Apr 8, 2013
Hi Bruce (editor of Redding.com) … every time I try to respond to one of your editorials your system kicks me out and fails to recognize my email address, so I’m just going to take this approach to this morning’s editorial about the “Klamath Dams are going to go…”
From Frank Galusha
This is a case of junk in and junk out.
There is no science that supports dam removal. The Hardy Flow Studies upon which the KBRA was based used a very wet period as the model, a period far removed from anything like we’ve had for about 75 years. That study was not even questioned. The reporter who digs out the facts on that one part of this fiasco will deserve a Pulitzer. Two very distinguished professors, Moyle and Mount of UC Davis told us just before the KBRA was announced there was no proof whatsoever dam removal would help the salmon or the steelhead. I have their letter – which was totally suppressed by the USFWS. There is no proof salmon ever made it beyond Keno Dam and a good deal of evidence they didn’t; no wonder the Klamath Indians revered the sucker fish. The Klamath has always been upside down, hot at the top and cold at the bottom. Even if salmon could make it to Upper Klamath Lake they would be so beat up and the water so hot they could not survive. UKL is a swamp; it is not hundreds of miles of great habitat, another lie you help spread. The algae is the result of naturally occurring phosphorous in that volcanic region. The algae feed on it, which is why the first explorers found the Upper Klamath to be pea-soup green and shallow enough to walk across and even non-existent at times during dry periods in late summer prior to building the dams. We also know TMDL data was jiggered by our own Water Quality Control Board so PacifiCorp had no choice but to sign the KHSA. We also know the river and the lake are totally unsuited for Coho Salmon, a coastal species that cannot survive in a Mediterranean-like climate such as we have in the Upper River, Scott/Shasta and the Klamath Basin – they never did and they never will – they are only there now because we started planting them as mitigation for putting in the dams in the late 1960’s and they have been falsely listed under the ESA – a bad law that needs fixing. Old-timers have told me repeatedly they never caught a Coho prior to the late 60’s or early 70’s in the Upper Klamath. We also know we had a record Chinook run in the Klamath last year, despite having the dams, which proves our salmon population fluctuations are due to conditions primarily beyond our control; namely, ocean conditions where Chinook spend about 5/6th of their lives. Even if we destroyed the dams, which could destroy the Chinook run totally, we would at best only be giving the fish a few more miles of habitat, not even as much than we are giving the Sac Run in South Battle Creek – a sensible solution that everyone backs. Bruce, what we have had in the Upper Klamath for years has been a full employment act for the tribes, the environmentalists and other assorted special interest groups especially lawyers, who are thriving on government/taxpayer money or funds donated by naïve do-gooders to whom you have fed lies for years. If you want to save the fish, start advocating for no gillnetting by the tribes or the use of science to clean up the water behind the dams. Hell, Bruce, if we can make sewage water potable surely we can reduce the toxic algae build up behind the dams and find a way to eliminate the deadly fish diseases in the Upper Klamath that will only be worsened by dam removal. I’ll bet we could do it for a fraction of the money spent so far promoting lies about the dams, including the lie that blue green algae are harmful to humans. In all of this you are complicit. That’s right! You do nothing but spread big lies, something which is absolutely unforgiveable in a journalist. Paul Houser revealed the lies being told and he was railroaded and you went along with the purge. An entire team of KB scientists were let go because they dared to tell the truth – and you backed the inquisition. And you continue to support the lying DOI and other agencies and organizations that have everything to gain and nothing to lose if dams are removed. Losing green hydropower means nothing to you but it is killing agriculture and ranching just a few hour’s drive from your easy chair. I’m ashamed of you and my daily paper. Frank
Nov 5, 2011
North State Outdoor News
November 04, 2011
By Frank Galusha, EasyWriter©
Wolf travels gives us pause.
The wolf pack of northeast Oregon has apparently lost one of its members to southwestern Oregon. You didn’t know there were wolves in northeast Oregon? Well there are and they’re heading our way! This item from the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife may give you pause.
“A collared wolf (OR-7) from the Imnaha Pack of Wallowa County has wandered about 250 miles southwest to become the first confirmed wolf in Douglas County since 1946.”
