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Klamath River Basin
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Loggers, Indians and  Fishermen


Wildlife and Farmland
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
Oregon Rep Reschke
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
Agriculture including illegal marijuana
Elaine Willman-Tribal  info,
  Tribal corruption, CERA,
  spreading tribalism
 Biden  nt Biden
Bills and Laws,  Litigation
Court Decision
s, Legislation
Bi-State Alliance
Biofuel, ethanol,
   energy, hydropower,
e, batteries
Bureau of Reclamation
Climate Engineering/Chemtrails
Chiloquin Dam, suckers
Columbia and Snake Rivers
Conservation and wetlands
Crops, products and livestock
Dam Destruction
Klamath Dams
Discussion Forum
Easements, trusts, land acquisitions
Environmentalists & groups
  (The Nature Conservancy
Energy, Renewable,
ethanol and biofuel
ESA Endangered Species Act
Farm Bill
Farm Labor - Immigrants
Farmer Fisherman Alliance
Fish Die-offs
Fishermen & Fish
Frankenfish Monsanto
Forests and Logging, and FIRE
FAQs and facts
Food Imported
Global Warming/Climate Change
Grazing / Bundys&Hammonds
Groundwater and Waterbank
Homesteaders / Settlers
Japanese vs Tulelake controversy
KBRA / Klamath Basin
   Restoration Agreement
George Soros and the KBRA
KID Klamath Irrigation District
Klamath Hearings
   and Speeches
Klamath River Compact
Klamath Summit
KRRC Klamath River Renewal Corporation / dam destruction company
KWUA partners with tribes
Klamath River & tributaries
Lake levels & river flows
Medicine Lake
Military / Veterans
National Monuments
Negotiations: Indians, farmers
   and KBRT
Population, ownership and
Photo Stories
Power, dams, energy
Prayer Page
Property & Water Rights
Public Land
Refuges in Klamath Basin
Scientific Misconduct
Klamath Settlement / KBRA
Sheriffs for the Constitution
Siskiyou County District 5
Water Storage, including Long Lake and Barnes Ranch
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



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Congressman LaMalfa Introduces the ‘Protect Our Water Rights’ Act
with responses by founder of Klamath Forest Alliance and Sierra Club Water Resource Chair Felice Pace (guy in picture on right), Klamath Irrigation District Manager and Executive Director Gene Souza, and Siskiyou County Water Users Association Board Member Chrissie Reynolds, posted to KBC 1/29/23. "
Mandates 100% contract water deliveries to water districts by Reclamation in normal or above normal precipitation years and guarantees additional water in dry years...Requires the Bureau of Reclamation to assess and report on what debt is still owed by the irrigators of the Klamath Project...Prohibits the Bureau of Reclamation from releasing stored water created by the Klamath Project in Upper Klamath Lake, except for agricultural and refuge purposes associated with State-adjudicated water rights, and to otherwise maximize total storage volume in Upper Klamath Lake."  


Left: Tommy Williams, NOAA, Right: RES/Resource Environmental Solutions geologist Dave Coffman
Panel Discussion on Klamath Dam Removal Science and Monitoring, posted to KBC 1/29/23. Here are a few quotes from some of the ecoterrorist government agencies’ lies about the “benefits” of Klamath Dam destruction experiment, and horrific truths, and lack of information of what the outcome will be, by USGS, NOAA, Yurok Tribe, RES. Please listen closely to this video: Mike Belchik, senior fish biologist for Yurok Tribe: “Now Keno dam is managed for water level only…to keep infrastructure working for the agricultural program…that’s no longer going to be the case. Keno is going to have to be managed for steadyish flow as the water level’s gunna be maintained. ..The day to day flows for lake levels or deliveries to agriculture…that has not been set…the Bureau of Reclamation …doesn’t have any of those plans…”

 U.S. House of Representatives to Secretaries Haaland, Vilsack, Raimondo and Chair Mallory pledging oversight, 1/25/23. "our Republican majority will be using every available resource at our disposal to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse in the departments and offices under your purview." The Congressmen don't need to look far for it: Was it "fraud, waste and abuse when they fired Dr Houser, top scientist in DC, the ETHICS scientist? When he saw the contrived science by gov't scientists who were making science to justify dam removal and he was told that the administration wanted the dams out, wasn't that fraud and abuse? When they trashed our decades long Klamath River Compact, the head of it is now on KRRC, so they bipassed congress and trashed the will of the citizens of Klamath and Siskiyou Counties along with our representatives, wasn't that fraud, and abuse of the citizens and rule of law? They dewatered the most important wildlife refuges in the Pacific Flyway the past two years, and with our stored water they sent it to the ocean, for months, depriving irrigators of their legally stored water...that's abuse. They paid millions of dollars to farmers not to farm. So, when will our wasted and abused community see justice? Lying about fish "returning" to habitat in Upper Basin's warm water assuming they historically climbed 30' natural reefs, the list goes on.

