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Klamath River eNews - July 21st, 2008

Here is the latest Klamath River eNews, courtesy of the Malena Marvin, Outreach and Science Director for the Klamath Riverkeeper. KJC announces PacifiCorp Day of Action in Portland September 18, 2008.
Klamath River eNews - July 21st, 2008

News:

* PACIFICORP WITHDRAWS WATER QUALITY PERMIT APPLICATION FOR KLAMATH DAMS
* 2,500 GALLON RAW SEWAGE SPILL IN YREKA CREEK
* OREGON BACKS RESTORING SALMON TO UPPER KLAMATH BASIN
* STUDY SUGGESTS UPPER KLAMATH LAKE IS ABLE TO SUPPORT JUVENILE SALMON
* JUDGE: WATER DELIVERY SYSTEM HARMS CALIFORNIA SALMON
* DAM DECISION BY SEPTEMBER 30?


Action Alerts:

* STATE HEARINGS CANCELLED ON DAMS' WATER QUALITY
* KLAMATH JUSTICE COALITION ANNOUNCES PACIFICORP DAY OF ACTION - 9/18/2008
* KJC SPONSORS NON-VIOLENT DIRECT ACTION TRAININGS ON THE KLAMATH RIVER - 8/23, 8/30, 9/22-9/23


Announcements:

* SALMON RIVER COOPERATIVE SPRING CHINOOK DIVES RESCHEDULED DUE TO FOREST FIRE

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News:


PACIFICORP WITHDRAWS WATER QUALITY PERMIT APPLICATION FOR KLAMATH DAMS
Independent Media - 7/16/08
 http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/07/16/18516778.php
The Warren Buffett subsidiary that owns several hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River in northern California and southern Oregon sent a letter Friday to the State of California withdrawing its water quality permit application, surprising dam removal advocates who were planning to attend hearings regarding the permit over the coming week. Robert E. Dolan, the counsel for PacifiCorp Energy, said the application for water quality certification, a key document required for continued operation of its dams and hydroelectric facilities under the Clean Water Act, was withdrawn to facilitate settlement negotiations for "a long term settlement of the project." He said the company intends to resubmit its application to the State Water Resources Control Board in the "near-future." The application withdrawal occurs as the company is negotiating about the future of the controversial dams with the state and federal governme

2.500 GALLON RAW SEWAGE SPILL IN YREKA CREEK
Siskiyou Daily News - 7/2/08
 http://www.siskiyoudaily.com/news/x379981158/Crews-clean-creek
According to a press release from Siskiyou County Public Health, untreated wastewater was accidentally discharged into Yreka Creek at the Central Yreka exit Monday morning. Steve Neill, director of Yreka's Public Works, said that the cause is believed to be a buildup of the grease commonly used in homes and restaurants. He stated that while small amounts of discarded cooking grease generally don't spell trouble for pipes, larger quantities can present problems, causing backups in the sewage flow. In this case, Neill said, a "plug" of grease had blocked the sewer main and forced wastewater to back up out of a manhole on the nearby Miner's Inn grounds and into the creek.
Official State Water Board report -  http://www.klamathriver.org/Documents/Yreka-sewage-SWB.pdf

OREGON BACKS RESTORING SALMON TO UPPER KLAMATH BASIN
The Oregonian - 7/18/08
 link to www.oregonlive.com
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved restoration of chinook salmon to the area now blocked by dams on the Klamath River. The vote Friday in Sisters amended Oregon's fisheries management plan for the Upper Klamath Basin to allow biologists to prepare for the day years down the road when salmon will be able to reach some 300 miles of habitat blocked the past century by a series of small hydroelectric dams. "It's been a long time coming," said commission Chairwoman Marla Rae. "We have to start somewhere."

THE FIRST STEP HOME? STUDY SUGGESTS UPPER KLAMATH LAKE IS ABLE TO SUPPORT JUVENILE SALMON
USGS Press Release - 7/15/08
 http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=1975
Young Chinook Salmon should be able to grow and develop in the waters of Upper Klamath Lake and the Williamson River, according to a new study. That could be the first step in a journey back to ancestral waters for fall-run Chinook salmon. Researchers found that water-quality conditions in those bodies of water appear adequate for the physiological development of the salmon. The study was conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and Oregon State University. The study examined Iron Gate Hatchery fall-run Chinook salmon, which are a potential candidate for reintroduction.

