Our Klamath Basin Water Crisis
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.
Laws, Acts, Lawsuits,
Environmental Lawsuits Rake in Billions for Lawyers, Idaho Farm Bureau News, posted to KBC 10/30/09.
HERE for Endangered Species Act Lawsuits
Oregonians for Food and Shelter legislative information
The plaintiffs argued their wells were drilled into a confined aquifer that’s separated from the Sprague River by layers of rock and clay, as well as a shallower alluvial aquifer. Shutting down the wells isn’t allowed because OWRD only has jurisdiction over wells drilled into an aquifer “adjacent” to the surface water..." “There’s nothing to stop Oregon Water Resources from regulating every aquifer in a basin (within a mile of surface waters) and calling it an aquifer system,” (attorney Laura Schroeder) said."
U.S. Senate bill includes Klamath measures, H&N 7/4/17. "Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, both Oregon Democrats, as well as U.S.Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif., worked with KWUA for six months on the elements of the amendment. The bill amendment also received support from U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, both California Democrats, and the leadership of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee." 7/31/17 - See article for CORRECTION
Local rancher, Tom Mallams, challenging well shutdown, H&N 7/19/17. "...Mallams has petitioned Marion County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Hart to overturn OWRD’s order because it’s “not supported by substantial evidence” as required by Oregon law..." KBC NOTE: Tom Mallams told KBC News he has not been interviewed by Herald and News or Capital Press regarding this matter within the past two years.
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 7/14/17, Bills: Cap and Trade, Commodities, Labor ( requires employers to demand search warrants or subpoenas for ICE enforcement and to notify the Labor Commissioner and employees and their representatives about ICE enforcement and its results), Natural Resources ( would require California to enforce the federal Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act (ESA), and their implementing regulations and policies as were in place on January 1, 2016 or January 1, 2017, whichever version is the most stringent), ( would make several changes to the California Endangered Species Act (CESA) ), Transportation, Water (more requirements and demands).
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative
Review 6/23/17, California
Beef Commission assessment, rodent control, 'Call Before
You Dig,' employers to provide 1q2 weeks parental leave
to bond with baby, vineyard assessment, exemption for
Cal/OSHA regulations from regulatory assessment, water
diversions, irrigation ponds, mandate for new water well
California Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Review 5/26/17. Welcome to California! " would require California to enforce the federal Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act (ESA), and their implementing regulations and policies as were in place on January 1, 2016 or January 1, 2017, whichever version is the most stringent...", "...requires employers to demand search warrants for ICE enforcement and to notify the Labor Commissioner and employees and their representatives about ICE enforcement and its results. Penalties for violations would range from $10,000 to $25,000 per violation," "... restricts employers’ efforts to ascertain a job applicant’s past criminal history and elect to not hire the applicant due to that history," "requires an employer with 20 or more employees within a 75-mile radius to provide 12 weeks of protected parental leave to bond with a new child after that child’s birth, adoption or foster care placement," " would create a state-operated single-payer universal health insurance program intended to provide health care to all California residents," "would expand the extraordinary values, such as scenic, recreational, fishery, wildlife, historical, cultural, geological, ecological, hydrological, botanical, or other similar values to preserve rivers in their free-flowing state designated as wild and scenic under the California Wild and Scenic Rivers Act."
160K acres covered in Klamath 'Takings' class action, H&N 5/26/17.
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, 5/12/17. Millions of $ to State Water Resources, Fish and Wildlife, Cal Fire, "Governor is proposing a significant increase in funds to cover the cost of Proposition 64 (recreational cannabis legalization) implementation." $94.6 Million, $3M to promote California Grown, minimum salary overtime increase, "significant new mandates on agricultural water suppliers, costing districts hundreds of millions of dollars..." well permit mandates.....
CALIFORNIA - CFBF Friday Legislative Review 5/5/17: restricts an employer’s ability to consider an applicant’s criminal or conviction history in making employment decisions, water measurement, streambed clarification, expand values to preserve rivers in their free-flowing state designated as wild and scenic under the California Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, imposes significant new mandates on agricultural water suppliers, costing districts hundreds of millions of dollars, well permit mandates, drinking water fund..
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, 4/28/17. WELCOME TO CALIFORNIA! "...would create individual facility GHG emissions caps and empower the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to establish “no-trade zones” and facility declining caps; forbids an employer from granting federal immigration enforcement authorities access to their place of business without a search warrant or providing employee-related records to federal immigration enforcement authorities without a subpoena. It requires an employer to provide notice to employees of known future enforcement action by a federal immigration agency; would create a state-operated single-payer universal health insurance program intended to provide health care to all California residents. SB 562 includes no mechanism to pay for this program. SB 562 passed the Senate Health Committee on a 5-2 vote; would have imposed a state inheritance tax if the federal inheritance tax law is repealed; would require California to enforce the federal Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act (ESA), and their implementing regulations and policies that were in place on January 1, 2016 or January 1, 2017, whichever version is the most stringent; new mandates on agricultural water suppliers, costing districts hundreds of millions of dollars
Irrigators file lawsuit over Klamath refuge restrictions, H&N from Capital Press 4/13/17. "The Tulelake Irrigation District, Klamath Water Users Association, Tulelake Growers Association and three private farms have now filed a complaint against the agency, arguing that plans for the Tule Lake and Lower Klamath refuges violate federal laws."
List of 15 regulations to be repealed; 11 alone will save $10 billion, Kevin McCarthy, Majority Leader, 4/10/17.
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 4/7/17. " $52 billion in additional fuel and vehicles taxes, the state’s largest fuel tax in history..." $.20/gallon diesel tax, .12/gal. gas, additional diesel taxes, minimum salary increase, parental leave requirement, ESA changes, expands wild and scenic protections to 1/4 mile on each side of river, streambed and drinking water issues, ......
Oregon Legislative Review, 3/31/17: pesticide labeling, foresters against HB 3226, EPA Pruitt denies pesticide ban petition, Gov. Brown fires DEQ commissioners, hemp bill, doubling Cascade-Siskiyou Monument, regulation of COW FARTS: "...in addition to smelling bad and causing global warming, cow farts can irritate your eyes, cause memory loss, and even death.
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 3/31/17. CARB regulations against diesel trucks, " 500% increase in the sales tax collected for diesel," seed and plant labeling requirement, "AB 450 (David Chiu, D-San Francisco) was substantially amended on March 23 to add language forbidding an employer from granting federal immigration enforcement authorities access to their place of business without a search warrant or providing employee-related records to federal immigration enforcement authorities without a subpoena... $10,000 to $25,000 per violation," Cal ESA changes, "...expand the extraordinary values for 1,362 miles of rivers designated as wild and scenic under the California Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. It would also expand current protections to include the river and adjacent lands within one-quarter mile on each side of the river," new regulations for new groundwater well permit,...)
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, 3/24/17. "AB 975 would expand the extraordinary values for 1,362 miles of rivers designated as wild and scenic under the California Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, as well as expand current protections to include the river and adjacent lands within one-quarter mile on each side of the river...Farm Bureau opposes as written."
Installation of measuring devices on streams can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Daily maintenance can add up to thousands of dollars in additional labor costs. The annual reporting, and more often if the Oregon Water Resources Department requests, of 'water amount, rate, and duty' will add thousands of more dollars, annually, in time and additional out-of-pocket expense. 'The inclusion of a $500 civil penalty for each day of violation of the act...' "
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 3/17/17. "SB 49 would require California to enforce the federal Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act (ESA), and their implementing regulations and policies as they were on January 1, 2016, or January 1, 2017, whichever version is the most stringent..."
Judge dismisses lawsuit against grazing on eight Oregon allotments, Oregonian 3/11/17. "A federal judge has rejected environmentalist arguments that cattle grazing has unlawfully harmed endangered sucker fish in Oregon’s Fremont-Winema National Forest."
Miners Group Urges Reversal of California Mining Ruling by William Perry Pendley, Mountain States Legal Foundation 3/10/17.