 Siskiyou County Water Users Association on the Proposed Klamath Dam Removal - Part 5 (01/11/2023)Copco Lake Fire Chief Francis Gill, property and store owner, responds to Siskiyou County Water Users Association President Richard Marshall in this 10 minute video about the resulting devastation following Klamath dam destruction, posted to KBC 1/29/23. Gill: "After Klamath dam destruction, salmon are “...going to go over low running waterfall that’s 30-40’ tall; it doesn’t seem possible to me...” Copco Lake Fire Chief Francis Gill, property and store owner, responds to Siskiyou County Water Users Association President in this 10 minute video about the resulting devastation."

Letter to Bureau of Reclamation from KWUA /  Klamath Water Users Association regarding the Bureau's plan to deny Klamath Project Irrigators and Tulelake Wildlife Refuges water in 2023, regardless of the projected excess of available water in irrigators' water storage, 1/19/23. "The Klamath Basin is presently at 121 percent of normal, in terms of snow water equivalent...Yet amidst these encouraging hydrologic conditions, Reclamation’s current plan does not include delivering a drop of water for Project purposes." 

President of Siskiyou County Water Users Association / SCWUA Richard Marshall responds to radio host Bill Meyer and dozens of citizens to be harmed by Klamath Dam destruction regarding Oregon and California funding the destruction, agenda vs science, and Klamath River Compact, posted to KBC 1/14/23

Letter from Siskiyou County Water Users Association, and list of KRRC / Klamath River Renewal Corporation (dam destruction) directors, posted to KBC 1/14/23. "KRRC amended its Bylaws in November 22, 2022 and provided for Board members to be appointed by States of Oregon and California. Apparently with the funding and license guarantees made by Oregon and California the Bylaws were revised to provide greater accountability to the States.  Attached is the new revised Board of Directors for KRRC.  Note the appointed officers by California and Oregon.  This further identifies the contemplated Dam Removal as a State Project and further challenges the Compact Clause of the U.S. Constitution."

River Democracy Act more about land than water, Capital Press, posted to KBC 1/13/23. The sponsors are Democrat "Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley...3,215 miles is...a little more than the distance from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine. That’s in addition to the 2,173 miles of Oregon rivers already designated wild and scenic. That’s 19 rivers..."

Water delivery cuts hurt farmers, fail to benefit fish, AgAlert CFBF by Siskiyou County Farm Bureau President Ryan Walker, posted to KBC 1/13/22. "...one-size-fit-all mandates from policymakers in Sacramento are destined to fail. We need solutions driven by local stakeholders who can consider the unique function and resources of each watershed."

Klamath River dam removal project faces lawsuit, H&N, posted to KBC 1/7/23. "Siskiyou County Water Users Association board member Anthony Intiso has filed a lawsuit against Wade Crowfoot, the secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, claiming Crowfoot is illegally using taxpayer money to fund the historic project..."

Klamath dams provide precedent for Snake River dams, Capital Press by 4th generation rancher Rex Cozzalio from Hornbrook, followed by Snake River ag stakeholders (Miller) comment on Klamath dam removal, posted to KBC 1/7/22. "Mr. Miller of Northwest River Partners believes 'anyone who goes beyond the headlines” will recognize that the Klamath decision won’t have implications for the Snake River dams. Sadly, that statement would indicate Mr. Miller has only read the special interest media headlines...' "
Copco No. 1 Dam on the Klamath River near Hornbrook, Calif., is one of four dams slated for removal  



Hebrews 12:1–2, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith”

$5000 reward offered for information on death of wolf. OR103 found dead Oct. 6 near Upper Klamath Lake
"Earlier this year, FWS said OR103 killed three cattle in the Doak Mountain area near Klamath Falls."

Rogue Pack injures cow in Wood River Valley 
 H&N, posted to KBC 12/31/22.
See our WOLF PAGE for more on wolves decimating livestock in Klamath County and beyond. "The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed 50 wolf attacks so far in 2022...95 in 2021"

Letter from 4th generation rancher Rex Cozzalio from Hornbrook, on the Klamath River, to Channel 12 KDRV regarding Klamath Hydroelectric Dam destruction bias in the media, posted to KBC 12/31/22

Cozzalio reached out to media who grudgingly offer him a small fraction of, if any, time to present the devastation to humans, fish, wildlife, communities if the Klamath Dams are destroyed, the largest known dam destruction in the world. Cozzalio details the lies and facts: “…well over 600 largely ‘peer reviewed’ references, area specific multigenerational experience, historical documentation, and a decade of EMPIRICAL studies REFUTE Special Interest claimed destruction ‘benefits’ and instead predicts the single premise FAILURE and damages from the biggest most factually unsupported ‘experiment’ of all time.”

