Archive #6

                  Notices and Updates From the Home Page

 

12/30/05 Winter weather continues to blast the Pacific Northwest.  Snow in the higher elevations and rain along the coast.  There is flooding in Washington, Oregon and in California as far east as Sacramento.

 

Eureka Reporter:   Multiple advisories for county issued by weather service  Dec 28, 2005

Herald and News:  Flood threat rises in county  Dec 29, 2005

Times-StandardRivers lap at low lying areas  Dec 29, 2005

Herald and News:  Break in rain eases worries (Warning issued for Siskiyou County)  Dec 30, 2005

Times-Standard:  A brief reprieve; more rain is on the way  Dec 30, 2005

 

 

      

   Singley Bar Road and a dairy farm just

   downstream of Fernbridge were flooded 

   by mid afternoon Wednesday.  (Photo 

   courtesy of the Eureka Times-Standard)

 

 

 Scott River at Quartz Valley December 28, 2005  (Photo courtesy of Marcia 

 Armstrong, Siskiyou County Supervisor)

 

   High waters along the Sprague River 

   have gone over banks in some parts, 

   but county officials say homes in the 

   river’s valley are safe for now.  (Photo

   courtesy of the Klamath Herald and 

   News)

 

 

 

What stage is the Klamath River after topping out at just over 300,000 cfs around midnight on December 28th?

USGS Real-Time Water Data for USGS 11530500 KLAMATH R NR KLAMATH CA

Discharge, cubic feet per second
Most recent value: 159,000   12-30-2005  12:30

 

12/28/05 What a difference a day makes to the flows as reported by the USGS Flow Gauges:
  12/27 AM     12/28 AM 
Link River    1,050 cfs   1,380 cfs
Keno Dam    2,570 cfs 2,870 cfs
Iron Gate Dam    3,570 cfs 5,950 cfs
Shasta River       487 cfs   988 cfs
Scott River     3,100 cfs 8,790 cfs
Seiad Gauge     9,390 cfs 33,100 cfs
Salmon River     7,930 cfs 33,000 cfs
Orleans Gauge   40,900 cfs 113,000 cfs
Trinity River   23,000 cfs 66,800 cfs
Klamath Mouth   70,200 cfs 206,000 cfs
 

Just looked again (2:15 pm) at the gauge at the mouth of the Klamath River and it's still climbing.  13:30 hours 217,000 cfs.

One hour later and still climbing:

Discharge, cubic feet per second
Most recent value: 231,000   12-28-2005  14:30

The weekly Klamath Courier newspaper has published two of staff writer Pat Ratliff's recent columns dealing with the Bureau of Reclamations Undepleted Flow Study.  The first one published on December 14th WARNING! BOR releases Undepleted Natural Flow Study has, according to Pat; drawn some criticism from the Bureau.  In this weeks column, Warning!  BOR!  Warning!  Pat states,  "I expected some in the Bureau of Reclamation to react strongly to my column, I took a pretty good, (and justified) shot at them. The response I got was more than I ever expected."  Read both of the columns to find out just what the Bureau is so upset about.

 

The Coos Bay (OR) World Link has reported Salmon season a hit despite closures.  From the article:  Oregon trollers caught about 229,000 Chinook during the ocean season, according to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Craig Foster. Though the numbers are preliminary, they compare with 241,000 fish caught during the same period in 2004.  “The 2005 Oregon salmon troll Chinook-only season was the second- best revenue generator since coho were removed from our fishery back in '93,” said Don Stevens, chairman of the Salmon Advisory Subpanel that reports to the federal Pacific Fishery Management Council.

 

 

12/27/05 Rain, Rain go away.  Come again another day.  The USGS Flow Gauges USGS Flow Gauges are posted for the past 8 days.  The Klamath River at the mouth is flowing at 70,200 cfs. The Link River gauge is reporting a flow of 1,050 cfs and the Keno Dam is releasing 2,570 cfs.

 

12/23/05 Winter weather in the Pacific Northwest brings snow and rain.  Sometimes it brings floods.  The Eureka Times-Standard article A dull roar describes the Klamath and Eel River flood of 1964.  We've posted it to our You Need to Know - Miscellaneous Basin Information index where you'll also find information about other historic floods.

 

Our local news this morning was warning that the National Weather Service is predicting flooding on the Williamson and Sprague Rivers this weekend.  The USGS flow gauge at the Keno Dam has had equipment failure the past couple of weeks, but it is now fixed.  The Keno Dam Gauge is now recording a flow of approximately 2,190 cfs though the flow had been up to 2,650 cfs yesterday.  Normal flow at the dam for this time of year is 1,700 cfs.  We checked the other  USGS Flow gauges again this morning and found the following:

 

  12/21 AM     12/23 AM    Highest Reading
Iron Gate Dam    1,825 cfs      2,160 cfs          2,180 cfs
Shasta River       554 cfs         839 cfs             839 cfs
Scott River    4,630 cfs      7,520 cfs          7,980 cfs
Seiad Gauge  11,200 cfs    14,300 cfs         14,300 cfs
Salmon River    9,170 cfs    12,900 cfs         19,000 cfs
Orleans Gauge  36,200 cfs    48,600 cfs         62,000 cfs
Trinity River  25,100 cfs    34,100 cfs         43,500 cfs
Klamath River  81,100 cfs   123,000 cfs       124,000 cfs

 

 

 

Wayne and Helen Chenoweth-Hage met with farmers and ranchers this past week in Fort Morgan, Colorado to help explain individual property rights of farmers and ranchers in the area from state and federal government takings.  Ranchers and farmers have been and still are in a war for private property rights throughout the U.S., and Helen Chenoweth-Hage said if the war isn't won, ranchers and farmers face losing as much as if the U.S. would have lost World War II.  When it comes to property rights cases for ranchers and farmers throughout the U.S., the two most common misconceptions that Nevada rancher Wayne has seen is a misunderstanding of what property really is in property rights cases and knowing what questions to ask in which courts. To read more click HERE.

 

 

12/21/05 Yesterday's Klamath Falls Herald and News article Report models Basin water flows asks the question, "How much water flowed in and out of the Basin before humans started channeling, diverting and storing it?" about the Bureau of Reclamation's just released Undepleted Natural Flow Study.  Answer:  ". . .  the report, long sought by differing sides in the ongoing debate over Klamath water, doesn't go into specifics on how the flow was different."

