[env-trinity] Redding.com: Tribes, Pacificorp at odds over algae in Klama...
FISH1IFR at aol.com
Sat Jun 15 14:33:08 PDT 2013
Please do NOT repost the Hoopa Valley Tribe's anti-algaecide Petition
below. Anyone considering signing it should read it very carefully and also
understand that the Petition is to some degree merely a ruse perpetuated by an
employee of the Hoopa Valley Tribe to gather opposition against the Klamath
Settlement Agreements. In that respect, the Petition is somewhat of a
Trojan Horse, cleverly riding the algaecide issue for very different purposes,
and has drifted far from the point of opposing the use of algaecides in the
The Petition is, in fact, highly deceptive!
Unfortunately, the Petition is far more about the Hoopa Valley Tribe's
efforts to gather support for its unique position in opposition to the Klamath
Settlement Agreements than it is about the algaecide issue. The Petition
insists, for instance, that it is "time for PacifiCorps to move forward with
needed Clean Water Act certification" in its pending Application before the
California State Water Board. What the Hoopa Valley Tribe does not tell
you, though, is that the current Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification
Application is NOT FOR DAM REMOVAL, it is for FULL DAM RELICENSING. And this
Application has nothing whatsoever to do with the experimental use of
algaecides -- which the Regional Water Board approved.
Moving even one more step forward toward Klamath dam relicensing makes no
sense, given that PacifiCorp and nearly every other Klamath Basin major
stakeholder (except the Hoopa Valley Tribe) is working diligently through the
Klamath Settlement Agreements to remove these dams by 2020, not to relicense
them! The pending 401 Relicensing Application process is suspended while
Settlement Agreement efforts toward dam removal are being worked on. Forcing
PacifiCorp and the Water Board to instead move forward with the current
401 Certification process for relicensing is merely a devious way to try to
sabotage the KIamath Settlement Agreement, which the Hoopa Valley Tribe has
short-sightedly pledge itself to doing. The end result of such a process
will only be years of tangled and expensive litigation, and may even be
partial or total relicensing!
In short, this current Petition is highly deceptive, only peripherally
about algaecides, is based on a number of false assumptions, and unfortunately
has little to do, in the body of the Petition, with what it is purported
to be all about.
Most people in the basin, including myself, strongly oppose more use of
algaecides in the river and would sign a Petition that was only about that
issue in a heartbeat. But deceptively using this one "hot-button issue" as a
ruse to sabotage a Settlement Agreement that the Yurok Tribe, Karuk Tribe,
Klamath Tribes, Humboldt County and more than 40 other major Klamath Basin
stakeholder groups have agreed to -- and which represents the most certain
way to get these four dams down within the shortest period of time -- does
everyone a great disservice! Its authors should be ashamed of themselves!
Glen H. Spain, NW Regional Director
Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations (PCFFA)
PO Box 11170, Eugene, OR 97440-3370
O:(541)689-2000 -- Fax:(541)689-2500
Email: fish1ifr at aol.com
Home Page: _www.pcffa.org_ (http://www.pcffa.org/)
In a message dated 6/14/2013 12:17:53 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
windhorse at jeffnet.org writes:
How about puting the petition on line?
Lots more would sign!
Visit our Websites:
541 885 5450
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From: _Tom Stokely_ (mailto:tstokely at att.net)
To: _env-trinity at velocipede.dcn.davis.ca.us_
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Sent: Thursday, June 13, 2013 9:17 AM
Subject: [env-trinity] Redding.com: Tribes,Pacificorp at odds over algae
in Klamath River
Tribes, Pacificorp at odds over algae in Klamath River
* By _Alayna Shulman_ (http://www.redding.com/staff/alayna-shulman/)
* Posted June 12, 2013 at 6 p.m.
AP PHOTO/JEFF BARNARD
This Aug. 21, 2009, photo shows water trickling over an algae-covered
spillway at Copco 1 Dam on the Klamath River outside Hornbrook. Regional Indian
tribes are at odds with PacifiCorp over a plan to kill toxic algae blooms
in the Klamath River that critics say could cause a whole other pollution
problem in the Northern California waterway.
Local tribes are at odds with PacifiCorp over a plan to kill toxic algae
blooms in the Klamath River that critics say could cause a whole new
pollution problem in the already-controversial waterway.
A petition to stop the electricity giant’s plan to kill algae in the
Siskiyou County river with hydrogen peroxide-based “GreenClean Liquid” picked
up some 2,000 signatures in its first week, said Regina Chichizola, a Hoopa
Valley tribe member who started the protest drive.
Chichizola said she questions PacifiCorp’s study from its pilot run of the
algae program that killing the blooms with the substance doesn’t produce
harmful amounts of microcystin, a naturally occurring toxin.
“I feel like this shouldn’t be done on an experimental level,” Chichizola
Toxins in the river are problematic for both fishers and other recreation
fans as well as local tribes, Chichizola said, since they use the waterway
for sacred ceremonies.
But PacifiCorp says it’s “inconceivable” the plan would cause any
“We think it’s, frankly, irresponsible to be raising public health
concerns over something that is inconceivable — that this would cause health
problems down river, in the reservoir, anywhere,” said Bob Gravely, a spokesman
for the company.
Meanwhile, the Karuk Tribe has entered into a conflict resolution process
with PacifiCorp over the plan, hoping to find a civil way to ease concerns
it could prove toxic.
“We feel confident we’re going to work through this with PacifiCorp,”
said Craig Tucker, tribe spokesman.
The Karuk Tribe even sent an in-depth letter to PacifiCorp rejecting some
of the analysis from the 2012 study based on what time of day it occurred
and the depth of the water, both of which can affect results, a water expert
for the tribe said.
While Tucker said the data from a pilot project last year is up for
interpretation, it’s still concerning that the plan includes unnatural
“It’s a tough pill for tribal communities to swallow because...chemicals
are inconsistent with tribal cultural beliefs,” he said.
Gravely pointed out that the 2012 study results indicated that microcystin
wasn’t a problem. This year’s study would include a screen so that a more
isolated pocket of water could be treated without being diluted, he said.
Nonetheless, Clayton Creager, senior scientist for the North Coast
Regional Water Quality Control Board, said the board has some worries as well and
is examining the permit that allows PacifiCorp to use the algae-killer.
“We’re evaluating the status of their current permit,” he said. “It’s
because we have specific concerns and we’ve received lots of complaints.”
The U.S. Department of the Interior recommended in April that four dams on
the river be torn down to protect local tribes and fish species, and
Chichizola said that’s a safe way to prevent algae, since much of it originates
from the dams.
In 2010, Indian tribes, farmers, salmon fishermen and conservation groups
signed historic agreements calling for sharing water in dry years and the
removal of the four dams to open up hundreds of miles of salmon habitat shut
off for a century. PacifiCorp, which owns the dams, agreed to the removal
rather than pay millions of dollars for fish ladders and other
In addition to raising concerns over the algaecide plan, Chichizola
blasted PacifiCorp for not soliciting public comment on the plan, despite its
significance to the public.
“We’re concerned mainly with the people who are using the river, and we’
re concerned with the complete lawlessness around this action,” Chichizola
said, saying the plan has turned the Klamath into a “corporately controlled
But Gravely said his company notified Siskiyou County officials and also
ran a notice in a local newspaper.
“This has all been done as part of a very public process, and in
accordance with every regulation that applies to it,” he said. “I don’t know
exactly what they’re saying didn’t happen or wanted to happen...we made our
required notices. We feel like we have a responsibility to address these
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