhelmingly rejected the idea, so the states of California and Oregon bypassed our Congressional representatives and promised taxpayer money to support dam destruction, defying the will of the constituents. Their goal is hoped-for benefits to salmon and environment despite the economic and environmental devastation caused by 20 million cubic yards of sediment behind the dams decimating any fish or habitat.

Managing Water,  Reclamation Commissioner Camille Touton visits Klamath Basin, Capital Press, posted to KBC 7/14/22. "...Asked whether she sees the Klamath Project as sustainable with its current model and scale, Touton said, “I don’t want to speculate on that...”

KID's A Canal< Headgates of A Canal at Klamath Irrigation District
Irrigators, tribes object to extending Klamath Project interim operations plan, Capital Press, posted to KBC 7/5/22. "In a letter sent June 17 to Ernest Conant, Reclamation’s regional director, the Klamath Water Users Association outlined deficiencies in the interim operations plan, claiming “it is based on erroneous data, flawed hydrologic assumptions and a proposed action that does not comport with current operations...The three years of attempted operation under the (plan) has been a period of chaotic, ad hoc decision-making,” the letter states. “KWUA has, for well over a year, emphasized the lack of any coherent regulatory construct for the IOP. That point is further underscored by the fact that the IOP has required Reclamation to do things that literally are impossible.”

"Klavins (of Oregon Wild) is not telling the truth about forests or collaborative groups." Oregon Capital Chronicle commentary by Mark Webb, posted to KBC 7/5/22 

Farm groups troubled by court's bumblebee ruling (bumble bee is a fish), CFBF Ag Alert, posted to KBC 7/5/22. "
The move triggered full protection for the bumblebees under state law, which prohibits actions that would kill, or "take," candidate species without a permit or other authorization."

Dams are critical for reliable energy grid in Pacific Northwest, Capital Press commentary



Letter from Congressman Doug LaMalfa and Congressman Cliff Bentz regarding Klamath hydroelectric dam destruction: unknown and undisclosed local, state and federal and ratepayer costs and liabilities, legal authority, Keno Dam authority and plans, additional burdens for agriculture  ... , letter to FERC, PacifiCorp, KRRC, Oregon governor Kate Brown, California governor Gavin Newsom, Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland, June 16, 2022.



Grow housesSheriff wants statewide state of emergency over illegal marijuana grows, H&N, posted to KBC 5/27/22. "The county estimates there could be as many as 2,000 grow sites and 5,000 greenhouses just in California’s northernmost county. Those grows can use as much as 3 million gallons of water per day in region dealing with severe drought conditions..."




BPA Transmission linePacific Power customers could see higher electricity bills, H&N, posted to KBC 5/27/22. "Pacific Power is asking Oregon regulators to approve an electricity rate hike that could increase residential customers’ utility bills by as much as 14%. KBC NOTE: So the states of Oregon and California are paying millions of dollars to destroy our clean green hydroelectric dams that supply power to 70,000 households, as well as flood control, water for fighting wildfires which has saved towns, lakes, communities, and ecosystems providing habitat for hundreds of species, some endangered. Pacific Power said if they destroyed the dams, our power rates would decrease. Some people believed them.

Klamath Tribes sue federal government over water releases to farmers, Capital Press, posted to KBC 5/27/22. "
...KWUA says the anticipated 50,000 acre-foot Project allotment represents no more than 5% of all the water that will be used this season from Upper Klamath Lake. About 40% will be sent down the Klamath River for ESA-listed salmon, 28% will be held in the lake for C’waam and Koptu and 27% will be lost to evaporation..." KBC NOTE: Klamath Project irrigators store their irrigation water in Upper Klamath Lake, causing the lake to be higher than historically possible before the Klamath Project was built. The highest sucker counts were when the lake was lower, before the ESA mandated confiscating our legally stored water.

Dark clouds on horizon for electric vehicle batteries, The United States has handed over the supply chain for this future to offshore suppliers of the critical materials used in the workhorse of the megatrend, the lithium-ion battery. These include lithium from South America and Australia; cobalt, primarily from the Democratic Republic of the Congo; nickel, copper, phosphate and manganese from countries where relations could sour overnight. Nickel from Russia, for example, is off the market because of the country’s invasion of Ukraine...Australian mines produce just under half of the global lithium supply, but most of that is exported directly to China for processing..."

