27 Mar 2008, 5:22pm
Saving Forests
by admin

Dear PacifiCorp and Customers — STSSTTS!

by Julie Kay Smithson, Property Rights Research [here]

To the Klamath Basin of Oregon/California - Would that PacifiCorp and its customers all stand on their hind legs and STSSTTS: Send The Settlement Straight To The Shredder!

If — and that is a massive “if” — the draft “settlement” were about “saving,” “restoring,” or otherwise “helping” any species of fish, “endangered” or otherwise, it would neither utilize questionable science and computer modeling nor present itself as “the only real solution.”

The Klamath Basin of Oregon and California is a wonderful place for people to own property, responsibly utilize resources, raise families, crops, livestock, and live what was coined as the American Dream.

Always waiting in the wings for a chance to shatter that dream have been various entities with an insatiable addiction. No matter how much they control, they want more. Place whatever name you wish on them; I’ve dubbed them GangGreed. To their way of thinking nothing is sacred. Indians, farmers, fishermen (commercial, recreational and subsistence), ranchers, timberers, miners, ranchers are all in their way.

Yanking the four dams — J.C. Boyle, Copco 1, Copco 2, and Iron Gate — to ostensibly “restore the ecosystem” does not help any species. In fact, it will destroy property rights and property values, put a greater strain on irrigators and energy customers (can you say higher rates?), incorporates species-ism (favoring one species over another), and will take a fertile, human-enhanced basin from thriving for all to controlled by a few. How many farms, ranches, homes, businesses, towns, schools, etc., will be left when “ecosystem restoration” is complete? The real answer should make your stomach turn and your heart sick. What is planned for this entire area is for a few very powerful entities to take it over, control it, own all the natural resources, and then generously “allow” whatever in the basin happens to be done by the tenants. Think of the feudal systems in England and you’ll have a clear picture.

The “Endangered Species Act” is being used/abused in order to gain control over the Klamath Basin — and the rest of rural America. The ESA is being used/abused through frivolous and unneeded litigation to stop all use of resources, from logging and timbering to fishing by anyone and from farming and irrigating to ranching. All that depends on these vital sectors is set to grind to a halt — but only until control is taken. At that time, things will magically start back up, but the private property rights of those being squeezed out now will be gone and the people that have invested generations of blood, sweat and tears equity will have been exterminated as property owners.

If that’s what you want for the Klamath Basin area of America, stay mum or support the “settlement.” Either of those two actions mean you will be driving the nails into your own coffin, where you will reside with your property rights and freedom.

Your choice is to fight this and any attempts to make you, your property rights, and your way of life go extinct. Fight as though your lives depended on it — because they do!

An added benefit, though the federal agencies and their partners — the ones pushing this Trojan horse through the gates — will never admit it, is the colossal benefit your victory in retaining the dams will bring to fish and wildlife, Native Americans, tourists, farmers, timberers, fishermen of all persuasions, ranchers, and yes, “the ecosystem,” which is far better and healthier NOW, thanks to you, than it ever was or would be if “restored.” Restoration is a hoax. Picking a time out of thin air as though that time was nirvana for everything, is junk science, period.

Julie Kay Smithson has — through a successful yearslong fight to keep her Ohio neighborhood safe from the plans of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife “Service” — become a property rights researcher with an intimate understanding of language deception. Her conclusions are steeped in years of hundred-hour weeks, distilled in the understanding that knowledge is vital to property rights and freedom, and born of the realization that people and their responsible utilization of resources are good for the world!

27 Mar 2008, 8:10pm
by bear bait

The Klamath is actually, in its last 42 miles, the combination of two equal size rivers with very different natural water quality. The Klamath River starts in mountains, but quickly is in the desert, with most of the water running through Oregon’s largest natural lake, the very shallow and summer warm Klamath Lake, and from there it goes a ways through the desert and drops into California where it picks up the Shasta River, 100% appropriated for irrigation, the Scott River, which only runs in summer if the Feds pay some ranchers to pump well water into it, the Salmon river out of national forest lands and finally, it merges with the Trinity River of equal size, which starts in the Trinity Alps, and runs through timberland most of its way. The Klamath has always been warm, tea colored, and packing plant life, whereas the Trinity has always been cold and clear. The two of them go the last 42 miles to the ocean as the Klamath River.

The Trinity River is dammed high up, and a canal from that reservoir leads to a tunnel that directs the dammed water into the Shasta reservoir and then on down the Sacramento River to its final distribution to irrigators and towns in far southern California. The Trinity had as much as 95% of its annual flow diverted to SoCal, but a Clinton agreement has set that amount at no more than 62% of the annual flow. The saved water is put into the Trinity in April and May to help steelhead. The rest of the year it is a decent trickle.

