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KBRA has always been a fraud

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By Liz Bowen

It looks like the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement is falling apart, which it should!

The County of Siskiyou was never allowed to be included as a “stakeholder” and, yet, 3 of the 4 dams tagged for destruction were located in Siskiyou.

We were over-ridden and ignored, but have become an outspoken advocate for saving the Klamath dams, because the dams preserve water quality, wildlife, fish and the communities of Siskiyou County.

Lies, deceit and fraud were rampant by the Greenie groups, Tribal leaders, federal and state agencies. I am a witness to it.  I have reported on this outrageous situation since the fraudulent listing of the coho salmon, in the Northern California area ONLY, by both the feds in 1996 and California  Fish and Game Commission in 2002.

Destroying the dams will kill at least three years of returning salmon runs — as admitted by Dept. of Fish and Game on April 1, 2010 at a meeting in Yreka, CA. How will that save the salmon?

The Irongate Dam Fish Hatchery, destined for demolition, also grows millions of salmon and steelhead for release each year. How will that improve fish populations if the fish hatchery is gone?

With no dams for flood or drought control, how will fish and wildlife have sufficient water as the Klamath is not a year-round natural high-flow river?

The KBRA is a political hot potato created to destroy salmon runs, wildlife, water quality and the economy of Siskiyou County.

I am certainly looking forward to the continued demise of the KBRA.

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Tribes eye leaving Klamath Basin deals

Karuk Tribe on Klamath, KBRA or KHSA, Klamath River & Dams, Tribes, Yurok Tribe

http://www.times-standard.com/environment-and-nature/20150915/tribes-eye-leaving-klamath-basin-deals

 

By Will Houston, Eureka Times-Standard
Posted: 09/15/15, 10:58 PM PDT | Updated: 39 secs ago
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Five years of negotiations that went into the Klamath Basin agreements between tribes, irrigators, farmers and governments are starting to unravel as the three bills that encapsulate the accord remain stalled in Congress.
The Yurok Tribe announced its notice to withdraw from the agreement on Tuesday, with the Karuk Tribe set to withdraw at the end of the year if Congress does not act, according to Karuk Tribe Klamath Coordinator Craig Tucker.
“We are continuing to have conversations with congressional offices,” he said, stating that he had traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to address these issues. “I do think it’s possible that we could pull this thing off in the end. But time is growing very short.”
In its notice, the Yurok Tribe states that since the first draft of the agreement was approved in 2010, many of the agreed upon conditions have been altered and had, in some instances, caused the tribe to consider withdrawing from the agreements.
“Unfortunately, Congress has failed to pass legislation authorizing the agreements, and over time the bargained for benefits of the agreements have become unachievable,” the notice states. “The tribe is left with no choice other than to withdraw from the Klamath Agreements.”
Tucker said that the Klamath Tribes of Oregon — the tribal government made up of the Klamath and Modoc tribes and Yahooskin Band of Snake Indians — also plan to withdraw from the agreements if no action is taken. Calls to the Klamath Tribes of Oregon for comment were not immediately returned Tuesday afternoon.
The status of the Klamath, Modoc and Yahooskin Band of Snake Indians had been terminated by Congress in 1954, and their 1,400 square mile reservation sold off, becoming ranches, rural subdivisions, private timberlands, and parts of two national forests. Since tribal status was restored in 1986, the tribes have been working to regain some of the reservation as an economic base.
The Klamath Basin agreements contain three major compromises that were made as recently as April 2014. Under the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement and Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA), four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River would be removed to help salmon, promote water quality restoration and to provide farmers more concrete assurances on irrigation expectations. Both agreements require approval by Congress, but were stalled by opposition among House Republicans.
Last year, a third agreement known as the Upper Klamath Basin Agreement was made between Klamath Basin irrigators and the tribes. Under that agreement, ranchers and farmers on the upper basin would reduce water withdrawals to increase flows into Upper Klamath Lake by 30,000 acre feet, benefiting both endangered sucker fish, salmon and downstream tribes.
The agreement was signed on April 18, after 30 years of a process known as adjudication, to settle water rights in the Sycan, Wood and Williamson rivers, which flow through the former reservation lands of the Klamath Tribes into Upper Klamath Lake. The process ended with the tribes gaining senior water rights. But this third agreement has also been stalled in a House committee and is meeting the same opposition among House Republicans as the other two agreements, Tucker said.
“We hope to solve this problem through this negotiated agreement,” he said. “It’s like Congress would prefer to see us fight with one another instead of solve a problem. For me it’s been really depressing. I felt like we did the right thing.”
Should Congress fail to act on the three bills, Tucker said, many farmers on the basin would be left “high and dry” as the Klamath Tribes of Oregon would be prone to exercise their senior water rights, putting many farmers with junior rights out of business.
In California, Tucker said that the long-standing battles between tribes, governments, irrigators and farmers over water rights would likely resume with the Klamath River fish paying the price. The Karuk Tribe would also have to attempt to convince the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to not renew the dam licenses for the four Klamath River dams that would have been removed if the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement was approved.
“FERC has never ordered a dam removal successfully,” Tucker said. “Settlement agreements are how dam removals happen. If this agreement flops, we’re letting a huge opportunity slip through our fingers.”
Will Houston can be reached at 707-441-0504. The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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Yurok Tribe pulls out of Klamath River agreement