From our archives: Karuk Tribal members' petition against Klamath Dam removal, 11/25/08

* 2022 KPDRA No Irrigation Program Announcement 5/6/22.Applications are currently being accepted and the application deadline is June 15, 2022.

"During their 'ramp up', they ONCE AGAIN, as in EVERY PRIOR time, exceeded maximum legal ramping rates/hour by well over 200%, risking lives and infrastructure." Message from rancher Rex Cozzalio, Hornbrook (on the Klamath River), 4/30/22. "It looks like the last 'Klamath flush' starting April 15th went from 1300cfs (no reduction from their 'biop' overrated amount) to 4600cfs at the peak, ramping down back to 1300cfs after about 8 days.  During their 'ramp up', they ONCE AGAIN, as in EVERY PRIOR time, exceeded maximum legal ramping rates/hour by well over 200%, risking lives and infrastructure.  ONCE AGAIN, they 'notified' the County the DAY BEFORE before the 'event', which makes it impossible for the County to effectively notify residents.
Considering only the difference between the 1300cfs and 4600cfs peak, the stored water to manufacture that unnatural 'flush' exceeded roughly 26,000 acre feet ABOVE base flow, or roughly enough water for 300,000 people for a year, or close to 9,000 acres of irrigated ground to what may be minimal 'dilution' benefit."
!  Oregon Governor Kate Brown's letter to Interior Secretary Haaland urging her to use drought money to permanently retire Klamath Project farmland (because the government is stealing our stored water to use for other purposes.) 4/28/22
Klamath Water Users Association response to Gov. Brown 5/4/22: "...KWUA is dismayed, however, by your letter's unexpected recommendation that funding under the Act be used to permanently retire irrigation water rights in the Klamath Project and effect a shift to dry land farming...."
!!! KID response to Governor Brown's letter to Interior Secretary Haaland, 5/4/22. "...K.I.D. is concerned with your suggestion for long-term solutions without first engaging and discussing with local representatives and governments responsible for implementing such actions. Where we specifically find issue is in the suggestion that permanently idling some of the world’s most productive farmland will be beneficial; we believe this approach is overly simplistic and short sighted as the world population continues to grow and the need for food security/stability is increasing...Unfortunately, poor policy which promotes removing water from the former wetlands has (and continues to) change weather patterns in the Klamath watershed. Before agricultural modification to the landscape, over 188,000 acres of surface area was covered by water. This area was once described as the Everglades of the West...This situation has nothing to do with drying up the Klamath River or interfering or infringing upon water rights of downstream tribes – this is simply about the release of stored water that would not otherwise be physically available but for construction of a dam across the outlet of Upper Klamath Lake"

Comments as an intervener to FERC regarding their Draft Klamath EIS by Hornbrook, California rancher Rex Cozzalio
FOLLOWED BY  Corruption of KRRC and FERC regarding Klamath dam removal, letter to FERC by Rex Cozzalio 4/25/22. "It has become excruciatingly clear that KRRC/KHSA special interest and policy directing Signatories have NO interest in protecting the affected public against damages from forcibly imposed devastation, and in fact have gone to extreme lengths to EVADE it, not only fabricating a convoluted cloak of self-benefitting unaccountability and ‘post destruction approval’ deferred ‘Plan’ certainties, with FERC’s consent they have managed to effectively place ALL loss and burdens upon those most harmed and UNREPRESENTED within the so-called ‘Agreement’.

Klamath Irrigation District's Final Water Management and Conservation Plan, posted to KBC 5/7/22. "(The KID WM and CP) captures a brief summary of our history and discusses what we know about the present. Recent conversations have indicated many are not aware of Klamath Irrigation District's efforts to move towards a more modern and efficient irrigation system. The first step to the future is understanding our past and our infrastructure design, then understanding our present conditions....from there we can create a vision for the future."

KWUA / Klamath Water Users Association Response to Draft FERC/Federal Energy Regulatory Commission EIR/Environmental Impact Statement regarding the destruction of the Klamath River Hydroelectric dams, posted to KBC 5/7/22. "...The DEIS appears to have ignored the potential, and currently likely, negative impacts of dam removal related to agricultural communities. Those impacts will flow from regulatory demands and constraints that decrease the ability to divert and deliver water for irrigation..."

