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California bill AB1471 is Dam Removal Not Water Storage

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by Jean Gerard

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NO on Proposition 1 – The Water Bond

The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (AB1471), the Water Bond, is on the ballot this November for voter approval. Proponents want us to believe that it will ‘save’ water by building dams and reservoirs. It won’t. It is designed to remove dams, not create them. It supports wetlands restoration, not water storage.

In the beginning, this bill called for the removal of four Klamath River dams. The language has been changed to make its intent less obvious, and the intent stands.

79732. (a) In protecting and restoring California rivers, lakes, streams, and watersheds, the purposes of this chapter are to:

(4) Protect and restore aquatic, wetland, and migratory bird ecosystems, including fish and wildlife corridors and the acquisition of water rights for instream flow.

(6) Remove barriers to fish passage.

That’s dam removal.

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Klamath dam removal + 26,000 more

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 Heather Gass/PPJ contributor

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We all know about the dams being removed across the USA…this will be the largest dam removal in history and it will decimate a Northern California farming community.

Our Department of Interior and Inspector General are CLEARLY LYING!!! This August 2nd video is unreal…including the “opposition’s” -obviously a radical liberal- response who makes a complete fool of himself. Congressman McClintock is a hero…but the dams are still on the path for removal…as are 26,000 others.

The hearing evidence will blow you away…this agenda is so corrupt… (the info after McClintock speaks is also related to the BP Gulf spill)

Feds push ahead to end farming and ranching in Siskiyou County

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John W. Menke, Ph.D. /PPJ Contributor

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the ultimate opportunity for ranchers-selling their public land grazing permits on Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management administered public lands with the caveat that their allotments will never again be used for livestock grazing.”

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While this video is a bit hard to hear, it is excellent!  Thanks Erin and Louise.

Note the gun toting wardens at the front of the public meeting in the video–these guys are afraid of old gals and guys coming to public meetings in serene rural Redding, CA. 

 
In the YouTube video, the balding (like me) gentleman at the right-corner of the table is Gary Cadd who was on the National Marine Fisheries Service-dominated North Pacific Fishery Management Council that meets in Alaska.  He is a goldmine of information on the corruption of bycatch of coho and Chinook salmon in the Gulf of Alaska affecting our fish populations in California and Oregon. 

He spoke with many “observers” on the airplane in trips he took to Council meetings between Anchorage and Seattle, and learned first-hand that the NMFS-employed lay-public observers are kept below deck on ocean trawlers so the bycatch (coho and Chinook salmon) are pitched overboard before the observers are allowed above deck to see the fish being retrieved out of the trawl nets–the Chinook contain coded wire tags needed to document the origin of the fish (see below) and the coho have marks allowing them to be associated with their hatchery origin. 

Fishing would have to stop if the excessive bycatch limits were observed on deck. The observers during debriefing, before being swept back to Seattle, are discouraged in their reporting of illegal activity of Chinook and coho salmon bycatch–I have a friend and former student who has personally experienced this corruption in debriefing by NMFS or other government agents. More

TS Radio with guest Dr. Richard Gierak/Klamath Dams

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TS Radio w/guest: Sheriff Jon Lopey of Siskiyou County CA

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Klamath River Dam Removal Secretarial Determination Process

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News Release

November 18, 2011
Contact: Matt Baun (530) 841-3119

Comment Period for Klamath Dams Draft EIS/EIR Extended
Comment Period Will End on December 30, 2011
The following statement was issued today by Dennis Lynch, Program Manager for the Secretarial Determination on Klamath River dam removal, regarding the extension of the public comment period for the Draft Environmental

Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR): 

“The decision to remove or retain four Klamath River dams is of immense importance to the many Klamath Basin communities.  In addition to the peer reviewed science and the environmental analysis, public comments on the Draft EIS/EIR is also an important and critical component in shaping this decision.

The Department of the Interior and the California Department of Fish and Game listened to the numerous requests to extend the comment period on this lengthy Draft EIS/EIR and determined that it is in the best interest of the public to give additional time to review and comment.

 Therefore, we have extended the comment period through Friday, December 30, 2011.”
Information about submitting comments on the Draft EIS/EIR can be found at KlamathRestoration.gov.   

Direct Web Link:
http://klamathrestoration.gov/sites/klamathrestoration.gov/files/statement%20comment%20period%2011%2018%2011.noon.pdf

STOP! THE RE-WILDING IN SISKIYOU COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

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 www.SaveTheDams.com

  • Quick background to video: 
    Tucker was a part of “secret” meetings between NGOs from SF, Portland, and folks from WA DC who are all dam-removal enthusiasts (dam removal objectives all across the US are linked to these “special interest groups” who do not even live near these dams or in Siskiyou County). 
  • Nearly 44,000 citizens in Siskiyou County, who will be most negatively impacted, were left out of these meetings. 
  • Tucker is a non-Karuk, but Ph.D. spokesperson for the Karuk who are slated to gain millions of dollars and thousands of acres from this KBRA “agreement” as implied by the “agreement”.  
  • Meanwhile, Shasta Native Americans are in favor of the dams, have the largest land mass along the Klamath River, and have sacred burial grounds that will be washed away forever if the dams come out.  They are left out of the land and money deals on this so-called “agreement.”
  • This is less about a radical enviro named Tucker and his friends (who will obviously benefit from this farm, ranch, and sacred burial grounds-killing agreement where Chapter 4 discusses farms and ranches (regardless of the deal) may be fundamentally transformed into National Parks via wetland status.

Taken directly from the CA Dept of Fish & Game & Department of Interior’s 09/11, 1800-page “Public Draft EIS/EIR” document:

Chapter 4 – Cumulative Effects
KBRA section p4-182: “The Water Diversion Limitations, On-Project Plan, WURP, and Interim Flow and Lake Level Programs could result in changes to land uses, including changes from ranchland to water storage areas. These changes have the potential to be beneficial if they result in landscapes (wetlands) that are consistent with the naturally established, characteristic landscape.”

Chapter 4-181
 “Other cumulative actions and programs that could also improve water quality on the Klamath River include implementation of TMDLs on the Scott, Salmon, Shasta, and Klamath Rivers …and the Five Counties Road Maintenance Program.”

We either LIVE BY THE TRUTH or be damned (pun intended) by the lies.
For More, go to:  WWW.SAVETHEDAMS.COM

 
FREE RURAL AMERICA

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/serp.html?q=Public+Draft+EIS%2FEIR%22+9%2F11&cx=001779225245372747843%3A3y4rnp6j9ny&cof=FORID%3A10&ie=UTF-8&submit.x=8&submit.y=14

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