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by Undam the Klamath, Save the Salmon!
Thursday, Sep. 28, 2006 at 10:39 AM
Recent GW Bush/Cheney regime influenced FERC decision to relicense Klamath River dams contributes to the genocide of indigenous nations (Yurok, Hupa, Karuk) living along the Klamath River ecosystem.
Several articles exposing GW bush/Cheney regime's manipulation of FERC (relicensing of lower four Klamath River dams) to benefit energy megacorporations like Pacificorp, as dams result in destruction of Klamath ecosystem and indigenous Klamath people's traditional religion and culture..
Original article calls for public protest of FERC's decision;
Rally in Sacramento for a Clean Klamath on October 25
by Dan Bacher
Tuesday Sep 26th, 2006 11:45 AM
We need a big turnout in Sacramento at the State Water Resources Control Board meeting on October 25 to bring down the Klamath River Dams and clean up the river. Also below is an action alert to clean up toxic algae.
** RALLY AND TESTIFY IN SACRAMENTO FOR A CLEAN KLAMATH! **
MAKE OCT. 25 CLEAN THE KLAMATH DAY
Join Klamath Basin tribal members and other residents and the Klamath Riverkeeper on October 25th at 12 p.m. to ask the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to CLEAN UP THE KLAMATH AND SAVE THE KLAMATH SALMON. The board building is located at 1001 I Street, Sacramento, California 95814.
The opportunity to ask state officials to deal with pollution through the Clean Water Act comes as a triennial review every three years. This is our chance to tell California water managers to UN-DAM THE KLAMATH and to protect our river and river-based economies. Cleaning up the Klamath is a key part of bringing the Klamath Salmon back.
Water boards have the power to not give the Klamath dams necessary permits, and to deal with poor water quality watershed wide. Currently, toxic algae is not addressed in the review, though the area with the toxic algae below Iron Gate Dam is.
We will have a peaceful demonstration for the Klamath River at 12:30 and testify on what the Klamath River and Salmon mean to us at the public forum at 1 p.m.
Written comments on the the Triennial review are due on October 20th. Contact the Riverkeeper for sample comments. Check out http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/tmdl/303d_lists2006.html for more info.
For more information, to help, or to carpool call or email Regina, the Klamath Riverkeeper at 530 627-3280 or email at klamath [at] riseup.net.
TAKE ACTION FOR THE KLAMATH RIVER: SIGN ON TO A LETTER TO CLEAN UP TOXIC ALGAE.
All the people in the United States should have the right to swim and fish in a clean river without fearing for their heath. This is the premise of the Clean Water Act. However PacifiCorp's reservoirs Iron Gate and Copco experienced record blooms of Microcystis aeruginos ,a potent live toxin, this summer. These blooms where almost 4000 times what the World Heath Organization considers safe for recreational use, and the blooms traveled down river.
PacifiCorps reservoirs are creating these dangerous blooms, but little has been done by state agencies whom job it is to protect the public.
Take the time to sign on to the Klamath Riverkeeper's toxic algae letter, or write your own letter to to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Board asking them to make the Klamath safe by regulating toxic algae. To sign on send your name, address, and email to the Klamath Riverkeeper at klamath [at] riseup.net or call at 530-627-3280.
Read the letter at klamathrestoration.org or email and ask for a copy.
To get involved contact the Klamath Restoration Council at klamath [at] riseup.net or call (530) 627-3446 ext. 3020. To be removed from list or subscribe go to https://lists.riseup.net/www and type in klamath list then hit subscribe or unsubscribe.
Our mission is to restore and protect the uniquely diverse ecosystem and to promote substainable management of the natural resources of the entire Klamath Watershed. The Klamath Restoration Council is a special project of the Karuk Tribe's Department of Natural Resources.
Ten things to do 2 Save the Klamath Salmon
by Klamath Restoration Council
Tuesday Sep 26th, 2006 1:15 PM
Here's some recommendations for saving the Klamath riparian ecosystem (includes salmon, sturgeon, lamprey, etc..) as found on the Klamath Restoration Council website;
"1. Join the email list or volunteer for the Klamath Restoration Council, and respond to alerts.
2. Host a movie showing, or distribute “The Black Oak” and other outreach materials.
3. Write to local newspapers, magazines or radio stations and ask them to report on the Klamath dams.
4.Contact Pacific Power: 1-888-221-7070 or
customerservice [at] pacificorp.com and ask for dam removal.
5. Contact California Governor Schwarzenegger and tell him to support dam removal: State Capitol Building Sacramento, CA 95814 Phone: (916) 445-2841 Fax: (916) 445-4633
Contact Oregon Governor Kulongoski and tell him to support dam removal, as California did: 160 State Capitol 900 Court St. Salem, OR 97301-4047 Phone: (503) 378-3111 Fax: (503) 378-6827 Email: representative.citizen [at] state.or.us
6. Get on the Klamath dams action alert and information list through KRC.
7. Tell friends and family who use Pacific Power to join their Green Energy Program and request that Pacific Power replace the Klamath Dams with real green energy alternatives.
