KWUA "Weekly Update"
January 29, 2004
* President Bush Proposes $100 Million for 2005 in Klamath Basin
* President Bush's Klamath Working Group: Recently Completed Conservation Projects
* Senator Smith Introduces Endangered Species Act Peer Review Legislation
* Schwarzenegger Fills Key California Resources Positions
* Klamath County Commission Requests Drought Declaration for 2004
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Klamath Water Users Association
2455 Patterson Street, Suite #3
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Bush Proposes $100 Million for 2005 in
President Bush's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2005 calls for investing more than $100 million in habitat restoration and water improvement projects and programs for the Klamath River Basin. According to a joint press release issued earlier this week by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Agriculture, Commerce and Interior Departments, the president's proposal provides an "unprecedented level of commitment" to help Klamath communities restore their watershed and avoid future water supply crises.
The investment is
intended to accelerate habitat rehabilitation for three threatened
and endangered fish and spur water quality and quantity improvements
12,000-square-mile Klamath River watershed. The increase
resulted from recommendations of the Cabinet-level Klamath River
Basin Federal Working Group, which the President created in March
budget proposal reflects his steadfast commitment to restoring
the health of the Klamath Basin," Interior Secretary
Gale Norton said today in announcing the initiative. "The
requires a broad
watershed approach that includes the participation of a wide range
of partners over the long-term. We
will work closely with other federal agencies and all the
stakeholders to protect endangered and threatened fish while
managing water for the needs of agriculture, tribal and commercial
fisheries, and wildlife refuges."
National Academy of Science's National Research Council report
emphasized, federal agencies should broaden the scope of their
recovery plans and more directly encourage stakeholders to take
voluntary measures that benefit the fish," said James
Connaughton, chairman of the White House Council on Environmental
President's proposal reflects many of the Council's recommendations,
including improving conditions on Klamath tributaries to address
problems on the lower river."
The President's proposed 2005 budget for the Klamath Basin calls for $105 million, ensuring an unprecedented level of habitat restoration and water quality and quantity improvements. It includes the following increases over FY 2003 Klamath-related funding:
Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) applauded the president's potential substantial investment in Klamath Basin.
particularly grateful that the budget request reflects the pressing
need to remove Chiloquin Dam, which has been a long-standing
priority of mine for several years," said Walden.
Local water users also praised the president's announcement.
"t shows that the Bush Administration is not only interested in recovering fish," said Rob Crawford, a Tulelake farmer. "They are showing their concern and commitment to keeping the best stewards of the environment on the land, the farmers and ranchers of the Klamath Basin."
Meanwhile, long-time critics of Klamath Project expressed guarded approval of the package, but expressed disappointment that it does not include money to permanently retire Project farmland.
WaterWatchs Bob Hunter told a local ABC affiliate Tuesday that the Administration needs to phase out lease land farming on the refuges and buy out another 48,000 acres of farmland in the Klamath Project.
Smith Introduces Endangered Species Act Peer Review Legislation
California Resources Positions
Arnold Schwarzenegger in the last week has filled five important
slots in the California Resources Agency, including the director of
the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG).
week, the new governor appointed Ryan Broddrick to oversee CDFG, a
department that has over 2,000 employees statewide. Broddrick had
previously worked his way up the ranks and at one time was second in
command at CDFG under Governor Pete Wilson. In recent years, he
served as conservation director in the western regional office of
Ducks Unlimited (DU). In his previous stints at CDFG and DU,
Broddrick was well known to Central Valley irrigators because of his
ability to work with landowners and water users.
Broddrick can work with people and has a common-sense approach to
tackling problems," said Dan Keppen, Klamath Water Users
Association Executive Director. "With his leadership, we are
hopeful that California can join with Oregon and the Bush
Administration to foster a watershed-wide approach to recovering
fish species in the Klamath Basin."
representatives briefly met with Broddrick and California Resources
Secretary Mike Chrisman earlier this week in Sacramento.
Schwarzenegger this week announced four new appointments at the
California Resources Agency: Karen Scarborough as undersecretary,
Sandra S. Ikuta as deputy secretary and general counsel, Crawford
McClain Tuttle as deputy secretary of external affairs, and Melinda
Tracy Terry as deputy secretary of legislation.
County Commission Requests Drought Declaration for 2004
its January 27th meeting, the Klamath County Board of
Commissioners formally requested Governor Kulongoski to issue an
executive order declaring a state of drought emergency in Klamath
County. Kulongoski late last year
terminated a drought declaration set by Governor Kitzhaber in
2001. While the snow in
the mountains might suggest that watershed conditions are far from
dry, several hydrologic factors have prompted the Commission's
current snow pack has dropped 9% in the past three weeks. Warm
weather and rains that moved into the Klamath Basin earlier this
month melted much of the snow in lower elevations, and snow pack
levels in the upper reaches of the watershed have also diminished.
Klamath Lake (UKL) has not seen a substantial increase in water
levels resulting from runoff that was expected from the snowmelt.
Instead, because the underlying ground surface in parts of the
watershed did not freeze prior to the snowstorms, much of the melted
runoff percolated directly into the soil, and has not appeared as
streamflow in tributaries to the lake.
and early winter inflows into UKL are lower than 2003 inflows. This,
coupled with releases downstream to support the coho salmon
biological opinion, has reduced UKL refill.
forecasts estimate that April through September inflows into UKL
will be between 65% and 80% of normal.
2003, lower-than-forecast inflows into Upper Klamath Lake nearly
forced the shutdown of the Klamath Project on June 25th
to avoid "busting" the Endangered Species Act lake level
set for suckers.
February 3, Western Water Forum. Yale School of Forestry and
Environmental Studies, New Haven, Connecticut.
February 3, Friday, February 6, 2004. Upper Klamath Basin Science
Workshop. Shilo Inn, Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Thursday, February 5, 2004 - KWUA Power Committee Meeting. 3:00 p.m. KWUA Office, 2455 Patterson Street, Suite 3, Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Friday, February 6, 2004, USDA/NRCS Conservation Security Program Informational Forum. 9:00 a.m. Klamath Falls Service Center, 2316 South 6th Street, Suite C, Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Tuesday, February 10, 2004, University of California Listening Session. Redding, California.
Wednesday, February 18, 2004, KWUA Executive Committee Meeting and 2004 Elections. 2:00 p.m. KWUA Office, 2455 Patterson Street, Suite 3, Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Wednesday, February 18, 2004, California Potato Research Advisory Council Research Meeting. The Honker Community Center, Tulelake, California.
Tuesday, February 24, Thursday, February 26, 2004. Klamath Watershed Conference. Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, Oregon.