new.gif (26402 bytes)Board letter to John Bezdek dated February 7, 2012, regarding coordination relative to Klamath River Dams; Board letter to Irma Lagomarsino dated February 7, 2012, regarding the Coho Salmon Recovery Plan; Letter to Secretary Salazar of February 7, 2012 - Notice of Intention to File Suit Re Secretarial Determination

new.gif (26402 bytes)Chairmen Question Obama Admin. on Mailing Out $$$$$$$; $2 bills randomly sent in envelopes as incentive to complete (Klamath dam) surveys, Natural Resources Committee 3/22/12. "...the Bureau of Reclamation was unable to provide an accounting of how much had been spent on this survey." "The Obama Administration literally mailed cash to random citizens across the country to find out their feelings on tearing down four dams that they’ve likely never heard of." Letter to Michael Connor, Commissioner Bureau of Reclamation from U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources posted to KBC 3/20/12, requesting information on Klamath Dam Survey  Letter to Victoria Haynes, Office of Management and Budget, from U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources, posted to KBC 3/22,12, requesting information on Interiors Klamath Dam Survey.

new.gif (26402 bytes)Comments to Overview Report on Klamath Dam removal studies from Siskiyou County to Secretary Salazar; Interior Issues Draft Overview Report on Klamath Dam Removal Studies; New plain language overview explains Klamath studies The federal government has published a summary "in plain language" of scientists' studies of the proposal to remove four dams from the Klamath River. DOI also reiterated economic findings that the dam removals and related restoration efforts would bring more jobs to the Klamath Basin. The review documents have been forwarded to a peer-review team of six scientists, according to a news release. The peer reviewers  will also accept public comments on the overview through Feb. 5. Public comments should be emailed to: ksdor@atkinsglobal.com, or mailed to: Atkins North America, Inc., c/o Tamara Mayer, 7406 Fullerton St., Suite 350, Jacksonville, FL 32256. The summary is "separate" from the EIS/EIR process and ignores thousands of comments with documentation questioning the veracity of the agencies' pro-dam removal characterization of the scienceand facts. www.KlamathRestoratin.gov.  Now, only the new "summary" is to be used for support of the actual Secretarial determination. (Can you smell the corruption?)Klamath River dam removals should go forth    The High Priests of Eco-DestructionDelay illustrates obstacles to Klamath dam removals ; Salazar Praises Work of Klamath Agreements Parties - Notes Secretarial Determination Awaits Congressional Action; Klamath dam removal delayed; parties hope for hearings this spring; Klamath dam removal determination delayed; Decision on dam removal delayed; Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he won't hit March 31 deadline for approving Klamath Basin dam removal; No decision coming on Klamath dams removal; Decision on dams delayed ; FERC would not remove dams; Dams removal plan gets good review; Klamath dams: Peer review of scientific findings in draft Klamath overview report now available; The peer-review report and its recommendations are available at www.KlamathRestoration.gov.

Klamath dams: County’s comments in; The Klamath Facilities Removal Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report - Comments of the County of Siskiyou, City of Yreka, City of Dorris, City of Etna, City of Montague, City of Weed, and Town of Fort Jones (dated November 21, 2011; Klamath dams:klamathrestoration.gov; Download the Draft EIS/EIR; Klamath dams: City of Yreka weighs in;

new.gif (26402 bytes)March 6, 2012 BoS Press Release;  Supervisors to Gov.Jerry Brown: Withdraw from KBRA,KHSA; Secretarial determination on Klamath dams postponed; Board letter to John Bezdek dated February 7, 2012, regarding coordination relative to Klamath River Dams; Board letter to Irma Lagomarsino dated February 7, 2012, regarding the Coho Salmon Recovery Plan; Letter to Secretary Salazar of February 7, 2012 - Notice of Intention to File Suit Re Secretarial Determination; Salazar to put Klamath determination on hold; Interior to signal preference on Klamath dams; February 16, 2012:  PUC Application of PacificCorp 10-03-015 -- Response of County of Siskiyou, Siskiyou County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, and Siskiyou Power Authority to Petition of PacificCorp (U901E) for Modification of Decision 11-05-002 and Expedited Requestion for Consideration; Shock: PacifiCorp pushes up rates Farmers resort to flood irrigation as hikes overwhelm efficiency gains

