Case is rescheduled for 1:30 PM Court 2
Case is rescheduled for 1:30 PM Court 2
THE FOLLOWING IS AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE BY RICHARD MARSHALL OF THE SISKIYOU COUNTY WATER USERS ASSOCIATION (SCWUA) AS THE FUTURE OF OUR DAMS ARE BEING JEOPARDIZED AND WILL FOREVER AFFECT SISKIYOU COUNTY IRREPARABLY IN WAYS WE CAN’T EVEN BEGIN TO IMAGINE.
“This is an important meeting as the Hearing on the Temporary Restraining Order is on Thursday the 30th of March at 8:30 Superior Court in Yreka. We would like to have a good attendance to support Tony and to show the judge we have interest.”
The State Attorney General office has assigned three attorneys to the case and they are pulling out all the ammunition they can muster. I am including a article written by retired Judge Kaster which has gone out to Siskiyou Daily News and others around the Country. This is a big deal folks.!!!! The State’s position is that they can do what they want once the voters give them the money i.e. the Bond issue. They are also saying that this is too big a deal to fight a subtle warning to the judge. We won’t know who the judge is until the day before when it is assigned. It could be either Dixon or Biccego.
Also, we need to start thinking about getting the BoS to force KRRC to have a public hearing which they have not done on the compensation program for the communities along the River i.e. Copco Lake, R Ranch, KRCE and the communities downstream. The process being followed by KRRC is not a legal process under State project auspices. This should be part of the substance of a hearing and the BoS has an obligation to its citizens to step and force the State and KRRC to follow the law. The public being impacted by the project should be having their damages determined by independent appraisers and funds should be flowing. These citizens have already suffered now for a decade and lost millions of dollars in value to their properties. I personally think it is an outrage that this is happening in our community without redress. The County should also be already looking at losses to the County overall and be assigning the task to a department to start cataloguing the impacts and the losses in value that are taking place before it happens.
We also need to be getting some guarantees from the State that if the dams are removed the County will be awarded the 120,000 acre feet of water from the Klamath which was negotiated for and which rights were granted to Siskiyou as a County of Origin in 1957. In addition, the County needs to get written guarantees that if the dams are removed and it turns out it doesn’t accomplish what the State wanted, that the waters of Scott and Shasta rivers won’t be sacrificed to fill the breach left by removing the ability of BOR to flush the Klamath. These efforts need to take place prior to any dam removal.”
THIS HEARING WILL BE THE DECIDING FACTOR WHETHER THE GOVERNOR OFCALIFORNIA(NEWSOM) AND PAST GOVERNOR OF OREGON (BROWN) WILL BE SUCCESSFUL IN DESTROYING OUR HYDROELECTRIC DAMS WHICH PROVIDE CLEAN RENEWABLE ENERGY AS WELL AS PROVIDING A NATURAL METHOD OF CLEANING OUR WATER.
IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE CITIZENS OF SISKIYOU AND KLAMATH COUNTIES WHERE THE DAMS ARE LOCATED HAD NO SAY IN THE DECISION MAKING-NO SEAT AT THE TABLE. KRRC A THIRD PARTY CONTRACTOR FOR THE STATE, IS THE CORPORATION THAT HAS BEEN SPECIFICALLY SET UP TO HANDLE THE DEMOLITION PROJECT AND HAS ALREADY STARTED THE FIRST PHASE OF THE PROJECT. THE EFFECTS ARE ALREADY BEING FELT. ONCE THE DEMOLITION IS COMPLETE KRRC WILL DISSOLVE AND WALK AWAY LEAVING THE COUNTY TO BEAR THE BURDEN OF DEALING WITH THE LIABILITY THAT WILL FOLLOW. JUDGE KASTER A WELL RESPECTED SISKIYOU COUNTY JUDGE, NOW RETIRED, HAS WRITTEN SEVERAL ARTICLES OVER THE YEARS ABOUT THE EFFORTS BY ENVIRONMENTALISTS AND OTHERS TO GET THE DAMS REMOVED AND THE GOVERNMENT (FEDERAL AND STATE) INVOLVEMENT WHEN THE U.S. CONGRESS REFUSED TO AUTHORIZE THE DAM REMOVAL. NOT TO BE DETERRED, THOSE INDIVIDUALS WERE ABLE TO GET A GOVERNMENT AGENCY, THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATION COMMISSION (FERC) TO APPROVE THE DAM REMOVAL BYPASSING CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL.
URGING EVERYONE THAT CAN TO ATTEND THE HEARING TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR THE PENDING LAWSUIT.
To view retired Judge Bob Kaster’s Klamath Dams articles, click on link intiso-vs-state-of-california-david-vs-goliath into search to read those articles.
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