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Free los rios from corporate agribusiness

Restoring los rios de california involves changing agriculture from corporate controlled 2 smaller scale permaculture and increasing use of drought tolerant native plants..
March 14 is International Rivers Day and the focus in Calfornia needs 2 be on reducing consumption 4 large scale agribusiness and instead increasing smaller scale community farms that rely on crop diversity and native drought tolerant species like oaks, miners lettuce and others..

The Klamath River is yearning 4 freedom from suffocating dams, the salmon, sturgeon, steelhead and other species wish 2 return to their spawning grounds upriver. The dams are scheduled 2 be decommissioned by FERC in 2006. The removal of the dams is needed 4 salmon 2 survive, the increasing threats from pesticide runoff, warmer water and blocked tributaries. The Yurok, Hoopa, and Karuk have depended on the salmon 4 centuries before European settlers took their land by force and begun construction of concrete monoliths on the rios. The indigenous peoples of the Klamath River today strive to maintain their cultural identity from the forced assimilation of US monocultura..

Klamath farmers have the option of growing drought tolerant crops like jojoba and tepary bean, both native to the southwestern desert. The current crops of alfalfa are often used to supplement beef ranchers, an excess of energy lost to trophic pyramid (plant primary producer --> primary herbivore --> primary carnivore) conversion 2 heat. If the waste of agribusiness and cattle ranching is replaced with native plants and also restoration of native ungulates like pronghorn antelope, tule elk and others, there will be enough food and water 4 everyone..

People who desire to eat meat should at least be able to hunt, skin and dress the animal that provides them with food. Learn to respect the animal u consume instead of taking the fast food carcass 4 granted. Pronghorn antelope are adapted to the plants of this region (Sac/San Joaquin Valley) and can gain nutritional value from native drought tolerants where cattle only become ill..

Currently scientists are debating the "native vs. non-native" species coexistence on the ecosystem's health. There is beginning to be a movement that compares "nativists" to the Nazi Party of Germany and their eugenics program. This is a curious outlook because the non-native European immigrants to America practiced eugenics on the native indigenous populations by forcing them onto reservations and mass burials during the massive land theft..

Today people all live together and maybe if we show even a slight bit of respect to the indigenous populations before glorifying "immigration uber alles" (Walmart slave labor, furthermore Mexicanas are more indigenous 2 CA than Europeans), we can realize the wisdom of indigenous peoples' and their knowledge of the ecosystem is more important than fast food US monocultura..

Shasta Dam is not seismically safe. Raising the dam even a few feet would be one of the worst blunders of US corporate government since nuclear waste disposal at Yucca Mt..

Shasta dams's location near underground granite uplift (search; Castle Crags) and of course, Mt. Shasta is enough to make an inflexible concrete monolith fracture over time. The wider the top, the more likely an undetectable uplift could shift both sides a small degree off and thereby begin fracturing..

The insane amount of money spent on "homeland Security" anti-terrorist measures is laughable to any cave bound terrorist who understands enough geology to see what u are doing to yourselves in the relentless pursuit of more, more, more. The unfortunate part is innocent people are living in the floodplain and usually represent the lower income populations while the politicians and corporate executives live safely in the hills..

Lowering the dam and reservoir gradually while farmers and people adapt to less water would be the rational choice. Since when has the US corporate government done anything even slightly rational concerning dams and agribusiness??

Shasta dam already flooded Wintu land, here is their side of the story;


Salmon jump joyously over the rubble, children laugh and play at riverside while the older folks patiently fish. The water and air are free from pollution, downstream the returning antelope pause to take a drink..

Below is copy of previous posting announcing the march in Sac today 4 International Day of Action 4 Rivers;

Film Showing/March & Rally: Bring The Salmon Home to the Klamath River!
by Dan Bacher Monday, Mar. 07, 2005 at 8:11 PM

Take the afternoon off on March 14 to support the Klamath River tribes in their struggle to restore salmon populations. The event will be preceded the previous evening by a film showing of "Salmon on the Backs of Buffalo" at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento.


For Immediate Release: March 4, 2005

Contact:Craig Tucker, Klamath Campaign Coordinator,Karuk Tribe 916-207-8294

Tribes, Conservationists, and Fishermen Appeal to Governor:

Help Bring Salmon Home to the Klamath Basin

Groups hold march and rally, show film to celebrate International Day of Action for Rivers

The March and Rally:

WHAT: March and rally at the Capital led by Klamath Basin tribes and joined by conservationists, commercial fishermen, and social justice advocates. Speakers include tribal leaders and representatives of the commercial fishing and ranching communities.

WHERE: March begins at River Front Park in Old Sacramentoand ends at west steps of Capital.

WHEN: Monday, March 14. March begins at 12:30, rally begins at 2pm.

The film presentation:

WHAT: Salmon on the Backs of Buffalo documents the ongoing struggle of Klamath basin tribes as they fight to
preserve the dwindling salmon runs. Following the film, ceremonial leaders from the tribes will explain the spiritual
connection of native people to salmon and their campaign to restore what was once the 3rd greatest salmon river in
United States.

WHERE: Crest Theater, 1013 J Street, Sacramento.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m., Sunday March 13. Tix are $10 at the door


March 14, 2005 marks the 8th annual International Day of Action for Rivers. To celebrate, the Klamath Tribes and their
allies are holding a rally at the capital to highlight the damage done to the Klamath River by a complex of dams
owned by the international energygiant Scottish Power (NYSE- SPI). The six dams are currently being relicensed by
the Federal Energy RegulatoryCommittee, providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to remove dams. The rally at the
State capital is an appeal to the Governor to act as 'Conan the Riparian' and use the state's authority to demand dam
removal of the lower fourdams.

Event Sponsors: Karuk Tribe, Yurok Tribe, Hoopa Valley Tribe, Klamath Tribes, Friends of the River, International
Rivers Network, and Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations

For more information see:  http://www.friendsoftheriver.org

and  http://www.irn.org

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Klamath Restoration Council
Our mission is to restore and protect the uniquely diverse ecosystem and natural resources of the entire Klamath River watershed.
We believe this will be accomplished with actions and legislation that integrate sound and proven techniques based on Tribal knowledge, local experience and the best of Western science.
Mail: Box 214 Salmon River Outpost Somes Bar, CA 95568
Phone: 530 627 3054

Here's a site with info on CA native plants, many of which are both drought tolerant and edible!!