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Re: “Will the dams come down?

Um, yah. The Bush administration is working on it.

"It" being the deal that Tucker and some are pushing that sacrifices river flows and National Wildlife Refuges to get Bush administration and agribusiness support for dam removal (which hasn't really been demonstrated yet, anyway).

Someone explain why dam removal advocates are not waiting till after the election to push this? And how sacrificing wildlife and river flows makes sense in a plan that is supposed to be about restoring environmental values in the Klamath Basin?

Posted by Klamathcoho on 06/13/2008 at 3:25 AM

Re: “Yreka, Why Now?

Linda, the "dam agreement" calls for guaranteed water allotments for irrigators for 50 years, and flows for the river that Hardy and the NEC scientists say will increase the risk of future fish kills.

In 50 years there won't be any salmon left to enjoy the flow.

But hey, it isn't like water flows are any kind of pressing priority for Klamath salmon. Not like lack of water has been killing them or anything.

Posted by O. Kisutch on 04/02/2008 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Yreka, Why Now?

The sad part of all this is that the "settlement" is now largely a document about money. NEC's two independent scientific reviews, and the comments from Tom Hardy, make clear the river flows provided in the settlement won't recover salmon, and may actually increase the risk of future fish kills.

So whats the point? We are being told "support the settlement so we can take out dams and save salmon." Yet the scientists say the settlement won't save salmon. It seems like the real goal is getting that $1 billion in federal tax dollars that the settlement would siphon into the Klamath Basin.

Posted by O. Kisutch on 04/01/2008 at 3:25 AM

Re: “Klamaty? NEC Gives Restoration Agreement the Thumbs Down

Anyone else see the irony of Craig Tucker complaining that NEC is listening to nationally respected scientists rather than taking his word for it that the settlement is wonderful?

If only journalists were as critical.

Posted by O. Kisutch on 03/04/2008 at 9:35 AM

Re: “A Yurok Perspective

Its too bad the settlement deal doesn't provide any certainty of water for salmon. Holding hands and making peace sounds great, but as the 2002 fish kill demonstrated, without protected minimum river flows you can't restore salmon.

Posted by O. Kisutch on 02/27/2008 at 3:38 AM

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