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Klamath River – ‘River of the Year’ – Polluted!

You just can’t make this stuff up!

A recent press release by Siskiyou County Health Department stated:

“Residents should not be in or drink water from the Klamath River due to high levels of arsenic, lead and aluminum.”The full ABC NewsWatch 12 – KDRV report can be read at this link: 

Klamath River water quality deemed unsafe, Siskiyou Health Division says

The nonprofit American Rivers, who unknown to most people, is a board member of the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) and the orchestrator of the Klamath dams removal project, indirectly gave themselves an award for ‘River of the Year’.

But for what, some might ask?

Releasing 5-7 million metric yards of lake bottom clay sediments that were known to be toxic into a wild and scenic river?

Killing an entire river’s ecosystem and the billions of life-forms therein, for the remote possibility of a better salmon run?

And what makes a polluted river full of the rotting corpses of fish and animals the ‘River of the Year’?

Due to the massive kill-off of virtually all the aquatic life in the Klamath River, under the oversight of KRRC, many people are referring to the Klamath River as the ‘River of Death’.

And guess who is on the hook for the gargantuan costs of this massive disaster? Primarily California and Oregon taxpayers, who are likely going to be looking at $2-billion in total costs and liabilities according to many experts.

Long-time local river residents and conservationists feel that KRRC and their associates have destroyed the Klamath River and the essential life-giving lakes behind the Klamath River Dams.

Sadly, many informed people who live on the Klamath River, some being river guides, fishermen and wildlife enthusiasts believe KRRC should be charged with crimes against humankind and nature for the following:

  1. Misrepresenting, obfuscating and spinning science and reports to favor the removal of the Klamath River Dams for a profit. Sediment Test Selected For Klamath River Lake Sediments Is Least Sensitive Available – Studies Show – Siskiyou News

a. Did Corrupted Science & Graft Lead To The Removal of the Klamath Dams and the Resulting Environmental Disaster? – Siskiyou News

2. Destroying the lakes and the amazing ecosystems around them, as seen in this video of Copco Lake: Copco Lake – A valuable and vital water resource

3. Participating in the violation of the Constitutional and Human Rights of the citizens who live on and around Copco Lake, Iron Gate Lake and along the Klamath River, as outlined in this heartfelt video ‘Letter To FERC‘: Dam Removal Destruction ~ Letter to FERC

4. Killing an entire ecosystem, and turning a once beautiful river into an aquatic graveyard: 

a. Video taken 02/06/2024 on the banks of Iron Gate lake, Hornbook, CA  footge by William E. Simpson II | By Yreka NewsFacebook

b. A River so polluted it killed 850,000 fall-run Chinook Salmon fry: Did Fish and Game Officials Just Cause 850,000 Juvenile Salmon to Die? – California Globe

c. Hundreds of millions of native species Klamath River crayfish killed

Photo by: Lindsay Rhea

On Tuesday, March the 12th, at 9:00 AM, some of the impacted citizens of Siskiyou County will be visiting with the County Board of Supervisors to make their demands that the County declare an Emergency, and send this mess to the desk of California Governor Gavin Newsom. 

In an Open Letter to the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors, this author petitioned the County Supervisors to declare an Emergency:

“I hereby petition and request that the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors immediately declares a state of emergency, in hope we can obtain some funding and aid to assist with these horrific unplanned outcomes and provide some financial aid to qualified citizens in distress who live on and around the lakes and the Klamath River.”

The full disclosure of that Open Letter is can be read here: OPEN LETTER – TO: Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors, Et. Al. RE: Klamath Dam Removal Disaster – Siskiyou News

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