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Klamath Tribes and Fishers Say Dams Must Go!

repost from sfimc about restoring the Klamath River; salmon, fishers and estuary plant life by removing the outdated ineffective dam that robs minerals from the estuary and prevents salmon from migrating..
This article from the Eureka Times-Standard is about the hearing calling for the removal of dams on the Klamath River on Tuesday.


Klamath people tell feds dams must go

Eureka Times-Standard - 6/23/04

By John Driscoll, staff writer

The time is now to consider bringing down dams on the Klamath River and breath life back into its fishery, dozens of speakers told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday.

More than 200 people packed a large hotel conference room, all adamant that Portland, Ore.,-based PacifiCorp properly weigh its effects on the river. Most at the public hearing insisted the small amount of electricity produced by the facilities doesn't match the benefits restored salmon fisheries would have.

"This is wrong, and this is a chance to right that wrong," said Yurok Tribal Chairman Howard McConnell.

PacifiCorp, a division of Scottish Power, is seeking a 50-year license for Iron Gate, Copco I and Copco II, J.C. Boyle, Keno and Link River dams. All told, the dams generate 150 megawatts of electricity -- enough to supply 70,000 homes.

McConnell pointed out that despite the dams, many on the Yurok Reservation are without power. He said PacifiCorp has failed to do the most basic studies on the dams' impacts to the river and its people.

The license for the dams expires in 2006.

FERC will determine the range of issues PacifiCorp must analyze. The agency said it hopes to have a draft environmental impact statement done in July 2005.

The lowermost dam, Iron Gate, stops salmon from reaching historic spawning grounds in the upper river. Despite protest from American Indian tribes and fishermen, PacifiCorp has opted not to consider building fish ladders, opting only to look at trucking fish around the dams.

The company has also resisted the idea of removing any of the dams, though lower river advocates, the National Research Council, and the California Energy Commission, among other groups, have encouraged such an evaluation.

Nancy Stark, aid to California Assemblywoman Patty Berg, D-Eureka, read a statement asking FERC to demand an analysis of decommissioning all the dams.

PacifiCorp has proposed plans to improve whitewater rafting, fishing and recreation at its facilities, and said it's open to exploring oxygenating water in the often fetid Iron Gate Reservoir.

Yurok elder Richard Myers told the commission staff that the fish in the Klamath can't afford another 50 years of dams. The past few years, which have seen major die-offs of both adult and juvenile fish, have been troubling, he said.

"We need to pray and make these men change their minds," Myers said, urging PacifiCorp to remove its dams.

A number of speakers talked about the devastating impacts the dams and other problems on the Klamath have had on North Coast communities. The commercial salmon fishery in Northern California and Southern Oregon is all but closed in an effort to protect the Klamath's ailing stocks.

Eureka commercial fisher Marge Salo said FERC shouldn't need an 80-pound document to "do the right thing."

Salo said coastal communities are dying, while her boat is tied up.

"I resent it," she said. "I really do."

By deadline, dozens more still had not addressed the commission staff.

comment 2 above;

remove dams 2 restore estuary


dams also block organic and fragmented mineral nutrients from traveling down the river into the estuary, where the river meets the ocean. various minerals containing many elements are physically weathered upstream and transported as fragments till they are trapped behind the dam..

this can slow the growth of plankton and other life forms as they are depending on river sediment silt for mineral uptake. plankton are the base of the food pyramid and need essential elements (Fe, Mg) of aqueous minerals that enter the delta/estuary as mineral fragments in large volume when transported by el rio uninterrupted by dams..

Eelgrass, catails and other plant species also need the minerals and organic matter trapped behind the dams..

Comparing the Klamath to Rio Colorado, where minerals are removed from behind the dams (like Hoover), seperated by element/compound, and some heavy metals then used to build military equipment to kill Iraqi children..

dams are another form of mining, similar to Black Mesa. the current US military expansion is fueled by mining operations and other forms of mineral thievery..

proof is in the pudding..

dredging no big secret 24.Jun.2004 19:54

on government website

government website already has info on their desilting and dredging operations where minerals from Rio Colorado are removed and sorted for distribution to whatever corporation (military weapons manufacturers?) is interested..

this is not the same as dredging the reservoirs directly behind the dams, though it is likely that the government would also be interested in taking any mineral compounds/elements they feel would be of value to them or corporations. is there a way to isolate radioactive minerals from other silt?

Rio Colorado's minerals are being stolen by US imperialism..

location, location, location..

"The Imperial Dam and Desilting Works are situated on the Colorado River 18 miles northeast of Yuma, Arizona. The purpose of the dam is to raise the water surface 25 feet and provide controlled gravity flow of water into the All-American and Gila Gravity Main Canals. The desilting works remove most the sediment carried by the Colorado River. This sediment removal prevents clogging of the canals and subsequent, expensive, difficult maintenance.

To meet the irrigation diversion requirements at Imperial Dam, the flow of water in the Colorado River arriving at the dam is controlled by releases from Parker Dam, 150 miles upstream. Hoover Dam, 303 miles upstream; Davis Dam, 235 miles upstream and Glen Canyon Dam, 657 miles upstream; along with other dams, provide essential flood protection and storage. Ordinarily, the quantity of water released from these dams is coordinated with annual downstream requirements. However, during years of high runoff from the mountains, any extra water that cannot be held in allotted reservoir space is released at rates designed to minimize flooding while maintaining essential flood storage space in the reservoirs."