[env-trinity] Various Postings on Breaking Trinity Record of
bwl3 at comcast.net
Thu Apr 14 12:17:26 PDT 2005
Posted by Eric Wiseman
Guys and Gals-
The latest plan to steal water from the Trinity to help the sick
Klamath River is illegal
as well as irresponsible. We must pause to consider what types of biological
cues are induced by shipping 35,000 - 50,000 AF of water down the Trinity in
September. I propose a solution...STOP MITIGATING WITH FALL-RUN CHINOOK
spring-run kings were historically the most abundant run, taste better, and
are not in the
lower Klamath system in substantial numbers during August and September.
Posted by Steve Pedery
The 2002 fish kill was not a result of low flows in the Trinity, it was the
result of the terrible conditions that the Bush administration and the
federal government continue to inflict on the Klamath. We should be
extremely dubious of any band-aid fix that ignores the Klamath's problems
and tries to limp through the year solely with Trinity water as the
solution. Robbing the TROD water is outrageous, but the Humboldt water
isn't a long-term solution either.
Posted by Jill Geist
I continue to be astounded by the ability of DOI (BOR) to continue ignoring
Humboldt's contract water and our willingness to have that water available
for late summer/early fall release for the protection of Trinity and Klamath
fisheries! We have, and likely will continue, submitting correspondence to
the DOI that we are willing to make with water available. There is
absolutely no need to go after TROD water.
Posted by Margie Whitnah
Plan Limits Water Use in Klamath Area
Farmers will get 70% of their normal allotment for irrigation during the
drought but fishermen and environmentalists fear ecological calamity.
By Eric Bailey
Times Staff Writer
April 11, 2005
SACRAMENTO - Facing what is shaping up to be the third-driest year on record
Klamath River, the federal government has unveiled a plan of water releases
that hits both
fish and farmers.
Irrigators in the fertile Klamath Basin, an agricultural swath straddling
border, will get about 70% of their usual water allotment and are being
asked to cut use by an
additional 15%. The plan was released Friday.
"We're hopeful we can get everyone through the year," said Jeff McCracken of
the U.S. Bureau
of Reclamation, which operates the sprawling network of dams and irrigation
canals in the
West. "We're asking everyone to tighten up water usage."
But fishermen and environmentalists say the cutbacks are disproportionately
steep for the
river, raising the prospect of the sort of ecological calamity that in 2002
resulted in the die-off
of 70,000 adult salmon in the lower Klamath. Low flow caused poor water
helped lead to an outbreak of disease.
"Here we go again," said Steve Pedery of the Oregon Natural Resources
Council. "They're going
through some amazing contortions to provide as much water to irrigators as
Pedery said the Klamath National Wildlife Refuges will be particularly hard
hit. The vast
expanse of wetlands, a major stop for rare bald eagles and migratory birds
on the Pacific
Flyway, will receive about half what is typically needed, he said.
Meanwhile, the river - home
to the endangered coho salmon - will see water levels sag through the
McCracken, however, said federal water managers were well aware of potential
would act quickly if needed to ensure fish survive as they make their way
upriver this fall.
"We haven't had any problems for a couple of years and we're going to
continue to operate the
system to meet everyone's needs," he said.
Rob Crawford, a Klamath farmer in Tule Lake, Calif., took exception to
environmentalists. He said farmers are cooperating to conserve in every way
off early irrigation, installing more efficient water systems, planting
In addition, a federal program is expected to idle about 30,000 acres of
one-tenth of the Klamath Basin agricultural acreage, this year.
"Everyone understands how tight a water year it is," Crawford said, adding
environmentalists and fishermen remain intent on "poisoning the process."
Rains drenched Southern California through the winter, but the Pacific
experiencing a steep drought, and the Klamath region hasn't been spared.
provides water to the river during the summer and fall, is running about
one-third of normal.
Chair, Friends of Trinity River
Consultant, California Trout, Inc.
PO Box 2327
Mill Valley, CA 94942-2327
415 383 4810 ph
415 383 9562 fx
bwl3 at comcast.net
bleydecker at stanfordalumni.org (secondary)
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