8. Give a tax-deductible donation to the Klamath Restoration Council.
9. Fight harmful energy bills that sacrifice the environment for corporations, and reduce you consumption of power and water at home and work, switch to green energy, (wind or solar).
10. Contact a group that supports dam removal and lend your skills. Some contacts are the Klamath Restoration Council, the Klamath Salmon Media Collaborative, the Karuk Tribes Department of Nature Resources, or the Klamath Riverkeeper. Contact KRC at klamath [at] riseup.net or call (530) 627-3446 extension 3020.
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Reduce your energy consumption
Tuesday Sep 26th, 2006 4:02 PM
Here's how you can start!
No heat. No air conditioning. No fridge. No TV. No computer. No music system. Eat raw food.
Thanks, but I like the 21st century. And you're not going to run it on lawn clippings and windmills.
Klamath restoration not about energy consumption
problem is subsidy 4 outdated dams
Wednesday Sep 27th, 2006 1:04 PM
above comment claims;
"No heat. No air conditioning. No fridge. No TV. No computer. No music system. Eat raw food.
Thanks, but I like the 21st century. And you're not going to run it on lawn clippings and windmills."
The above comments highlight the corporate induced media perception of the possible outcomes of Klamath dam removal. This is a false arguement, removal of the lower four Klamath dams does NOT mean we'll give up technology. In fact, renewable energy sources (solar, wind, biomass, etc..) could help improve technology enough to consume less overall net energy in the process of energy production. The net energy gain to the electricity grid from Pacificorp's operation of the lower four Klamath dams provides far less energy than the gross energy gain to electricity grid as promised by Pacificorp PR media reps. Federal subsidies are now collected by Pacificorp chairperson (recent aquisition of Pacificorp from Scottish Power by billionaire Warren Buffet, CEO) to pay for operating the outdated lower Klamath dams. The net energy gain is the energy remaining available for public consumption following the deduction from gross energy of energy required (some from elsewhere) to maintain the dam's operational mechanisms, turbines, cleaning, maintenence, etc..
Pacificorp's net energy contribution from all four Klamath River dams amounts to less than 1% of the overall electricity grid, though a great deal more is promised to a sometimes unwary public. Just like Enron's promises of future net energy gains to customers, the uncertaintly principle plays a role in Pacificorp's desire to bribe FERC into pushing people living along the Klamath River to accept the intrusions of the lower four dams for the next fifty years. Part of the people's burden from Enron's involvement in deregulating the California energy market is the outcome of false promises made by Enron's former CEO Ken Lay (not only scapegoat Andrew Fastow). This outcome comes to the people in neatly wrapped energy projects promoted by corporations like Pacificorp as "green" energy, when the ecological outcome of said projects is disaster, and the net energy gained is negligible if true sustainable energy (rooftop solar cells) was made available to people at their homes (direct access) and communities, with public input and regulation of consumer cost based on usage (ie., large wasteful corporations like Wal-mart pay a higher rate, little old ladies who warm up their soup on stoves pay lower rate). The fact remains that under the GW bush/Cheney regime the largest corporations waste the greatest amounts of energy for the lowest rate, while the smallest consumers in the public use the least amounts of energy yet pay the highest rate. We the people of the USA may need some help from Venezualan President Chavez to correct this anomaly in current US energy pricing..
Here's part of the results of GW Bush regime's regressive energy bill;
"The bill repeals the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 (PUHCA), a law that protects consumers by regulating the utility industry. This could lead to a rash of mergers and a concentration of ownership in the energy market, resulting in increases in utility prices and other Enron-like scenarios. After the weakening of PUHCA in 1992, the ten largest public utility companies owned one-third of the national generating capacity. In 2002, these companies owned half of it."
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We've never really tried to supplement the 21st century energy needs with windmills, lawn clippings, solar cells, etc.. so how about giving true renewables a chance, Herr GW Bush Futurfascist? Or do the petrochemical/nuclear energy corporate lobbyists have your hands tied to their bulging pockets, fat from taxpayer subsidies for outdated energy programs??
Encouraging production of energy efficient appliances and green energy would prevent energy corporations like Pacificorp from forcing consumers and taxpayers to support the subsidizing of outdated Klamath Dams at the expense of the riparian ecosystem, salmon, sturgeon, indigenous nations (Yurok, Karuk, Hupa, Tolowa, etc..), etc..
