Support Settlement, letter to KBC from Marshall Staunton This link - http://www.klamathbasincrisis.org/settlement/letters/supportMarshall011808.htm. - is a plea for support of the Proposal from Marshall Staunton - a son in one of the Irrigation Elite's leading farm operations (and, incidentally, a very nice person) and.....
.....Here's a response from another Upper Basin farmer:Rancher/farmer response to Marshall Staunton's settlement comments This link is: http://www.klamathbasincrisis.org/settlement/letters/farmrRanchrResponsetoMarshl011908.htm
By the way, these links are to the Klamath Basin Crisis web site. While KlamBlog does not agree with most positions which KBC takes, we do agree with them that a more open, transparent and democratic process would better serve the People of the Klamath River Basin - especially when the topic is creating the future our kids are going to live with.
There have, of course, been a ton of press stories and responses. One of the most interesting so far is an editorial from the Oregonian. You can read it at
Four reporters who have written on Klamath happenings for a while and who seem to have the best grasp of the issues filed reports on the Proposal's release. They are ......
..... Jeff Barnard of the Associated Press. Read his report at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/16/AR2008011600467.html
..... David Whitney of the Sacramento Bee. Read his report at: http://www.sacbee.com/111/story/553847.html
..... Eric Bailey of the LA Times. Read his report at: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-klamath16jan16,1,6366227.story
..... John Driscoll of the Eureka Times-Standard. read his report at: http://www.times-standard.com/ci_7984769?source=most_viewed
Furthermore, the Hoopa Tribe has the right to enforce water quality law on the Klamath River because - unlike other Klamath River Basin tribes - it has worked with the federal EPA to gain the status of a state for purposes of the Clean Water Act. The Yurok Tribe was once on that same path but put that on hold over two years ago while it was negotiating with the Simpson Timber Company (now calling itself "Green Diamond Resources") which owns most of the Yurok's Lower Klamath River reservation.
Water quality and water quality law have been mysteriously missing from the Negotiations and for the most part, they are not addressed in the Proposal. Yet water quality is arguably even more important than flow to Klamath River salmon. Both the massive 2002 adult fish kill and annual heavy mortality of juvenile salmon in the Klamath River are primarily related to horrible water quality. The Lost River Sub-basin - which will become an environmental sacrifice zone if the Proposal is enacted as currently written - is one of the Basin's top producers of Klamath River Basin pollution because it is used to drain the Klamath Project's heavily polluted agricultural waste water. The Klamath Straits, which is used by the Bureau of Reclamation to convey this waste water to the Klamath River is sometimes so polluted that the discharge becomes pure ammonia - a chemical directly toxic to fish and other aquatic life. At times in summer the Klamath Straits constitutes as much as 25% of the water flowing out of the Upper Basin.
Have you read KlamBlog's analysis of the Prposal which was yesterdays post (see it below)? If it is too long for your taste try a shorter review by Bob Hunter of Oregon's Water Watch. You can read that on oregon Wild's web site at:
By the way, the full Proposal, an "official" summary, and the press release issued with it are available at http://www.edsheets.com/Klamathdocs.html. This appears to be the web site of Ed Sheete, the "facilitator" who lead development of the Proposal. Information we have is that this 'facilitator" was paid by the Bush Interior Department whose current main representative on Klamath issues - Steve Thompson of the US Fish and Wildlife Service- nevertheless continues to claim that they did not direct or lead development of the Proposal.