JUDGE: WATER DELIVERY SYSTEM HARMS CALIFORNIA SALMON
Associated Press - 7/19/08
 http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5g9RgO6ZxQLIpGz5B87A7aB4ShR2AD920ML680
A federal judge ruled Friday that California's water systems threaten to push native, wild salmon into extinction but stopped short of ordering any immediate water cutbacks farmers said would have cost them millions in lost crops. The ruling in a Fresno federal court Friday ultimately could force regulators to change the way they move and use water to help endangered salmon spawn in the state's rivers and swim downstream into the Pacific Ocean. Environmentalists and fishermen had asked the judge to order immediate protections for the fishes' habitat, arguing that the collapse of one of the West Coast's biggest wild salmon runs earlier this spring foretold the extinction of related species.

DAM DECISION BY SEPTEMBER 30?
Klamath Falls Herald and News - 7/17/08
Full article available by request
A letter from state and federal officials to Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement authors says a final decision on PacifiCorp-owned dams is expected by Sept. 30. According to a letter dated July 9, meetings with the Portland-based utility have been positive, and government officials hope to brief those who drafted the restoration agreement in early August. The agreement allocates water in the Klamath River watershed among fisheries, tribes, farmers and conservationists. It also advocates removal of PacifiCorp's four dams. "It is our goal to secure your support for the (agreement in principle) and to afford those parties who support (it) to remain engaged through the development of the final agreement," the letter states. A PacifiCorp spokesman confirmed that company and government officials are discussing transferring ownership of the dams, but said the dates provided in the letter indicate optimism on the government's part. "We've had productive talks, and we've agreed to keep talking," said spokesman Art Sasse.

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Action Alerts:

* STATE HEARINGS CANCELLED ON DAMS' WATER QUALITY
This summer's scheduled hearings on clean water permitting for PacifiCorp's Klamath River dams have been cancelled. This includes the July 22nd hearing in Sacramento, as well as the late August and early September hearings in Klamath, Orleans, and Yreka. Please see article above  http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/07/16/18516778.php.

* KLAMATH JUSTICE COALITION ANNOUNCES PACIFICORP DAY OF ACTION - 9/18/2008
Klamath Riverkeeper is joining with Tribes and fishermen and other Klamath River community organizers to participate in a Day of Action Against PacifiCorp on Thursday, September 18th, 2008. The Klamath Justice Coalition is inviting people to meet at Holladay Park in downtown Portland for a 12:00 pm march and rally at PacifiCorp's headquarters. More information available at  link to www.klamathriver.org.

* KJC SPONSORS NON-VIOLENT DIRECT ACTION TRAININGS ON THE KLAMATH RIVER - 8/23, 8/30, 9/22-9/23
In preparation for September's PacifiCorp Day of Action, the Klamath Justice Coalition is hosting several opportunities to learn more about non-violent direct action. Please contact Georgianna Myers at (707) 599-0877 or sregonlady [at] gmail.com for more information.

Trainings:
July 23 at 5:30pm NVDA Introduction in Klamath, CA
July 30 at 5:30 on NVDA Introduction in Hoopa, CA
August 22-24 NVDA Training Camp Orleans, CA (may have to change due to smoke)


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Announcements:

* SALMON RIVER COOPERATIVE SPRING CHINOOK DIVES RESCHEDULED DUE TO FOREST FIRE
Forest fires have postponed next week's annual Chinook counts on the Klamath Salmon River. The dives have been tentatively rescheduled for August 13-14 with training on August 12th, but please stay tuned to the Salmon River Restoration Council website for information on the new dates.  http://srrc.org/news-info/index.php.

We encourage everyone to participate in August, as this year's survey is particularly important for several reasons. First, it will show us how the Salmon River spring Chinook run is responding to the 2008 full closure of commercial fishing. Also, the numbers will help determine what Chinook stock to use for reintroduction in the Upper Klamath - Salmon River Springers are the ideal candidate, but only if there are enough to go around. Finally, the Salmon River run is the largest remnant population of the once million strong Klamath spring Chinook and we have 26 years of consecutive population data to build on. - Nat Pennington


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Malena Marvin
Outreach and Science Director
Klamath Riverkeeper
PO Box 897, Ashland, OR 97520
cell: 541-821-7260 ph/fax: 541-488-3553
 malena@klamathriver.org
 http://www.klamathriver.org

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