“It would be more or less, depending on the water year,” said Cecil Lesley, land and operations chief for the Bureau's Klamath Falls office.

He said the report offers a model that scientists can put numbers into to determine what unimpaired flows in the Basin looked like.

A Press Release on December 19th from Rae Olson, BOR's Klamath Public Affairs Officer was much clearer on details.  Ms. Olson stated:  "The Natural Flow study provides a modeling tool that will estimate the monthly natural flow in the Upper Klamath River Basin, including tributaries, without agricultural development.  The model will help to evaluate the changes in the water budget (the relationship between inflow and outflow of water throughout the Basin) before agricultural development.  Records used include both stream gauging flow histories and climatological records for stations within the study area.  Other sources of data include hydrology, historical maps, natural vegetation and engineering."

We checked the USGS Flow gauges again this morning and found the following:

  12/19 AM     12/21 AM    Highest  Reading
Shasta River       278 cfs         554 cfs
Scott River       976 cfs      4,630 cfs
Seiad Gauge    3,320 cfs    11,200 cfs
Salmon River    6,430 cfs      9,170 cfs         12,000 cfs
Orleans Gauge  18,200 cfs    36,200 cfs         45,000 cfs
Trinity River  14,200 cfs    25,100 cfs         35,600 cfs
Klamath River  26,200 cfs    81,100 cfs       100,000 cfs

 

Klamath Basin Precipitation as Measured at the  

Klamath Falls Airport

 

Precipitation 24 hours

to 7 p.m., Tuesday 12/20                  0.22

 

Precipitation Dec 1 - 20                    1.70

Normal precipitation Dec 1 - 20      1.34

 

Since Jan 1, 2005                             14.45

Normal since Jan 1                          14.14

 

Since Oct 1, 2005                               5.86

Normal since Oct 1                            4.52

 

 

12/19/05 Some of us who have lived here all our lives remember Christmas 1964.  That was one of the many years that the Pacific Northwest got huge storms that dumped heavy snow pack in the Cascades.  But what was not normal that year, right before Christmas; the entire Pacific Coastline of California, Oregon and Washington got hit with tropical storms that the locals nicknamed the "Pineapple Express."
 
Locally, the Sycan, Williamson, Sprague, Wood and Klamath Rivers flooded their banks.  Upper Klamath Lake dikes had to be raised 4 feet in places, some actually failed and others overflowed around the Lake Shore Drive area, and parts of downtown Klamath Falls were flooded.
 
The present Keno dam was built for flood control after the 1964 event because areas of the Klamath River between Lake Ewauna and the old Keno dam also flooded.
 
For information on what happened on the Scott River, see: 
 
Farther down the river, even with the dams in place; there was so much rain  below Iron Gate that there was extreme damage to property and lives.
 
 
"On December 22nd, 1964 the mighty Klamath topped out at 52 feet, covering Terwer Valley in a maelstrom of churning logs, brush, lumber and debris." 
"The most devastating flood of the Klamath and the one that has had the greatest effect on the town of Klamath was the 1964 flood. The 1964 flood put and end to the old Klamath forever as it swept away all of the downtown and a fairly new school, destroyed the 101 bridge and carried many, many homes out to sea. This flood brought the highest river level ever recorded of 55.2 feet. The river was flowing over 550,000 cubic feet per minute. The 1964 flood of the Klamath was brought about by a combination of heavy snow pack back in the mountains combined with warm weather and lots of warm pineapple connection rain."
 
Our USGS Flow Graphs for today are posted and show that the heavy rain that started late yesterday afternoon has impacted the Klamath River flows to the point where the they have more than doubled over night.  Is this the start of another "1964"?  We hope not for the sake of downstream lives and property.

We just did a quick look at the USGS Flow graphs on their website (click on links for each gauge station for updates) and in less then 2 hours (at 12:30 pm), the Klamath River near Klamath, California had jumped another 5,000 cfs to 31, 300.  At 11 am this morning, the Trinity River at Hoopa was flowing at 14,200 cfs.  By 2 pm this afternoon, it too had jumped another 5,000 cfs - from 14,200 to 19,400 cfs.  And it's still raining and the temperature here in Klamath (as it was most of last night and today) is in the low 40's . . . .

Though the interesting article Fish Numbers May Reflect Down Turn in Ocean Productivity in last Friday's Columbia Basin Bulletin was about this years Columbia River Salmon returns, the information it contained would also apply to the to the Klamath River returns.  Check it out and see what NOAA is now blaming low return numbers on.

The preamble to Michael Shaw's newest article The Nature Conservancy - A Major Threat to Liberty?  is "The Nature Conservancy is a beneficiary of a public/private partnership - the remake of the American economic system. As inside players in the Sustainable Development scam, the Nature Conservancy has harmed many lives. Public private partnerships scheme to implement the Wildlands Project in order to take global corporate control of land and resources."  This one is a must read if you are interested in private property rights.

 

12/16/05  Late yesterday afternoon, we received word that Senator Mike Crapo [ID] along with co-sponsors Senator Wayne Allard [CO], Senator Blanche L. Lincoln, [AR] and Senator Craig Thomas [WY] had introduced Senate Bill 2110 - the Collaboration for the Recovery of the Endangered Species Act (CRESA).  According to the press release received from Senator Crapo's office, CRESA focuses on additional participation by landowners and states to recover species. It also, for the first time, introduces incentives such as tax breaks and conservation banking provisions. Conservation banking is a concept that encourages voluntary conservation efforts and partnerships and has been used successfully in several states. The bill allows the federal government to prioritize its resources to get funding to the species most in need, while incorporating local input on recovery plans and species recovery teams. 

 

House Representative Richard Pombo stated in his press release"I applaud the efforts of Senators Crapo and Lincoln to improve the Endangered Species Act. Both have long been proponents of reauthorizing the law. Senator Crapo and I have been strong allies in updating the ESA in the past and I look forward to working with him, Senators Lincoln, James Inhofe and Lincoln Chafee as the Senate completes its work on the Act's reauthorization."

 

The actual bill language is not yet available online.  Bills are generally sent to the Library of Congress from the Government Printing Office a day or two after they are introduced on the floor of the House or Senate. Delays can occur when there are a large number of bills to prepare or when a very large bill has to be printed.  We will provide the link to SB 2110 as soon as it is available.