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 3/3/17. SB 50 would prohibit the filing or recording of a deed for property sold by the federal government unless the State Lands Commission is provided the right of first refusal to purchase the land or the right to arrange for the transfer of property to another entity. Over $3billion for trails and land acquisitions etc. Mandate for Calif. to enforce Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and ESA. Permanent taxes and fees to raise $5.5billion. Gas, diesel and vehicle registration tax,
BRING ON OVER 4000 NEW CALIFORNIA REGULATIONS/MANDATES! California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, posted to KBC 2/24/17. "The tally for this year is a total of 2,495 bills introduced with the Senate producing 808 bills and the Assembly with 1,687 bills..." Climate change policies, mandate where prisons and schools buy food, OSHA, prohibits employers to enquire about job applicant's criminal history (murder?, rape?, child molestation?, robbery?) paid 12-16 weeks parental leave, safe harbor, water storage, ...
Klamath 'Takings' trial adjourns, H&N 2/15/17. "The two-week trial started on Jan. 30 at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, within walking distance of the White House. More than 20 irrigators or those representing the interests of irrigators testified during the trial of their losses in 2001 when water was shutoff to benefit endangered fish downstream."
Water decisions are not making any sense, by former Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams, H&N, 2 "The irony of this is so obvious. The rivers are at flood stage or very near it, and OWRD finally lifts the tribal call on the water...This applies to all uses on the listed water right, including stock water, and domestic...surface water, (rivers, creeks and springs), and ground water, (wells). Most all of the rights list irrigation as a listed use." "...A single judge and our federal government send extra water down the Klamath River for fish in the middle of a flood. You would certainly think a flood event would contain enough water for any fish needs, including flush or pulse flows. It is absolutely necessary that logic and true science drive the decisions critical to the survival of our local economies..."
Counties sue to overturn monument expansion, followed by Two lumber companies sue over monument expansion H&N, posted to KBC 2/17/19. "Filed Monday in federal court in Washington, D.C., the suit claims former President Barack Obama did not have the authority to include roughly 48,000 acres of designated timberland in the expansion, which affected land in Klamath and Jackson counties in Oregon, and Siskiyou County in California."
Judge mandates more irrigation water down Klamath River during flood, Liz Writes Life, Siskiyou Daily News, posted 2/20/17
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 2/17/17. Includes rodent control, Calif. farm product buyer mandates, funding of the Open Space Subvention program, more than a dozen water measures, Cal State Water Resources Control Board mandates, regulations for stockponds, and MORE.
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 2/10/17. Blackbird regulations, Spotted Owl issues, water rights fees, groundwater management, well permits, access to affordable water....
PRESS RELEASE: 2/9/17 - Statement From Representative Werner Reschke On Federal Court Decision Related To Klamath River.
Court orders extra water to protect salmon, H&N 2/9/17. "...The Yurok Tribe, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA), Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR), Klamath Riverkeeper and the Hoopa Valley Tribe sought a court order to compel the Bureau of Reclamation to manage river flows to protect juvenile Coho salmon. The case was heard last week. “Mismanagement of Klamath River flows below four major dams led to an outbreak of disease from a parasite called C. shasta in more than 90 percent of sampled juvenile salmon in 2015 and nearly that many in 2014,” according to a press release from EarthJustice.org... According to court documents, the defendants claim the proposed flows will require withholding more than 100,000 acre-feet of water from the irrigation districts that rely on water for agriculture in the Klamath Basin. The Klamath Water Users and the Klamath Irrigation District, and others on the project, filed as interveners on behalf of the federal agencies in the case. Scott White, director for the Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA), said he had not seen the order yet, but bemoaned the fact that the issue was not resolved at the negotiating table..."
KBC NOTE: Most litigation against Klamath
River Basin resource users: farmers, loggers,
is funded by
was founded as the "Sierra Club Legal Defense
Fund" in 1971.This
group seeks to place severe restrictions on
how U.S. land and waterways may be used. It
opposes most mining and logging initiatives,
commercial fishing businesses, and the use of
motorized vehicles in undeveloped areas....Earthjustice
has provided free legal representation to more
than 600 client organizations."
PRESS RELEASE: Reclamation to Release Water Below Iron Gate Dam to Address Fish Health Concerns in Klamath River, Bureau of Reclamation 2/9/17
(Klamath) Irrigators testify to their losses, Trial results could be wide-ranging, H&N 2/5/17. " 'I refer personally to it as Black Friday,' Horsley said."
Klamath irrigators press case this week, H&N, posted to KBC 1/30/17. "Lon and Nancy Baley of Merrill share a moment while discussing the 2001 water crisis on Thursday. Lon left for Washington, D.C. Saturday and will be testifying this week in the Takings case before Judge Marian Horn...'It took a full 10 years … before any high school graduates or college graduates even considered coming back to farm,' Lon said."
Klamath Irrigators to defend cause in 'takings' case, H&N, posted to KBC 1/30/17. "...more than 25 irrigators or those representing them will attend the trial for two consolidated cases, Klamath Irrigation District et al v. United States, and John Anderson Farms et al. v. United States..."
(Klamath) Court Decision May Mean California Owes Billions In Water Rights, Daily Caller by California Water Alliance,1/13/17. "...Judge Blank Horn’s decision establishes a precedent that the takings of Klamath River water from California and Oregon farmers in 2001 were physical acts, not regulatory ones, making them subject to the Fifth Amendment’s unreasonable seizure clause and encumbering the government with the responsibility to pay owners for their losses when they deprive them of their property..."
Takings case moves to Washington, D.C., venue. Basin farmers seeking $30 million in damages, H&N 1/20/17. “Under the Fifth Amendment, the United States can't take your property unless they pay you for it,” said local water attorney Bill Ganong. .. the Klamath Compact has language similar to the Fifth Amendment that says the United States cannot take the water unless they (compensate.”
1/13/17: Federal Register - Bureau of Land Management: Public Land Order No. 7859; Withdrawal of National Forest System and Bureau of Land Management Public Lands in Southwestern Oregon; SUMMARY: This order withdraws, subject to valid existing rights, approximately 5,216.18 acres of public domain and Revested Oregon and California Railroad lands and 95,805.53 acres of National Forest System lands from settlement, sale, location, and entry under the public land laws; location and entry under the United States mining laws; and operation of the mineral and geothermal leasing laws for a period of 20 years while Congress considers legislation to permanently withdraw those areas and to protect the Southwestern Oregon watershed from possible adverse effects of mineral development.
California - Minimum wage, truck exemption among new laws, CFBF 1/11/17
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, 9/30/16: includes ag vehicles, fire prevention timber harvest, heat illness indoor mandates, drone restrictions, and more...
Energy Bill’s Hidden Provisions Undermine Western and Rural U.S. Property Owners, Western States Constitutional Rights LLC, posted 9/18/16. "Senate Bill S. 2012 (Murkowski, AK) has secretly swallowed up S. 3085 (Roberts,KS) - a Forestry Management Bill that transfers management of any national forest within 100 miles of a tribal reservation, or to any tribe with ancestral or cultural ties to a national forest. This will give tribal governments: 1) control of all water (snowpack mountain run-off); and 2) let tribal governments determine appropriate uses of the national forests regarding hunting, fishing, trail-hiking, recreating by non-tribal citizens. When strong opposition emerged opposing numerous forestry management bills in the Senate and House that were transferring forestry management to tribal governments, Senators and Congressmen played "hide the ball" quickly last week by tucking this egregious Tribal Forestry Management provision into an Energy Bill that is close to a vote - perhaps this week or next. Call your Senators and Congressmen and raise holy hell. This could easily transfer national forestry management to tribes for every national forest in the Western States." Elaine Willman
California Supreme Court Rules in Favor of State Authority over Mining! – September 2016, The New 49ers. "Now that the California Supreme Court has ruled, my best guess is that any prospector using a motor to remove or process streambed material within 100 yards of an active waterway without a permit (which is not being made available), if caught, is likely to be successfully prosecuted." Link includes link to memo by miner's attorney James Buchal
California governor signed climate change mandates and farm labor overtime after 8 hours, CFBF Friday Legislative Review 9/13/16
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review posted 8/17/16: climate change mandates with no oversight, bills that regulate cow farts and chase dairies out of California, overtime bills that would end up reducing hours that farm laborers would work, wool, stolen bee hives, water control board stuff and more...
