Fish benefit of a Klamath pact questioned

Fish benefit of a Klamath pact questioned Sacrmento Bee story about the ongoing Klamath settlement talks. By David Whitney Sacramento Bee December 09, 2007 As groups plan to vote on water deal, new studies say salmon may get shorted. WASHINGTON – Environmentalists, Indian tribes, fishermen and farmers have been meeting in private for months trying to come up with a …

Let science guide dam removal, professors say

Let science guide dam removal, professors say Article on professors Jeffrey Mount and Peter Moyle’s letter to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service about Klamath dams. By Peter Sleeth Oregonian December 09, 2007   Two leading scientists from the University of California are urging more studies of dam removal on the Klamath River before taking out any dams. In a …

Klamath Basin report sparks differing interpretations

Klamath Basin report sparks differing interpretations Article on the National Research Council’s report on the Klamath River. By Mateusz Perkowski Capital Press December 07, 2007   A new report from the National Research Council that calls for a more expansive scientific view of the Klamath River basin has been welcomed by irrigator and environmentalist groups alike, although they can’t seem …

FERC ignores salmon mandates, recommends keeping Klamath dams

FERC ignores salmon mandates, recommends keeping Klamath dams Associated Press article on FERC recommending to keep PacifiCorp’s four hydroelectric dams. By Jeff Barnard Associated Press November 16, 2007   GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – Federal licensing authorities Friday recommended keeping PacifiCorp’s four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River, siding with the utility and ignoring calls from fisheries agencies to build …

Judge recommends higher electric rates for Klamath irrigators

Judge recommends higher electric rates for Klamath irrigators Associated Press article on the possibility of Klamath basin irrigators paying more than 0.6 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity. By Jeff Barnard Associated Press November 14, 2007 GRANTS PASS, Ore. — An administrative law judge has recommended that Klamath farmers’ request for continued cut-rate electricity to pump irrigation water be turned down …

Troubled Waters, Part III: The settlement talks — path to a solution or political fix?

Troubled Waters, Part III: The settlement talks — path to a solution or political fix? By H. Bruce Miller Source Weekly October 11, 2007   Drive around the back roads near Klamath Falls and you’ll still come across a few hand-lettered signs left over from the spring of 2002, when federal officials shut off irrigation water to help threatened salmon …

Troubled Waters, Part II: Klamath farmers see themselves in the crosshairs

Troubled Waters, Part II: Klamath farmers see themselves in the crosshairs By H. Bruce Miller Source Weekly October 03, 2007   KLAMATH FALLS – A strange-looking monument stands in front of City Hall on the main street of this Southern Oregon farming center. It’s a giant silver-painted bucket, standing at least 10 feet high. The big bucket commemorates “the Bucket …

Water Wars

Water Wars Street Roots article about Klamath Basin water issues. By Matthew Deschaine Street Roots, Street News Servic August 20, 2007 WaterWatch’s John DeVoe works to keep the public interest in conserving Oregon’s public water (Photograph by Street Roots)   For more than a decade, the Klamath River Basin has been the central front in Oregon’s highly politicized water wars. …

Drifting on the Klamath

Drifting on the Klamath Eugene Register-Guard editorial responding to Senator Gordon Smith’s opinion of the state of Klamath Basin. Eugene Register-Guard August 14, 2007   The problem with Sen. Gordon Smith’s defense of the Bush administration’s 2002 decision to divert Klamath Lake water for irrigation isn’t that the Oregon Republican is wobbly on the facts. It’s that he’s willing to …

Discord threatens Klamath River water talks

Discord threatens Klamath River water talks Article in the Sacramento Bee on Klamath River water talks. By David Whitney Sacramento Bee August 12, 2007   WASHINGTON — When the House Natural Resources Committee met in July to discuss whether Vice President Dick Cheney had improperly interfered in the battle over Klamath River water, Republicans complained that the hearing could derail …