KBRA or KHSA, Tribes, Yurok Tribe

Del Norte Triplicate

By Adam Spencer, The Triplicate

September 17, 2015 04:28 pm

The historic agreement designed to end long-standing water wars between fish advocates and farmers throughout the 16,000-square-mile Klamath River Basin appears to be facing collapse.

On Tuesday, the Yurok Tribe — one of three key Klamath River Indian tribes that have signed onto the consensus — announced it will be withdrawing from the Klamath Agreements, which have not been able to get the U.S. congressional approval needed for implementation.

“Unfortunately, Congress has failed to pass legislation authorizing the agreements, and over time the bargained-for benefits of the agreements have become unachievable. The Tribe is left with no choice other than to withdraw from the Klamath Agreements,” states the Yurok Tribe’s Notice of Withdrawal.

The Karuk Tribe and the Klamath Tribes of Oregon will also pull out from the deal if the agreements continue to languish in Congress, according to Craig Trucker, Klamath Coordinator for the Karuk Tribe. Calls to the Klamath Tribes were not returned Wednesday.

The Klamath Agreements refer to the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) and the politically connected Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA), which together would remove four aging hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River and invest hundreds of millions of dollars for salmon restoration into the basin while securing guaranteed water flows for farmers in the basin.

Since 2014, the Klamath Agreements have also been connected to the Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement, which was negotiated between the Klamath Tribes of Oregon — a single tribal government representing three tribal peoples — and irrigators.  The agreement guaranteed 30,000 acre feet of in-flows to Upper Klamath Lake benefitting endangered sucker fish in the lake and downstream users as well as an economic development plan for Klamath Tribes that would create a timber industry for the tribe.

That agreement was sought to bring stability to farmers and ranchers of the Upper Klamath after the Klamath Tribes won the most senior water rights above Upper Klamath Lake in March 2013.

In June 2013, Klamath Tribes exercised their newly-awarded rights by making a call for water they are allocated, which during a drought year, meant less or no water for junior water rights holders.

Although the 2014 agreement was heralded by Oregon’s governor and U.S. senators as a historic compromise to heal the river basin and the people that rely on it, the Yurok Tribe was left out of negotiations — despite promises to the contrary — causing a bitter rift.

“The Upper Klamath Basin parties during negotiations of the KBRA had assured the Yurok Tribe that they would address how the Tribe would be involved in governance and technical forums in the Upper Klamath Basin. The Tribe reminded various parties of this and requested to be involved in the Upper Klamath Basin negotiations,” the Yurok Tribe’s notice states. “The Tribe was not invited to participate in the negotiation of this agreement. This represented a return to the old Oregon-California/Upper Klamath-Lower Klamath division of the Klamath River system rather than the comprehensive approach taken by the Klamath Agreements.”

The Yurok Tribe did not respond to request for comment regarding the notice of withdrawal.

U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman, a longtime supporter of the Klamath Agreements, issued a statement saying he still believes that the accord is the “best way forward” but that his patience is also wearing thin.