Again we're returning to the GW Bush/Cheney regime as a primary culprit in enabling billionaire Pacificorp CEO Warren Buffet easy access to FERC regulators, as FERC under the GW Bush/Cheney regime is considered a rogue element. Since GW Bush hijacked to Office of the US President, FERC has only served the interests of the petrochemical/nuclear energy industries, including the outlandish projects (ie., geothermal drilling of volcanic caldera Medicine Lake) proposed by the regime disguised as green energy, though dependant on petroleum/nuclear for operation (ie., hydrogen fuel from petroleum). We witness the results of GW bush's false promises to indigenous nations of the Klamath River and also fishing industry workers following the Klamath River fish kill of 2002 when 50,000 + salmon died from (C. shasta) gill rot bacteria induced from slower water velocity, higher temps and algae/bacteria blooms..
The 2002 Klamath fish kill was a direct result of the GW Bush regime ordering Sec. of Interior Gale Norton to divert maximum flow out of the Klamath River in the hottest summer months, the lower four dams then further slowing and warming the little amounts of water left..
This from Pac Coast Federation of Fishermen's Association;
"The low predicted abundance of Klamath fall-run chinook is due to an outbreak of a lethal parasite (C. Shasta) that has infected and killed massive numbers of salmon in the river beginning in 2002. A second parasite (Parvicapsula minibicornis) has also been found in the river infecting the salmon. California Department of Fish & Game tests last year indicated 80 percent of the outmigrating juveniles were infected; the mortality rate is 100 percent!"
The parasite, which is believed to be natural to the river, has flourished in the Klamath as a result of low flows, warm water, and poor water quality. Flushing flows and high quality, cool water are necessary to rid the infestation in the river (low flows are a result of the drought and low rainfall the basin has suffered until this year, coupled with up-stream agricultural diversions; the poor water quality is attributable to the reservoirs behind the four lower dams on the Klamath where warm, still waters facilitate toxic algal outbreaks and impairment of water quality)."
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The greatest outrage is not that which effects fishing industry employees, but that which effects the sovereign indigenous nations of the Klamath River, from the Yurok at the delta, up to the Hupa and the junction of the Trinity and the Klamath, further until the Karuk along the middle to upper Klamath. The forcibly relocated Modoc nation also once depended on the Klamath salmon, though Oklahoma is a bit far to throw a fishing line..
The Klamath River nations, primarily the Yurok, Hupa, and Karuk continue to depend upon the salmon for their cultural, spiritual and physical survival. Salmon returning to the Klamath every year is the peak of a series of religious events, including the World Renewal Ceremony by the Karuk. The religious traditions of salmon's return are still practiced by these indigenous nations today, and remain central to the cohesive identity of their collective cultures..
This from Barry Wayne McCovey's article, "For the Yurok, Salmon are Everything.";
"Arguments that dismiss the magnitude and future impact of this fish kill sicken the spirit. It may as well be said that Yurok people could just die off because other native and non-native people could easily replace us and thrive in our traditional homeland. Native fish, not hatchery fish, are the only hope for the future of the species. Without a doubt, the native chinook, coho and steelhead are endangered."
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In addition to spiritual sustainence, the salmon also provide the Klamath River nations with complete nutrients needed by the human body for survival. Perhaps no other food besides salmon is so complete in needed mineral elements nutrients that one could literally live off of salmon. Supplement salmon with sturgeon, acorns (harvested and leached), eel, sea vegetables and other native foods, people along the Klamath were in optimal health, with few changes to the natural riparian ecosystem. However, the same cannot be said of native people's health following US goverment policy of forced relocations and replacement of traditional salmon diet with refined sugars, refined flours, processed foods etc.. that are all destructive to the ecosystem in every possible way and method of preperation. The evidence in the refined processed food diet being unhealthy is seen in higher rates of diabetes in native people..
We recommend that members of the GW bush (doubt he'll ever read it) regime purchase this book entitled "Indigenous People and Diabetes" so they can better understand their contribution to genocide of indigenous north americans by modern day decision making, including the FERC relicensing of the Klamath River dams..
"Indigenous Peoples and Diabetes is a bold attempt to reframe the meaning of diabetes mellitus as a socio-political disorder from the perspective of Indigenous Peoples, community workers, medical anthropologists, and health professionals working and/or living in North America, Latin America, the Arctic, Australia, and the Indian Ocean. The anthology discusses the effects of social history on the etiology and epidemiology of type 2 diabetes within Indigenous experiences of cultural expansionism and colonial occupation. Indigenous narratives about the right to food, health, emotional experience, and the importance of networks of solidarity provide reflective critiques on community wellness, empowering individuals to regain control of their health, spiritual knowledge, and emotional liberty."
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That being said the recent FERC decision, influenced by the GW bush/Cheney regime petro-energy cartel (ie., Pacificorp CEO Buffet), is a recent contribution to the ongoing US government policy of genocide as directed against the indigenous people of this continent. The modern form of genocide being outdated Klamath dams remaining an intrusion to salmon migratory habitat and possible contribution to their extinction/extirpation in the Klamath River ecosystem, and the resulting damage to the culture and health of sovereign Yurok, Hupa, and Karuk nations..
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