Klamath River Stakeholders may sue federal agencies, H&N 7/22/16. "The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA) (Glen Spain), Institute for Fisheries Resources (Glen Spain), and Klamath Riverkeeper (Craig Tucker), released the 60-day notice to let two federal agencies know they could be sued under the federal Endangered Species Act if they fail to improve water management in the Klamath River." KBC NOTE: These 2 men were in the stakeholders group of the KBRA / Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, and KHSA, Klamath Dam Removal "agreements", posing as 'friends' of Klamath Irrigators. Now that the feds and states, tribes and NGO's managed to get the states to approve of destroying the Klamath River hydro dams with no supposed benefits to irrigators, their coalition is suing for more water, even though this is a high water year. Siskiyou County and Klamath County elected officials oppose the agreements and dam destruction. FYI: George Soros helps fund Earthjustice, the litigators for the Klamath River tribes and environmental groups
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review 7/1/16. Proposed bills on climate change mandates, regulations on livestock methane emissions that would "drive dairies out of California", put solar power projects on "not less than 100,000 acres" permanently retired farmland, pay overtime to farm workers for over 8 hours work, expand forest thinning for fire protection, stockponds, water transfers, ground water wells, more...
Merkley PRESS RELEASE: Merkley and Wyden Announce Key Oregon Wins for Rural Oregon in Senate Appropriations Bill, 6/16/16
CFBF Friday Legislative Review, 6/10/16: "A tentative 2016-2017 budget was reached and will be voted on by the full legislature by midnight on Wednesday, June 15th, the deadline to pass the budget bill. Some budget details are included in this week’s Friday Review."
Hoopa Tribe Sues Federal Government over Inadequate Protections for Juvenile Salmon, Hoopa Valley Tribe PRESS RELEASE 5/17/16
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Legislative Review, 5/20/16. "The proposal also would exempt marijuana cultivators from the need to obtain a streambed alteration agreement for their activities, so long as they are covered by the license they obtain allowing them to grow marijuana."
California Senate approves sweeping gun-control measures, Fox News 5/19/16
*Urgent Bulletin and Groups opposing Prop 1 by Richard Marshall, Jerry Bacagalupi, and Loise Gliotto Oct. 2014
Repealing the Fire Tax, Senator Gaines Press Release 12/3/12. "This $150 fire tax is illegal and unfair – plain and simple. Many rural property owners already pay local fire agencies for protection so it is clearly double-taxation and it is being dumped on the backs of rural Californians when the state has 10-percent unemployment and families are struggling to make ends meet."
Lawmaker: It was illegal to make fire fee permanent; State board approves to make fee permanent, KCRA, posted to KBC 12/10/12.
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, Legislative and Governmental Update 6/22/12: Water, Land, Transportation
Klamath dam survey inspires bill amendment, Siskiyou Daily News 6/12/12.
Federal judge halts eastern Idaho logging project, Capital Press 6/8/12. "A federal judge has halted a 7,000-acre eastern Idaho logging project in potential lynx habitat near Yellowstone...U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale's decision Wednesday following a lawsuit by environmental groups over the Split Creek timber harvest also affects about 390,000 additional acres in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest..."
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review - legislative and governmental update, posted to KBC 6/8/12: heat illness legislation, discrimination, metering, coho permits, more power to CDFG, marijuana on public lands, predator hunting restrictions, regulations and limits for trappers.
House Votes to Prohibit Federal Government from Mailing Out Cash for Surveys, U.S House of Representatives, Natural Resources Committee, Chairman Doc Hastings 6/6/12. "In 2011, the Department of the Interior (DOI) distributed a nationwide survey with the questionable purpose of measuring the societal, non-economic value of removing four privately owned dams on the Klamath River in Oregon and California...an estimated 10,400 households were contacted about the survey...the survey in question cost over $850,000."
Farmers sued over drought funding; local agency (KWAPA): Walker Brothers farm didn’t qualify for $200,000, H&N 6/5/12. "Listed in the suit are William, John and Weston Walker and Tricia Hill doing business as Walker Brothers, a Merrill based potato and grain farming business." KBC EDITOR: Tricia Hill, listed in the lawsuit, is a member of Klamath Water Users Association / board of directors. KWUA formed KWAPA. Please note that H&N wrote no statement from Walkers in their article.
Battered Communities, by Siskiyou County Supervisor
Marcia H. Armstrong, 6/4/12. "The paper chronicles the relentless series of lawsuits by fishermen, environmentalists and tribes to reduce water available for irrigation in the upper
Hoopa Tribe petitions feds to speed up dam removal, H&N 5/31/12.
Siskiyou County water suit to be decided by judge, Capital Press, posted to KBC 5/31/12.
Mark Baird comments on the recent filing of a lawsuit by the Karuk Tribe, PieNPolitics, posted to KBC 5/19/12. "The Tucker Hillman Tribe’s fake environmental group is filing suit against another economic engine in Siskiyou County. The Tucker Hillman tribe intends to join the suit as well...The felon Grant
Leaf Hillman is the President of the Riverkeepers. The Greencorp Socialist S.
is on the Board of the Riverkeepers."
Update on Siskiyou Co. Farm Bureau trial vs CA. DFG, PieNPolitics 5/13/12
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, legislative and governmental update 5/11/12
Subcommittees to Hold Joint Colorado Field Hearing to Examine How Red Tape, Litigation Hurt Forest Health, Jobs, Water & Power Supplies, Natural Resources Committee 5/2/12.
Farm Bureau vs. Fish & Game: Court will decide whether CDFG can regulate stream diversions, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 4/29/12. "Groups failed to intervene: In June, the Karuk Tribe, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA), Institute for Fisheries Resources and Klamath Riverkeeper filed a motion to intervene in the case, claiming they have an interest in the outcome." From PCFFA website: "Most of Bingham’s work and all of (Glen) Spain’s were funded through grants and contracts that could only go through a 501(c)(3) non-profit – which was IFR. If fishermen along the Pacific Coast want to thank someone for their good seasons, they can thank God for the wet winters and good oceanic conditions, thank Earthjustice for suing the bastards to protect the fish and get better river flows, and thank IFR for providing fishermen the wherewithal to fight for their fish and their communities."
Administration scraps proposed child labor rules, Capital Press, posted to KBC 4/27/12.
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday legislative review 4/27/12.
Congressman Tom McClintock E-News 4/27/12. "The subcommittee sits today to hear two bills, one removing government impediments to development of one of the cheapest and cleanest forms of electricity generation and one proposing more government subsidies for one of the most expensive forms of water delivery,"
PLP / Public Lands for the People versus CDFG, posted to KBC 4/14/12.
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, legislative and governmental update 4/14/12. "State Compensation Insurance Fund, Strategic Vision, Metal Theft, California Coastal Commission, Labor,....Water
Group files new suction dredge lawsuit, Siskiyou Daily, posted to KBC 4/8/12. Karuk Tribe (Craig Tucker, dam removal activist), PCFFA (Glen Spain, Eugene Attorney), Center for Biological Diversity (files ESA/endangered species act lawsuits daily), and FOR / Friends of the River (dam removal ecoterrorist group, Craig Tucker was former coordinator). Spain and Tucker are voting members as "stakeholders" on the KBRA / Klamath BAsin Restoration Agreement. All of the above have had their litigation funded by Earthjustice, funded partly by George Soros. The ecoterrorist claim, "risk of mobilizing mercury in the water column." In the KBRA, they advocate destroying 4 hydrodams, releasing 20 million cubic yards of sediment, obliterating any life forms: Senator Doug Whitsett speech regarding the KBRA and Klamath dam destruction.
Historic Supreme Court ruling allows the Sacketts to fight EPA takeover of their land, Pacific Legal Foundation, posted to KBC 4/8/12. "The Court ruled in favor of Mike and Chantell Sackett, of Priest Lake, Idaho, who were told by EPA - and by the Ninth Circuit - that they could not get direct court review of EPA's claim that their two-thirds of an acre parcel is "wetlands" and that they must obey a detailed and intrusive EPA "compliance" order, or be hit with fines of up to $75,000 per day."