“While I am disappointed by the Yurok Tribe’s change of heart on the Klamath agreements, I share their frustration with the lack of action in Congress over the past three years,” Huffman’s statement said. “This historic consensus effort to remove Klamath River dams and restore one of the most important salmon rivers on the West Coast is premised on congressional authorization, and as years tick by with little action by Congress the obvious risk is that the stakeholder consensus starts to unravel.”

Other parties closely involved with the Klamath Basin and its water struggles believe the Klamath Agreements’ days are done.

“We consider these to be zombie agreements. They don’t have a chance at life. They just keep trucking along because the most powerful interests — Pacificorp and the irrigators — really want them to pass, but they don’t really work,” said Jim McCarthy, communications director and southern Oregon program manager for WaterWatch.

WaterWatch is a conservation group that was party to the Klamath Agreements negotiations until being “involuntarily expelled,” along with Oregon Wild, for disagreeing with the deal’s mandate of commercial farming in the National Wildlife Refuges of the Upper Klamath, according to WaterWatch.

“These agreements don’t work because they’re based on make-believe water and won’t provide the flows that salmon need. They don’t solve the fundamental problem of over-appropriation in the basin. We need basinwide water-use reduction,” said McCarthy.

McCarthy said that WaterWatch believes the four PacifiCorp owned dams on the Klamath will be removed without legislation and hundreds of million in taxpayer funds because it’s the most economically feasible option for the power company, which would be required to install a costly fish ladder to continue operation of the dams otherwise.

The hope of the Klamath Agreements passing has actually prevented the relicensing process that would likely end in dam removal from moving forward, McCarthy said. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been allowing the dams to continue operation on temporary annual operating licenses since 2006, when the long-term licenses expired and negotiations for the Klamath Agreements first began.

PacifiCorp, which operates as Pacific Power in Oregon and California, has already collected more than $1.1 million from Del Norte County ratepayers for the removal of the four Klamath dams. Pacific Power has collected more than $2.3 million for dam removal from ratepayers in Siskiyou County where the Klamath Agreements have been akin to political kryptonite.

Some former Siskiyou County supervisors lost re-election campaigns due to their support of the agreements. In a recent statement, Tucker said the bills representing the Klamath Agreements have been stalled by Siskiyou County’s congressional representative, Congressman Doug LaMalfa.

Although Tucker and the Karuk Tribe are still hoping to move forward with Klamath Agreements legislations, they realize the political realities might decide the deal’s fate for them.

“These drought years are really hard on the salmon and if Congress can’t get with the program and make it happen, we’re going to do it through the courts and better venues. You can’t make laws with the Congress you want, you have to make laws with the Congress you have,” Tucker said, adding that the has nothing but respect for the Yurok Tribal Council and staff. “We do respect the Yurok Tribe’s decision to make a decision that they think is right for them.”

Some see the Yurok Tribe’s announcement as the first step in healing division among Klamath River tribes that was created from the Klamath Agreements.

Felice Pace, a longtime environmental activist of the Klamath River Basin that maintains KlamBlog, a blog with Klamath River-related news, said he was hopeful that the unity needed for true basin-wide restoration will be restored.

“I am encouraged that the Yurok Tribe has taken this step because in my opinion the tribe is much stronger when the three lower basin tribes are united,” Pace said.

Statements from the group, Honor the Treaty of 1864, a group of Klamath Tribes members voicing opposing views from the Klamath Tribes’ council illustrates the divide:  “Many tribal members no longer have contact with family and close friends over divisive and destructive KBRA politics.

“Others have been denied tribal employment based solely on their stance regarding the dubious Klamath Basin water agreements,” the Honor the Treaty of 1864 statement says.  “The KBRA does nothing to heal historical and spiritual damages for Klamath, Modoc, Yahooskin people. By securing water primarily for agricultural purposes, the KBRA and associated documents perpetuate these damages and continue to inflict pain, trauma and division amongst our people.”

http://www.triplicate.com/News/Local-News/Yurok-Tribe-pulls-out-of-Klamath-River-agreement

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55,000 Marijuana Plants Eradicated During ‘Operation Yurok’, Says Tribe

CRIMINAL, Yurok Tribe

Lost Coast Outpost

 Andrew Goff

Friday, July 24 @ 11:20 a.m.

Today, the Yurok Tribe released numerous photos taken during the recent multi-agency “Operation Yurok” marijuana grow raids on tribal land. According to the tribe, the multi-site sweep lead to the eradication of somewhere in the neighborhood of 55,000 growing plants.

