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AUGUST 28, 2011


Klamath Basin FACT vs. FICTION    

John Menke details the history of Salmon in Siskiyou county waters.
Today's guest: Dr. John W. Menke PhD

About John Menke:

Rex unfortunately cannot identify himself, but on this show he will expose the flawed science and rationale behind the "Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA)".


Image of the endangered Klamath Coho Salmon

 NOTE THAT THE DAM REMOVAL OPPOSITION STATES: Coho Salmon can only travel as far as they do because of the dams. So really, the Coho salmon will not benefit with dam removal. Removing the dams will make it much harder for the salmon to travel upstream. Please listen to the following radio clips. The links below will activate your player so do not click while program is broadcasting.
Listen - interview from My Outdoor Buddy Radio 1460 AM
Click here for audio: Liz Bowen gives her argument against the removal of 4 Siskiyou County Dams.
Sat. Mornings 6 - 7 AM
Click here for audio: Hear John Menke (ecologist) give his historical and environmental analogy of Coho Salmon as a reason to remove these dams.
Frank Galusha '' over Dam Issues
Click here for audio: Bott of KCNR 1460 Radio interviews Frank Galusha ' about Scott River Valley Coho and the ESA.
Latest Outdoor Buddy interview with Rex, our guest two weeks ago:

Clamath River Basin PDF

Click on Map for a larger view.   REF:
Scientists find holes in Klamath River dam removal plan
June 25, 2011 - By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
Click here to read full  Los Angeles Times story.
$1.4-billion project dismantling four hydroelectric dams to restore Chinook salmon runs in the upper Klamath River amounts to an experiment with no guarantee of success, independent report says.

A $1.4-billion project to remove four hydroelectric dams and restore habitat to return Chinook salmon to the upper reaches of the Klamath River amounts to an experiment with no guarantee of success, an independent science review has concluded.

A panel of experts evaluating the proposal expressed "strong reservations" that the effort could overcome the many environmental pressures that have driven the dramatic decline of what was one of the richest salmon rivers in the nation.


Copco No.1 Dam

Even after the decommission of dams that have for decades blocked migrating salmon, the panel said, biologists would probably have to truck the fish around a stretch of the river plagued by low oxygen levels.

"I think there's no way in hell they're going to solve" the basin's water-quality problems, said Wim Kimmerer, an environmental research professor at San Francisco State, one of six experts who reviewed the plan. "It doesn't seem to me like they've thought about the big picture very much."


Copco No. 1 Powerhouse. USFWS photo

Over the last century, the Klamath's waters have been diverted for irrigation, polluted by runoff and dammed for hydropower. The number of fall-run Chinook that swim up the river and its tributaries to spawn has in some years amounted to fewer than 20,000, compared to historic populations of half a million.

The plummeting levels of native fish have pitted farmers against environmentalists and tribes whose traditional cultures and diets revolved around salmon fishing.

Many of the warring parties last year signed two agreements intended to bring peace to the river, which winds from southern Oregon through the Cascade and Coast ranges to California's Pacific Coast

J. C. Boyle Dam Spillway and Ladder. 

USFWS photo

One of the pacts calls for the removal, starting in 2020, of four hydropower dams operated by PacifiCorp, a subsidiary of billionaire Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway empire. The other includes fishery restoration programs as well as promises of a certain level of water deliveries to Klamath basin farmers and two wildlife refuges that are important stopovers for migrating birds.

The dam removal must still be approved by Congress and the U.S. secretary of the Interior, who will rely on reviews by the independent panel, federal agencies and others to determine if the decommissioning is in the public interest.


Iron Gate Reservoir and Dam.

USFWS photo

The scientists' June 13 report describes the proposals as a "major step forward" that could boost the salmon population by about 10% in parts of the upper basin. But to achieve that, the panel cautions, the project must tackle vexing problems, including poor water quality and fish disease.

Read full  Los Angeles Times story.

Dam removal will do more harm than good
REFERENCE: PIE N POLITICS and also appears in the Redding Searchlight:  opinion J. Menke
Removal of four Klamath River dams as proposed in the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement and and the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement likely will result in undesirable and unintended consequences that collectively add up to negative cost-benefit outcomes using scientific, engineering, economic, and Native American cultural criteria. Surprisingly, the fishery faces the greatest risk of all, and the agencies responsible for promoting dam removal do not appear to care.
First and foremost, the dams provide flood protection (minimum 9-hour peak-flood delay) for small communities, residences, businesses, agency offices, bridges and other structures along the Klamath River downstream from Iron Gate Dam to the ocean. Additionally, the reservoirs provide local water supplies to helicopters used in fighting wildland fires. Reservoirs also provide sufficient water in the mainstem Klamath to support the fall run of chinook salmon. Property values adjacent to dam reservoirs have declined precipitously, and property tax reductions will reduce funds for Siskiyou County programs.
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Websites and material mentioned on today's program:

Environmental Protection Agency
Department of the Interior report

Klamath River Basin Conservation Area Restoration Program


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