Mark Branscum the CEO of the Klamath River Renewal Corporation, aka ‘KRRC’ is out of his depth and in uncharted waters with no map, compass or sextant. And so are all of his contractors.
And Dave Coffman project leader for Resource Environmental Services (‘RES’) is just along for the $-million dollar ride, seemingly without a care for the needless, unnecessary and excessive ‘takings’ of wildlife, easily preventable with the barrier fences that they (KRRC & RES) promised that would be accompanied by alternative water sources for wildlife, horses and other livestock.
That years long promise made to numerous Siskiyou County officials, and residents was recently and suddenly rolled-back during the Special Meeting of the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 23rd, 2024, when representatives from KRRC and RES told the Board that they were rolling-back the plans and may not provide any fencing or alternative water sources for wildlife or livestock (horses and cattle).
These Corporations were forewarned in writing of consequences of exposing the clay mud, and are well aware of the result of reneging on their promises: animals will try crossing the deep, sticky mud to reach the water they have a right to have, and die. It’s as if they don’t care if they are using water to trap the wildlife and livestock in the mud.
Branscum and Coffman, both avoid and downplay the hard realities and their unacceptable behavior, instead hoping the money being spread around will also influence others to also overlook this form of ecoterrorism.
And they continue spewing unproven and unsupported conjectured benefits of dam removal they claim may appear sometime in the future, in a decade or so when they are all long-gone, and Oregon and California are left holding the sack of crap.
And even in the face of the obviously monumental unknowns, coupled with the very real and ongoing disaster and widespread loss of economic value (private and public) during this entire process, KRRC and RES continue to ignore and snub the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors, and maybe worse, the Citizens of the County and the ‘disadvantaged communities’ of Hornbrook, Iron Gate Lake and Copco Lake.
People living at Copco Lake that bought lakefront homes and retired after working a lifetime, planning on watching the wildlife on the lake and their grandkids fishing, now have a view of the wildlife they love, struggling and dying slow anguishing deaths in front their very eyes, daily… It’s surreal horror show that will continue for years, since the mud is only being scoured in the very middle of the lakes in the old river channel, amounting to maybe 10-15% of the total mud in the footprint of the lakes, which will remain.
The Army Corp of Engineers estimated there was somewhere between 20-million and 60-million metric yards of clay-mud in the two lakes (Copco & Iron Gate). The breach of the dams and torrent of water released was ‘expected’ to drive about 5-7-million yards of polluted mud down the Klamath River to the sea, which killed all the aquatic life.
That leaves about 13 (low) – 53 (high) – million metric yards of clay-mud in the former lake bottoms… Lets take the middle ground of 33-million metric yards remaining … and without a massive torrent of water, the mud on both sides of the center of the old river channel through the lowest part of the lakes, 33-million yards of mud, will just sit there, and slowly leach into the River for decades to come… a slow drip of toxins and turbidity.
And how will that effect the River?
Bottom line, the remaining clay mud will take decades to be washed into the river and out to sea via rain and runoff, and as it does, it will continue polluting the river with excessive turbidity and dissolved phosphates and nitrates that are encased in the soft clay. This will produce a eutrophic river, especially during later summer and fall.
And as horrific as all that is, the wells of the good folks living around the lakes are failing as KRRC and the so-called Mitigation Fund ignore their pleas, letters and phone calls….
Of course Branscum is always quick to return the calls to NEWS people so he can spew more of his deceptions on air, continuing the mass deception to those who don’t know the facts.
Many animals sink down and die, never to be seen … or filmed.
See images posted from Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/384246450824754, below:
Klamath River Turbidity down river from the dams has been running at an incredible 200+ nephlometric turbidity units (ntu). Science taken from agnostic studies in Alaskan streams and rivers show that when NTU’s reach 25-ntu and above, fish eggs and fish survival start suffering… For the past week, the Klamath River has been running over 200-ntu! More about that:
2. Klamath Turbidity Measurements upon dams breach: https://www.siskiyou.news/2024/01/27/klamath-river-flows-and-turbidity-with-drawdown/
This video shows hundreds of acres of what I call ‘quick-mud’, which is like quick sand only very sticky. It holds you and sucks you down.
Jeff Ralston filmed an American icon, an adult eagle struggling in the mud during it’s last minutes of life…
Please stay tuned, THIS MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO STAND!…
For questions, information, or just the plain unvarnished facts, contact William E. Simpson II <– he has a front-row seat to this evolving disaster since he lives on the shore of what was once the magical Iron Gate Lake… filled with fish, frogs, turtles, salamanders, birds, and nitrate-phosphate mitigating blue-green algae.
William E. Simpson II – Naturalist – Wildlife Researcher: Phone: 858. 212-5762
email: [email protected]
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