More in the Yurok Tribe release below:

This year’s Operation Yurok resulted in the eradication of approximately 55,000 marijuana plants. Large-scale cannabis cultivation, on and near the Yurok Reservation, is responsible for robbing millions of gallons of cold water from several tributaries that feed the Klamath River. The main purpose of the two-week, collaborative operation was to return as much water as possible to the Klamath and the Tribe’s community water systems, which are located downstream of many of the illegal pot plantations. Large quantities of chemical fertilizers, as well as illegal grading and trash dumping, were a common visage at the environmentally destructive grow sites.

Currently, the Klamath River is suffering from salmon-stressing, warm temperatures and low flows. Earlier this week, the Yurok Fisheries Program found adult Chinook salmon infected with Ichthyophthirius multifiliis (Ich), the same deadly disease responsible for the 2002 fish kill. The pathogen thrives in warm, slow flowing water.

Please help get the word out. It is illegal to grow marijuana on the Yurok Reservation.

MORE photos and article at:

http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2015/jul/24/55000-marijuana-plants-eradicated-during-operation/

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Multi-Agency ‘Operation Yurok’ Goes After Marijuana Grows Described as Largest Ever in Tribe’s Territory

CRIMINAL, Yurok Tribe

Lost Coast Outpost

Ryan Burns /

Tuesday, July 14 @ 3:33 p.m. / marijuana , Tribes

What follows is not your typical press release. The official statement from the Yurok Tribe dispenses with the clinical detachment usually seen in law enforcement releases, instead lambasting “greedy growers looking to make a quick buck.” Describing deforestation, illegal buildings and mass amounts of waste, the statement says, “The industrial-scale grows resemble mountaintop coal mining [more] than any type of agriculture.”

Here’s the full release:

An early morning raid Monday marked the beginning of an aggressive effort, led by the Yurok Tribe, the California National Guard Counterdrug Unit and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, to eradicate dozens of environmentally destructive marijuana farms from the Yurok Reservation and adjacent lands.

“The illegal plantations that we are targeting pose a severe threat to our natural resources, our water and our way of life,” said Susan Masten Vice Chairperson of the Yurok Tribe. “It breaks my heart to see these 10,000 plant grows sucking our watersheds dry, while our community is on the brink of running out of water. It is unacceptable and it is immoral.”

Monday’s operation removed multiple illegal marijuana crops, including one that an environmental scientist at the scene described as an “environmental disaster.” Dozens of abandoned vehicles, 20-plus broken car batteries and several cubic yards of household waste were strewn across the grow site and nearby ravine. Numerous tires, refrigerators and piles of grow-related garbage were also found on the property, which had recently been illegally graded to cover up some of the toxic debris. The collaborative effort will continue into next week.

The unlawful pot plantations are diverting untold millions of gallons of water from the creeks that feed the Tribe’s community water systems, which are barely producing enough to satisfy the basic needs of 300-plus families on the east side of the reservation. The illegal diversions are also impacting crucial cold streams that are critical for fish health. Currently, the temperature of the Klamath River is nearly 75 degrees, a significant threat to the salmon starting to migrate upriver to spawn. High numbers of the anadromous fish are already holding at the creek mouths, where it is up to 20 degrees cooler, to regulate their body temperatures. In times of drought, these fish could not survive without these cold water refuges.

Operation Yurok is a collaboration between Tribal, federal and state law enforcement, including: California National Guard Counterdrug Unit, Bureau of Indian Affairs, CA Fish and Wildlife, Water Quality Control Board and others. The collaborative effort was initiated after the Yurok Tribe reached out to California Governor Jerry Brown for assistance. Governor Brown responded by sending members of the state’s National Guard to aid in reining in the enormous environmental impact and massive water theft uncovered during a lengthy investigation into dozens of industrial-size marijuana plantations. Prior to the main operation, Tribal and County law enforcement took down a large grow, containing more than 10,000 plants.

“These pot farms are the largest that we’ve ever seen in the Tribe’s ancestral territory,” said Yurok Public Safety Chief Leonard Masten. “We are going to file charges for every environmental crime and hold accountable the individuals responsible for damaging the Tribe’s sacred resources.”

