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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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"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

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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
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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

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Tulelake Irrigation District March 15 agenda
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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."





Related - David Vogel, fisheries scientist now with nearly 50 years experience, 14 working for U.S. Fish and wildlife Service: "In 1986 the U.S. F&W Service staff responsible for whether or not to pursue these (ESA) listings believed there were only 12,000 Lost River suckers in the Upper Klamath Lake...they didn't believe they were endangered. A couple years later...we now know for a fact that numbers were exceeded by tens of thousands of Lost River suckers. Now they flip flop and they say they are endangered? What constitutes endangered?" July 17, 2004 Congressional Hearing in Klamath Falls, Oregon.


KBC NOTE:
This photo was taken February 9, 2022 of thousands of acres of the world famous Tule Lake Refuge, the most important stop in the Pacific Flyway for migrating waterfowl.  According to U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service, "For more than 10,000 years, Native Americans camped along the lakeshore to hunt, fish and harvest a variety of marsh plants..." In 2021 the Bureau of Reclamation for the first time in history denied our stored water to our refuges and farms, against a court order, for an entire year.
   With the pretext of protecting Endangered suckers to throw farmers off their land, the Bureau of Reclamation kept our stored irrigation water in the full Upper Klamath Lake to supposedly help 2 species of suckers, threatening 433 species of wildlife and our farms. Hundreds of domestic wells went dry. The Bureau is succeeding in eliminating farmers and ranchers like the government agencies destroyed hundreds of lumber mills. In the past 2 years alone California and Oregon have lost millions of acres of forests, millions of animals and spotted owls, many towns and lives due to wildfires from overgrown and many diseased trees in the guise of protecting the endangered owl from loggers. The Bureau plans to withhold our water again in 2022, keeping Klamath Lake higher than historically possible, for the two suckers which continue to decline with this extreme Klamath Lake level, against advice from the peer-reviewed National Resources Committee.

CALIFORNIA - Agencies working to sustain groundwater, AgAlert, CFBF 2/23/22. "...The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, if you haven't heard about it, it's knocking on your door... East Kaweah added emergency restrictions on groundwater pumping last October and set a maximum allocation and a fine of $500 per acre-foot for those who exceed the pumping restriction..."

Buried Klamath Treasure and Chia Pets, by Rudy Hiley, Tulelake 3/12/22. "Findings indicate contributions from agricultural land adjacent to Klamath Lake have been overestimated, and the Klamath Irrigation Project is probably a net sink for nutrients diverted out of Klamath Lake and Klamath River. Data to support these assertions are presented.”

Klamath Ukraine by Rudy Hiley, Klamath Basin 3/6/22.  "...it is alarming to see any population or group try to punitively reclaim land or resources or both just because it was once theirs, no matter how long ago. Incursion is part of the process of attempting to occupy, control, or re-occupying a geographic area that an aggressor really wants, or used to have, or has strong feelings about, yet no longer commands legal ownership of..."

 

For February & March 2022 chronological news, see Archive 237

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Klamath Project Drought Response Agency / www.klamathwaterbank.com/ for groundwater and well programs, and DRA agendas and minutes

Homesteading in a Promised Land' DVD

 
'Klamath ESA' DVD
 
Mercy Chefs, 'feeding body and soul'
 

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Klamath Free Press

This West is Our West
 

*Upper Klamath Webpage
 
Water Task Force webpage
 
Global Machinery Network
 

 

 

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

Feb