Senator’s comments on salmon criticized

Senator’s comments on salmon criticized Article in the Eugene Register-Guard on Senator Gordon Smith’s comments on the Klamath River salmon kill in 2002. By David Steves Eugene Register-Guard August 11, 2007   SALEM – Sen. Gordon Smith’s explanation this week of how the 2002 diversion of Klamath Lake water for irrigation related to a massive salmon die-off has fish advocates …

Cheney Role in Water Policy Explored

Cheney Role in Water Policy Explored The Interior Department’s inspector general found no political interference by Vice President Cheney leading up to the Klamath fish-kill in part because investigators were not looking for it, an Interior official told lawmakers yesterday. By AP washingtonpost.com August 01, 2007   The Interior Department‘s inspector general found no political interference by Vice President Cheney on a key …

Investigators not told about Cheney contact, official says

Investigators not told about Cheney contact, official says By Mathew Daly, AP Examiner July 31, 2007   WASHINGTON -The Interior Department’s inspector general did not find political interference by Vice President Dick Cheney on a key environmental policy in part because investigators were not looking for it, an Interior official said Tuesday.A 2004 report by the inspector general found no …

Drain the Klamath of its ugly politics

Drain the Klamath of its ugly politics Oregonian article by Steve Pedery, Conservation Director of Oregon Wild, on the politics behind the Klamath Basin. By Steve Pedery Oregonian July 06, 2007   Americans expect our government to make decisions about the survival of fish and wildlife based on science. But in the drought-plagued Klamath Basin, science has long taken a …

Dems: Investigate Cheney for role in salmon die-off

Dems: Investigate Cheney for role in salmon die-off By Mathew Daly, AP Seattle Times June 28, 2007   WASHINGTON — West Coast Democrats called for a hearing Wednesday into the role Vice President Dick Cheney may have played in the 2002 die-off of about 70,000 salmon near the California-Oregon border. An article in The Washington Post on Wednesday said Cheney …

Fields of conflict in the Klamath

Fields of conflict in the Klamath Activists say farmers are poised to solidify their presence in the basin’s federal wildlife refuges. By Eric Bailey Los Angeles Times May 07, 2007   TULE LAKE, CALIF. — Under the rolling cloud-scape of the Klamath Basin, a curious rite of spring is underway. Migratory birds are flocking to the basin’s necklace of federal …

States join forces for Klamath solutions

States join forces for Klamath solutions Eureka Reporter October 14, 2006   California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski announced Thursday that they are directing their respective state agencies to organize a Klamath River Summit to be held before the year ends. The summit is aimed to resolve a multitude of complex issues related to the health of …

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, in the upper Klamath Basin. …

Judge gives Klamath fish ladders a boost

Judge gives Klamath fish ladders a boost By John Driscoll Times-Standard September 29, 2006   A federal judge has laid the framework for federal agencies to demand that Klamath River dam owner PacifiCorp install fish ladders through its hydroelectric project. U.S. Coast Guard Administrative Law Judge Parlen McKenna decided Wednesday that salmon could spawn in areas between the dams, and …

Dam ruling supports fish on Klamath

Dam ruling supports fish on Klamath By Matt Weiser Sacramento Bee September 29, 2006 A federal judge ruled Wednesday there is ample evidence that salmon will benefit from improved access to the Klamath River, a decision that some believe may ultimately lead to removal of dams on the river. The ruling came in an administrative hearing process over the relicensing …

Studies: Dam Removal From River Doable

Studies: Dam Removal From River Doable By Jeff Barnard Associated Press September 28, 2006   GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Removing four hydroelectric dams from the Klamath River to help struggling salmon runs there would not be as expensive as feared, studies for a state agency show. Indian tribes, salmon fishermen and conservation groups have been pressing Portland-based utility PacifiCorp to …

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 energy regulators said that pulling …

Utility will keep fighting against fish ladders over Klamath dams

Utility will keep fighting against fish ladders over Klamath dams By Jeff Barnard Associated Press September 28, 2006   GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — PacifiCorp said Thursday it will continue to seek approval for its proposal to truck salmon around four dams on the Klamath River as part of a new operating license after losing a challenge of the science …