In the past five years, a deluge of clandestine cannabis growers from all over the United States have moved to lands within and adjacent to the Yurok Reservation. The combination of the mountainous terrain and minimally funded law enforcement has made it a desirable destination for greedy growers looking to make a quick buck. The migration is eerily similar to what happened to the Tribe in 1849, when men throughout the U.S. flocked to Northern California in search of a shiny, yellow metal.

“First, our Tribe was hit by the Gold Rush and then it was unregulated, clear-cut logging,” Vice Chairperson Masten said. “The Green Rush threatens to destroy what is left of our forests and rivers.”

Last year, a coalition, comprised of many of the same law enforcement agencies, conducted a similar operation and found horrifying abuses to the environment, such as grading in sensitive riparian areas, illegal dumping of petroleum products and the depositing of waist-high piles of human excrement near waterways. At one grow site on the south side of Bald Hills Road, a four-inch pipe and a massive generator were used to divert every last drop of a cold creek to a large plantation. At another location, east of Weitchpec, a group of growers deforested an entire mountaintop to grow 5,000 plants. They used some of the logs to build a two-story shanty and the rest of the timber to construct giant barricades around the property.

The industrial-scale grows resemble mountaintop coal mining [more] than any type of agriculture. These deep scars on the ecological landscape are challenging and extremely expensive to remediate. At one site, cleaned up by the Yurok Tribe and the California National Guard, it cost $30,000 to remove tons of trash, dismantle the hundreds of yards of hose and properly dispose of hazardous chemicals.

Last year’s collaborative effort netted more than 15,000 pot plants. It is estimated that it takes three to six gallons of water per day to grow one marijuana plant. The crop would have conservatively wasted 5 million gallons of water meant for the community, as well as fish and wildlife. What is not taken into consideration are leaks in the miles of plastic pipe used to move water from a spring or creek to the growing operation, a common feature at the 43 sites visited last year. Officers witness water trickling out of pipes onto the ground at almost every plantation.

This year, Operation Yurok is expected to eradicate at least three times as many crops.

“We are trying to send a loud message that illegal pot growers are not welcome on Tribal lands. Operation Yurok will continue until we stop the theft of our water and egregious environmental destruction,” concluded Vice Chairperson Masten.

The Yurok Tribe is largest federally recognized Tribe in California. The natural resource-based Tribe is best known for the implementation of leading-edge watershed restoration projects, language preservation program and cultural protection effort. The Tribe is a Zero Tolerance Ordinance, making all illicit drugs illegal on the Reservation. 

http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2015/jul/14/operation-yurok-eradicates-pot-grows-described-lar/

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Support for saving the Klamath Dams

Enjoy, Klamath River & Dams, Yurok Tribe

In the below article from the Triplicate.com in Del Norte County, the Yurok’s and Greenies are admitting the Klamath River is warm — with the dams in the Klamath River.

If the 4 hydro-electrical dams are destroyed, it will also remove water storage and the ability to add to low flows during summer’s heat. So, the temps of the Klamath River will only get warmer. That isn’t good for fish and especially early-returning chinook salmon.

The Klamath dams actually provide the ability to add cold water to the river.

Thanks to the Yuroks for support for SAVING the KLAMATH DAMS !!!

— Editor Liz Bowen

 

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‘Something So Beautiful’

Forestry & USFS, Greenies & grant $, Yurok Tribe

Del Norte County

Triplicate.com

With temperatures 10–20 degrees colder than the main stem of the Klamath, Blue Creek is believed by many biologists to be a vital refuge for fish that might otherwise never reach spawning grounds in the upper river. Courtesy Western Rivers Conservancy / Barrie Kovish

With temperatures 10–20 degrees colder than the main stem of the Klamath, Blue Creek is believed by many biologists to be a vital refuge for fish that might otherwise never reach spawning grounds in the upper river. Courtesy Western Rivers Conservancy / Barrie Kovish

Tribe will get back watershed regarded as key to salmon survival

As controversial legislation to remove dams in the Klamath Basin awaits congressional approval, the right to manage one of the river’s main tributaries and its most important salmon stream will soon be restored to the Yurok Tribe. 

