The triple whammy hit the Center hard but KlamBlog is pleased to report that the NEC is making a strong comeback. The ECONEWS has an energetic, young editor in Erica Terence, a native of the Salmon River Country, and executive director Greg King has come up to speed quickly on the issues and appears ready to provide leadership within the Northcoast’s environmental community. NEC has also increased the size of its board of directors and has established a conservation committee to guide its activist work.
Over the past year King and the NEC have placed special emphasis on
Here’s what NEC contract hydrologist Greg Kamman said about the Deal’s proposed
As a hydrologist, the focus of my review of the assumptions integrated into the WRIMS modeling was on the accuracy and feasibility of water supply and demand expectations. The areas of greatest concern to me relate to the ability of the project to actually achieve: the 100K AF expansion of water storage within and around Upper Klamath Lake; the 30K AF augmentation of inflow to Upper Klamath Lake (UKL) associated with agriculture retirement in the upstream “out-of-project” area; and reliance on groundwater supplies to augment project wide water demands during interim and drought periods and the reliability of 1961-2000 period to represent baseline hydrologic conditions.
The issues Kamman raised have never been adequately addressed by the proponents of the Water Deal. For example, KlamBlog has called for the Deal’s proponents to produce the Drought Plan which is mentioned in the proposed Deal but not included in it. KlamBlog believes the Drought Plan would reveal that under the Deal it would be necessary to lease water from irrigators and to mine
Hydrologist Kamman later stated in a letter that he now believes tribal and federal managers can be trusted to do the right thing in the Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the links.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the links.
More recently, the NEC, along with Klamath Riverkeeper, has moved strongly to mobilize citizen participation in the State Water Resources Control Board’s consideration of whether PacifiCorp’s
Once again the NEC stepped into a void. Neither the national groups involved on the Klamath, nor the California Hydropower Coalition, nor the Klamath River Basin Coalition have taken steps to mobilize citizen pressure on FERC to impose conditions on PacifiCorp’s current Klamath operations.
Lack of efforts by the environmental community to educate, mobilize and involve citizens has been one of the changes KlamBlog has observed in recent years on the Klamath along with an increased amount of secrecy. It appears that most of the environmental groups now involved in
If you like what’s happening at the NEC, take the time to thank them for their efforts and encourage them to continue focusing on citizen education and mobilization. Unlike many environmental organizations, the NEC still provides staff contact e-mail addresses on their web site.
 Sid is still volunteering lots of time at the NRC as proofreader, ECONEWS contributor and advisor.
 You can read KlamBlog’s evaluation of the proposed Water Deal in our January 29th post, reactions to the Deal posted February 1st and about impacts on Klamath refuges in the March 16th post.
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