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, legislative and governmental update 3/30/12. Labor laws, rural fire fee/tax, traps...
Oregonians For Food and Shelter legislative update 3/16/12: Natural resource budgets take hit, pesticides, fertilizers...
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of Bills and Laws 03/16/12: Calif. Coastal Commission wants to eliminate local coastal plan and CCC would assume authority for all land use decisions in the coastal zone.
New legislative effort to repeal illegal California fire tax, Senator Ted Gaines 3/15/12. "Many rural property owners already pay local fire agencies for protection so it is clearly double-taxation and it is being dumped on the backs of rural Californians when the state has 11-percent unemployment and families are struggling just to make ends meet."
Bill introduced to ensure fisheries get more funds, FIS 3/15/12. "US Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) this week joined Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) in introducing the Fisheries Investment and Regulatory Relief Act (FIRRA). ...A companion bill is expected in the House by Representatives Barney Frank (D-MA) and Frank Guinta (R-NH)..." Zeke Grader, executive director of Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations. "This bill finally provides a dedicated funding source...." KBC NOTE: Zeke Grader was instrumental in shutting down water to farms in Central California to thousands of farmers in the guise of saving a little fish. PCFFA in Klamath Basin is a voting member on the KBRA/Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement to destroy the Klamath hydroelectric dams, petitioned against Klamath farmers getting an affordable power rate, sued to have water quality mandates imposed on Klamath irrigators, and are presently suing Klamath irrigators alleging the farmers have no property right to their water, even though that right is specified on their property deed. SEE PCFFA Page
Group threatens suit over Siskiyou County dam, Capital Press 3/13/12 followed by related article. KBC NOTE: Dwinnel Dam creates Lake Shastina. Craig Tucker, Karuk Tribe spokesman, and KBRA "Stakeholder" Craig Tucker, formerly Friends of the River spokesman, was trained by Green Corp, and is currently on Riverkeeper board of directors, and was on the steering committee of Klamath Riverkeeper before it spun off from umbrella group Klamath Forest Alliance. Tucker and Petey Brucker, both KBRA voting members, are both with KFA and Riverkeeper boards. KBRA advocates claim it would end lawsuits, however the same people, on a different board, sued to shut down Klamath River mining, and now are suing to destroy another dam. George Soros funds Earthjustice which litigates for Klamath Riverkeeper, Friends of the River, Waterkeeper Alliance, and other environmental groups at the KBRA negotiation table. California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, legislative and governmental update, posted to KBC 3/11/12: pests, natural resources, timber, water, labor, crime, animals, nutrition, marketing
Oregon's budget, and last minute "emergency bills," Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett newsletter, posted to KBC 3/6/12.
Gun owners garner big win at Colorado Supreme Court, Mountain States Legal Foundation, posted to KBC 3/6/12
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills 3/2/12. "...nearly 1100 new bills were "put across the desk" in the last two days prior to the February 24th bill introduction deadline... bringing the total number of Assembly Bills to 2661 and 1573 in the Senate for the whole session.
House Approves Bipartisan Plan to Protect Jobs, Restore Water Deliveries, Prevent Man-Made Droughts in California, U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee 2/29/12. "“During 2009 and 2010, the Obama Administration and the Democrat Congress stood by and did nothing while farmers in California’s San Joaquin Valley were deprived of water and were put out of work. Today, House Republicans took real action to correct this situation and end future man-made droughts in California,” said Chairman Hastings. “This bill will ensure farmers have the water supply they need and will protect up to 30,000 jobs. Furthermore, the bill cuts spending by nearly $300 million and expedites incoming revenue to the tune of nearly a quarter of a billion dollars."
Oregon Wild sues to
secure Rogue water for coho; group also suing BOR for failing to adopt BO on how
agency will protect wild coho,
Mail Tribune, posted to KBC 2/10/12.
Senate Republican job-creating bills that Senate Democrats refused hear, Senator Doug Whitsett 2/10/12
NEDC lawsuit could shut down eleven million acres of Oregon's privately owned forest land, by Senator Doug Whitsett, posted to KBC 2/10/12. "Those privately owned forests create timber product sales of nearly $12 billion and support private sector payrolls in excess of $4 billion...The direct consequence of litigation concerning the allegedly endangered Northern Spotted Owl is a 90 percent reduction in timber harvest from federal lands. That near elimination of federal timber harvest has resulted in virtual cultural genocide for many timber dependent rural communities."
Andy Kerr is the Larch Company, and involved with dozens of other Soros-sponsored environmental groups including Earthjustice. "A professional conservationist for over three decades, he has been involved in the enactment of over 25 pieces of state and federal legislation, scores of lawsuits, dozens of endangered species listing petitions and countless administrative appeals of Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management timber sales and other decisions."Soros is blamed for the financial collapses of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Russian and the Bank of England. He said he will take down the United States of America next. Soros contributes greatly to Monsanto, who is involved in genetically modified salmon, convenient for when millions of tons of silt are released into Klamath River by dam and hatchery destruction.
SB 810, mandatory California's Medicare for All, failed today. 1/31/12
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, Legislative and Governmental Update, posted to KBC 1/30/12
California bill would outlaw private health insurance, sent to KBC 1/24/12.
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, legislative and governmental update 1/20/12. KBC NOTE: Included is a bill, which failed, to LABEL genetically modified fish. Our state has reduced fishing, eliminated suction dredge mining, and plans to destroy 4 hydroelectric dams on the Klamath river and hatcheries which produce millions of fish, in the guise of superiority of "wild" fish. Obama then bails a genetically modified salmon firm. And by the way, Obama's food Czar was Monsanto's legal representative. So wiping out the Klamath hatcheries could conveniently be replaced by Obama's pet "Frankenfish."
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws 1/13/12: High Speed Rail, CA Coastal Commission civil fines, Department of Pesticide Regulations...
Federal District Court Invalidates California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard on Dormant Commerce Clause Grounds, Somach Simmons & Dunn 1/10/12
Excessive Endangered Species Act litigation threatens species recovery, job creation and economic growth, Natural Resources Committee, 12/6/11
(Klamath dam removal) bill must pass House committees, H&N 11/20/11. "Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., is chairman of a Natural Resources subcommittee, Water and Power, which will play a key role in advancing or killing legislation…'To tear down four perfectly good hydroelectric dams at enormous cost is insane,' McClintock said in September."
Southern Oregon Miner Defeats United States Forest Service in Court, Gold Prospectors, posted to KBC 11/15/11. "United States District Judge Ann Aiken ruled that the United States Forest Service, and particularly Cottage Grove District Ranger Deborah Schmidt, violated the constitutional rights of 83 year old Oregon miner, James Edgar."
Monument legislation discussed at hearing, testimony by U.S. Congressman Wally Herger 11/15/11. "Obama Administration intends to use this authority to lock up more than thirteen million acres of federal land from multiple-use access. In a time of high unemployment, this would lock even more American jobs away."
California - Worst bills of 2011 - where are they now? Senator Gaines 11/1/11.
Ninth Circuit decision further hamstrings Oregon's economy, Oregonian posted to KBC 10/23/11. "The Court's decision potentially creates legal paralysis threatening 120,000 forest related jobs (with payroll totaling $4 billion) and $130 million in state income and severance tax revenues that pay for vital public services. The new court ruling will not achieve its intended environmental benefits. The uncertainty could force some forest landowners to convert their forests to other uses, like commercial or residential developments..."
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws: Governor Brown reviewed 870 bills the legislature sent him since August. He had until October 9th to take action on those bills; he signed 745 and vetoed 125. These are bills signed into law in the last several weeks.