This month, some 6,479 acres along the middle reach of Blue Creek will be transferred out of Green Diamond Resource Company’s ownership as part of a plan to buy the entire 47,000-acre watershed and return it to Native American stewardship. Once the deal goes through, the Yurok Tribe will manage about 30,500 acres around Blue Creek, all acquired since 2011 through a partnership with Portland-based non-profit Western Rivers Conservancy. 

Using a complex financing scheme, the conservancy will receive and hold the latest parcels for a seven-year period before selling to the Yurok Tribe, which takes over land management from the outset. 

“It’s an awesome feeling to know that something so beautiful is coming home,” Yurok Tribal Chairperson Thomas O’Rourke recently told the Triplicate. “We have for thousands, if not tens of thousands of years, successfully managed our land in a responsible way.”

Blue Creek pumps through the heart of more than a half-million acres once occupied by Yurok people before U.S. conquest began in the 1840s. As a sovereign nation, the tribe’s constitution calls for it to “reclaim the Tribal land base within the reservation and enlarge the reservation boundaries to the maximum extent possible within the Ancestral Lands.”

“Blue Creek is the very seed to the ecosystem. From there, we can grow it out again. We can use this to study and to learn from. It’s still very much intact, the way that it historically was, prior to the disruption by man and by logging practices,” O’Rourke said.

Still, over the past 50 years, some parts of the Blue Creek system were extensively logged by Simpson Resource Company, Green Diamond and others, leaving second- and third-growth trees, as well as areas with unstable slopes.

The new forest management plans along Blue Creek will focus on “restoring and enhancing water quality and salmonid habitat; preventing fragmentation of forestlands; potential carbon sequestration and creation of carbon credits to help address climate change and compatible public access.”

These are the particulars of a $2 million grant dedicated to the acquisition by the state’s Coastal Conservancy. Another $5 million in public funding comes from the California Wildlife Conservation Board.

Blue Creek gained the attention of conservation-oriented public agencies because many fisheries experts believe it holds the key to survival for Klamath River salmon runs as a whole. It courses out of the Siskiyou Mountains at temperatures 10–20 degrees colder than those found in the main stem of the Klamath, making it a singular refuge for fish that might otherwise never reach spawning grounds in the upper river, where competing interests and warming waters make the future of conservation efforts considerably less clear. 

Last month a basin-wide plan to restore the Klamath and resolve longstanding water disputes passed through a U.S. Senate committee on a 17–5 vote. The Klamath Water Recovery and Economic Restoration Act is expected to go to the Senate floor soon and will still need approval in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

“It takes a huge amount of money to do everything that’s contemplated in that act, dam removal and everything else, and the money hasn’t been there, and so it’s been stalled for quite some time. Way back when, we just decided that the Blue Creek acquisition needed to stand on its own and go forward under its own steam, and so we pushed forward to secure funding, public and private, without waiting and hoping that the act would finally get funded and implemented,” Western Rivers Conservancy Vice President Phillip Wallin explained by phone. 

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‘Sign of good faith’

Wallin recently appeared before the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors to request a letter of support for the latest piece of the Blue Creek acquisition, something the board granted unanimously after Wallin promised that the conservancy would continue to pay property taxes and any timber yield taxes as long as it or the Yurok Tribe owns parcels on Del Norte County’s tax rolls. 

Of the 6,479 acres in escrow this month, 90 percent is in Humboldt County. The 10 percent in Del Norte nets an average of $1,500 a year in local property taxes, according to county records. Yield taxes, which are paid to the state after timber is felled, will likely be low to non-existent.

“Very minimal timber harvest will take place there,” O’Rourke said. “I’m not saying that none will, but just for management of habitat.”

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More on water settlements in Klamath — Craig Tucker exposes himself

Agriculture - California, California Rivers, California water, Federal gov & land grabs, Klamath River & Dams, Klamath Tribe, Salmon and fish, Threats to agriculture, Tribes, Water rights, Water, Resources & Quality, Yurok Tribe

On May 11, 2014, Mark Johnson, Grants Pass, Oregon wrote:

Do not allow the Army Corps/PP & L to poison the Klamath like they did to the Rogue with dam removal.

The hand of man put those dams in.  They are like a riffle in a miner’s sluice box… they catch the heavy things.  Things like mercury, heavy metal wastes from the old agriculture and milling days… poisons.  DDT.  Pine dip dioxins from the old chemical formulas.  How much pine was run through Klamath Falls .. over the generations?   There was a day before environmental containment, mitigation..and less harsh chemicals.  Those days are stored in layers…behind the Klamath dams.

