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CA State Water Board Scoping hearing for 401 permit with PacifiCorp
by semp
Thursday Oct 30th, 2008 5:01 PM
The California State Water Board held a series of scoping meetings on PacifiCorp's Klamath Hydroelectric Project (KHP) Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The Scoping Meeting held in Sacramento on June 29, 2008, was sparsely attended by staff for the water board, their hired consultant from Entrix, Inc and half way through the meeting one board member showed up to hear public comments.
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For the last four years, Warren Buffett's PacifiCorp's Klamath dams have created one of the worst toxic algae problems ever recorded, threatening the public health of rural residents and California's three largest Native Tribes.

The California State Water Board held a series of scoping meetings on PacifiCorp's Klamath Hydroelectric Project (KHP) Environmental Impact Report (EIR). PacifiCorp owns and operates the, consisting of eight facilities: East Side, West Side, Keno, J.C. Boyle in south-eastern Oregon, and Copco 1, Copco 2, Iron Gate, and Fall Creek in north-eastern California. All the facilities, with the exception of Fall Creek, are located on the mainstem of the Klamath River, while Fall Creek is located on the tributary to Iron Gate Reservoir.

The Scoping Meeting held in Sacramento on June 29, 2008, was sparsely attended by staff for the water board, their hired consultant from Entrix, Inc and half way through the meeting one board member showed up to hear public comments regarding the California Environmental Quality Act's Environmental Impact Report for Klamath Hydroelectric Project #2082 relating to the 401 Water Quality Certification process.

A number of tribal members affected by the dams on the Klamath spoke from their hearts and told a story of an extremely sick river in need of damn removal. One tribal member brought a five gallon container of the river that appeared to be infested with algae and essentially is inhabitable except to toxic microorganisms.

PacifiCorp has applied to the State Water Board for a Dirty Water Act Section 401 water quality certification for the KHP. The State Water Board is supposed to comply with CA Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) prior to issuing any certification. The existing license expired on March 1, 2006, and the KHP is operating under an annual license.

Staff members and the consultant looked dismayed when reminded that Vice-President Cheney played a role in the 2006 fish kill that occurred on the Klamath River by having water flows on the Klamath turned down ultimately leading to the death of thousands of fish. The tribal members acknowledged thanks for turning up the water flows to flush out the dead fish back in 2006, thereby ridding the communities of the stench from the historic fish kill. Short term memory or a failure on the staff's part to acknowledge the seriousness of the issues involved came to mind while observing those working for the state attending the hearing.

§Health Advisory
by semp Thursday Oct 30th, 2008 5:01 PM
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HEALTH ADVISORY

Avoid Water Contact in Iron Gate and Copco Reservoirs

Due to high levels of blue-green algae that can produce harmful toxins.

*Do not use this water for drinking or cooking.
*Do no consume fish livers or digestive organs, and wash fillets with drinking water.

Children and pets are at greatest risk.
§Richard Meyers - Yurok Tribal Council
by semp Thursday Oct 30th, 2008 5:01 PM
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Richard Meyers spoke, followed by his daughter who told of family members no longer wishing to perform ceremonies in the river because of the toxicity that exists in the Klamath.
§Tribal Member addressing the board
by semp Thursday Oct 30th, 2008 5:01 PM
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Gentleman spoke about that the preponderance of the evidence is that this 401 permit should be denied. If the court weighed in on this issue, the evidence would clearly demonstrate the failure of the river's ecosystem.
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by CA water quality review panel addresses
Wednesday Nov 5th, 2008 9:11 AM
Here's the address for Dororthy Rice, the Executive Director of the CA water review quality board..



The comments should include specifics such as;

A "NO" vote for approval by the CA water quality panel of lower three Pacificorp dams meeting clean water quality standards along the Klamath River. This could be followed by a request for removal of the lower three (and fourth, see below) Klamath dams owned by Pacificorp as the most effective solution to meeting clean water standards and keeping the Klamath as suitable habitat for endangered salmon runs at risk from current conditions..

The fourth dam in Oregon should not be renewed either as the water quality from the dam in Oregon also effects the water quality downstream..

In addition removal of the dams will accomplish ending the conditions behind the dams that promote overpopulation of toxic algae (Microcystis aeruginosa) and raising of water temps, lowering of oxygen availability from bacteria digesting dead algae trapped in the reservoirs..

These are the three conditions adversely effecting salmon populations that are caused by the presence of the lower four Klamath dams and would be solved by timely removal of the Pacificorp dams.



Attn: Dorothy Rice

Phone: (916) 341-5615
Fax: (916) 341-5621
E-Mail: drice [at] waterboards.ca.gov

Works At: State Water Resources Control Board
» Executive Office
Employee Type: Executive Director

Assignments: • OCC -- Office of Chief Counsel
• OEA -- Office of Employee Assistance
• OOE -- Office of Enforcement
• OLA -- Office of Legislative Affairs
• OPP -- Office of Public Participation
• ORPP -- Office of Research, Planning & Performance

by Snail mail is good also!
Wednesday Nov 5th, 2008 9:19 AM
Written Comments Due for Klamath Dam Removal!

Klamath dam owner PacifiCorp has resubmitted its application for permits.

Four fish-killing Klamath River dams are up for state water quality certifications in a protracted federal relicensing proceeding. Five public hearings were held in October, but there's still time to submit your comments.

Send your written comments by November 17 to:

Ms. Dorothy Rice
Executive Director
State Water Resource Control Board
101 "I" Street, 15th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814


background info on Klamath dams removal;
http://www.yournec.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=PagEd&file=index&page_id=315#section2


comment to;

NORTH COAST REGIONAL WATER QUALITY CONTROL BOARD

other water panel member addresses found @;
http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/northcoast/about_us/contact_us.shtml