new.gif (26402 bytes)Expert Stephen Koshy commented last year to the Bureau of Reclamation about the certainty that the earthen Iron Gate dam with a clay core will catastrophically collapse when disturbed, as will likely the steep slopes of the reservoir behind it. Koshy feels that dam removal is out of the question and that a fish bypass should be engineered. If removal will be so catastrophic, why do our state and federal governments continue to consider such an option that risks the potential death and injury to people below the dam and the destruction of their property?  Koshy Website

new.gif (26402 bytes)Klamath dams: Surcharge rolled out ; Economy: Big player in November water bond; Officials wade through dam comments - Agencies planning the controversial removal of four dams from the Klamath River received nearly 2,700 unique comments about the project by the Dec. 30 deadline, officials said. Jerry Brown says November water bond vote might need to be delayed; Dam removal charge on bills;

Download the Draft EIS/EIR; Press Release ~ Sept. 21, 2011 - Salazar Announces Release of Klamath Dam Removal Studies  60 day public comment period opens until December 30, 2011; Three Reasons Pacific Power is FOR Dam Removal; Environmental impact statement for removal of Klamath dams in Oregon, California released; SummaryKlamath dam removal studies released; Five Things You Should Know About: DOI and DFG comment requests ; Comment Period for Klamath Dams Draft EIS/EIR Extended - Comment Period Will End on December 30, 2011

The Great P.R. Machine: Three Reasons Pacific Power is FOR Dam Removal; Environmental impact statement for removal of Klamath dams in Oregon, California released; Cost for taking down PacifiCorp's Klamath River dams lower than expected, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says; (Text of speech) ; Salazar Gives Sneak Peek At Klamath Report; Klamath Bill Circulating in Secret; Tribes say Klamath project budget reductions violate pact ; KBRA in the works Congressional approval critical step toward obtaining needed federal funding ; Secretay Salazar Touts Benefits of Klamath Restoration Plan : Indybay; Merkley Comments on Secretary Salazar’s Remarks on the Klamath Basin; Salazar: Risky Times for Western Water | KQED's Climate Watch; Salazar: Klamath dam removal will cost far less | capitalpress.com; Salazar: Klamath dam removal cheaper than forecast; Interior secretary's remarks spark optimism among stakeholders; Siskiyou supervisors doubt Klamath dam removal plan; Report: Dam removal would create jobs; Secretary Discusses Dam Removal Tribes: Trimmed budget hits benefits; Dam removal study: 4,600 jobs over 15 years; Removing 4 Klamath dams would boost salmon population, U.S. reports show; Water Warning For KBRA ; Dam removal study done, public input period opens; Klamath restoration studies support dam removal; Project would create jobs, increase chinook harvest; Klamath River dam-removal benefits detailed; Studies: Dam removals to aid fish; Klamath Stakeholders Seize Momentum on Heels of Salazar Comments, Study Results; Report details Klamath River dam plans; says salmon would benefit from removal; Pact supporters look for funds ; Klamath agreement parties applaud federal statement; Congress must approve Klamath dam deal by March; Dams' days may be numbered;  Interior draft EIS recommends removing four Klamath hydro projects; Study Shows Klamath Dam Removal Will Help Farmers, Fish but Skepticism Remains; DEIS Paves Way for Dam Removal; Editorial: Klamath deal needs a boost from Congress; Dam reports: Public weighs in - Yreka, CA - Siskiyou Daily News; Sides clash over key Klamath studies ; Busting Up Klamath River Dams Could Be Boon to Tribes and Salmon; The long and winding road...; Groups split on ESA-related impacts; Studies will have impact on final decision; For lawmakers and constituents, reasons for caring run deep; Validation efforts required for KBRA implementation moving forward in court ; Dams: Congress Must legislate Removal;  Fish: Goal of Agreement is to Improve Habitat ; The Science and the Ploitics. What Happens Now?; Meetings focus on Klamath project ; Humboldt supervisors get Klamath dam update; Tree Farms and Fish Restoration; Humboldt supervisors get Klamath dam update; The Science and the Politics. What Happens Now?; Dam removal debate rages in Siskiyou County; What rights does PacifiCorp have?; Concerns, support over Klamath dam removal continue ; Job maker, fish saver or scam? ; Settlement reached to remove Klamath River dams; Dam removal: no one has a model of how to go forward; Settlement reached to remove Klamath River dams ; Hostilities won’t end until water, dam removal agreements accepted or rejected, leaders say ; Rancher, settlement opponent Tom Mallams recounts confrontations ; Klamath Hearing, Last in Series; ; Klamath Hearings Reach Into Lower Basin ; Humboldt County supports Klamath settlement agreements; Agreements will help region move forward ; Congress should approve Merkley’s legislation; Perfectly good' dams? Klamath's are anything but; PD Editorial: Alliance forms to end Klamath water war; Oregon dam removal may cost California; Report: Klamath dam removal will help fish, farms; Facts and fiction on the Klamath River Settlement Process and dam removal;  Hoopa tribe spokesperson should get the facts