"Tulelake Irrigation District Policies and Operations Plan 2022 "These documents, and other notices or information about developments throughout the season will be available on TID's website www.tulelakeid.com. Other pertinent material and updates regarding the Klamath Project and the 2022 irrigation season may be found on the Klamath Water Users Association / KWUA website www.kwua.org. Information on 2022 Klamath Project Drought Response Agency / DRA/ Programs may be found on the DRA website www.klamathwaterbank.com."

"Planting of USFWS hatchery tagged chinook salmon in the Sprague River to see if they could 'adapt' to that environment...to see if they will survive for 'after Project (dam) destruction' ...and/or to try and get a resident population of hybrids in place to suddenly 'identify' Upper Basin salmon shortly after Project destruction."
from Rex Cozzalio, Hornbrook, CA on the Klamath River 4/30/22

TID Water Supply and Operations Policy, adopted 4/27/22

TID Well Irrigated Acres Program and Charges, adopted 4/27/22

Klamath Tribes warn of ESA violations over water allocation, Capital Press, posted to KBC 5/7/22. "According to the Klamath Water Users Association, a group that represents 1,200 farms and ranches in the Klamath Project, this year's expected allocation of 50,000 acre-feet equals no more than 5% of all the water that will be used this season from Upper Klamath Lake. About 40% of the water will be sent down the Klamath River for ESA-listed salmon; 28% will be held in Upper Klamath Lake for C'waam and Koptu and 27% will be lost to evaporation..."

Klamath Tribe suing Biden administration over Oregon water to farmers, H&N 4/15/22. “We implore you to rescind the 2022 plan and operate the project this year consistent with the law, which requires the prioritization of the needs of the C’Waam and Koptu,” (Klamath Tribe Chairman Don) Gentry said using native language terms to describe the suckerfish. The fish also have spiritual, cultural and historical significance to the tribes." Yurok Vice-Chairman Frankie Meyers said, “The Upper and Lower Klamath Basin once functioned as an integrated system that provided abundant salmon, suckers and waterfowl with minimal intervention. It is our duty to bring this system back into balance and we will never stop working toward that goal..."
KBC NOTE: Not mentioned in the H&N article, last summer farmers got zero allocation while the Bureau of Rec. withheld 40,000 acre feet of our stored water above what the ESA required, and refused to pay it back to the farmers. In 2021 the agencies and tribes dewatered our refuges for the first time in more than 10,000 years according to Fish and Wildlife Service.
Ongoing fish kill on the Klamath River is an 'absolute worst-case scenario'  (Ongoing fish kill on the Klamath River is an 'absolute worst-case  scenario') — High Country News – Know the West< Photo from High Country News of Frankie Meyers. Not mentioned by Meyers is, our Klamath Basin DID function as an integrated system with abundant salmon, suckers and waterfowl until, against the direction of the "best available science," the National Research Council, the government agencies mandated higher lake levels and river flows than historically possible before the Klamath irrigation project was built. Lake level and river flow management will not increase sucker propagation according to the NRC. Suckers thrived in years of low water levels.
Watch Meyer's video: https://www.facebook.com/frankie.../videos/4455720501123904 "...You are always in the right if you're telling your government officials to give land back to indigenous communities..." A ten minute video well worth your time.  Keep in mind, every Klamath tribal member was given a ballot to vote on whether to terminate their tribe and receive money...they overwhelmingly voted to terminate and were paid for their land. They later were given allotments and most of them sold their allotments.
   Also, Mayers claimed that only white veterans were chosen to win a Tulelake homestead. FACT: WWI and WWII veterans with farm experience were entered into a contest, and winners were drawn from a pickle jar. Skin color was not a prerequisite.
Gentry: Dam removal key to reconnect salmon to Klamath | Guest Commentary |  heraldandnews.com
Photo from Herald and News. Don Gentry, current Klamath Tribal Chairman discusses termination and allotments in October 7, 2003 on Tribal Tour of the forests they hoped to be given: #9 In the van, Tribal Resource Specialist Don Gentry in discussion about Termination