Central Valley - Judge throws out parts of salmon, steelhead plan, Contra Costa Times, posted to KBC 9/25/11
Angry federal judge (Wanger) rips 'false testimony' of federal scientists, Washington Examiner, posted to KBC 9/24/11
U.S. District Court: 2009 salmonid biop found to be unlawful, Central Calif district court decision 9/20/11
Lawsuit asks court to kill new California Senate districts, Sacramento Bee 9/15/11
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, posted to KBC 9/12/11. This week’s Friday Review offers an end-of-session re-cap of several of the issues important to Farm Bureau and its Members.
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws, 9/2/11. This issue contains everything from water, labor, rural taxes..."The Department of Finance wants more money from rural California residents to fund the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection; a lot more money..."
Nielsen Bill To Protect the Williamson Act Passes Assembly Floor – Sent To Governor’s Desk, PRESS RELEASE, posted to KBC 7/9/11
Groups side with DFG in water lawsuit, Capital Press, posted to KBC 6/26/11. "The Karuk Tribe, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations (PCFFA), Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR) and Klamath Riverkeeper filed a motion Wednesday to intervene in a Siskiyou County court case challenging the authority of the California Department of Fish and Game to regulate water diversions for farmland irrigation...Earthjustice is representing the tribal, fishing and environmental groups in the Siskiyou County case." (KBC NOTE: first, the KBRA was advertised in the media by the enviro groups as ending lawsuits against farmers. Glen Spain, Eugene attorney and at the KBRA table as stakeholder for PCFFA, created IFR "to funnel the money through." Craig Tucker, trained environmental activist by Greencorp, former outreach director of dam removal group Friends of the River, was hired as Karuk Tribe Spokesman, and at the table of the dam removal KBRA. He was on the steering committee of Klamath Riverkeeper before it spun off from umbrella group Klamath Forest Alliance, and he’s presently on the board. So essentially, Glen Spain and Craig Tucker are litigating against the Scott and Shasta Valley irrigators. George Soros contributes to pay the KBRA enviro groups' and PCFFA's attorney bills through Earthjustice.)
California water rules rile farmers - Would mean radical changes for industry, Monterey County Herald, posted to KBC 6/25/11
EQC adopts Administrative Rules for Water Quality Standards in Oregon, OFS by attorney Elisabeth E Howard for Dunn Carney, posted 6/19/11
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws 6/17/11
Karuk Tribe, conservation groups win suit against US Forest Service, Indybay 6/17/11. (KBC NOTE: Same groups, same agenda, same folks are KBRA voting members with our farm leaders.)
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws, posted to KBC 6/11/11
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws 6/3/11. "This Friday brings us to another deadline for the State Legislature; June 3rd being the last day for each house to pass bills introduced in that house. This week’s issue reflects on those bills of interest to Farm Bureau that passed through the appropriate house
Bill to preserve Williamson Act moves forward, Capital Press 5/31/11
Grazing Improvement Act introduced, posted to KBC 5/31/11
Government Litigation Savings Act, posted to KBC 5/31/11, sent to KBC by Louise Gliatto: "The “Government Savings Litigation Act,” HR 1996, was introduced late last week. Mr. Herger is a cosponsor. Please see the attached background information on the bill. It makes a number of changes to the EAJA in order to raise the bar for legal recovery for environmental activist groups."
* Federal Circuit Resurrects Klamath Water Users’ Takings and Contract Claims, Marten Law 5/25/11
Judge rejects environmentalist bid to halt experiment, Capital Press 5/25/11
Calif. Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review 5/20/11. "The California Water Commission reviewed draft agricultural water measurement regulations this week."
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review
genetically modified fish, Rural
access to health care,
Funding public safety and rural crime programs,
Drayage truck operators,
Judge issues final ruling on Scott, Shasta river valleys, Capital Press, posted to KBC 4/26/11
Oregon - Ag water quality bill moves to House floor, Capital Press 4/22/11
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws 4/8/11: "carbon monoxide, Timber Harvest, SNAP Program, “spot bill” SB 618, and LOTS of water!"
Oregonians for Food and
SISKIYOU WILDLANDS CENTER v. GRANTHAM
files suit, Siskiyou Daily 3/29/11. "...Siskiyou
County Farm Bureau recently announced that they have filed
suit to protect its members’ ability to provide water to
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review 3/25/11. "The State Budget, Highway 101 exemption, High Speed Rail, CA Public Utility Commission appointment, net energy metering, Coastal commission, Labor and Water."
Politicians Grill EPA Administrator, House Ag Committee Questions EPA About Lawsuits, The Progressive Farmer by Todd Neeley, posted to KBC 3/22/11. "Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Calif., suggested EPA has allowed environmental groups to dictate regulations that most often harm farmers...Cardoza then asked Jackson whether she was aware of EPA agency employees asking outside groups to file lawsuits..."
California Farm Bureau Association Friday Review of bills and laws, posted to KBC 3/21/11. "California Sate Budget, Repeal of Senate Bill 863, Williamson Act, “Card-check” legislation, Live stock hauling on Highway 101, and Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board Conditional Agricultural Waiver Renewal Hearing"
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws, 3/11/11. "This week: Certified Farmer’s Market fees, Labor, Minimum Wage, Career Technical Education, High Speed Rail, Groundwater Recharge Areas and ILRP Grower Participation. "
Federal Circuit Court of Appeals Revives Water Rights Taking Claims in Klamath River Basin, posted to KBC 3/10/11, by Klamath Water Users Association attorney Paul Simmons, and Brain Poulsen.
Judge nixes special irrigation permits, Capital Press 3/4/11. "The suit by Earthjustice, Klamath Riverkeeper and other environmental groups was one of two filed against the DFG in relation to the blanket permits." KBC NOTE: Earthjustice, financed partly by George Soros, represents most of the environmental groups with voting power in the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. Craig Tucker, spokesman for the Karuk Tribe in the KBRA, and trained by Green Corp as an environmental activist, founded Klamath Riverkeeper. He promised the KBRA would create "Peace on the River" and end lawsuits.
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws March 4, 2011. This week’s issue contains Williamson Act, Coastal Commission, pesticides, labor and more
Ron Arnold: Congress should stop funding Big Green lawsuits against the government, posted 2/26/11 Washington Examiner. "Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., chairman of the House Natural Resource Committee's Power and Water Subcommittee, introduced an amendment to the House's $1.2 trillion continuing resolution bill to permanently defund NFWF...amendment failed..." KBC NOTE - NFWF funds groups like American Rivers, on the KBRA stakeholder group, which sues the government, often with taxpayer money. American Rivers suit intends to demolish Snake River dams. George Soros and NFWF fund National Wildlife Federation.
California judge approves Klamath dam removal surcharge, Siskiyou Daily, posted to KBC 2/25/11. "The ruling, issued by Judge Karen V. Clopton, approves PacifiCorp’s request to add a $13.76 million surcharge for its approximately 45,000 California customers to cover its obligation for dam removal costs under the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement."
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review 2/25/11. "Despite a $25.6 billion deficit, the legislature introduced 2,438 bills by the February 18th introduction deadline." Included in link are a few, like developing Ocean Protection Council with "no public participation," 15% increase in vehicle licenses, mandatory groundwater recharge regulations, timber harvest approval by 4 state agencies, $12.8 million in new water fees
***Federal Circuit Decision a Big Win for Klamath Basin Water Users. SFGate.com, 2/22/11
Here is the Klamath irrigators' takings case 2/17/11 Decision, KLAMATH IRRIGATION v. US, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Page 9 quotes the Klamath Compact, "It states that 'the United States shall not, without payment of just compensation, impair any rights to the use of water for [domestic or irrigation purposes] within the Upper Klamath River Basin.' " 27 groups and individuals filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government claiming that, since they had water rights "appurtenant to the land," many with deeds signed by a U.S. President, they must be compensated for when the government withheld their irrigation water in 2001. Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen/PCFFA filed as a defendant against the farmers and ranchers. Klamath irrigators have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to pursue the case. Earthjustice, partially funded by George Soros, provides free services for PCFFA. PCFFA is a major author of the controversial Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement/KBRA which is opposed by 1/2 Klamath County, 80% Siskiyou County, and 77% Tulelake.