Other articles:

 

Senate bill would create landowner incentives to preserve species (12/15/05) San Diego, CA

Crapo introduces bill that would reform species act (12/16/05) Idaho Statesman

Senator Crapo's Endangered Species Act Reform Effort Bad for Property Owners (12/16/05) National Center for Public Policy Research

 

Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) filed a lawsuit in Oregon District Court on November 28, 2005 that is challenging 16 Endangered Species Act listings of salmon spanning four western states, charging the federal government with illegally distinguishing between hatchery and naturally spawned fish. PLF says NOAA Fisheries Service's new hatchery policy and the listings violate the ESA, and contradict PLF’s 2001 landmark federal court victory in Alsea Valley Alliance v. Evans.  In Alsea, a federal court ruled the government had violated the ESA when it ignored the prolific numbers of hatchery salmon in listing the Oregon coast coho as threatened. Federal officials agreed to comply with the ruling by reviewing the status of its salmon listings and updating them to ensure they complied with the court’s ruling. Instead, PLF says NOAA’s "relistings" are nothing more than a shell game; the agency continues to justify the ESA listings by "counting" and evaluating only the naturally spawned fish in determining whether a given population warrants listing, then listing the entire population of both hatchery and naturally spawned fish—but excluding hatchery salmon from ESA protection.  Lawsuit filed Oregon District Court Nov 28, 2005 (pdf)

 

Reuters is reporting that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Thursday approved a bid by a unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. to buy the PacifiCorp utility from Britain's Scottish Power Plc for $5.1 billion.

 


According to the December Issue of the Earth & Sky article New Human Footprint Map, "between 1.5 and 1.8 billion hectares - an area about the size of South America - are used for crops. Even more land - roughly 3.2 to 3.6 billion hectares - is used for pasture and rangeland."  Scientists released a new global map of the human "footprint" - indicating which lands people use for growing crops - last week at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco

 

 

 

12/15/05  Two new lawsuits tackle NW salmon issues read the headline from yesterday's Oregonian.  One criticizes Oregon's river standards, and another complains of unnecessary federal rules. The lawsuit filed by the Pacific Legal Foundation in Eugene asks a judge to overturn government findings that salmon across four Western states, including Oregon, warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.  "NMFS claims salmon are threatened with extinction; taxpayers spend billions of dollars to 'save' salmon; and builders can't build and farmers can't farm, all out of fear salmon might somehow be harmed," the lawsuit says. "Yet, NMFS allows millions of salmon to be taken every year."

 

Other newspaper articles:

 

Suit wants hatchery fish counted in runs (12/14/05) Seattle P-I
Suit Challenges Salmon Listings in West (12/14/05) Los Angeles Times
Salmon give all for their own - and feed needy people, too (12/14/05) Sacramento Bee

Lawsuit attacks salmon listings (12/14/05) Associated Press

Lawsuit challenges agency's list of salmon called endangered (12/14/05) Eugene Register Guard

In the NW, Salmon is of huge economic importance (12/15/05) San Francisco Chronicle

 

 

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife stocks Oregon Food Bank with salmon fillets (per Press Release - 12/14/05)
 
Clackamas, Oregon - A special holiday dinner with Oregon salmon as the centerpiece will be a reality for many people needing assistance from the Oregon Food Bank thanks to donations by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
 
ODFW has donated the equivalent of 146,000 servings of salmon to the Oregon Food Bank this fall. The salmon is delivered as frozen fillets ready for cooking. 
 
The Oregon Food Bank will distribute the fillets to every county in Oregon through a statewide network of 20 regional food banks and hundreds of hunger-relief agencies. The relief agencies will give the fillets to people in need.
 
Since 2001, ODFW has donated 301,000 pounds of salmon to the Oregon Food Bank, which equates to about 1.2 million 4-ounce servings of fish. The donated chinook salmon, coho salmon and steelhead are hatchery-reared fish that have returned to Oregon's hatcheries from the ocean to complete their life cycle. In the past several years, ODFW has had many more fish return than necessary to produce the next generation of hatchery fish.
 
The fish donated are processed in accordance with federal food handling guidelines by American/Canadian Fisheries, Inc., a company based in Bellingham, Washington. American/Canadian provides all the staff and equipment at no charge to ODFW and the food bank in exchange for the opportunity to market by-products of the filleting process in international markets.

 

 

Without fanfare or a press release, the Bureau of Reclamation posted it's Undepleted Natural Flow Study - Final Report 12/05 and Appendices (5.9/1.5 MB) on the 


12/12/05  The Klamath Falls Herald and News published a public notice in the Sunday, December 4th newspaper stating that copies of the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Chiloquin Dam Fish Passage Project and the "Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Chiloquin Dam Fish Passage Project were available.  The EA has been available since early spring, but the FONSI was produced in August of 2005.  Both reports can be picked up at the Klamath Basin Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation at 6600 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, Oregon.  Copies can also be mailed by calling 541-883-6935.

Today's USGS Flow Graphs  are posted.  Very little water is leaving the upper Klamath Basin, but due to raised flows from the Salmon and Trinity Rivers, the Klamath River at the mouth is flowing right at the Median Daily Streamflow based on 68 years of record. 

According to an article in today's Western Livestock JournalUSDA funds conservation at $2.3B the Klamath Basin will receive $11,319,018 in Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds in 2006 to help farmers and ranchers  enhance water quality, reduce water usage by increasing irrigation efficiencies, and improve habitat for affected fish and wildlife in the Klamath Basin .  EQIP assists farmers and ranchers to improve soil, air and water quality and other related resources on private working lands.

 

 
12/9/05  The 'Story of the Week' on the Oregon Department of Agriculture website 
is  Water for Oregon agriculture off to a strong startOregon does not receive the summer rainfall that helps agriculture in the Midwest and other parts of the country. Instead, Oregon farmers and ranchers rely on irrigation which, in turn, feeds off streams and reservoirs. A strong buildup of snow in the mountains would be a welcome sight to anyone who will need water in the summer of 2006.  Things are looking rosy now but we are going to need more in the months to come.

 

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vowed to support farmers and ranchers when he addressed the Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Monterey, California on December 6th.  “It is so important for us in Sacramento to do everything we can to support you,” he said, adding that he knows government regulations can make it difficult for farmers and ranchers to operate freely. “You cannot, like other businesses, pick up and move to another state,” he said.

