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Articles and documents
KRRC/Klamath River Renewal Corporation's reply to FERC regarding comments on scoping document/Klamath Dam Removal 9/29/21. Or HERE for text. A preplanned attempt to circumvent a full NEPA study.
Letter from U.S. Congressman LaMalfa to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding Klamath Dam Removal, 8/19/21. "...This silt has been estimated at 20.4 million cubic yards but, given the recent issues of sediment underestimation on the Condit Dam and other dam removal projects, it could be as high as 60 million cubic yards...In 2009, the complete clean up of this sediment was estimated to cost more than $4 billion. Sediment issues become even more severe and likely to cause mass fish mortality during dry water years, which the entire Klamath Basin has faced in 2020 and 2021...County officials have informed me that revenues will decrease between $600,000 and $800,000 per year, and effectively require at least one school district to be shut down...It is unconscionable to require the public to cover the liability for dam removal, rob them of the ability to fund their education system, and ignore their votes against this proposal..."
FERC News Release: FERC Approves License Transfer for Lower Klamath Hydro Project 6/17/21.
"...The average annual power production for these developments is around 75 megawatts hourly. At their production level, the annual value of their power is production level, at 10 cents per kilowatt the annual value of the power is $65.7 million....A megawatt will power approximately 1,000 homes. 75 megawatts can provide electricity for approximately 225,000 people...What else? No one knows for sure what the effects of removal will be. The silt behind the dams could poison the river for years or, in the event of a major flood, create a dead zone in the ocean at the mouth of the Klamath River. Who will pay for the cleanup?..."
Notice of Application for Transfer of License, Soliciting comments, motions to intervene, and protests. DEADLINE MARCH 19, 2021 for filing comments, motions to intervene and protests
Newsom appoints Yurok attorney Amy Cordalis of McKinleyville to California Water Commission, Times Standard 1/14/2021. "...Cordalis is a member of the Klamath River Renewal Corporation Board of Directors..."
FERC/Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 12/16/20
NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR SURRENDER OF LICENSE,
posted 1/12/21. This is notice from FERC re request by
KRRC and PacifiCorp to transfer license AND DECOMMISSION
Klamath River hydroelectric dams.
Response to KRRC (dam destruction corporation) Budget for Klamath Devastation, by Rex Cozzalio, 4th generation Iron Gate resident 3/9/2020
“Fish Passage” Siskiyou County Water Users response, by SCWUA to KRRC/Klamath Dam Removal group 2/19/2020. "The real solution to the issues at hand is to retain the hydro facilities and to improve the damage done in the “1964 floods” (increasing the capacity of existing “redds”) to the Klamath River and find other solutions to water quality coming from Oregon. This river damage included severely impairing the hydrography of the Klamath River. Let’s hope that sanity will prevail at some point to provide economically doable solutions."
KRRC (Klamath Dam removal group) exists simply to implement the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement. We do not examine alternatives to the agreement,' (KRRC Community Liaison) Meurer stated."Dearden emphasized that the technology does not harm or kill any fish. It takes just seconds or minutes for a fish to be transported past a dam, versus the hours or days it takes for the fish to complete the task on its own. And Whooshh’s system costs just 10 to 30 percent of a traditional fish passage option...Dearden confirmed during his presentation that only SCWUA had reached out to Whooshh regarding providing an alternative to removal of the Klamath dams...The company has deployed the system at the Chief Joseph and Cle Elum dams in Washington and has reported success with both projects." " '...The
Response by Siskiyou County Water Users to KRRC article in Siskiyou Daily News regarding Denial by California Water Resources for Clean Water Permit for Klamath Dam Removal 10/9/19. "...Water Quality Board which is the lead agency for the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is stating that KRRC has not met the stringent requirements imposed to protect the environment. The Water Board therefore cannot certify the project without proper protection...Besides this issue the KRRC which was gifted more than Twenty-five Million Dollars by the California Natural Resources Agency as part of an eventual total of taxpayer dollars exceeding $250,000,000 (Bond Funds) much of which appears to have been spent in a creative and complex public relations effort, is a long ways from getting Federal Energy Resources Commission (FERC) approval. An additional $200,000,000 will come from PacifiCorp ratepayers. This shouldn’t be surprising as until 2016 the KRRC didn’t exist except as an idea hatched in a law firm in New York City..."