House approves amendment blocking funding for Klamath dam removal study. KDRV Staff 2/22/11
Court reinstates irrigators' lawsuit. Herald and News, 2/18/11
Appeals court grants standing for challenges to impaired water listing, Siskiyou Daily 2/11/11
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws 2/11/11: Williamson Act funding, County Fair funding, groundwater management, AB 316 metal theft, and AB 856 fertilizing materials inspection program.
Medford and Coos Bay - BLM withdraws two timber sales, Mail Tribune, posted to KBC 2/5/11. (Another lawsuit against resource users by job-killers PCFFA / Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen, Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center, and others that are not listed. PCFFA sued against the Klamath Irrigators power rate, to enforce TMDL's/water quality mandates that can not be met, against irrigators along with Yurok tribe in 2001 water takings case claiming irrigators don't own right to water on deeds with water signed by US President, Siskiyou County groundwater management, etc etc. PCFFA is at the table with a coalition of several other environmental groups as stakeholders on the KBRA with many federal agencies and a couple farm leaders.)
Animal Rights Group
Threatens To Sue FWS If Wolves are Not Introduced Everywhere in USA, U.S.
Sportsmen Alliance, posted to KBC 2/5/11. "the
Center for Biological Diversity
(CBD) filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
if the Service does not create a new nationwide wolf recovery plan"
CBD is funded by Earthjustice, which is funded by George
The same CBD who is presently suing to take more Klamath
Basin irrigation water by changing the biological opinions.
California Farm Bureau counsel explains dismissal of DFG suit, "Siskiyou Daily, posted to KBC 2/5/11. "Rice stated that the issues raised in the Farm Bureau’s case had become entangled with the Riverkeeper’s issues, being “overcome” by that case after consolidation." (KBC NOTE: Former Outreach Director at Friends of the River, Karuk spokesman at the stakeholder table of KBRA, Craig Tucker is board member and founder of Klamath Riverkeeper, litigant in many lawsuits against Klamath resource users. George Soros funds Earthjustice, which represents Klamath Riverkeeper)
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of Bills and Laws, posted to KBC 1/30/11: This issue covers the “The Reasonable Use Doctrine and Agricultural Water Use Efficiency”, “The Secure Immigration Enforcement Act” and a clarification from our last edition on General Fund support for the Department of Food and Agriculture
Court of Appeal Holds That Lead Agencies Cannot Use Predicted Future Conditions As Baseline in Environmental Impact Reports, Somach, Simmons and Dunn 1/25/11
Ninth Circuit Eliminates Prohibition on Intervention of Right in NEPA Cases, Somach, Simmons and Dunn 1/25/11
Siskiyou water users want county support in Klamath suit (involving Klamath Dam removal agreements), Siskiyou Daily, posted to KBC 1/19/11
Irrigation districts file Klamath agreement validation request, by David Smith, Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 1/19/11
***Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement / KBRA and Klamath Hydro Agreement Circuit Court petition by Klamath Irrigation District, Malin Irrigation District, and Shasta View Irrigation District. YOU MUST file a legal response to the petition before 10 days after Jan 23rd to contest the legality of your boards of directors executing the settlement agreements. 1/16/11
Siskiyou County responds to ELF, water resources board briefs, Siskiyou Daily 1/13/11. "...Guarino also questions the water resources board’s alignment with the petitioning parties on a number of issues in the case...The case is Environmental Law Foundation v. State Water Resources Board, in which the Environmental Law Foundation and the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations Institute for Fisheries Resources have asked the courts to declare that groundwater in the Scott River basin can be managed under the Public Trust Doctrine."Past President of Friends of the River http://www.envirolaw.org/staff.html James Wheaton, is President and Legal Director of the Environmental Law Foundation, and past President of Friends of the River. He is also a board member of the River Network, http://www.rivernetwork.org/board-of-directors , along with Wyatt Rockefeller, who served on Obama's EPA and Obama's campaign.Natural Resources Defense Council: One of the most influential environmentalist lobbying groups in the United States, the Council claims a membership of one million people. They are supported by George Soros Open Society Institute. They support Riverkeepers groups. They support Waterkeeper, Greenpeace, and Earth First, among others. Craig Tucker, presently spokesperson for the Karuk Tribe, at the KBRA table, is founder and board member of Klamath Riverkeeper, and was past spokesman for Friends of the River.
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review
of bills 1/14/11.
Siskiyou County Pomona Grange vs Tulelake Irrigation
District regarding KBRA/Klamath Basin Restoration
Agreement, posted to KBC 12/16/10. Filed
November 26 in Siskiyou County Superior Court.
First Circuit Holds That Plaintiffs Must Demonstrate Irreparable Harm for Injunctive Relief in Endangered Species Act Cases, AND Proposition 26 May Imperil Implementation of California’s Landmark Greenhouse Gas Reduction Law, Somach, Simmons and Dunn Law Firm 11/23/10
Decision on 2001 (Klamath) water lawsuit
could take 6 months,
U.S. Court of Appeals heard case Thursday,
H&N, posted to KBC 11/21/10.
(KBC NOTE: PCFFA
petitioned against irrigators getting a
continued affordable power rate, are still
suing against them getting compensation for
the government taking their deeded farm
water in 2001, support studying removal of
Keno dam which provides
irrigation water in the Klamath Basin, yet they
claim to be our 'friend' at the KBRA/Klamath Basin
Restoration Agreement negotiations, promising money
for power, plenty of irrigation water and less litigation....???????)
Senators who voted for Big Government today to KBC from Craig Chenowith, Yreka 11/17/10. "..today’s vote to end the “hold” on senate bill 510 Senators took a step toward increasing the size and cost of government at the expense of Americas farmers-big and small. The so called food safety bill empowers food and drug administration to regulate every part of every farming operation in the nation. The cost of compliance and record keeping to farmers cannot even be estimated. Even the farm wife who sells jam, preserves and apple butter at a Christmas bizarre will have to be permitted by the Food and Drug Administration..."
Water Right Fees, Proposition 26, and the Delta . . ., Somach, Simmons and Dunn November 12, 2010: Supreme Court to Hear Water Right Fees Case in December
(Calif) Governor signs $10 million Williamson Act bill, Siskiyou Daily 10/22/10
Appeals court upholds Klamath power rate hike, Capital Press 10/5/10
KLAMATH OFF-PROJECT WATER USERS, INC. v. PACIFICORP, Sept. 29, 2010
SB 510 Food Safety; "...it amounts to a major federal power grab over agriculture." 9/29/10
Governor signs Williamson Act bill, Siskiyou Daily News 9/29/10
Legal fights over water permits continue; State wants to combine two cases against Department of Fish and Game, Capital Press, posted to KBC 9/19/10
Williamson Act bill passes at end of legislative year, Siskiyou Daily, poSTED TP lbc 9/14/10
(Siskiyou) County requests venue change in ‘landmark’ water case, Siskiyou Daily, posted to KBC 9/6/10
Smelt regulations violate Constitution, Capital Press, posted to KBC 8/28/10
S510: Illegal to Grow, Share, Trade, Sell Homegrown Food, posted by Toni Thayer on our discussion forum 8/12/10
Delaying the $11 Billion Water Bond: What Does it Mean for the Delta? 8/12/10, by Somach, Simmons and Dunn
Legislature delays water bond to 2012 ballot, SF Chronicle 8/10/10. (KBC NOTE: This bond included California's $250 million contribution to destroy Klamath hydropower dams, according to Doug LaMalfa)
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, legislative and governmental update 8/6/10. In this issue: CDFA’s Market Enforcement Branch, net energy metering, labor, heat illness, and air pollution penalties.
Capitol Update, CFRW 7/2/10
"Suit is filed against the Bureau of Reclamation by the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations. They charge that the Klamath Project is not providing enough water to endangered fish in the Lower Klamath River." Herald and News May 2000.
Scott Valley farmers under new attack, by Liz Bowen, Pienpolitics, posted to KBC 6/30/10. "Glen Spain, a leader of the Enviro group called Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Assoc. and in reality does not represent true fishermen, spewed outrageous rhetoric throughout the lawsuit." Here for lawsuit
***Assembly passes ban on carrying unloaded handguns in public, Sacramento Bee, posted to KBC 6/4/10
Capitol Update CFRW, proposed bills: marijuana, gay pride, plastic bags, and handguns.