APRIL 14 and 15, 2022. We store our irrigation water for the Klamath Project in Klamath Lake. Bureau of Reclamation denied us 100% of our stored water in 2021, and in 2022 we are allowed only enough to get our ditches wet. They dewatered our refuges that, according to USFWS, have supported 433 species of wildlife for 10,000 years, until last year. Klamath Tribe is suing to deny us 100% of our legally stored water, to raise Klamath Lake to higher than historic levels that were not possible before the Klamath Project was built, for suckers.
Much of our stored irrigation water is being sent down the Klamath River to the ocean for salmon.
4/14/22 Klamath Lake 4/14/22 Klamath Lake 4/14/22 Klamath Lake 4/15/22 Klamath River


SCWUA/Siskiyou County Water Users Association Response to Draft FERC/Federal Energy Regulatory Commission EIR/Environmental Impact Statement regarding the destruction of the Klamath River Hydroelectric dams, submitted 4/18/22 "The following comments are submitted by the Siskiyou County Water Users Association an association representing those Siskiyou County voters who voted to retain the dams through Measure G voted on during a general election process by 80% as well as members of the R Ranch Complex, KRCE, and Copco Lake.  The approximate membership of some 7,000 people..."

Klamath Irrigation District comment letter to Draft EIR/Environmental Impact Statement to FERC/Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding Klamath River Hydroelectric dam destruction 4/18/22. "KID requests FERC decline to approve a Final EIS until the document reflects the "hard look" required by the law, based on accurate and complete historical data. KID also requests FERC consult with KID in order to ensure that impacts to the irrigators are adequately treated in the document so the public will know the full potential aftermath of dam removal."

Siskiyou County comment letter to Draft EIR/Environmental Impact Statement to FERC/Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding Klamath River Hydroelectric dam destruction 4/18/22. "The existing DEIS is insufficient to meet the requirements of NEPA to analyze the “environmental impact of the proposed action” and “alternatives to the proposed action.” 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C). These provisions have been interpreted to require FERC and other agencies to carefully consider detailed information concerning significant environmental impacts and to significant alternatives when an action may has significant impacts. Reliance on out of date information that does not reflect the actual impacts of the action is unlawful and is, by itself, a basis for recirculation."

Klamath Tribes Press Release: Klamath Tribes respond to BOR water allocations, posted to KBC 4/19/22. "Today, we see in the Klamath Basin the consequences of nearly 120 years of ecosystem degradation at the hands of the settler society. They have drained hundreds of thousands of acres of open water and wetlands, mowed down the largest pine forests in the west, mined the groundwater to the point that wells now go dry where marshes and lakes formerly prevailed, straightened whole river systems and striven to eradicate beavers that once engineered complex waterways, allowed their cattle to destroy riparian zones and defecate in icy cold springs, and dammed the mighty Klamath River five times."
KBC NOTE: In 2022 Klamath farmers got none of their stored water. The government and tribes mandated higher than historical water levels in Klamath Lake where our water is stored, dewatering our farms and wildlife refuges, "open water and wetlands" which supported 433 species of wildlife here; the biological opinion deals with 3. According to USFWS, these refuges had water for more than 10,000 years, before 2022. With all of our stored surface water denied to farmers, many of our wells did go dry. Because of mandates by government agencies and tribes to not log or thin our forests, millions of acres burned the past summers. The Tribes are presently suing the government to deny us farmers a meager 50,000 acre feet of water this summer also, while mandating historically high levels for Klamath Lake, and also Klamath River to be sent to the ocean. They want to rip out the hydroelectric dams on the river which serve 70,000 families with power. Tribal members have told us they like electricity. Also, most rivers have been fenced to prevent cattle from entering the rivers.

Reclamation to release 50,000 acre-feet of water to Klamath Project; provide $20M in drought response, H&N, posted to KBC 4/19/22. “We have 170,000 acres that could be irrigated this year and we’re ready to get to work,” KWUA President Ben DuVal...On a single acre, we can produce over 50,000 pounds of potatoes, or 6,000 pounds of wheat. This year, most of that land will not produce any food because the government is denying water for irrigation. We’ll just be trying to keep the weeds and dust under control.” "
“While reclamation has provided us some opportunities to work with them, the farmers and ranchers of this basin and our community all depend on agriculture. About one in three jobs in the basin can be tied to agriculture,” (Klamath Irrigation District Manager) Gene Souza said. “The loss is going to be felt in restaurants and grocery stores and potentially in food market across the nation.  It’s just a shame we’ve got 350,000 acre-feet of (our stored) water in Upper Klamath and we’re only (getting) a small piece.”