 

 

12/7/05  -   An article out of the Sunday Portland Business Journal PacifiCorp deal reaches critical stage lists the December and January dates of important deadlines that will set the stage for a January showdown before the three-member Oregon Public Utility Commission, which has the authority to determine if the sale will proceed for the MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company purchase of the Northwest electrical company.

 

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is promoting the Klamath Basin's Winter Wings Festival on their main website.  Their posting Lower 48’s Largest Bald Eagle Colony is Wintering in the Klamath Basin states  "Having traveled from as far away as the Northwest Territories in Canada and Glacier National Park in Montana, the eagles scavenge for waterfowl during the day and find sheltered roosts at night in the Klamath Basin, along the California-Oregon border. The eagles feed on the marshes of the Lower Klamath and Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuges, which are part of the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The other refuges in the complex are Bear Valley, Clear Lake, Klamath Marsh and Upper Klamath."  This winter’s festival, on February 16-19, will feature guided tours from birding experts, workshops, displays, and activities.  For more information please visit Winter Wings Festival Web Site

National Academy Assessment of BOR Released, Family Farm Alliance 12/6/05
NAS issues alert, NAS looks at Bureau, FFA 12/6/05 pdf file
Managing Construction and Infrastructure in the 21st century Bureau of Reclamation, NAS Executive Summary 12/6/05 pdf file
Managing Construction and Infrastructure in the 21st century Bureau of Reclamation, The FULL NAS Report 12/6/05 pdf file

 

12/5/05  -  The storm that blew in to Southern Oregon and Northern California November 30th and December 1st dumped snow in the upper Klamath Basin and rain from Iron Gate Dam south.  This weeks USGS Flow Graphs show that while Iron Gate was releasing 2,400 cfs on December 1st, rain and snow melt caused the Scott River to jump to nearly 4,500 cfs.  Rain and snow caused the Salmon River flows to hit nearly 20,000 cfs on December 1 while the Trinity River flow at Hoopa, California almost hit 30,000 cfs.  All this extra water in the Klamath River caused the USGS flow gauge at Klamath, California to record nearly 130,000 cfs on December 1st.  Since then, the flows have been returning to normal for this time of year.

 

12/2/05  -   An Associated Press story out of Seattle, Washington on Wednesday  is reporting that U. S. District Judge John C. Coughenour  refused to dismiss a challenge to a new Bush administration policy of considering hatchery-raised salmon and steelhead when determining whether wild stocks need protectionThe policy, which took effect in June, has been controversial, with environmental groups and even government-appointed scientists arguing that only wild populations of fish should be weighed in decisions about whether to list them under the Endangered Species Act.  The Justice Department asked District Judge Coughenour to toss the lawsuit in late September, saying the environmental groups, led by Virginia-based Trout Unlimited, did not have legal grounds to challenge the policy. Coughenour rejected that request Wednesday and said the lawsuit can proceed.  Link to article Judge: Lawsuit challenging salmon policy can go forward  for more information.

The Upper Klamath Basin has been hit with several days of snow fall.  Articles from the Klamath Falls Herald and News Big snow job in Basin  from November 29th and  Snow, Snow and Snow from December 1st.  Good news if this snow lays down a good snowpack in the mountains for the rest of our winter storms to build on for next years irrigation season.

Nancy Levant is back to writing after her move and we've posted her two latest articles on our Interesting Reading Index.  Check out When Federal Deception Becomes Reality and Do Americans Care if America Ends?

 

11/30/05  We posted the last 10 day's USGS Flow Graphs that show the addition of some precipitation in the upper basin, but flows on the lower Klamath River have increased.  The Salmon River was running 3,110 cfs last week but jumped to 6,690; and the Trinity River was at 1,050 cfs but is now flowing at 3,760.  The Klamath River at the mouth was flowing at 5,450 cfs and today is discharging 16, 500 cfs into the Pacific Ocean.

We've added the precipitation for the past week at the bottom of this page.

 

11/23/05  -   The Deadline for receipt of comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding issuance of the annual license extension concerning power rates for the Klamath Project is Monday, November 28th, 5:00pm EST.

Address Correspondence to:
Ms. Magalie R. Salas
Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, N.E.
Washington D.C. 20426

Comments must bear in all capital letters the title ‘‘COMMENTS,’’ and Project No. 2082–039. Comments may be filed electronically via the internet in lieu of paper. See instructions on the Commission’s website under the ‘‘e-filing’’ link http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp  For assistance with the FERC Website call 202.502.8222

Copies of the petition for declaratory order are on file with the Commission and are available for public inspection on the Web at http://www.ferc.gov/onlinerims.html

Go HERE for Talking Points, instructions, and a sample letter from the Klamath Water Users Association for you to send

 

11/21/05   In our Interesting Reading Index, we've posted a Letter from Thomas Jefferson to James Madison on Private Property where Jefferson states: "Whenever there are in any country uncultivated lands and unemployed poor, it is clear that the laws of property have been so far extended as to violate natural right. The earth is given as a common stock for man to labor and live on. If for the encouragement of industry we allow it to be appropriated, we must take care that other employment be provided to those excluded from the appropriation." and "The small landholders are the most precious part of the state."

 

The Weekly USGS Flow Gauge info for today, Monday, November 21 is posted.  We've added a graph today that shows the Klamath River at the mouth for the last 365 days.  Check it out, it shows an interesting trend.

 

At a meeting in Seattle, Washington on October 26th, Northwest climate researchers are calling for a pretty much average water year in 2006.  The good news so far is that the Oct. 1 forecast (for April-Sept.) calls for the water year at The Dalles to be at 95 percent of average, about 97 percent at British Columbia's Mica Dam on the Columbia, and better than average, about 103 percent, at Montana's Libby Dam on the Kootenai River. Snake River flows at Hells Canyon are expected to be about 80 percent of normal, while southern Idaho rivers may see flows in the 45-percent to 60-percent range.  Link to the article:  Early Forecast Tool Calls For Near-Average Water Year

 

11/1 You'd think by the headline Potato production pales in 2005 from yesterday's Klamath Falls Herald and News that Klamath Project spud growers had a horrible year.  But that's not true.  So far this fall, growers are seeing prices from $7 to $9 per hundredweight.  “According to statistics, we've had the best September and October we've had since 1995 on prices,” Ed Staunton, chairman of United Potato Growers of the Klamath Basin, part of a newly formed nationwide cooperative of potato growers, United Potato Growers of America.  This year about 7,000 acres were grown in potatoes in the Klamath Basin, a reduction of 10 percent from 2004.