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Lars Larson
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Gene Souza
Another Blackmail by ecoterrorist government agency Bureau of Reclamation. National talk show host Lars Larson interviewed Klamath Irrigation District Manager Gene Souza regarding Bureau of Reclamation blackmailing Klamath Farmers while illegally denying them their stored water last August. Posted to KBC 12/31/22


May be an image of 1 person and outdoorsAnother dam mystery, by Bob Kaster, posted to KBC 12/31/22. "...the removal of the (Klamath) dams and the resulting sediment release (20 million cubic yards) will have an adverse effect on the 'Wild and Scenic River values,' and that FERC’s own Environment Impact Statement expressly acknowledges 763 times that it will do so. He asks the court to declare, among other things, that the proposed expenditure of $250 million of taxpayer funds toward dam destruction violates the provisions of the Bond Act itself and is therefore illegal..."

PRESS RELEASE: Siskiyou County Water Users Association (SCWUA) filed California Taxpayer Complaint regarding $250M to destroy Klamath Dams in Wild and Scenic designated area December 12, 2022

Letter from 4th Generation Hornbrook, CA rancher Rex Cozzalio to FERC / Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding Klamath Dam destruction 12/12/22 "Congratulations!   As predicted in my recent unacknowledged and most likely unread submission, you have held tight to policy-directed blinders in imposing unaccountable special interest devastation upon the Klamath Region, nullifying literal lifetimes of experience and knowledgeable sacrifice ENHANCING the ‘naturally occurring’ Klamath environment, INCLUDING fisheries..."



Dam celebration, Pending removal of Klamath River structures feted, H&N 12/10/22. "Haaland, the first Native American Interior Department secretary, praised ongoing efforts to remove the dams,...saying, “Clean water, healthy forests and fertile land made the Klamath River Basin and its surrounding watershed a home to tribal communities, productive agriculture, and a place where abundant populations of migratory birds, suckers, salmon and other fish could thrive. We must take urgent and necessary action to protect this special place.” "about $5.8 million is being made available to Klamath Rivers tribes...Haaland said the funding supplements nearly $26 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allocated this year for Klamath Basin restoration projects."
KBC NOTE: THE ECOTERRORISTS ARE WINNING. Historically water going down the river from Klamath Lake was so bad horses couldn't drink from it according to historic journals. The Bureau of Reclamation dewatered our beautiful refuges in 2021-2022 (which included 433 species of wildlife including suckers) in the guise of saving suckers. Destroying dams will release more than 20 million cubic yards of sediment, destroy deep dam reservoirs which cool the warm Klamath water for salmon and and are used for firefighting, and diminish agriculture.
Our local and regional representatives, including our CA and OR US Congressmen, and the vast majority of our population oppose hydroelectric dam removal. Those most effected by dam destruction, farmers, ranchers, and the people living along the dam reservoirs, were not invited to their meeting. Klamath Irrigation District Manager and KWUA member Gene Souza, along with SCWUA members, were forbidden to attend and turned away at the gate near the exclusive "celebration". Most reporters did not even stop to ask the mostly elderly locals, holding signs standing in the freezing weather for four hours, why they opposed dam removal. Our government and media have abandoned us dumb expendable farmers and ranchers and veterans.

Miller Lake lamprey wound< a fresh Miller Lake lamprey wound is found on a brown trout caught by Jordan Ortega. Photo by Jordan Ortega
Lamprey found in (Klamath County's) Miller Lake — the first findings since the 1950s, H&N, posted to KBC 12/2/22. "In the Lake, the report says, “it’s likely fish are not killed by lamprey feeding on them....Miller Lake lamprey were nearly eliminated from the lake in the 1950s...fish biologists thought the lamprey harmed other game fish...Research team partners have been capturing Miller Lake lamprey downstream of the lake. Captured lamprey are moved to streams above the lake. The goal has been to have the captured lamprey return to Miller Lake."

Modoc Nation: New chief focused on moving forwardModoc Nation: New chief focused on moving forward, H&N, posted to KBC 12/2/22. "...formerly known as the Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma...the goal is to improve and develop the tribe’s California lands, which include about 1,200 acres at and near the Tulelake Airport...the tribe’s primary goal for its far northern California lands is focused on rehabilitating about 1,600 acres of sagebrush range lands the tribe has purchased near north of Lava Beds for a commercial bison herd. The tribe, according to its stewardship proposal, is also hoping to buy another 700-plus-acres north of the existing tribal-owned property..."

