Monday, April 30, 2007

Mike Kelly Essay on Karl Rove and NOAA

Mike is one of the main characters in Battle for the Klamath and he's been proven right about many things since he declared as a whistleblower - both in court rulings and in the subsequent events on the Klamath River.


I first heard of Karl Rove on July 30, 2003. Tom Hamburger’s Wall Street Journal story about Rove’s PowerPoint presentation to officials at the Department of the Interior finally revealed to me, as they say, the man behind the curtain.

While Rove was making his presentation in January of 2002, I was working on an analysis of the effects of a proposed 10-year federal irrigation plan on Endangered Species Act-listed coho salmon in the Klamath River. I was trying to determine whether the proposed project would, in the language of the ESA, “jeopardize the continued existence” of the Southern Oregon and Northern California stock of coho salmon. MORE...

Friday, April 27, 2007

Klamath tribes ask PacifiCorp to tear down dams

I attended this event in Sacramento and shot some footage. I'll edit it and post it here in the next few days.

Monday, April 23, 2007

New York Times covers the Klamath Dam controversy

The New York Times takes a look at the Klamath River Dam controversy with a well-balanced piece on whether the dams should be taken down and what that means in our new climate sensitive world. The emphasis on the loss of a cheap, clean power resource for rural areas is the story's strongest point and one that PacifiCorp and its proponents is sure to emphasize during the long fight ahead.

The fight over the Klamath River and its water seems to have shifted some from irrigators vs. salmon to power vs. salmon. In the end, it seems that no matter what the other interest is, it's always another interest vs. salmon and the salmon (and the people and culture surrounding them) appear destined to lose.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Battle for the Klamath airs on FSTV on April 25th

The documentary airs nationally throughout the day on Dish Network Channel 9415 and cable stations in 34 states. Broadcast times (EST): 9am, 2pm and 8pm.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Another lawsuit

A new lawsuit by Klamath Riverkeeper claims Clean Water Act violations from Iron Gate dam.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Court upholds water for fish before farms

"A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld a ruling forcing a federal irrigation project to boost flows in the Klamath River to help threatened salmon, even if it means shutting off water to farms." Hopefully, this ends the litigation and opens the door to a cooperative solution between upstream and downstream interests. Read more...