 

11/16/05  Most Americans no longer understand that property rights are the foundation to individual liberty, prosperity and environmental protection. As we attack property rights the very foundation to American success is being undermined. Three levels of papers have been prepared by Michael S. Coffman, Ph.D. and the American Land Foundation that define why and how property rights are being attacked in America and what we can do about it.

 

Why Property Rights Matters--short Analysis -- For those that just want a quick summary of why property rights matter. About two pages.
Why Property Rights Matters--analysis -- A six page analysis that is fully referenced. (In Adobe Acrobat) 
Why Property Rights Matters--long analysis--A twenty-five page analysis that is fully referenced. (In Adobe Acrobat)
International domination of U.S. environmental law and private property -- How US environmental law and property rights are increasing under the control of an international agenda.
The Fraud of Smart Growth -- A short analysis on why the entire concept of Smart Growth to control urban sprawl destroys property rights and is a fraud that creates far more problems than it solves.

Now read these two Henry Lamb articles:  Is your private property in jeopardy? and When your home becomes another's castle

 

In an Associated Press article out this morning, Bush due to issue new dam relicensing rules it states:  ". . . utilities now will be able to challenge requirements written into dam licenses by federal agencies, including the National Marine Fisheries Service, the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Such conditions can set river flows to boost recreation - or even force utilities to build fish ladders to bolster endangered salmon and steelhead runs."

 

The new rules, which will be effective immediately as mandated by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, will be published in the Federal Register on Nov. 17, 2005. The public will have 60 days to review and submit comments on the rules, which could result in changes in a revised Final Rule.

 

How will these new rules affect the FERC relicensing of the Klamath River Dams?

 

Answer from the Department of Interior Press Release:  "The new processes Congress has enacted are open to license applicants and other parties that may include Indian Tribes, states and other governmental units and nongovernmental organizations, such as environmental groups. They apply to any current license proceeding before FERC, i.e., one in which a license has not yet been issued, as well as to all future license proceedings." 

 

PacifiCorp, which wants new permits for five dams on Oregon's Klamath River, hope the rule changes will streamline a relicensing process that now can last a decade, adding hundreds of millions of dollars in costs to customers.

 

11/14/05  -  The Klamath Falls Herald and News ran Wetlands may be part of rotation on today's front page.  The article explores the “walking wetlands” program at the Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge that has revitalized fields while providing habitat that quickly draws migrating birds and spurs the growth of aquatic plants.  The practice has been going on for more than a decade on agricultural land leased on the Tule Lake and Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuges.

California Senator Dianne Feinstein's November 11th press release stated that Congress has approved $6.5 million for California salmon recovery efforts as part of the 2006 spending bill for the Department of Commerce. Rep. Mike Thompson (D-North Coast) worked with Senator Feinstein to secure California's portion of the Pacific Salmon Recovery Fund.  The Pacific Salmon Recovery Fund is a program run through the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which provides funding for salmon habitat restoration and recovery efforts throughout the Pacific Northwest.

The Weekly USGS Flow Gauge info for today, Monday, November 14th is posted.

 

11/11/05  -   Back on October 17, 2005 High Country News published an article headlined ’Water bank’ drags river basin deeper into debt that was full of inaccuracies about the Federal Klamath Irrigation Project Water Bank program.  When we post any false or misleading reports on any aspect of the Klamath Basin, we also like to include responses from local individuals who are working on these issues.  Dan Keppen, Executive Director of the Family Farm Alliance (and past executive director of the Klamath Water Users Association) has responded to the most blatant inaccuracies.  Check out his response Here.

 

Last week, the Klamath River Basin Stakeholders group held another 3 day meeting in Yreka, California.  We've found two excellent articles:  Klamath Courier:  One Basin    Klamath Congress Proposed and Capital Press:  Klamath races clock for water solution.  Read both articles for two different slants on the daily sessions.

(Photo:  Alice Kilham, chairwoman of the Klamath Compact Commission, warns stakeholders that time is running out to craft a multi-state grassroots organization. At right is Bill Brown, a county commissioner from Klamath County)

 

 

The Bureau of Reclamation this week submitted a report to Congress that identifies nearly one thousand potential hydroelectric and water supply projects in the Western United States that have been studied but not constructed. To meet conditions of the Energy Act of 2005, Reclamation on November 8 submitted a comprehensive inventory of Western water storage and hydroelectric projects to the U.S. House Committee on Resources and the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural ResourcesReport to Congress Implementing Provisions of Section 1840 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-58) (.pdf) contains no recommendations.  However, it does serve as a useful reference tool for understanding the magnitude and scope of historical study activities in specific locations.

 

   Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns during a press conference

   before the Farm Bill Forum in Spokane, Washington on November 3

   stated:  "Two-thirds of U.S. farmers receive no subsidies and 90

   percent of the subsidies go to just five crops.  Those crops are 

   wheat, corn, rice, barley and cotton. Producers who grow other 

   crops are operating in a free market and are very comfortable 

   doing so."  Only two of these subsidized crops are grown in the

   Klamath Project:  Wheat and barley.  

   (Rep. Cathy McMorris, R-Wash., and Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns)

    

 

 

According to the article Trinity, Klamath get big bucks in yesterday's Eureka Times-Standard, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted the Yurok Tribe and Trinity County $835,000 to protect and restore the Trinity and lower Klamath rivers.  The Yurok Tribe will decommission 1.1 miles of road, rehabilitate 18 hillside areas, stabilize 1,000 feet of stream bank and plant 800 trees.

 

11/09/05 We've added a new feature to our website.  Starting today and continuing throughout the winter, we will be posting the Klamath Falls precipitation records as measured at the Klamath Falls Airport.   We will be updating this information on a weekly basis, usually on Wednesdays.  To find this information, scroll down to the bottom of this page.  You'll find the weekly information just above the links to the archive pages.

 

Snow slushes Basin, leaving up to 8 inches on the basin floor on Monday.  Another storm is expected to arrive Thursday night bringing more rain and snow to the area.