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Water rules add to challenges for farmers, CFBF Ag Alert, posted to KBC 12/2/22. "...more farmers are feeling the added pinch of groundwater regulations as local agencies implement plans that include pumping limits and new fees to balance long-term groundwater resources as required by the state..." KBC NOTE: We Klamath Project irrigators paid in full for the Klamath Reclamation Project for water storage in Klamath Lake to be used to irrigate crops and massive bird refuges, reused 9 times, then sent down the Klamath River and into the ocean. Bureau of Reclamation has cut off irrigators from their stored water, decimating farms and National Wildlife Refuges, sending the water directly down the Klamath River into the ocean, way more than mandated for "endangered" suckers. In our deeds we have water rights to our stored water forever, along with rights to the groundwater under our land. Now that the Bureau  illegally took our stored water, California can illegally regulate groundwater as thousands of acres of land lie fallow. Our Klamath Lake storage is full, and at times this summer Klamath River was at flood stage because the Bureau denied us our stored water. So far within Tulelake Irrigation District, our groundwater is not at a critical stage yet to be regulated.

A plan to fill Upper Klamath Lake 11/22/22, Klamath Water Users Association 11/22/22. "...for the fish and the farmers alike, the last three years have more thanconclusively demonstrated that the alternative of not filling the lake is far worse than short-term (and likely beneficial) reductions in river flows. The fact is, there is no possible worse outcome
for the Klamath Basin than repeating what has transpired over the last three years."

Letter from Rex Cozzalio, 4th generation rancher on the Klamath River at Hornbrook, to FERC/Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Glick regarding the massive destruction and costs to the communities, ecosystems, salmon, and people if Klamath dams are destroyed. Days later FERC approved destroying Klamath River dams, despite science and vast opposition. "ALL future water MUST come from ‘unnaturally’ stored Upper Klamath Lake water OWNED BY and TAKEN FROM Upper Basin residents during the most CRITICAL times for crop production, causing massive ADDITIONAL HARM to the Upper Basin." posted to KBC 11/20/22

*Letter by Klamath Irrigation District Manager Gene Souza regarding FERC's decision to allow destruction of Klamath River hydroelectric dams 11/17/22

*11/17/22 - Today FERC/Federal Energy Regulatory Commission voted to destroy Klamath River hydroelectric dams. < Here are hundreds of letters, petitions, documents, of farmers and ranchers, their communities and representatives expressing their horror at the concept of destroying our dams which will effect our irrigation water supple, habitat and lives of hundreds of species, many endangered, in and near the dam reservoirs, fire fighting water, and the economy of the entire Siskiyou County.

State of emergency: More than 100 wells now dry in Klamath County, H&N, posted to KBC 11/12/22. KBC NOTE: Wells have gone dry in the Modoc and Siskiyou Counties in the Klamath Project too. The Bureau of Reclamation withheld from farms our stored irrigation water in Klamath Lake far above the Endangered Species Act mandates for 2 species of suckers. That water supplies irrigation water to thousands of acres of Klamath Project farms, that then goes to our National Wildlife Refuges which the Bureau also dewatered, decimating habitat for 433 species of wildlife. More than 1000 miles of drain ditches and canals exist in the Klamath Reclamation Project supplying habitat and water for the most important stop on the Pacific Flyway for migrating birds. Dewatered. When our surface water is diverted to the ocean, our wells go dry, and farmers are penalized for depleting the aquifer. According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, our refuges provided habitat for more than 10,000 years. Until now.

GP A Canal Head.jpgReclamation extends interim operations plan for Klamath Project, Capital Press, posted to KBC 11/12/22. "Both the Klamath Water Users Association and Klamath Tribes urged Reclamation to discard the plan after it was set to expire Sept. 30...Simmons, with the KWUA, previously said the changes authorized under the interim operations plan were “far above any level ever claimed to be necessary” for suckers, while cutting off access to another 45,000 acre-feet of water for irrigation."



Diesel trucksOregon expands targets under Clean Fuels Program, Capital Press, posted to KBC 11/12/22. "The governor-appointed Environmental Quality Commission voted unanimously in September to expand the Clean Fuels Program...When the program was first implemented in 2016, it called for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels 10% below 2015 levels by 2025. The new targets are 20% below 2015 levels by 2030, and 37% by 2035. To accomplish this, fuel distributors may choose to import more lower-carbon biofuels such as ethanol or renewable diesel — made from vegetable oil — to replace gasoline or diesel."