***Klamath dams critical to fighting wildfires, KRRC's fire management plan inadequate, by The SISKIYOU COUNTY NATURAL RESOURCES DEPARTMENT, H&N guest opinion Aug 4, 2019. "When homes and lives are at stake in a wildfire, nothing is more important than having firebreaks and a readily available water source. That’s exactly what’s provided by the reservoirs created by dams on the Klamath River... Last year, the infamous Klamathon fire, which burned over 38,000 acres over 16 days, was finally stopped by firefighters — thanks to the use of Iron Gate reservoir....Firefighting aircraft drafted 225,000 gallons of water per day. Most of it came from Iron Gate reservoir. At the peak of the fight, seventeen helicopters were engaged nonstop, sometimes dropping water as quickly as every six minutes....with the reservoirs gone, risk to firefighters’ lives will skyrocket. Not only will fires take longer to put out — which means fires will burn hotter and longer — but aircraft pilots will be forced to attempt to draw water from the river itself.... 2006, two firefighters lost their lives attempting to extract water from the river."
Kiewit positions for Klamath dam pillage, by Rex Cozzalio, member of SCWUA / Siskiyou County Water Users Association, 1/18/19*
Klamath County Commissioners entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Klamath River Renewal Corporation...KRRC is also talking with commissioners in Siskiyou County, California, where three of the four dams proposed for removal are located. Cox said KRRC had not yet entered into an MOU with Siskiyou County, but hoped to soon..."
"...The reason Mr. Meurer feels it would be “unique” that “dam removal might mean more water for farmers instead of less” is because it doesn’t. There is nothing to support that unaccountable assertion, and much which supports the opposite....KRRC members who have openly said that Keno will be their next step...Do not believe what they imply. FERC has not yet signed off on this debacle."
Klamath County Commissioners will discuss the MOU again on March 27, according to the following article. If it's public, attending would be a good idea.
the conditions triggering the court order are addressed
by the benefits of dam removal, this COULD result
in a real and measurable benefit to farmers. IT ISN'T
Response to the KRRC (Klamath Dam removal corp)
commentary's 'corrections' by Rex Cozzalio,
followed by KRRC's 'corrections.' H&N 2/9/19. "At a recent meeting when questioned
what they would do if the KRRC had insufficient money,
an annoyed Mr. Bransom stated ‘no matter what else
happens, KRRC will blow the dams’." ..."Any claims
of ‘eventual’ benefit come with no historically
supported assurance, particularly true coming from a
shell corporation dissolving after acknowledged
irreversible regional devastation. Holding themselves
harmless...FERC...(called) just last week for the KRRC
to produce proof of as yet non-existent insurance
THE GREAT EXPERIMENT
Response to the KRRC (Klamath Dam removal corp) commentary's 'corrections' by Rex Cozzalio, followed by KRRC's 'corrections.' H&N 2/9/19. "At a recent meeting when questioned what they would do if the KRRC had insufficient money, an annoyed Mr. Bransom stated ‘no matter what else happens, KRRC will blow the dams’." ..."Any claims of ‘eventual’ benefit come with no historically supported assurance, particularly true coming from a shell corporation dissolving after acknowledged irreversible regional devastation. Holding themselves harmless...FERC...(called) just last week for the KRRC to produce proof of as yet non-existent insurance coverage..."
Feds OK expert panel for Klamath River dam removal review, Eureka Times Standard 5/26/18
PRESS RELEASE 4/25/18: Siskiyou County Water Users Association represented by attorney James Buchal announced today that they have filed a "Motion to Dismiss" with (FERC) in the matter of the application of PacifiCorp and the Klamath River Renewal Corporation / KRRC, which was served on the parties involved on April 24, 2018
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BEFORE THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION, Siskiyou County Water Users Association / SCWUA, Motion to Dismiss 4/24/18: "Siskiyou County Water Users Association (“SCWUA”), hereby moves to dismiss the application for transfer filed by PacifiCorp and the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (“KRRC”), on the ground that Congress has not consented to the transfer, and that an arguable mechanism of the expression of such consent, the Klamath River Compact (the “Compact”), has not been invoked. Absent Congressional consent, the KRRC is not qualified to receive the license. Put another way, it would be unconstitutional and a violation of federal law for FERC..."