 

Government Is Not Reporting Billions Spent on Endangered Species Act:  

Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) has called for a true accounting of the Endangered Species Act, pointing to a study released on April 14 showing that billions of dollars in costs spent enforcing and complying with the ESA are not being reported to Congress or the American people.

 

   The study, Accounting for Species: Calculating the True Costs of

    the  Species Act, was conducted by the Property 

   and Environment Research Center (PERC).  PERC researchers

   found that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grossly underreported

   federal and state ESA costs in its report to Congress, and completely ignored  the private economic and social costs of ESA compliance, which together easily total billions of dollars a year.

In the latest issue of the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) Policy Series, PERC Senior Fellow Dominic Parker examines the impact federal tax policy has on land trusts and conservation easements. Land trusts are nonprofit organizations that conserve land in order to preserve biodiversity or protect open spaces. They have been used in recent decades to address issues related to sprawl, development and wildlife conservation.

In 2003, land trusts came under fire, as critics alleged that some trusts were providing what amounted to tax shelters for developers. Parker summarizes the history of land trusts and conservation easements, examines their effectiveness, takes a close look at tax policies and the incentives they provide to private landowners to conserve open spaces, and recommends alternatives.

Parker’s “Conservation Easements: A Closer Look at Federal Tax Policy” is available as a .pdf file.

 

11/07/05 What a difference a week and a change in the weather can make to the river flows in the Klamath River Basin.  Check out what 4 days of rain in Northern California and rain/snow mixed in Southern Oregon can do for the Klamath River as it flows out into the Pacific Ocean:  USGS Flow Graphs - November 7, 2005.   Starting from the Shasta (147 cfs to now 430 cfs) and Scott Rivers (48 cfs to now 663 cfs), the Klamath River gauge at Seiad is showing 3,110 cfs - up nearly 2000 cfs from last Monday.  The Salmon River (241 cfs last week) is now flowing at 2,880 cfs.  The river gauge at Orleans, above where the Trinity converges was sitting at 2,190 cfs flow last Monday but today is showing 12, 300 cfs.  All those creeks and little streams flowing into the Klamath River below the Salmon River must be over running their banks.  The Trinity River, where it flows into the Klamath at Hoopa, California is flowing at 4,070 cfs - up from 782 cfs last Monday and the releases out of Lewiston Dam are just above 300 cfs, which means that over 3,500 cfs is coming from rainfall.  The big surprise this morning was the Klamath River at Klamath, California.  It topped out at 40,000 cfs yesterday and is now flowing at 26,900 cfs!!  Somewhere between the convergence of Trinity and the mouth, almost another 10,000 cfs is entering the Klamath River.

 

11/04/05 "Welcome to Winter."  The Klamath Basin received it's first snow of the season yesterday.  Though only a trace fell on the basin floor, two inches of new snow was reported at both Lake of the Woods and Doak Mountain as of Thursday evening.    

                                          

   Two inches of new snow was also reported at Crater Lake, on top 

    of five inches on the ground, but that was at 8 a.m., when the snow

    was just starting to come down in the mountains.   Five to 8 inches

    of snow was expected last night in the Southern Oregon Cascades,

    according to the National Weather Service.


 

     (H&N photo by Gary Thain  - Winter scenes were plentiful in

     the Basin Thursday as a blanket of snow covered the gravel 

     road leading up to the Chase Mountain lookout.)

 

 

 

Yesterday, the House Budget Committee voted 21-16 to split the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and form a new 12th Circuit Court.  If approved by the full House and Senate, and signed by the President, the states of Nevada, Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington would fall under the jurisdiction of the new 12th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that would be headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.  California would remain in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals with Hawaii, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

 

In another vote yesterday in the nation's capital, the full House passed 376-38 H.R. 4128 - Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2005 which was in response to a widely criticized 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court last June that allowed eminent domain authority to be used to obtain land for tax revenue-generating commercial purposes.  It now goes to the Senate, where Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, has introduced similar legislation.  In an AP article out of today's Washington Post, House Vote Counters Eminent Domain Measure  states that the Bush administration is backing the House bill, and said in a statement that "private property rights are the bedrock of the nation's economy and enjoy constitutionally protected status. They should also receive an appropriate level of protection by the federal government."

 

 

11/03/05 Interior Secretary Gale Norton announced Wednesday that wildlife agencies from all 50 states and six territories have submitted draft Wildlife Action Plans - Blueprint to Keep Species from Becoming Endangered and to establish a national framework for species protection. The goals: to enhance habitats, and in doing so, keep at-risk wildlife off the federally managed Endangered Species List.  If approved, each states Wildlife Action Plan will be the first of their kind— a thorough state-by-state look at wildlife and the actions needed to ensure their survival. The action plans also will allow states and territories to continue to receive grants under the State Wildlife Grant program created under bipartisan legislation signed by President Bush in
2001.

 

Links to Oregon and California Wildlife Action Plans:

 

Oregon State Plan: 

            East Cascades Ecoregion (Hood River on the Columbia River to the California border - which includes the Upper Klamath River Basin - .pdf file)

 

       

 

 

 

    California State Plan: 

                California Wildlife Conservation Strategy

                North Coast and Klamath Region

 

 

 

 

        (Larger view)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/31/05 Today's must read article is Oregon Water Resources Commission met with Klamath Commissioners and Irrigators because it is a detailed accounting of the two day OWRC's Klamath visit last Thursday and Friday.  All involved from the headwaters to the ocean in the Klamath River Basin were allowed to  help educate the commissioners about Klamath Basin water issues.  The commissioners heard from a wide spectrum of surface and ground water experts, irrigators, the Bureau of Reclamation, irrigation district managers, the Tribes, Water for Life Inc., The Nature Conservancy, Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust, Klamath Water Users Association, Off project Water Users Association, Water Watch, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman Association, Senator Whitsett, County Commissioner John Elliot, and others. The Commissioners had ample opportunity to ask pertinent questions as well as for rebuttal testimony where appropriate.

 

The Weekly USGS Flow Gauge info for today, Monday, October 31th  is posted.