Washington truckers watch as California moves to ban diesel trucks, Capital Press, posted to KBC 11/12/22. "The California board on Aug. 25 unanimously voted to ban new gas- and diesel-powered vehicles that weigh less than 8,500 pounds beginning with 2035 models. Less than a week later, the board’s staff released a report justifying banning all trucks and vans over 8,500 pounds..."

Klamath ranch seeks $1.5 million from Oregon water regulators, "The state Water Resources Department affirmed the 1864 priority date and the ranch’s right to divert 9.4 cubic feet of water per second between March and November, enough to irrigate the property at a depth of three feet per acre a year...The ranch has since been “regulated off” every year, generally shutting down irrigation “earlier and earlier” each season...the ranch’s carrying capacity was previously 200 head of cattle, it’s now only able to sustain 50 head due to the lack of irrigation..."

Oregon wolfOregon ranchers grapple with increasing number of wolf attacks, "The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed 50 wolf attacks so far in 2022...95 in 2021"

Water shutoff leaves Klamath farmers scrambling to save crops, Capital Press, posted to KBC 11/12/22. "...farmers say Reclamation kept changing the end-of-season water elevation needed for suckers in Upper Klamath Lake....Normally, the “absolute minimum” elevation is set at 4,138 feet above sea level. Reclamation added a buffer of 4,138.15 feet above sea level, which it later increased to 4,138.62 feet...Paul Simmons, executive director of the Klamath Water Users Association, said the changes were “far above any level ever claimed to be necessary for endangered sucker species,” while cutting off access to another 45,000 acre-feet of water for irrigation..."

Letter from U.S. Department of the Army to Ms. Felicia Satterwhite, Administrative AssistantLos Angeles Superior Court regarding Stephen Koshy's letter of imminent collapse concerns over proposed Snake River dam removal, posted to KBC 10/25/22.
Here for dam engineer Stephen Koshy page and bio and his letters regarding Klamath Dam catastrophic collapse if dams are removed.

Losing a huge opportunity for the Klamath Watershed by , posted to KBC October 25We have seen decades of random acts of restoration in our watershed already. Tens of thousands of acres of agricultural land have been taken out of production. Projects have been built and then abandoned. Dikes that once protected productive farmland have been blown up to flood that farmland and create habitat for endangered species. That project — like others that have been tried over the past 20 years — has, by all accounts, failed miserably..."

CowsFeds give Oregon groups $100 million for sustainable farming, ranching, timber, Oregon Capital Chronicle, posted to KBC 10/25/22.
Sustainable Northwest: "The nonprofit conservation group received $10 million to invest in regenerative ranching economies and another $25 million grant to build a sustainable wood products economy in the region."
Who is SustainableNW?
Richard Roos-Collins represented American Rivers, California Trout, and Sustainable Northwest in the negotiation of the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement and he negotiated and drafted the KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement; both agreements mandate destroying Klamath River hydroelectric dams.
Sustainable NW and Trout Unlimited,
were among the groups who appointed Roos-Collins as general council on KRRC/Klamath dam destruction group.
* Trout Unlimited Water Project Director is Chrysten Lambert, who was Klamath River Compact Commissioner and was former Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust / KBRT director. Her father Jim Root founded KBRT. KBRT merged with Trout Unlimited, and Root is also now a board of director on KRRC dam removal group.
* Trout Unlimited was a stakeholder in the KBRA/dam removal closed-door "agreements.'
* Only FERC will decide dam removal, not Klamath River Compact Commission, Guest Opinion by RICHARD ROOS-COLLINS General Counsel, KRRC, Herald and News Online 5/10/19. ""The JC Boyle Dam in Klamath County, Ore., is one of four slated to be removed from the Klamath River under a Memorandum of Understanding between the Klamath County Commission and the Klamath River Renewal Corp."
*A response to the general counsel of KRRC: Why Klamath Compact decision-making matters, FERC’s own regulations (18 C.F.R. § 9.2) require FERC to determine the “qualifications of the transferee [here, KRRC] to hold such license.” KRRC is not qualified, because it was created in violation of federal law." posted to KBC 10/25/22

Ruling invalidates Klamath irrigators' injunction, H&N, posted to KBC 10/25/22. “Any number of tribal and non-tribal parties can sue the government to take water away from irrigators, but irrigators can’t sue to protect their own interests in water.”

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 8/26/22.

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 7/9/2022. "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."

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


For June July 2022 chronological news, see Archive 240

For Main Archive Page go HERE.

God Bless America !

Action Alerts
& Links


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'


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