Fed. Reg. EIS No. 20110327, Draft EIS, BR, 00, Klamath Facilities Removal Project, Advance Restoration of the Salmonid Fisheries Klamath Basin, Siskiyou County, CA and Klamath County, OR, Comment Period Ends: 11/21/ 2011, Contact: Elizabeth Vasqueuz 916-978-5055. Siskiyou residents give views on Klamath project; Klamath dams: Public comment heard in Yreka; Dam removal: Bad science or environmental necessity?; Supporters, opponents of plan make their cases; Klamath divisions persist Siskiyou County requests more time for comments on draft statement ; Removing the dams Public hearing today at the county fairgrounds

Klamath Water and Power Agency (KWAPA) and Klamath Basin Power Alliance - Power program would keep money in the Basin   They are investigating the possibilities of bringing Bonneville Power (BPA) to Basin irrigators. Although BPA’s rate would not be substantially lower than PacifiCorp’s tariff rate for irrigation power, it should be much more stable and predictable over the long term.

Klamath Basin Economic Restoration Act introduced to Congress; Battle lines drawn over Klamath bill Merkley, Thompson introduce Klamath Basin Restoration Act; West Coast lawmakers introduce bills to remove four Klamath hydro projectsCong. McClintock Klamath Claptrap; Bill to authorize Klamath project introduced in Congress; Bill would lead to dam removal from Klamath River -; KBRA, dam removal legislation introduced; Bill would lead to dam removal from Klamath River; [Comment by Dr. John Menke]   Bill would lead to removal of four Klamath dams; Klamath Basin water bill is landmark, but will it pass Congress? Klamath Basin Economic Restoration Act Proposed; Sen. Merkley, Rep. Mike Thompson Introduce Klamath Basin Economic restoration Act; Klamath dam removal legislation introduced; supporters face 'uphill battle' in Congress; Klamath Basin Economic Restoration H.R.3398 (Text not yet received byGPO); Discussion Draft of proposed federal Legislation on Dam Removal and the KBRA; Merkley Legislation on Klamath Falls Short; Stakeholders appeal to lawmakers; Bill must pass House committees; Klamath draft report released; Thompson: 'The time for Congress to act is now'