Nature cover’s man’s chemicals and such with muds and silts…. heals them.

I believe it a mistake to first take the dams out to begin with, and second…if there were a decision to remove the dams…

……… all the fines and tailings should be removed… hauled off to some dry canyon… and capped with clay or at least some grass seed or some thing thrown on the top of the mud pile.

There is my 2 cents.  Don’t screw up the Klamath like “central control” did on the Rogue.

mj

On 5/11/2014 9:50 AM, Mark Baird wrote:

Craig Tucker finally shines the light of day on this crooked deal.  “We all get rewards”.  The only ones who do not share in the spoils from the public hog trough, are the taxpayers, voters and property owners in Siskiyou County, and those who were extorted into throwing all their down stream neighbors under the bus.  

There were bribes for almost everyone involved.  The Klamath Tribe gets their hand on everyone’s water in the upper basin, they get 92,000 acres they already owned and sold twice, plus 45 Million dollars of taxpayers money.  The Upper basin irrigators get to let the tribes take their water rights in exchange for scraps from their new masters table.

The Klamath water users get cheap electricity and some water in exchange for their lies about a fish that is not in danger.  The Karuk tribal chairman has publicly stated that they do not care about the Coho Salmon, they just want their share of the loot.  Buster’s convicted felon, wife beater Hillman, wants the loot.  Leroy from the Yurok tribe said in a public meeting that the Yurok want “control of the Klamath river and their share of the money”.  

Leroy never mentioned fish in a sentence at this meeting.  

Pacific Corp said in the same meeting that all they want is out from under the liability, (read as, the billions in extortionist environmental lawsuits in order to complete FERC).   Glen Spain and his bunch want a few million in grants.  

Let’s see, have I missed anyone?  

Oh yes, there are the smaller players like EPIC and the Karuk front group, the Riverkeepers.  

They get some loot to “save the environment”.  

The above groups get all the gold, and the voters, electric ratepayers, property owners, voters and all the local governments down the river, well they get the shaft.

This is the biggest environmental swindle of the century.  Who says crime does not pay?

Mark Baird

Scott Valley Protect Our Water

 


On May 10, 2014, at 11:39 PM, Mark Johnson, Grants Pass, Oregon wrote and sent this article —

 

Legislative Notebook: Water legislation may be altered in House – Herald and News: Government

[What about the tailings behind the dams Buster?

You going to poison the river stem to stern like the damage they did to the Rogue?  Plugged our deep water spawning holes… got the big mercury level now from all the “help” the govt gave us.

The electric grid goes down…we have no irrigation water in Josephine County.  We had a gravity pumping dam system….now…we are at the mercy of the “borg” grid.]

 

Legislative Notebook:

Water legislation may be altered in House

 

Posted: Saturday, May 10, 2014 12:00 am

Herald and News, Klamath Falls, Oregon

During U.S. Rep. Greg Walden’s visit with the Herald and News in late April, he remarked that the proposed water settlements bill might not make it out of the House as one piece of legislation. He noted it may be broken up, with some issues — such as dam removal — being left on the cutting room floor.

According to the April 27 story “Walden hears of ‘over-reaching’ government,” Walden said he supports the water settlement reached last month by Klamath Tribes and the upper Basin irrigators. Although he plans to support a comprehensive bill in Congress, Walden said he has reservations about removing four dams located on the Klamath River.

State and federal dignitaries, the Klamath Tribes and other stakeholders signed the Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement in April. The agreement is one portion of a three-part piece of legislation expected to be introduced this month by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. The elements of the agreement include increasing instream flows to Upper Klamath Lake, developing a riparian restoration program to promote sustainable fisheries, and a $40 million economic development package for the Klamath Tribes.

Other portions of the legislation provide mechanisms to move forward the 2010 Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement settlement and the related Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement, which seek to establish reliable water supplies and affordable power rates for irrigators, restore fish habitat, help the Klamath Tribes acquire the 92,000-acre Mazama Tree Farm and remove four dams on the Klamath River.

Members of the Klamath Basin Task Force, who have toiled for months developing a Basin-wide water settlement were asked what they thought of their legislation being dismantled in part in order for it to pass the House.