Klamath irrigators vote for water deliveries even if it puts federal drought funding at risk, OPB, posted to KBC 4/19/22. "Out of 377 votes, 319 KID members voted ‘yes’ to the ballot question: “Pursuant to both our federal contract obligations and state water rights, do you want the district to attempt to deliver you water knowing it will likely complicate federal drought funding?”
(KID manager Gene Souza) says that drought funding makes up a fraction of what would be generated by farmers and which would, in turn, stimulate the local economy..."

BOR News Release - Reclamation initiating Klamath River flushing flow to promote salmon health, 4/14/22. "
Beginning April 15, flows below Iron Gate Dam will increase from approximately 1,325 cubic feet per second up to 4,500 cfs. Increased releases out of Upper Klamath Lake through the Link River Dam will occur simultaneously. The highest releases, of up to approximately 4,500 cfs, will be reduced to about 3,200 cfs on Saturday, April 16. A high peak of 4,200 cfs will occur on Sunday April 17. Flows will start ramping down the morning of Monday, April 18..."

Bureau of Reclamation Annual Operations Plan 2022 for the Klamath Reclamation Project, April 2022.

BOR PRESS RELEASE: Reclamation opens Klamath Project irrigation season with limited water supply allocation amid extreme drought, 4/11/22

Jesus said: "Be Not Afraid..." Matthew 28:10

OWRD/Oregon Water Resources Department counter claim against U.S. Regarding Bureau of Reclamation releasing legally-stored stored Klamath Project irrigation water into ocean, posted to KBC 4/10/22. "...Section 8 of the Reclamation Act of 1902, which authorizes Reclamation to operate the Klamath Project in Southern Oregon and Northern California, expressly requires Reclamation to comply with state water law in those operations..." KBC NOTE: FYI, 2 of the Plaintiffs are PCFFA / Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen and IFFR / Institute for Fisheries Resources. According to PCFFA, "Rather than seek out yet another unrelated non-profit to funnel the money through, PCFFA created a new organization (IFFR)..."  

KRRC / Klamath River Renewal Corporation (Klamath dam destruction group) attorney Perkins Coie requests an extension with FERC to address significant issues, posted to KBC 4/10/22. KBC NOTE: our source writes: "(KRRC) asked recently for an extension...in order to respond to FERC on issue of Historic Preservation Plan. They also got caught by FERC recently on claims KRRC made regarding having an agreement with the California Coastal Commission when they did not have such an agreement.  This is regarding the dumping of sediment into the ocean."  Another KBC NOTE: KRRC attorney Perkins Coie also represented the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.

"...states that are using Cloud Seeding as a way to try and Mitigate this climate Change crisis is absolutely preposterous..." Oregon Cattle Rancher's letter to KBC with links describing Cloud Seeding agendas and implementation, posted to KBC 4/10/22.

Yakima Farm Bureau president stands against solar land rush, Capital Press, posted to KBC 4/10/22. "...don't call hundreds of acres of panels on steel posts screwed into the ground "solar farms. We dropped that term a long time ago," he said. "We call them solar-industrial complexes...While cows and sheep can graze around windmills, solar projects as configured now blot out agricultural use and take up far more land."

Judge halts curtailment for Siskiyou County irrigators, CFBF AgAlert, posted to KBC 4/10/22. "Irrigators in Siskiyou County have won a court ruling to temporarily block a state water curtailment order that would have prevented area farmers and ranchers from tapping into percolating groundwater supplies they have relied on for decades...."Historically, the State Water Resources Control Board has not had jurisdiction over groundwater, and this was a classic example of government overreach where they exerted jurisdiction over percolating groundwater without authority and without evidentiary support,"

Northern Spotted OwlEnvironmental groups fail to stop Southern Oregon logging projects, Capital Press 4/7/22. "Environmental groups have failed to convince a federal judge to block two logging and fuels reduction projects on 8,000 acres of public forestland in Southern Oregon."

