Thursday, February 18, 2010

It's signed! Klamath dam pacts signed in Oregon Capitol

Live webcast: Klamath Agreement Signing -link 2/18

Analysis: Klamath deal would help salmon John Driscoll for the Times Standard
Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Historic Klamath River Agreements AP
Klamath Basin Pact signed by Schwarzenegger and Kulongoski warning audio
Governors of Oregon and California sign Klamath River agreement examiner
Agreement Reached on Klamath River NY Times
Govt, Utility Officials Sign Klamath River Dam Removal Deal Wall St. Journal
The governors of California and Oregon joined the U.S. secretary of the Interior in Salem to sign two agreements that could officially end decades of feuding over the Klamath River. LA Times
Pacts Signed to Help River and Salmon NY Times
SEATTLE — What supporters are calling the largest river and salmon restoration effort in American history took a critical step forward on Thursday, when formal agreements were signed to remove four dams and revise how water is shared in the Klamath River basin in southern Oregon and Northern California.


It's signed! Klamath dam pacts signed in Oregon Capitol

Way to go, Jill, Troy and Craig!
*****

The local naysayers have an Op-Ed in the TS today:
Why the Humboldt Watershed Council cannot support the Klamath settlement
Humboldt Watershed Council can’t support the Klamath settlement deal! http://goo.gl/fb/gJzh (Oh look, they got one retweet)

Poor Humboldt Watershed Council - they were never a party to the talks in the first place and were never a party to sign it anyway.

The LOCAL enviro groups who WERE invited to the table, and who helped craft the agreement up until the point they had to sign away their right to sue have shown why it isn't worth inviting them to the table anyway, they're gonna back out, stab you in the back and sue anyway. (It doesn't bode well for the MLPA "stakeholders" group)

But guess what:

Environmental Defense Fund, a leading national nonprofit organization, represents more than 700,000 members... Commends Leadership, Collaboration on Historic Klamath River Restoration

So, all those "UnDam the Klamath" fundraisers? Where did that money go? 'Cause it didn't go into this agreement.

5 comments:

Rose said...

The local naysayers have an Op-Ed in the TS today:

Poor Humboldt Watershed Council - they were never a party to the talks in the first place and were never a party to sign it anyway.

The LOCAL enviro groups who WERE invited to the table, and who helped craft the agreement up until the point they had to sign away their right to sue have shown why it isn't worth inviting them to the table anyway, they're gonna back out, stab you in the back and sue anyway.

But guess what:

Environmental Defense Fund, a leading national nonprofit organization, represents more than 700,000 members...

EDF Vice President Elgie Holstein Commends Leadership, Collaboration on Historic Klamath River Restoration

The following statement can be attributed to Elgie Holstein, Vice President of the Center for Rivers and Deltas of the Environmental Defense Fund.

“The historic agreements celebrated in Salem, Oregon this week put the magnificent Klamath River, at long last, on the path toward recovery. The prospect of dam removal, restoration of the basin, and the return of the fish brings the promise of a new day for the river and new economic opportunity for everyone in the region.

“Revitalized salmon runs will benefit people in the commercial and sport fishing industries, while Native Americans who have depended upon the Klamath salmon runs for millennia, will see their support for the agreements translated into a new day of abundance.

“As an early participant in the negotiations, I know how hard it was for the parties to reach agreement, and I congratulate them, one and all, for staying at it when many observers were predicting failure. The easy route – giving up – was never an option. The parties’ long collaboration provides a model for how environmental problems can be addressed successfully if all the parties are willing to listen to one another, exchange proposals in good faith, embrace sound science, and, finally, stand proudly together behind the product of their labors. Their achievement is a lesson to us all.

”I encourage all of the parties to stick with the process they have designed. EDF pledges its support for their efforts and asks for the continued support of political leaders in California, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. in implementing the agreements. Together we can forge ahead on a solution that is scientifically sound and that ensures the economic vitality and sustainability of all Klamath Basin communities.”

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Environmental Defense Fund, a leading national nonprofit organization, represents more than 700,000 members. Since 1967, Environmental Defense Fund has linked science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships to create breakthrough solutions to the most serious environmental problems. For more information, visit www.edf.org.

Julie said...

How embarrassing for Humboldt Watershed Council.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Jill

Anonymous said...

Rose
Thank you for helping to shine the light on many of these so called environmental groups. There are good groups out there and then there are the frauds that are nothing but extortionists operating under the green sheild. It's rather an embarassing situation when a handful of attorneys from Garberville can cause such damage.

Rose said...

I agree - and thanks.