[env-trinity] Eureka Times Standard - 8/2/07

Dan Bacher danielbacher at fishsniffer.com
Fri Aug 3 07:40:51 PDT 2007


Jay

The 35,000 figure was the preliminary estimate by DFG. After all of  
the data from the DFG, Tribes and federal government
was in, the estimate was officially raised up to 68,000 fish.

This latest figure is being used by Thompson's staff in all of his  
press releases. I'm going to call his office today and find
where he got the latest figure.

The problem is that nobody really knows the exact number of fish that  
died. In my articles, I say "an estimated 68,000 to 80,000 fish," to  
be safe.

The 38,000 figure was the least accurate figure because it was only a  
preliminary estimate.

Dan
On Aug 2, 2007, at 6:55 PM, jay_glase at nps.gov wrote:

> The only downside I see to articles like this is that seemingly  
> every time
> I read one, the number of dead salmon increases.  I realize that  
> sometimes
> it's the press, updated estimates,  rounding numbers, etc. but
> inconsistencies that start at 35,000 and go up to (most recently)  
> 80,000
> don't bode well for the science behind all of this.  If the  
> estimates have
> been recalculated and are reasonably solid, it would be good to see  
> that
> kind of information in print.  Not that I don't think this was a  
> horrific
> deed - it most certainly was - but pretty soon it'll be up to  
> 100,000 dead
> salmon, and credibility will be in question.
>
>
> Jay Glase
> Great Lakes Area Fishery Biologist
> National Park Service
> 800 E Lakeshore Dr
> Houghton, MI 49931
> 906-487-7167
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> Thompson decries VP's Klamath interference
> Eureka Times Standard – 8/2/07
>
> After new evidence was revealed during a House Natural Resources  
> Committee
> hearing on whether government officials manipulated science in  
> order to
> divert water from the Klamath River, North Coast Rep. Mike Thompson  
> issued
> a statement blasting that abuse of the process.
>
> ”(Tuesday's) hearing is clear evidence that the scientific process  
> behind
> the water diversion was purposely manipulated by government  
> officials,”
> said Thompson. “Sidestepping this process led to an illegal water  
> plan that
> contributed to the largest adult salmon kill in the West.”
>
> The Department of Commerce's inspector general testified that  
> department
> officials bypassed key oversight mechanisms when creating a biological
> opinion on how a water diversion would affect endangered fish in the
> Klamath.
>
> The final biological opinion, which was later found in violation of  
> the
> Endangered Species Act, contributed to the deaths of roughly 80,000
> spawning salmon.
>
> The hearing was held by the House Natural Resources Committee in  
> response
> to a request made by Thompson and 35 of his Democratic colleagues from
> California and Oregon.
>
> They called for the hearing because of the reported pressure Vice  
> President
> Dick Cheney placed upon the Department of Interior to, as the  
> Washington
> Post stated in its June investigative report, “prioritize economic
> interests over protected fish.”
>
> The Post reported that the vice president called for water to be  
> diverted
> from the Klamath River Basin to farms in Oregon in order to secure the
> farmers' votes.
>
> Cheney declined to testify at the hearing.
>
> ”The history of political strong-arming in the Klamath is  
> despicable,” said
> Thompson. “Fortunately, a silver lining has begun to form.  
> Stakeholders in
> the Klamath River Basin are working together on a plan to recover  
> the fish
> and help the farmers who need water for their land.
>
> ”I believe there is room for both the fishers and the farmers, but  
> we must
> ensure the government's future involvement is transparent and honest,”
> Thompson said. “To that end, I am committed to continuing this
> investigation and improving the oversight process.”
>
>
> Byron Leydecker
> Friends of Trinity River, Chair
> California Trout, Inc., Advisor
> PO Box 2327
> Mill Valley, CA 94942-2327
> 415 383 4810
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