Guest opinion: Klamath issues, by Richard Marshall, President, Siskiyou County Water Users Association, Fort Jones 4/13/18. "...(KRRC is) in the “mix” for one reason only, that is by agreement with the states of Oregon and California and PacifiCorp and numerous environmental and tribal groups to destroy the dams and “remove the liability of the “parties” to the amended KHSA of any potential monetary damages resulting from the destruction of the mighty Klamath River and the aquatic life within and along the river...That corporation (KRRC) which has only two employees by last count, entered into an agreement with a Canadian corporation, AECON, which is about to be acquired by a Chinese conglomerate known as CCCI, an arm of the Chinese government..."
KRRC's liaison visiting Basin, H&N 2/8/18. "...Meurer said he was “immediately” interested in the community liaison position, while he also knew it would be “wildly unpopular” to some opposed to dam removal. (KBC NOTE_ 80% opposed in Siskiyou County, 72% opposed in Klamath County)...Meurer met with the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors. He also listened in on a teleconference between a consultation between the Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma and FERC staff."
* Transcribed VIDEO -
Klamath County Board of Commissioners Meeting 2/14/17,
Reaffirmation that the Klamath County Board of
Commissioners opposes Klamath Dam Removal
FERC to host dam removal meeting Thursday, January
18. Notice was today January 17 in Klamath Herald and
Klamath Dam removal liaison
will speak at Klamath Rotory Club February 8...intro by
District 3 Supervisor Michael Kobseff, calling the decision “a form of tyranny,” expressed frustration with the administrative hearing process – which he said took over a year and did not allow for public comment..."
Siskiyou public attends KRRC open house, Siskiyou Daily News 11/9/17. "...The Klamath River Renewal Corporation held an open house style meeting in Yreka Wednesday night, and was greeted by a group of locals expressing their dissatisfaction with the group’s aim: Taking out four dams on the Klamath River..."
KRRC (Klamath Dam removal) Open house: Klamath Falls 11/7, Yreka 11/8, Eureka 11/9
State of Oregon letter to FERC to support KRRC Klamath Dam removal, posted to KBC 11/3/17. Letter by ODEQ, ODFW, ODWR, written by ODOJ
PRESS RELEASE: Siskiyou County Water Users Association Motion to Intervene with FERC in Klamath Hydroelectric Project transfer, 10/30/17. "...the Association has filed a Motion to Intervene, on Friday with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in the matter of the Application for License Amendment and Partial Transfer of PacifiCorp and the Klamath River Renewal Corporation of the Klamath Hydroelectric Project. SCWUA has filed the request to deny the transfer which is proposed to the FERC in the Project 2082-062..."
Bureau of Reclamation Deputy Mikkelson and KRRC on Dam Removal vs Siskiyou County, & Attorneys Buchal and Kogan, and Congressman LaMalfa at Siskiyou Water Users fund raiser Liz Writes Life, Siskiyou Daily News by Liz Bowen 10/17/17. "KRRC Vice President Lester Snow...said the decision to take down the dams is not pending, but had been made. (Hum, not by Siskiyou or Klamath Counties.)...Snow continued saying they are looking for alternative water supply for the Iron Gate Fish Hatchery and possibly even for the City of Yreka. Uh oh, they now acknowledge dam removal could affect Yreka’s city water supply? On flooding, he said their consultants have looked at the issues and long-term liability if KRRC disappears. So, KRRC is looking for liability insurance...(CA U.S. Congressman LaMalfa) was ripping angry at bureaucrat Mikkelsen and asked us to write letters...to DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke asking him to save the four hydro-electric Klamath dams..."
* 8/25/17 - State Water
Resources Control board letter to KRRC: REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION TO PROCESS WATER QUALITY CERTIFICATION FOR LOWER
KLAMATH PROJECT, FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION PROJECT
NO. 14803, SISKIYOU COUNTY
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