Keep your lives free from the love of money & be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; Never will I forsake you." Hebrews 13:5

 $Billion+ Government Agency Funds for Klamath. Millions for Tribes, NGOs, farm conservation and easements, fish and wildlife habitat, remove obstacles to fish passage, repurposing land, restore habitat for native fish and migratory birds, wetlands, enhance streamflow... KID / Klamath Irrigation District February 11, 2022 UPDATE, posted to KBC 3/21/22.

KID / Klamath Irrigation District VOTE: Attempt to get water, or get $$$$$$$
   "During Klamath Irrigation District’s March 2022 Board of Directors meeting, the Board decided to put to vote the following question to our patrons:
    'Pursuant to both our federal contract obligations and state water rights, do you want the district to attempt to deliver you water knowing it will likely complicate federal drought funding?'
   This will be a “yes” or “no” vote conducted in person by patrons officially registered to vote with the District as outlined in Oregon Revised Statue 545. Ballots will be made available at the polling site.
   The vote will take place at the Klamath Irrigation District HQ on 29 March 2022.  A member of Klamath Irrigation District, who is a registered voter with the District, residing and/or owning land from Division 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 is eligible to vote. Please contact the KID office at 541-882-6661, located at 6640 KID Ln, K Falls to determine your voting eligibility. 
   In accordance with Oregon Revised Statute 545, the Board of Directors will hold a special board meeting on 4 April 2022 to canvas the results of the election.
   Please contact our office if you have questions concerning the vote. We look forward to seeing you on 29 March between 7am and 8pm as you cast your ballot."

KID / Klamath Irrigation District March NOTICE: Request for Water Conservation Program Support March 2022.

A wake-up call to our national leaders from a Western rancher, Family Farm Alliance President Patrick O'Toole, 3/17/22. "...At a time when the future of Ukraine’s ability to help feed the outside world is at risk, the world’s best producers — Western irrigators — are watching their water flushed to the sea to purportedly help fish populations. Decades of empirical evidence has failed so far to show a positive response from those targeted fish to such water shifting schemes. Meanwhile, our ability to increase food productivity is further diminished..."


"So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9   sent from Pat Lunde

Tulelake Irrigation District March 15 agenda
Sustainable Groundwater Management Plan, and March 16 agenda. This mandatory plan will evaluate our groundwater and control your ability to pump it to irrigate your field.


< Eleanor Bolesta, former WWII Wave, Tulelake Homesteader

75 years ago, March 13, 1947 - War Veterans Win Tulelake Homesteads 
"Eighty-five veterans of the last war, some still wearing a jacket, shirt or a pair of trousers issued to them while in the service, stepped to the platform in the Bureau of Reclamation hall this morning, laid a finger on a big map and as winners in the big Tulelake homestead drawing, became land owners."  H&N 3/13/22



Threatened Northern Spotted OwlMt. States Legal Foundation: "Shoot Owls to Save Owls? That's The ESA in Action (Reuters) Big Green and Bill Clinton used northern spotted owl "protections" as a pretext for throwing lumber producers off U.S. forests. But loggers weren't the bird's biggest problem, as it turns out. Now the feds are shooting barred owls in order to "save" spotted owls, all with the blessing of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, in another Endangered Species Act absurdity: Government can kill invasive owls to study effect on threatened ones – 9th Circuit, Reuters, posted to KBC 3/5/22. "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service legally authorized the killing of thousands of barred owls in Oregon’s old-growth forests to see if it would help the threatened northern spotted owl make a comeback in the area, a federal appeals court affirmed Friday."


For February & March 2022 chronological news, see Archive 237

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Before the Klamath Project was built, there were up to 30 feet of water where our farms are now. It was a navigable lake. That's why on our deeds, signed by US President, we were deeded 2+ acre feet of water for our crops, as all the runoff we pump uphill, at our expense, out of our closed basin and into the Klamath River. The river often went dry in the fall before the Project was built.

The river often went dry in the fall before the Project was built.

..There's nothing down here,  you should be checking out the whole site. Ron