Groups sue for more water over dams for salmon (Columbia and Snake Rivers), Capital Press 6/4/10. KBC NOTE: the usual litigators, Earth Justice for PCFFA, who have countless suits against Klamath farmers and miners.
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, legislative and governmental update 5/28/10
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws, posted to KBC 5/23/10
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review 4/23/10. Agriculture Labor Relations, overtime, single-payer health care, regulatory compliance, nutrient contents of compost, agricultural ATV use, operator identification number issuance, animal cruelty, Columbian Trade Promotion and more
* PRESS RELEASE: Klamath Water Users Win Big in Oregon Supreme Court’s Ruling, Marzulla Law3/12/10
Supreme Court of Oregon: KID and irrigators vs US and Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen/PCFFA 3/11/10. (KBC NOTE: PCFFA petitioned against irrigators getting a continued affordable power rate, sued against them getting compensation for the government taking their deeded water in 2001, support studying removal of Keno dam with provides irrigation water in the Klamath Basin, yet they claim to be our 'friend' at the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement negotiations, promising money for power and less litigation....???????)
Specifically, the President proposed that
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws, posted to KBC 3/7/10, covering California Tiger Salamander, the Williamson Act and the “gas tax swap”.
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, legislative and governmental update 2/26/10
Oregon Ballot Measures and Taxes, by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett, posted to KBC 2/7/10
Water Water Everywhere Four: The Bond, California Progress Report, posted to KBC 1/21/10. "Middle of the Night Additions:... money to help tear down the Klamath River dams and money to help build an additional dam in San Diego County."
New tax measures punish farmers, Tracey Liskey, Capital Press 1/21/10
Dam removal bond bill gets signature, H&N posted to KBC 11/16/09. (KBC NOTE: Just a reminder that Klamath Water Users Association, tribes, gov't agencies and environmental groups have heavily lobbied for the bonds for taxes and power rates to pay for tearing out Klamath River hydro dams. However, your representatives justify boycotting the public listening session on dam removal and the KBRA, saying they want the agreement done first before they hear the people's wishes and concerns.)
Water Special: November 7 Update of $11.1 billion California Water bill that passed legislature. It tells where the money will go, by California Federation of Republican Women, 11/8/09
State Legislature approves comprehensive package to overhaul
water system, including an $11-billion bond,
LA Times, posted to KBC 11/6/09
(includes Klamath dam removal
Environmental Lawsuits Rake in Billions for Lawyers, Idaho Farm Bureau News, posted to KBC 10/30/09.
Latest environmental lawsuit by Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement stakeholders against Scott and Shasta agriculture October 2009. Petitioners: KLAMATH RIVERKEEPER (Craig Tucker boardmember on KBRA negotiation table with Karuks), QUARTZ VALLEY INDIAN RESERVATION, PACIFIC COAST FEDERATION OF FISHERMEN’S ASSOCIATIONS (on KBRA negotiation table), ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION INFORMATION CENTER, SIERRA CLUB, NORTHCOAST ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER (KBRA negotiator), and INSTITUTE FOR FISHERIES RESOURCES. (KBC NOTE - Why do KBRA supporters claim these environmental groups will not sue them, when the enviros are already litigating against family farmers?)
Forest activists get win in court, Case deals with 2005 Biscuit fire protests in state, H&N, posted to KBC 10/30/090. (KBC NOTE: the protests were against harvesting the timber that would rot if it wasn't harvested)
WATER LAW: Oregon Senator Whitsett on Oregon Water adjudication, Part 1 of 2, YouTube Video.
California Farm Bureau Federation Farm Team bills, including Safe Harbor from environmental regulations.
Feds shorted water districts, judge decides in Calif. case, Capital Press, posted to KBC 10/13/09
Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws 10/13/09
Court orders government to pay for water losses; decision could open door for more districts to seek payment for water shifted to fish, Contra Costa Times, posted to KBC 10/7/09
SB 448 (Pavley, D-Agoura Hills) - Safe Harbor Agreements
EPA representative describes relationship to Klamath TMDL by David Smith, Siskiyou Daily News 9/25/09. "According to the Environmental Protection Information Center Web site, the consent decree was entered at the conclusion of a lawsuit filed against the EPA titled “Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, et al. v. Marcus.” The site states that the suit was aimed at compelling the EPA to create the TMDLs for 17 north coast rivers and streams..."
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, Legislative and governmental update, posted to KBC 9/17/09
California Legislature to Consider Anti-Gun Bills Very Soon, posted to KBC 8/27/09
Feds starve people of water to "help" fish;
PLF fights back!
County vows to honor Williamson Act contracts, Siskiyou Daily News 8/14/09
Terminated, Range Magazine by Tim Findley Fall, 2009, posted 8/12/09. Water crisis in California's Central Valley: "...but most of them know what happened in Klamath, ...environmental activists succeeded in cutting off irrigation water by a lawsuit claiming it threatened an endangered sucker fish..." "Family Farm Alliance is filing a lawsuit demanding that government authorities make use of the best available science in actions to shut down irrigation supplies in California's Central Valley." (KBC NOTE: will Family Farm Alliance file a lawsuit demanding that gov't authorities use best available science in the Klamath dam removal closed-door settlement where the minutes state, "...want to avoid advocating for science instead of using a certain approach."?)
Water Legislation: Complete review of 2009 Session, Water For Life Oregon Natural Resource Report 7/31/09 (regarding dam removal, water measuring, water right taxing, etc."
Healthcare bill summary, 7/31/09.
California departments and
agencies paid by you,
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review posted to KBC 7/27/09. "After working though the night on July 23, the Legislature completed it’s work on the State Budget Act and 28 implementing “trailer” bills and adjourned until August 17th for its Summer Recess"
New clean water bill should clarify federal law, not muddy it, by Dan Keppen, guest writer H&N 7/26/09
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws, July 17, 2009. "Senator Florez has still not amended the bill to exempt dogs used by hunters, farmers, and ranchers, despite his promise to Senator Wolk. This bill currently requires all dogs and cats in California to be spayed or neutered, unless the owner obtains an “intact” permit for the dog, or keeps the cat indoors at all times."
County supervisors concerned about Oregon Senate Bill 76, Pioneer Press 7/15/09
Senate Deals North State Harsh Economic Hand, Passage of SB 670 Means Bankrupt Businesses & Lost Jobs, Senator Sam Aanestad, CA 7/14/09. "The North State leader says the passage of SB 670 will place an outright ban on the practice of Suction Dredge Mining in all California rivers, streams and other tributaries, even though there is no scientific evidence or proof that the mining practice is harmful to the environment." See Miners Page
State lawmakers OK temporary dredging ban targeting salmon habitat, Sac Bee 7/14/09. "Supporters say the bill includes language negotiated with the Schwarzenegger administration, so they expect him to sign it."
Clean Water Act raises hackles, Capital Press 7/2/09. "The move brings the country one step closer to the largest federal land grab in our history, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association said."
House sends field burning scale down to governor's desk, Capital Press 6/29/09
California lawmakers lose bid to change water rules, Miami Herald , posted to KBC 6/29/09
Razor-Thin House Vote Spells Doom for Cap-and-Tax in the Senate, Inhofe Vows to Expose Bill in the Senate as All Cost, No Climate Gain, posted to KBC 6/27/09 "...costly impacts on the agricultural community"
Action Alert! Senate EPW Committee Passes Clean Water Land Grab (S 787), posted to KBC 6/22/09
Action Alert! NEW Field Burning Ban Bill Introduced - SB 985, posted to KBC 6/22/09, Oregon Farm Bureau.
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, posted to KBC June 22, 2009. “This edition contains detailed information on the following: The State Budget negotiations, AB 1288, SB 448, SB 121, AB 13, AB 39, AB 49, AB 900, SB 12, SB 229, SB 261, SB 457 and SB 458.”