Becky Hyde, rancher and representative of the Upper Klamath Water Users Association: “I was very encouraged by Congressman Walden’s comments. I believe he understands the importance of the ag community to our economy. I think he also understands the importance of our community coming to some understanding and moving on.”

Karuk Tribe Chairman Russell Attebery: “We look forward to working with Congressman Walden and Upper Basin Communities to enact the Klamath Agreements, but for any piece of these agreements to move forward, the elements that restore the river will have to be part of the legislative package. That includes removal of the Klamath dams. We can support Upper Basin agriculture, but we need them to support lower river fisheries in return.”

Craig Tucker, Karuk Tribe Klamath coordinator: I would say that all three agreements (KBRA, KHSA, UKBCA) are interlinked politically and legally. The reason is that for this balancing act to work, it requires that we all get rewards and make sacrifices simultaneously. The group adopted a “you’ll get yours when I get mine” philosophy, which we all agreed was a fair and honest way to treat one another.

So, not only would we not support breaking the agreements up to pass parts that Congressman Walden likes the best while leaving parts we like the best behind, it would not be consistent with the terms of the agreements and irrigators would not get the water security they seek. Tribes’ commitments to not press water rights claims or litigate over breach of United States’ trust obligations depend on implementation of the fish restoration plan and dam removal.”

Other individuals and agencies participating in the Klamath Basin Task Force settlements were contacted for response but declined to comment.

ljarrell@heraldandnews.com; @LMJatHandN

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Northern California biologist pleads guilty in embezzlement of tribal funds

CORRUPTION, CRIMINAL, Yurok Tribe

http://www.redding.com/news/2014/feb/15/northern-california-biologist-pleads-guilty-embezz/?utm_source=headlines&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter

 

EUREKA (AP) — A Mendocino County biologist has pleaded guilty to conspiring with a member of the Yurok tribe who embezzled more than $800,000 in federal grant funds.

The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1iZIlkR) Ron LeValley of Little River entered the guilty plea last week.

LeValley says he did not know Yurok tribe’s former forestry director, Roland Leroy Raymond, was stealing money from the tribe and federal government. But LeValley says he knew he was signing false invoices.

Federal court records show Raymond admitted to spending the money on drugs and gambling, instead of Endangered Species Act biological assessments on tribal land in Del Norte and Humboldt counties. He was sentenced last month to three years in prison and ordered to pay $852,000 in restitution.

LeValley will be sentenced May 20 and faces a maximum of five years in prison.

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Yurok Tribe reports on fish health in Klamath River

Klamath River & Dams, Yurok Tribe

http://www.yuroktribe.org/documents/fish_health_update1_WEB.pdf

Fish health update from the Yurok Tribal Fisheries Program.

At our invitation, USFWS fish health experts visited the Yurok Reservation to collect fish in the field and examine them closely for any signs of “Ich” which is the disease that caused the catastrophic 2002 fish kill event. We caught approximately 10 juvenile Chinook salmon each from Blue Creek confluence, “Blue Hole” (groundwater sourced pool adjacent to Blue Creek confluence) and Blake’s riffle which is approximately 10 miles downstream. There were thousands of fish at each location, so a very tiny sample was looked at, but large enough to draw conclusions.

The fish were submitted to the experts who looked at the overall condition of the fish and prepared microscope slides of their gills. The fish themselves were sent to the fish disease laboratory in Red Bluff where further microscope work will be conducted and the gill imprint slides examined for ich.

However, the overall condition of the fish was excellent, according to the experts, and at this time there is no indication that an “Ich” epidemic is brewing. Furthermore, river temperatures have abated considerably due to cooler air temperatures, high cloud cover, and smoke from nearby wildfires. Full laboratory results will be available shortly.

We will maintain our three part plan, which is to 1) support additional water flows to break up the disease life cycle, 2) maintain vigilance with regard to river conditions and fish health, and 3) have response plans and resources in place in the event that there is a fish kill event.

Our sincere thanks go out to the CA/NV Fish Health Center for traveling to the Yurok Reservation on short notice, and to the Trinity River Division (Tim Hayden) who provided a boat and an operator.

In the near future we will resume our adult fish health monitoring which is designed to provide an early warning should disease problems develop with returning fall run Chinook salmon.

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