star.jpg (2065 bytes)Column concerning Fisheries experts criticism of the adequacy of Klamath River science; Klamath dams: Real estate repercussions?; Comments made by Siskiyou County Appraiser ; First blush reading on Flooding impacts (need to relocate several downstream residences and structures and jeopardy to one bridge); Dam removal junkies are eco-terrorists; Klamath News & Commentary - Commissioner Linthicum;California U.S. Congressman Tom McClintock speech on the House floor regarding Klamath Dam destruction; Once the Envy of the World; VIDEO: Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Water and Power, in Opposition to Klamath Dam Removal; Lawmakers Challenge White House on ‘Scientific Misconduct’; Impacts of Dam Removal on the mid-Klamath - power point presentation given in Klamath Falls; Supervisors' letter to the DOI calls for extension; Board wants help from citizens; Almost 300 attend Klamath dams hearing; Testimony Bill Brown (past Klamath County Comm.); Klamath Bucket Brigade Testimony : photos of the Condit dam removal and raw muddy mess left afterwards; Interview Gary Lake, former Karuk Councilman and former Vice Chairman for the Shasta People, regarding alleged Karuk Leadership and Craig Tucker’s agenda to run the White-man, miners and Shasta People out of the Klamath River corridor;Fox News Fails Siskiyou Farmers ; Concerns of dam removal; District 4 Supervisor Grace Bennett: My personal view of the KBRA; Klamath dam removal uncertain; Tensions mount in idyllic Siskiyou County in fight over dams, salmon; Jim Burney's ad; Column (1) (2) Comments on dam removal; I Spy on Salem (radio) Klamath Dam Removal; . Hoopa Valley Tribe Reeling Over Tribal Rights Waiver; Klamath Dam removal linked to very bad restoration agreement; KBRA - Siskiyou County various letters and correspondence ; The Klamath Facilities Removal Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report - Comments of the County of Siskiyou, City of Yreka, City of Dorris, City of Etna, City of Montague, City of Weed, and Town of Fort Jones (dated November 21, 2011); Feds Attack Klamath Basin Ranchers and Farmers With the ESA The PPJ Gazette ; Board of Supervisors, Resighini voice dam concerns; East Side (Klamath Project) irrigation districts oppose Klamath Basin Restoration legislation; Meeting on KBRA, Klamath Dam Removal, and Rogue Valley irrigation water and property rights; Klamath Off Project Water Users Association letter to DOI Secretary Ken Salazar regarding Klamath EIS/IER comments, Menke (audio) on dam removal; Dr. John Menke Ph.D. responds to the following article published in Sacramento Bee, CA; Wally Herger: Where I stand on the Klamath dams; Elevation chart of Klamath river below the dams to the ocean; Southern Oregon Water Under Attack-!! (video) ; Cabin owners tepid on well settlement offer; comments to the Klamath Facilities Removal, Public Draft, EIS/EIR by Werner F Hoyt, Mechanical/Marine Engineer, 12/30/11;

new.gif (26402 bytes)The Corruption of Science in America; All science is political; Science: Beacon of Reality – AFS Keynote by Bob Lackey; GOP Lawmakers Challenge White House on 'Scientific Misconduct'; Ruling sheds light on dangerous partnerships- Relationships of environmental groups and federal agency managers shouldn't be too cozy;

Letter from FERC to Resighini Rancheria concerning the status of reissuance of the license for the Klamath River dams.

The California PUC Docket No. A.10-03-015 on which the Final Order authorizing the Klamath Dam Removal Surcharge was posted on 6 May, and is at: http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/published/proceedings/A1003015.htm.  The 119-page prior Oregon PUC Order can be found on   at:  http://apps.puc.state.or.us/orders/2010ords/10-364.pdf.

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Incidental Take Permit and Habitat Conservation Plan for PacifiCorp Klamath Hydroelectric Project

Subcommittee on Water and Power oversight hearing on "Protecting Federal Hydropower Investments in the West: A Stakeholder’s Perspective" at 10:00 AM in 1324 Longworth House Office Building. Watch the Archived Hearing Webcast


Videos of various speakers on Klamath issues



Expert reports   Two Klamath studies unveiled in April

FINAL Report_Coho Salmon-Steelhead_Klamath Expert Panels_

Final Report on Chinook Salmon

U.C. Davis Professors Peter Moyle and Jeffery Mount to USFWS and Calif. Resources Agency regarding Klamath dam removal studies, 11/16/07,"We think that existing studies (primarily in the ‘gray’ literature) are inadequate to provide reliable predictions about the effects of dam removal. Most notably, there has not been a systematic, comprehensive assessment of the impact of dam removal on native fish populations of the Klamath, particularly salmonids. This is surprising because the primary motivation for removal of the dams is improvement of these populations.".... "Despite press reports to the contrary, we have seen nothing that would indicate that a dramatic increase in salmon and steelhead populations will occur following removal of the dams. "