News doesn’t travel much faster than this! GPS collar data shows OR-7 left the Imnaha pack territory on Sept. 10. Since then he has visited seven Oregon counties: Baker, Grant, Harney, Crook, Deschutes, Lake and now Douglas County. He crossed Highway 97 and the Cascade Crest and entered the Umpqua River drainage about two weeks ago. This guy is obviously following a “skirt!”
Not so, according to Russ Morgan ODFW wolf program coordinator. Morgan says it is common for wolves to set out alone but it is also possible that other non-collared wolves have made the same journey. Oregon already has four separate wolf packs. I’d say the seeds for a new litter are being planted as I write.
At MyOutdoorBuddy.com I have received at least one unconfirmed report of wolves being sighted as far south as Modoc County, and from folks I consider to be pretty darned good at identifying wildlife.
Ranchers and hunters fear these predators will re-establish themselves in these regions. If that happens they believe livestock, elk and deer herds, which are already facing a healthy population of mountain lions, bears, bobcats and coyotes, will be further threatened.
Wolves are protected in Oregon and animal rights activists think they should be allowed back in to take their rightful place between Little Red Riding Hood and Grandma’s house. Not to worry! If ODFW has to issue an Amber Alert for OR-7 he won’t be hard to find. His collar transmits his exact location every six hours.
Maybe we could use these collars to keep track of the thousands of sex offenders and child molesters who have migrated or been deported to “Jefferson.”
What I don’t like about wolves is they are so unfriendly. I’ve never seen one wag its tail, have you? Therefore, I will allow myself to jump to the conclusion that since I didn’t evolve from an ape, my Black Lab’s ancestors weren’t wolves! Let the animal rights activists and evolutionists chew on that bone for a week. Maybe we can get a little contention going again.
Don’t let the innocuous look fool you! The wolf’s powerful jaws are capable of generating 1,500 psi pressure! “My what big jaws you have Grandma!” Photo courtesy of ODFW
OR-3, another collared wolf, was also last located in central Oregon. OR-3 was born in northeast Oregon and radio collared on Feb. 12, 2010. He was discovered in Wheeler County in July and was later located in the Ochoco Mountains on Sept. 29. Since that time he has not been found. The USFWS and ODFW will continue to attempt to locate this wolf. I can help! There’s been a wolf at my door since Obama took office.
Wolves throughout Oregon are protected by the state Endangered Species Act (ESA). West of Highways 395, 78 and 95, they are also protected by the federal ESA. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the lead management agency for wolves west of this boundary.
I don’t think wolves know when they are east or west of a highway but when you have a lead management agency looking out for you on both sides, who cares?
I wish there was a provision for humans in the ESA. I wish our hunting license monies would spent in wiser ways as well. I wish, oh well, just forget it. It’s almost time to put a wild turkey on the Thanksgiving platter and wolf it down.
DFG wasting dollars in Siskiyou
My pal from Callahan, Liz Bowen who is president of Scott Valley Protect Our Water, reports our CA DFG is setting itself up to do yet another redundant water-flow study on the Scott and Shasta Rivers.
Locals believe it’s a set up to ensure that flow rates are set so high, the farmers and ranchers up that way won’t be able to take any water from these rivers. Yet, more water and habitat wouldn’t be available consistently if the people took none of it. At a public meeting with the DFG on November 1, Siskiyou supervisor Grace Bennett reported 312 studies have been performed on the Shasta and 116 on the Scott by the Resource Conservation Districts. I’d say that issue has been studied to death but since the DFG has been infiltrated by animal rights activists, marine life protectionists and other eco-nuts, they can’t stop studying or they’d lose their last remaining funding sources.
Worse yet, the DFG has placed a video weir (trap) on the Scott with an 8-inch passage, an opening so small several renowned fish biologists have expressed the view it is designed to obstruct and discourage passage by the very salmon the DFG says the new water flow study is needed to protect.
Just as at meetings held here in Shasta County to “Save Kilarc,” public outrage is being ignored by our single-species ESA-driven resource agencies. There’s a new war being waged for water in the west. Our government is intent on stealing all the rights to it as a means of controlling the people. That’s the really big bad wolf at our door!
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