 

10/28/05 Today's Capital Press Ag Weekly newspaper has an article about the Klamath Stakeholders meetings held around the entire Klamath River watershed.  The article, Stakeholders aim to fashion their own Klamath plan quotes Klamath River Compact Commission chairwoman Alice Kilham, “We need to tell the federal, state and county governments that we want a process for receiving funding, streamlining regulation and implementing projects that we will initiate.”  

 

 

 

   The Stakeholders are a collection of farmers, commercial fishermen, 

   environmental activists, regional federal officials and representatives 

   of American Indian tribes tied to the Klamath River.

   (Photo - Consultant Bob Chadwick and KRCC chairwoman Alice Kilham)

 

   

   Next week - November 1 - 3, the Klamath Basin Stakeholders will be meeting in

   Yreka, California to attempt to focus on which issues that need addressing in the

   Klamath’s sub basins, then set a process for integrating the many Klamath 

   resource plans now in existence.

 

 

The Oregon Water Resources Commission is in Klamath Falls for a two day meeting that started 

yesterday and is continuing today.  According to the Klamath Falls Herald and News article published

today, Officials say rules will limit groundwater impacts, groundwater pumping to fulfill the Coho 

Biological Opinion required water bank was a hot topic during yesterdays meeting.

 

Environmentalist critics say the Oregon Water Resources Department has given out too many permits, especially for tapping into well water, in the wake of summer 2001.  Since June 2002, the state has issued 97 water permits for pumping. The permits, most of which were issued in 2002, add up to 350 acre-feet of water drawn from wells.

 

 

10/26/05  - Klamath Irrigation District attorneys Nancie and Roger Marzulla filed an appeal motion in the 

U. S. Federal Court of Claims on Friday, October 21.  Filed were a Motion To Certify the Takings Issue for appeal and the supporting memorandum. The United States has 28 days from October 21, 2005 to file its response.  You'll find links to other Klamath Irrigation District, et al., vs United States of America legal documents on our You Need to Know - Klamath Irrigators "Taking" Suit in the U. S. Federal Court of Claims.

 

November's Audubon Magazine has an informative series of articles entitled Working Lands that delves into the relationship between agriculture lands and endangered species.  The introduction to the articles starts out with, "America's billion acres of agricultural land are an often overlooked but immensely important piece of the country's conservation puzzle—a sort of middle ground between the larger (public lands) and the smaller (backyards). These croplands, pasturelands, and rangelands—what we call “working lands”—which make up nearly half of the country's landmass, are home to a high number of endangered species, including many birds."  Different articles in the series cover California cattle ranching, Pennsylvania tree farming, an Arkansas soybean farm, and a Minnesota prairie seed farm.

 

 

10/24/05 National Public Radio (NPR) broadcast Richard Pombo and the Endangered Species Act  this morning.  It is an outstanding piece on the ESA private cost versus public good debate.   To listen to this broadcast click  

 

Articles and information that have been posted today:

 

Malcolm A. Kline:  Environmental Disinformation 101  Oct 18, 2005

Siskiyou Daily News: Environmentalists claim victory in Klamath River water ruling  Oct 20, 2005

Capital Press9th Circuit rejects timing of coho plan  Oct 21, 2005

Capital Press:  Klamath fish council looks at harvest policies  Oct 21, 2005

Marcia Armstrong, Siskiyou County Supervisor District 5:  Where did the federal Klamath River Basin Fisheries Task Force money go?  Oct 23, 2005

Capital Press:  Power, water inextricably linked in Klamath  Oct 21, 2005

OregonianSalmon, ranchers win in deal  (Wallowa Mountains)  Oct 23, 2005

Bozeman Daily Chronicle:  ESA close to reform  Oct 23, 2005

San Francisco Chronicle:   California Water Wars - Water Flowing to Farms, Not Fish   Oct 23, 2005

The Weekly USGS Flow Gauge info for today, Monday, October 24th  is posted.


  

10/21/05 Today's Klamath Falls Herald and News Editorial states:  Klamath Project back in the crosshairs and points out that once again, it appears it's going to be up to the Klamath Reclamation Project 

to try to solve all of the Klamath River's water problems.  Will we have another 2001 Water Crisis next year?

 

Yesterday, the Klamath Water Users Association released their final response to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in PCFFA vs Bureau of ReclamationWater Users call the decision itself 'Arbitrary and Capricious' and according to Greg Addington, KWUA Executive Director, "Regarding future actions related to the decision specifically, KWUA is evaluating its options."

 

This weeks Klamath Courier published a comprehensive account of the Klamath Water Users Association's Endangered Species Act tour for Senate committee staff over the Columbus Day weekend.  The focus of the tour was on the Klamath Reclamation Project and the impacts of the Endangered Species Act as well as differing viewpoints from outside the project.

 

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Published in the Klamath Falls Herald and News October 21, 2005
H&N photo by Gary Thain -  A view of Mount Shasta and the Peninsula 

as seen  Wednesday morning from County Road 114, about 10 miles 

southeast of Tulelake, California.

 

 

 

 

10/19/05 Tuesday in the Klamath Basin was full of news.  

 

In a set back to the Federal Klamath Irrigation Project and the Klamath Water Users, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals late yesterday afternoon ruled in PCFFA vs Bureau of Reclamation and HERE is KWUA's early response to the ruling.  The Court reversed the 2002-2012 Klamath Project Operations Biological Opinion prepared by NOAA Fisheries for coho salmon as arbitrary and capricious and remanded the case to the district court instructing it to issue an injunction. The underlying logic is the court rejected the idea of phasing in increased river flows (using stored water originally developed for the Klamath Irrigation Project) as well as the notion that some responsibility for coho health was identified for someone other than the Klamath Project.

 

Court Ruling Gives Hope to Klamath Salmon (10/18/05) Earthjustice

Court tosses Bush plan for Klamath water (10/19/05) Oregonian
Balancing fish and farms (10/19/05) Corvallis Gazette Times
Water Plan for Klamath Is Rejected (10/19/05) LA Times
Water plan falls short, court rules (10/19/05) San Francisco Chronicle

Appeals court drains Klamath River, coho plan (10/19/05) Eureka Times-Standard

 

This morning, the Klamath Falls Herald and News carried the article Chinook land in Klamath waters that detailed federal scientists putting sets of about 30, year-old hatchery bred fish in four separate 2-foot mesh cubes and then submerging the cubes in Upper Klamath Lake and in the Williamson River.