Table 2. KBRA Restoration Needs for the Klamath Basin Downstream of Keno Dam. KBRA Activity Mainstem Tributaries (Coho/Steelhead Expert Report draft)



Floodplain Rehabilitation (miles of channel) 2


Large Wood Placement (miles of channel) 63


Cattle Exclusion (miles of river) 146


Conservation Easements, Acquisitions (acres) 1,176


Gravel Augmentation (downstream of Iron Gate Dam)  
Fish Passage (number of sites) 0


Riparian Planting (acres) 0


Conifer Forest Management (acres) 0 7


Fire Treatment (acres) 0


Road Decommissioning (miles) 0


Treatment of Sediment Sources (projects) 0


Instream flow studies


Obtaining minimum instream flows


Actions proposed under the KBRA in the tributaries are intended to provide greater accessibility to spawning habitats in tributaries, through manual alteration of tributary confluence channels (Stillwater 2010; KBRA Action Item ID#2) and increased stream flows through purchasing of water rights (KBRA Action Item ID#8). KBRA actions may increase flows in tributaries and alteration of the tributary mouth morphology...

Source: Expert Panel Rpt. Coho& Steelhead/ Stillwater Sciences 2010

Sediment: It is likely that within the first year (or two if drought intervenes) 1.4-3.2 (~ 2) million tons of the sediment [consisting almost entirely of silt and clay but with perhaps 200,000-300,000 (10-15 percent) tons of sand] will be flushed downstream of Iron Gate. This would leave 60-83 percent of the sediment in place along the margins of the new channel that would require rapid re-vegetation under adverse soil and moisture conditions in order to avoid problems with invasive weeds and dust, as well as chronic erosion of fine sediment into the river....This silt-clay fraction is not currently represented in the channel bed downstream of Iron Gate Dam. It is expected that this “washload” following dam removal will be transported far downstream by even low flows, and will be flushed rapidly to the ocean by typical annual and larger floods. This reasonable approximation was used in the simulation model runs by Stillwater Sciences (2008; 2009; and, 2010), who also interpreted that there will also be some deposition of this fine sediment along the channel margins and in the floodplain that was not represented in the model simulations...Fine sediments carried downstream have the potential to lower dissolved oxygen as a result of biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) of the carbon incorporated in the reservoir deposits, which averages about 5 percent by weight (Table 3 in Stillwater 2008). The degree to which this BOD reduces oxygen in the water column is under investigation (P. Zedonis PPT presentation 8/2/2010).

Tributaries: In tributaries downstream of Iron Gate Dam, ongoing restoration efforts, including riparian vegetation protection and enhancement, water management to increase summer streamflows, and re-connection of isolated cold-water habitats in the tributaries, could increase the availability of thermally suitable habitats for coho salmon and steelhead. Enhancement of tributary confluence refuges through placement of large wood, improved access, or additions of other types of cover could enhance the capacity of these refuges. Improvements to summer rearing capacity and habitat quality associated with these activities have the potential to improve pre-smolt production in the basin, particularly where limiting-factors analysis indicates that summer habitat capacity is temperature limited....If water temperatures could be reduced by substantially increasing the extent of riparian vegetation, and summer stream flows increased substantially through improved flow management, summer carrying capacity of tributary habitats might be increased....Restoration efforts, independent of KBRA, are currently improving habitat in tributaries downstream of Iron Gate Dam, but the extent of changes and their effect on populations or even use of the habitat are undocumented in the reports supplied to the Panel. Some of these efforts apparently began years ago; yet, increases in some species such as coho that depend on tributary habitat are not apparent

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Draft Drought Plan Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement Feb 28, 2011 Draft
Written Comments due by April 15  ed@edsheets.com
Oral Comments at April 7 meeting of Klamath Basin Coordinating Council

Siskiyou Co. Board of Supervisors and the Siskiyou Co. Flood Control District's Response to the Draft Drought Plan