The Trinity River, which drains national forest land from high snowfields, is cold and fish friendly water. But most of it goes to irrigate subsidized cotton and corn outside of the Trinity and Klamath watershed. The water is never in the watershed again. Taken. Gone. Not put on fields and orchards in its own watershed, but used a 1000 miles away, the water that does not evaporate or leak out of the system of canals and man made waterways on that long journey to an alien land.

So think about it. California agriculture and swimming pool filling goes on without a hitch, and the proposed settlement takes from Oregon farmers and ranchers and other users, takes away clean hydroelectric power with no replacement, and all of the irrigation in California from its many California tributaries goes on like nothing has happened. Pure, raw, political power at work. Screw the little guys in Klamath county and reward the Tulare and Bakersfield welfare farmers.

Meanwhile, nothing has happened to help salmon. Some dildo will use a D-8 to open the mouth of the Klamath too early in summer (push the dune that forms in summer that blocks water flow or makes it a shallow, wide outflow) causing the fish to come in too early to too warm of water because the diurnal cycle is not yet causing frosts at elevation, the days are still too long, the sun too high in the sky yet, not being late enough in the year so it is southerly enough to shade the river more during the shorter days, and those early arriving salmon die all too often. But, the Native American fishers who have the lower river rights to net them still have the tourist flow to buy the fish they catch out of their pickup totes of ice or from the smokehouse. After Labor Day, the tourist trade drops and the salmon sales are slow, even though that is a better time for fish to enter the river. The local economics of pickup bed sales drives the process to use the D-8 to open the river so the fishers can fish and sell. And if that all goes wrong, as it has, then blame whitey, the power company, and the Oregon farmers. It is all so wrong.

There is absolutely no biological sanity to having Klamath River salmon returning in early August. Wrong time of the year. Four to six weeks too early. But you can’t fight the might of GreenGreed, Econazis Lobbies, and those idiots with journalism degrees who don’t know sour goose poop from a lime smoothie. And I am tired of the never ending assault on the natural resource use and management parts of our economy. I did read in the paper today that the whole of the Chilean farmed salmon deal is being slimed by some pathogen that is wiping out their net raised fish in the ocean. It is called “shitting in your nest” for those who don’t understand why we have sewage systems and municipal water systems. Many, many of your ancestors’ children died because the outhouse and the well were both in the basement in town. Or too close to each other in any event. With no irrigation, no hydro dams, the salmon in Chile are dying in the cold, free running ocean because there are too many in too small an area — just like they were in the Klamath River the year of the big die off. Too many fish in too little water in a drought year and no meaningful Trinity river cold water infusion to the Klamath. If they dropped the water out of the Klamath up-river reservoirs, that warm water would have killed even more fish. Later on with the shorter days, longer nights, and colder temps, and the river quit killing the fewer fish. Funny how that works.

28 Mar 2008, 7:33pm
by marsh

I provide the following as insight into a part of the Klamath system with which you may not be familiar.

The Scott River is a snowfed system. There are no dams or reservoirs on the Scott system. That means when the snow melts, there is no longer a direct source of water for flows in the Scott. Contributions to flows that do occur in the summer are primarily sub-surface inputs from groundwater.

Look at the hydrographs for the Scott from the Dept. of Resources and compare them to the Salmon River, which is not a river where there is diversion for ag. The hydrographs are historically parrallel, particularly in times of drought. http://cdec.water.ca.gov/

According to Dr. Harter of UCE Davis, the average annual discharge in the Scott Valley watershed is 615,000 acre feet of water. This is more than the groundwater basin can hold (400,000 acre ft. ? U.S. Geological Survey.) The remainder goes out in the winter/spring months when most of the snow melts. It is interesting to note that the Department of Water Resources has estimated that agriculture uses only 70-90,000 acre ft.

The Shasta River is different. It is fed by glacial snow melt on Mt. Shasta so it actually gains when summer comes and snow melt is more rapid. It does have a dam - Dwinnell, which has a reservoir - Lake Shastina. This water is used for the City of Montague and, I believe, two irrigation districts (Montague and Shasta Valley Conservation) Below the dam there are several tributaries and lots of springs that feed the river flow. Check out the hydrograph on the DWR website.

You might also note that this area was settled during the Gold Rush. The majority of appropriative water use rights date well before 1914 and are privately owned and valuable property. It is generally the municipalities and irrigation districts that have post 1914 permitted water use rights from the state. California also recognizes riparian water rights that run with the land adjacent to water bodies. In addition, the Scott and Shasta water use rights have long been adjudicated and are under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Superior Court of Siskiyou County. The Water Forebearance program in the Scott is to have farmers contract to forebear using their surface water diversion rights in very selected areas and in accordance with the mechanics of the adjudication. This approach is targeted toward getting real water in certain low flow areas to allow over-summering fish to migrate to refugia, to create refugia or to overcome barriers to salmon spawning.

Finally, people must realize that the Scott and the Shasta are important spawning and rearing habitats for federal and state threatened coho and other anadromous species. The main focus of water management is for fish in situ, not in their contributions to Klamath River flows.



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