 

  (H&N's Photos - A pair of yearling chinook salmon displayed)

 

 

                            

 

 

 

         A mesh cube holding about 30 salmon is dropped Monday evening by federal scientists into the waters     of the Williamson River.)

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/17/05 Sunday's Klamath Falls Herald and News carried the front page article Salmon to return to Klamath that details the Yreka office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's plan to study how year-old chinook salmon from the Iron Gate hatchery react to Upper Klamath Lake and the Williamson river's waters.  The tests will evaluate how the water quality affects salmon's physical changes as they grow into smolts, young fish ready to go from fresh water to salt water.   

 

Phil Detrich (photo at right), field supervisor for the Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California and Nevada Operations, and the new Klamath Basin Coordinator penned a Herald and News guest column Salmon test in Upper Klamath Lake a major step for today's paper in which he states, "To better understand the response of salmonids in the upper Basin, federal and state agencies are conducting a tightly controlled experiment using juvenile Chinook salmon from Iron Gate Hatchery. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Geological Survey, with the states of California and Oregon, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries as partners, will study these juvenile fish to see how well they smolt (or get ready to migrate to the ocean) after being held in waters of the upper basin.

The salmon will be put in the water Monday and Tuesday and will be in for two weeks.

 

Retired USFWS Refuge manager Jim Beers has written an informative column that applies to the Klamath Basin's Wildlife refuges and the citizens of the Basin.  It's a must read:  Avian Flu & You (And What's in Duck Poop?)

 

The Weekly USGS Flow Gauge info for today, Monday, October 17th  is posted.

 

We couldn't resist posting this cartoon from the US House Resource Committee website because the same could apply to all types of resource providers - including farmers:

 

Remember, we don't announce every new posting here on the home page.  Check out the different indexes on our You Need to Know page for more new information.

 

 

10/14/05  -  Dan Dagget, a contributor to Writers on the Range, a service of High Country News has written Nature works better with us in which he points out that "the main strategy of contemporary environmental policy in the West is removing humans from doing the things that humans have done here (in the West) for millennia -- burning, cultivating, irrigating." 

 

10/13/05  -  The Pacific Legal Foundation's Russ Brooks (managing attorney for Pacific Legal Foundation’s Northwest Center) has filed an appeal in the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for Oregon Trollers Association v. National Marine Fisheries Service to rein in the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) heavy-handed regulation of commercial trolling chinook salmon fishing that threatens to decimate fishing communities from Portland to San Francisco.  PLF's Press Release is available here and you'll find additional information on our You Need to Know - Coastal Fishermen index about this lawsuit.
 

 

10/12/05  -   Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner John Keys was in Klamath Falls yesterday to dedicate the Link River fish ladder and to be the keynote speaker at the Klamath Water Users Association's Annual Meeting and Celebration of the First 100 Years of the Klamath Federal Irrigation Project.  In today's Herald and News article headlined Commissioner dedicates passage, Commissioner Key's said, "the $2.2 million fish passage - which allows suckers to pass through the dam from Lake Ewauna to Upper Klamath Lake and vice versa - will help the fish recover, allowing the Bureau to deliver water to farmers."

 

We posted more information at our You Need to Know indexes.  Check out The Endangered Species Act, Blame the Klamath Project, A History of the Klamath Water Crisis, PacifiCorp Klamath River Relicensing, and Interesting Reading

 

 

10/10/05  -   In Endangered Species Act fails test of time, Congressman Richard W. Pombo (R-CA) explains why 'critical habitat' does not help threatened and endangered species recover.  In this commentary, he states, "The cornerstone of the ESA is the "listing" of species and the designation of "critical habitat" — habitat necessary for species to recover. These processes are ambiguous and open to arbitrary personal judgment, and they lack sound science or peer-reviewed research. These key elements of the act are responsible for the misclassification of species as endangered or threatened and the application of a one-size-fits-all solution."

 

We've added more current editorials, commentaries, and newspaper articles about the passage of H.R. 3824, TESRA on our You need to Know - The Endangered Species Act index.

 

Associated Press writer Scott Sonner wrote an interesting piece headlined The 'Shovel Brigade' effect about bull trout and the Jarbidge Shovel Brigade - our sister organization in Elko, Nevada.     The article is about the Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to remove the critical habitat designation for bull trout on the Jarbidge River in southern Idaho and northern Nevada.  The Sept. 23 decision came as a welcome relief to longtime opponents of federal protection of the fish in Nevada, including members of the so-called "Shovel Brigade," who have pressed the federal government for a decade to rebuild the South Canyon Road that washed out in 1995.

 

(Activists work to rebuild parts of South Canyon Road, which washed out in 1995 near the Jarbidge River in 2000. (Associated Press file photo )

 

The Weekly USGS Flow Gauge info for today, Monday, October 10th  is posted.  Due to computer problems again last week, the graphs for this week cover from September 27th through today.

 

Last Friday's Klamath Falls Herald and News reported that the seasonal shut down of the Klamath Project irrigation season will be October 14th and gives an over view of the 2005 growing season.  Cecil Lesley, Bureau of Reclamations land and operations chief for the Klamath Project stated in the article Growing season coming to a close, "the lake should have 167,000 acre-feet of water left in it when the headgates are closed next week.  It's more than we have had in a couple of the recent years.“ 

 

 

 10/06/05  -  It's harvest time for farmers in the Upper Klamath Basin.  Third cutting of alfalfa is down or already in the barn.  Cattlemen are arranging trucks to move their feeder calves to California for

   fattening at the feedlots. Mint, onions, horseradish - more crops in the process of   harvest.  Crews are in the potato fields and sheds but our few days of wet weather has

   extended the season.  According to an article in the Klamath Falls Herald and News  today Rain extending potato harvest some growers have been able to harvest in the

   starting their potato harvest later this year.

 

   (H&N photo by Gary Thain    Potatoes are harvested along Highway 39 near Merrill Wednesday. Rainy weather has pushed

      

 

 

10/05/05  -  So little time, so many newspaper articles to post!  Check out our You Need to Know - The Endangered Species Act for everything from H.R. 3824, TESRA (as sent to the US Senate), Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate for TESRA - 2005 HR 3824, Read the entire September 29, 2005, transcript of the House Congressional Record concerning the Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act of 2005, plus of course editorials, newspaper articles, press releases from September 29th through today.

 

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