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 and the White House must …

At last, an opening for Klamath salmon

At last, an opening for Klamath salmon Oregonian August 06, 2006 PacifiCorp says it may be willing to remove its dams, but the states must help the utility and its ratepayers Everyone who depends on the Klamath River, from farmers to fishermen, is parsing PacifiCorp’s recent statement that it’s open to removal of its Klamath dams “as long as our …

Tribes Call for Removal of Dams That Block Journey of Salmon

Tribes Call for Removal of Dams That Block Journey of Salmon By William Yardley New York Times August 02, 2006 SEATTLE, Aug. 2 — Indian tribes along the Klamath River rallied in Portland on Wednesday for the removal of four hydroelectric dams that block salmon from spawning in their historic habitat upriver, and they said they intended to pressure the …

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 unanimously Thursday to raise electricity …

Decisions give hope for river’s fish, future

Decisions give hope for river’s fish, future By Blaine Harden Seattle Times April 02, 2006 Big rivers in the West are reliable sources of bad news. Dammed for electricity and drained for irrigation, they have pushed salmon into extinction, fishermen into bankruptcy and Indians into despair.This dismal pattern, though, may be ending on the Klamath, long one of the nation’s …

Court Says River Plan Cheats Salmon

Court Says River Plan Cheats Salmon By Dean E. Murphy New York Times November 19, 2005   In a setback for the Bush administration, a federal appeals court in San Francisco rejected a federal plan to distribute water to farmers from the troubled Klamath River region in Oregon and California, ruling that more water must remain in the river for …

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 for pumping in the parched …

Power, water inextricably linked in Klamath

Power, water inextricably linked in Klamath By Tam Moore Capital Press October 21, 2005   KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – From a system built on gravity flow of water starting in 1905, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Klamath Project emerged a century later so tied to electricity that farmers predict if a discount electrical power deal goes away, the whole thing …

Court tosses Bush plan for Klamath water

Court tosses Bush plan for Klamath water By Michael Milstein Oregonian October 19, 2005   A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out the Bush administration plan to deliver irrigation water to Klamath Basin farmers, saying it does not do enough for threatened coho salmon in the Klamath River. The ruling probably will mean more water must be shifted from …

Water Plan for Klamath Is Rejected

Water Plan for Klamath Is Rejected By Eric Bailey Los Angeles Times October 19, 2005   SACRAMENTO — In a rebuke to the Bush administration on a key environmental battleground, a U.S. appellate court threw out the last vestiges of a federal plan for the Klamath River out of fears it diverted so much water to farms that endangered coho …

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 Bureau of Reclamation’s irrigation plan …

‘Water bank’ drags river basin deeper into debt

‘Water bank’ drags river basin deeper into debt By Rebecca Clarren High Country News October 17, 2005   ‘Win-win’ water solution only worsens tension over scarce resource From her house near Klamath Falls, Ore., Kelly Holcomb loves to look out her kitchen window at the juniper-dotted mountains nearby and the vast green fields of the Klamath Valley. But she doesn’t …

PacifiCorp loses challenge of fish ladders over dams

PacifiCorp loses challenge of fish ladders over dams By Jeff Barnard Associated Press September 28, 2005   GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Salmon and steelhead would take back hundreds of miles of habitat above a series of hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River if they had fish ladders to get there, an administrative law judge found late Wednesday. The finding by …

Profile: One of the West’s most dramatic water battles is heating up

Profile: One of the West’s most dramatic water battles is heating up By Jeff Brady Weekend Edition Sunday, National Public Radio May 08, 2005   LIANE HANSEN, host: As summer nears, one of the West’s most dramatic water battles is heating up again. Four years ago, in the Klamath Basin region, along the Oregon-California border, farmers protested after the federal …

Officials Say Rules will Limit Groundwater Impacts

Officials Say Rules will Limit Groundwater Impacts By Dylan Darling Klamath Falls Herald & News October 28, 2004   Tapping into aquifers below the Klamath Basin is a Band-aid, but not a long-term solution, leading Oregon water officials said Thursday. But, they said, permits for pumping will flow. Dan Thorndike, chair of the Oregon Water Resources Commission, said the state …