Request for Qualifications and Proposals Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) and Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA)

Klamath Basin Coordinating Council

Data Quality Act ; Data Quality Act One Way to Challenge EPA's ‘Flawed‘ Use of Science, Lawyer Says

Council for Environmental Quality Open Government Plan


Correspondence on KHSA/KBRA (dam removal):






Official website http://klamathrestoration.gov/

Public scoping report

SDN article

Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement: http://klamathrestoration.gov

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Klamath River Expert Panel Reports 




April 7, 2011 Agenda

Dec. 2010 Agenda

Sept. 2010 Agenda




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Articles & Columns:


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rdbut.jpg (1118 bytes)CA Water Code 5900-5901; Klamath River Basin Compact;or here  Appendix B - Siskiyou County Water Conservation and Flood Control District Boundaries: "All of that territory of the County of Siskiyou lying within the exterior boundaries thereof, exclusive of the area in Siskiyou County within the Upper Klamath River Basin, as delineated on the Official Map of the Upper Klamath River Basin approved September 6, 1956, and made a part of the Klamath River Basin compact between the States of Oregon and California, ratified by said states on April 17, 1957."

 "(r) To control flood and storm waters within the district and the flood and storm waters or streams outside the district, which flow into the district; to conserve such waters by storage in surface reservoirs, to divert and transport such waters for beneficial uses within the district; to release such waters from surface reservoirs to replenish and augment the supply of water in natural underground reservoirs and otherwise to reduce the waste of water and to protect life and property from floods within the district; to commence, maintain, intervene in, defend or compromise, in the name of the district, on behalf of the landowners therein, or otherwise to assume the cost and expenses of any action or proceeding involving or affecting the ownership or use of waters or water rights within or without the district, used or useful for any purpose of the district or of the common benefit of any land situated therein, or involving the wasteful use of water therein; to commence, maintain, intervene in, defend and compromise and to assume the cost and expenses of any and all actions or proceedings now or hereafter begun; to prevent interference with or diminution of, or to declare the rights in natural flow of any stream or surface or subterranean supply of waters used or useful for any purpose of the district or of common benefit of the lands within the district or to its inhabitants; to prevent unlawful exportation of water from said district; to prevent contamination, pollution or otherwise rendering unfit for beneficial use the surface or subsurface water used or useful in said district, and to commence, maintain and defend actions and proceedings to prevent any such interference with   the aforesaid waters as may endanger or damage the inhabitants, lands, or use of water in, or flowing into, the district provided, however, that said district shall not have power to intervene or take part in or to pay the costs or expenses of actions or controversies between the owners of lands or water rights which do not affect the interests of the district."

In addition, there is a reserved storage right of 60,000 acre feet per year in Iron Gate Reservoir to serve irrigation and other consumptive uses in the Shasta Valley. 


rdbut.jpg (1118 bytes)Siskiyou County Code: TITLE 10.  PLANNING AND ZONING; CHAPTER 11.  RIGHT TO FARM Section 10-11.01-.05 "No agricultural activity, operation or facility or appurtenances thereof, conducted or maintained for commercial purposes, and in a manner consistent with proper and accepted customs and standards and with all chapters of this code, as established and followed by similar agricultural operations, shall be or become a nuisance, public or private, pursuant to this code after the same has been in operation for more than three (3) years, if it was not a nuisance when it began."

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Correspondence (See also County Coordination )

Correspondence on KHSA/KBRA (dam removal):


