CAMPAIGN 2006: Proposition 84: Bond would preserve, restore state’s waterways

CAMPAIGN 2006: Proposition 84: Bond would preserve, restore state’s waterways By Greg Lucas San Francisco Chronicle October 10, 2006 (10-10) 04:00 PDT Sacramento — Proposition 84 would split $5.4 billion in bond money between a laundry list of water-related projects and spending on natural resources preservation and restoration, including $400 million for state parks. Among the […]

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The beginning of the end

The beginning of the end By Mark Freeman Mail Tribune October 07, 2006 The days are numbered for Savage Rapids Dam: the structure will likely be a footnote by Dec. 19, 2009 Construction crews are scheduled next week to begin the precursor work that eventually will lead to Savage Rapids Dam’s removal from the Rogue

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A river runs through them

A river runs through them By Winston Ross Eugene Register-Guard October 02, 2006 Everyone agrees: Fix the Klamath; no one agrees on how to do it The story of the Klamath River takes place in two very different settings. One is at the base of Sheepy Ridge in the Oregon-California border town of Tule Lake,

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Timidity will ruin Klamath moment

Timidity will ruin Klamath moment Daily Astorian September 28, 2006   “Take the easy way out” ought to be adopted as the official motto for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other federal agencies that operate at the political intersection between dams and salmon. Dealing earlier this week with dams on the Klamath River, federal

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Hydro Hogs

Hydro Hogs By Ian Demsky Willamette Week September 27, 2006 Sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke famously remarked that it’s silly to call our planet Earth when, in truth, it’s mostly water. Nobody knows that better than Portlanders, who pay for their pristine summers with cold, wet winters. Some gray January mornings, it seems like there

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Now save the Klamath

Now save the Klamath Eugene Register-Guard August 11, 2006 U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez finally did what he should have done months ago – declare an economic disaster for the West Coast salmon fishing industry that has been dead in the water since the federal government imposed sharp fishing restrictions earlier this year. Now, Congress

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California regulators vote to raise electric rates for Klamath farms

California regulators vote to raise electric rates for Klamath farms By Terrence Chea Associated Press April 14, 2006   SAN FRANCISCO – State utility regulators voted to phase out electricity subsidies for California farmers along the Klamath River, a move fishermen and environmentalists hope will help save struggling salmon. The five-member Public Utility Commission voted

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Quiet Waters

Quiet Waters By Mark Freeman Mail Tribune December 11, 2005   State fish biologist Chuck Fustish dips his net into a special fish trap to discover two of the Rogue River basin’s most storied critters are inside. The two tiny fish are juvenile summer steelhead-to-be, infant varieties of the fish hallowed by Zane Grey and

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PGE nears deal on dams

PGE nears deal on dams By Jim Kadera Oregonian November 28, 2005   ESTACADA –Under an agreement nearing completion after years of study and negotiation, Oregon’s largest utility would spend an estimated $200 million on environmental improvements in exchange for a 45-year relicensing of four dams on the Clackamas River. The spending would rival amounts

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Water board gets earful on pumping

Water board gets earful on pumping By Dylan Darling Capital Press November 04, 2005   KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Farmers and federal officials can’t expect pumping well water to be a long-term solution for the surface water crunch in the Klamath Basin, Oregon water officials said at a workshop here last week. But state permits

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Editorial: Final court for fish

Editorial: Final court for fish Sacramento Bee October 27, 2005   There is a worrisome trend about water and the West that may soon hit close to home: Judges are throwing out Bush administration plans to “restore” endangered fish populations because the plans flunk the test of sound, defensible science. One case involves the Columbia

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Salmon, ranchers win in deal

Salmon, ranchers win in deal By Joe Rojas-Burke Oregonian October 23, 2005   LOSTINE — Zigzagging between jagged Wallowa Mountain peaks, the Lostine River beckons salmon with some of the finest habitat in Oregon. But in dry summers, ranch irrigators reduce miles of the river to a trickle. Threatened chinook that fight 600 miles from

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Water plan falls short, court rules

Water plan falls short, court rules By Bob Egelko San Francisco Chronicle October 19, 2005   The federal government is not supplying enough water to the Klamath River to sustain the dwindling coho salmon, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in a victory for conservationists and fishing interests in southern Oregon and northwestern California. The

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A utility’s plan to end a longtime power subsidy could mean less water going to agriculture

A utility’s plan to end a longtime power subsidy could mean less water going to agriculture U.S. Water News Online March 01, 2005   Through sickness and health, drought and abundance, Klamath basin farmers have been wedded to dirt-cheap power for nearly nine decades. Electric pumps lift water from an aquifer, help pull it from

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