Republicans honor Oregon voters by defending Measure 57, Oregon Rep Bill Garrard, district 56
Carney News Release, Oregon:
Ranchers successfully defeat an attempt by environmental groups
***Immediate Action Alert: S. 787 Clean Water Restoration Act To Be Marked Up Thursday, June 18 @ 9:30 a.m. PLEASE write!
Action Alert, SB 519A from Senator Whitsett, posted 6/13/09. "...this bill is an arbitrary obstruction of the rights to free speech for only one group of Oregonians..."
Oregonians for Food and Shelter Legislative News posted to KBC 6/14/09
Klamath Basin Bill Passes House, Office of the Speaker Dave Hunt (D), Oregon House of Representatives 6/12/09
Oregon House passes Klamath dam bill, returns it to Senate, Capital Press 6/12/09
Tax bills clear Oregon Senate; governor expected to sign, Capital Press 6/11/09
prepare for historic Billion Dollar Tax Week,
Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett, 6/8/09
Oregonians for Food and Shelter legislative update posted 6/6/09
Senate Bill 76. June 5, 2009 - Summary: "Directs
Public Utility Commission to determine depreciation schedules for
Klamath River dams based on assumption that dams will be removed
in 2020. Directs commission to allow affected public utility to
recover undepreciated amounts by imposing rates and tariffs..."
House panel moves forward Klamath bill (SB76), Capital Press 5/29/09
Oregon SB76 passed.
Representative Bill Garrard R-Klamath Falls, District 56:
Committee: "Vote on Senate
Bill 76 Delayed . . . Again. The chair of the
House Environment committee again delayed the vote on Senate
Bill 76 (Klamath Dam Removal proposal). A work session on
this bill has been re-scheduled for
Thursday, May 28th at 3:00pm
in Hearing Room D. I will post the results of the committee
vote as soon as they happen."
Testimony of geologist Gail Hildreth Whitsett on SB 76, Klamath Dam Removal Bill, posted to KBC 5/14/09
Ore. Supreme Court
in K. Falls to hear water crisis lawsuit, KDRV 5/14/09.
Klamath Project Irrigators Takings Case, Oregon Supreme Court in Klamath Falls 5/13/09 at Klamath Union High School. The public is invited. When the federal government withheld irrigation water in 2001 to 1400 irrigators who have water right appurtenant to their land, does this equal taking of property? Article HERE
Dam removal bill remains stuck in committee, H&N 5/12/09
Urgent: Senate EPW Likely To Vote On S 787 Thursday, May 14, Clean Water Act, 5/10/09. "The Real Goal of the Clean Water Restoration Act (S787) is to give Corps and EPA Control over your water and all your watersheds. That means National Land Use Controls as well as control over all your water and land. That’s because all land is in a watershed."
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills 5/8/09. E-verify, regulatory agencies, "card check", Williamson Act "reform", mitigation fees, labor and employment.
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills 5/1/09
Valley field burning phase-out advances in Senate, Capital Press 4/30/09.
FBACT Alert on “Navigable” Clean Water Bill, 4/26/09. To Farm Bureau.
More wilderness coming HR980, Stewards of the Range, 4/24/09. "HR980, if passed, will designate 24 million acres of new wilderness in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Eastern Oregon."
Oregonians For Food and Shelter, bills 4/24/09
AB 268 Stops Required Inspections For Septic Systems, Farm Team Action Alert 4/10//09
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review, posted to KBC March 20, 2009
House narrowly rejects public lands bill 3/13/09, OGJ
U.S. House defeat of wilderness bill, Oregonian 3/11/09. "The sprawling legislation is 164 separate bills bundled together, designating more than 2 million acres of wilderness in nine states. It would create three national parks, more than 1,000 miles of wild and scenic rivers -- including about 90 miles in Oregon -- and three national conservation areas."
H.R. 875 - A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. KBC NOTE: This bill on food regulations is preceded by a commentary sent to KBC this morning; the bill would drastically change our lives. posted to KBC 3/10/09
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review of bills and laws, 3/6/09
PRESS RELEASE: (U.S. Congressman from Oregon) Greg Walden helps lead bipartisan effort to reduce catastrophic wildfire, 3/10/09. HERE for AUDIO
Field burning returns
to Oregon legislative agenda, Capital Press 3/10/09
Due to a typographical error in the February 27th Calif. Farm Bureau Friday Review, the two water bond proposals were reported as "$15 million" and "$9.98 million", when in fact they should have been reported as "$15 billion" and $9.98 billion" respectively.
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review (of Bills), 2/27/09 "Two water bond proposals, one from Senator Dean Florez (D-Shafter), and another from Senator Dave Cogdill (R-Fresno) were introduced this week for the purpose of financing water supply reliability and environmental restoration programs"
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review…legislative update posted to KBC 2/23/09. More HERE
Oregon Senate passes Klamath bill on dam removal funding, Capital Press 2/17/09
Legislators hear Klamath deal’s pros, cons; Sweeping proposal would require four dams to be removed, Capital Press, posted 2/7/09. Rancher and hay farmer Tom Mallams, meanwhile, handed committee members a petition signed by 1,850 farmers and ranchers in the basin opposing the plan.
Gov. Ted Kulongoski, Who’s he represent? Willamette Weekly 2/4/09. "This week’s Rogue, Gov. Ted Kulongoski, seems to have forgotten he represents Oregonians—550,000 of whom are PacifiCorp customers—rather than PacifiCorp."
*House Bill 2157: The $96 Million Tax Increase, Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett Newsletter 2/13/09. "While Congress is racing to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act to help address the economic free fall that our nation is experiencing, your Oregon legislature raced to pass legislation that unilaterally prohibits Oregonians from benefiting from that stimulus package."
Today around 100 people drove to Salem to testify at a hearing on Senate Bill 76, Klamath dam removal financing.. Up to $4.5 billion, according to FERC report, is the pricetag. 1800 petitions from Karuk tribal members, Siskiyou County residents, on and off Project irrigators and community members signed petitions opposing SB76, and these were submitted to the senators. Signers oppose the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. Advocates of SB76 tried to convince the senators and media that there is no opposition.
Testimony on Oregon Senate Bill 76, by Gail Hildreth Whitsett 2/3/09
Senator Doug Whitsett testimony of Senate Bill 76, posted 2/3/09. SB#76
Testimony of Oregon SB 76 by Rex Cozzalio 2/3/09, at the Salem Senate committee hearing
Dr. Richard A. Gierak's testimony at the Oregon Commission meeting in Salem opposing SB 76, 2/2/09. Gierak has Bachelor Degrees in Biology & Chemistry, Doctorate in the Healing Arts, Former FERC team member 2001, 2002.
Testimony before the Oregon Senate Environmental and Natural Resources Committee, Hearing on SB 76, by Katherine Lehman 2/3/09
Bill may raise power rates; Governor’s proposal is part of Klamath water settlement, H&N 2/3/09. "A study from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission indicates removal of that sediment could cost up to $500,000 per acre-foot, or up to $4.5 billion." "Opponents criticize the bill for being too open-ended, allowing PacifiCorp to raise rates at will for its half-million Oregon customers, potentially as much as $35 to $65 more per month."
Senator Whitsett Newsletter 1/30/09 Senate Bill #76. "The bill is alleged to create the funding resources to enable the removal of the four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River. The mechanism would be to create a 2 percent surcharge payable by all Oregon PacifiCorp ratepayers on their monthly bill for the next ten years."
PRESS RELEASE: Oregon High Court agrees to decide Klamath water suit issues. Marzulla Law Firm, posted to KBC 1/30/09. "On January 29, 2009, the Supreme Court of Oregon agreed to decide three issues of State law which will likely determine whether Klamath farmers can recover compensation from the United States for refusing to release water to them in 2001."
California Farm Bureau Federation Friday Review 1/30/09. Proposed septic regulations update and budget update: "*Inspect septic tanks ($325 estimated cost) every five years, *Sample & analyze groundwater of onsite domestic wells every five years, *Retrofit tanks if found to be causing pollution ($45,000 estimated cost)"