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  • American Rivers links to various studies
  • Hydro Relicensing ; Yreka USFWS site on Hydropower; USBR K-Falls site; USGS site; EPA site; Siskiyou County site; FERC Relicensing EIS documents; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. 2007.  Final Environmental Impact statement for the Klamath Hydroelectric Project, Docket No. P-2082-027. 11/18/07.  U.S. DOE, FERC, Washington D.C. Download zipped document. (22 separate files.); National Marine Fisheries Service. 2006. Comments, Recommended Terms and Conditions, and Preliminary Prescriptions for the Klamath Hydroelectric Project, FERC Project #2082. NMFS, SW Region, Long Beach, CA. 161 p.
  • Request for Preliminary Injunction - Central Valley ESA Water Cut-off:  Summary NMFS and Reclamation, as the consulting and action agencies, must take the hard look under NEPA at the draconian consequences visited upon Plaintiffs, the water supply of California, the agricultural industry, and the residents and communities devastated by the water supply limitations imposed by the RPA Actions. NEPA analysis must include comprehensive analysis of impact to humans and the human environment. The Consolidated Salmonid Cases, case 1:09-cv-01053-OWW- DLB, Document 347, U.S. District Ct. for the Eastern District of CA, Judge Wanger: (Excerpts on NEPA)
  • EPA website on NEPA compliance; ; NEPA.net; A Citizen's Guide to NEPA; Collaboration and NEPA; Considering Cumulative Effects Under the National Environmental Policy Act; Recent Trends in Cumulative Impact Case Law Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) NEPA regulations issued in 1973 and substantially revised in 1978 clearly stated a requirement to consider cumulative impacts for all projects undergoing NEPA analysis (Thatcher 1990), and provided the following definition of cumulative impacts in Section 1508.7:

"The impact on the environment which results from the incremental impact of the action when added to other past, present, and reasonably foreseeable future actions regardless of what agency (Federal or non-Federal) or person undertakes such other actions. Cumulative impacts can result from individually minor but collectively significant actions taking place over a period of time. "



Klamath River subject of climate study Scientists will examine effects of climate on water supplies The two-year, $1.955 million study will explore the potential effect of climate change on water supplies for agriculture and fish, then ultimately identify strategies to cope with those impacts in hopes of balancing all stakeholders’ needs.

Half the funding for the study came from U.S. Department of the Interior’s WaterSMART program, a method to implement measures in the Secure Water Act, said Peter Soeth, with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. ... The 2009 Secure Water Act is intended to give state and federal agencies authority to plan for the impact of climate change, among other threats, on water supplies. The Oregon and California water resource departments will pay the other half, Soeth said. The departments jointly sought the federal funding, which was awarded in a competitive application process.

The study’s conclusions will fulfill a small section of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, which says signatories — including Oregon, California, U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation — will work to identify and mitigate the effects of climate change, said David Raff, basin studies coordinator for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Salazar Announces $2.7 Million in WaterSMART ("Sustain and Manage America's Resources for Tomorrow") Funding to Study River Basins and Improve Water Systems - Klamath River Basin has been selected for a dull-basin study to "include basin-specific plans that recommend collaborative solutions to help meet water demands and foster sustainable development."S. Bureau of Reclamation provides funding for Klamath River study A total of $1,944,000 will go for studying the Klamath River Basin, ”The basin study will collaboratively develop a basin wide perspective of the climate change-related risks for supply and demand that may affect agriculture, anadromous and resident fish, recreation, municipal and domestic water supplies, hydropower and flood control facilities,” Interior said. “This effort will assess potential impacts of climate change on snowpack and precipitation, timing and quality of runoff, groundwater recharge and discharge and any increases in demand and/or reservoir evaporation; and will develop structural and non-structural options to address current and projected imbalances in the basin.”Basin Study FrameworkDOI WaterSMART Strategic Implementation Plan; All DOI bureaus are working with partners within the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) and Climate Science Centers (CSCs), identified within Secretarial Order 3289, which include outreach and coordination activities with water, fish, wildlife, cultural, and land resources. The office of the Assistant Secretary of Water and Science is leading the implementation of the Cooperative Watershed Management Program, authorized by the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, P.L. 111-11 , which brings together local watershed stakeholders to design and implement projects that enhance water conservation, improve water quality, increase ecological resiliency, and reduce the potential for water conflict. This program will include DOI bureaus as well as state and local governments and other interested entities.

The Order creating WaterSMART Section 4(a) of Secretarial Order 3297 provides that the Department of the Interior (DOI) will coordinate across agencies and programs to implement water sustainability efforts. Federal Register Notice Comments due on or before August 1 e-mail WaterSMARTBOR@usbr.gov.


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