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Sequim/Dungeness community listens to drought concerns

by Lois Krafsky-Perry
for Citizen Review
Posted Saturday, May 23, 2015

Water Drought Forum, Sequim WA, May 2015Sequim, WA – The Water Drought Forum was held in the Guy Cole Center at Carrie Blake Park Thursday, May 21, 2015 to a crowd of approximately 250 people, there to ask questions about their concerns. Instead, according to several people who attended, they were treated to a “dog-and-pony show” for the first two hours of the evening.

Scott Chitwood, Dungeness River Management (DRMT) Chairman, opened the meeting and announced, Here’s “what we may expect…may happen this summer.” Chitwood was former Natural Resource Director for Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe. He complimented Shawn Hines, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe representative, for her work on water interests.

To see photos of the slideshow presentations, click here. Continue reading

River levee proposed setback to be revealed by agencies

Posted 3/13/2015

An open house to be held on March 19, 2015, will be given by the agencies who plan on moving back the levees (dikes) along the Dungeness River.  (See proposed map below)

See the Notice here: levee setback mtg., 3.19.2015

In 1997, the Dungeness River Management Team (DRMT) promoted the “restoration” ideas as set out in the “Recommended Restoration Projects for the Dungeness River” or so-called “Blue Book” developed by the Dungeness River Restoration Work Group. Continue reading

Federal report says removing 4 dams on Klamath River will boost salmon

The Oregonian

Posted 4/25/2014

Four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River in Oregon and California and restoring ecosystems will produce a big increase in salmon harvests and boost farm revenues.

The 400-page report was produced by federal scientists to help the Secretary of Interior evaluate whether it is in the public interest to go ahead with the $1 billion project, which is considered the biggest dam removal in U.S. history if it goes through as planned in 2020.

“In the long run, all the anadramous fish (salmon, steelhead, and lamprey) benefit from dam removal, according to our analysis,” Dennis Lynch, program manager for the U.S. Geological Survey, who oversaw the report, said Monday. Continue reading

EPA News from Liberty Scene

Rep. Darrell Issa calls for Pebble Mine probe

House Republicans are calling for an investigation into whether the Environmental Protection Agency planned to kill a controversial Alaska Copper-and-gold mine from its inception, according to documents obtained by the Washington Examiner.

 

The EPA last month moved toward issuing a preemptive veto of a key mining permit for the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska.  The agency said the mine would destroy salmon runs that are home to nearly half the world’s sockeye salmon, and would disrupt the lives of native tribes.

 

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., urged EPA’s internal watchdog to investigate the agency’s handling of the Pebble project Friday, saying it had planned to use a preemptive veto to block the mine from outset.

(Washington Examiner)

 

 

Wyoming welder faces $75,000 a day in EPA fines for building pond on his property

All Andy Johnson wanted to do was build a stock pond on his sprawling eight-acre Wyoming farm. He and his wife Katie spent hours constructing it, filling it with crystal-clear water, and bringing in brook and brown trout, ducks and geese. It was a place where his horses could drink and graze, and a private playground for his three children. 

 

But instead of enjoying the fruits of his labor, the Wyoming welder says he was harangued by the federal government, stuck in what he calls a petty power play by the Environmental Protection Agency. He claims the agency is now threatening him with civil and criminal penalties – including the threat of a $75,000-a-day fine. 

 

 

Will the Supreme Court permit EPA climate fraud?

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency. The case will determine how far EPA can extend its regulatory overreach, to control “climate changing” carbon dioxide from power plants and other facilities – by ignoring the Constitution’s “separation of powers” provisions, rewriting clear language in the Clean Air Act, and disregarding laws that require the agency to consider both the costs and benefits of its regulations and what it is regulating. Put more bluntly, the Court will decide whether EPA may deceive and defraud the American people, by implementing regulations that have no basis in honest science and will be ruinous to our economy. It is the most important energy, economic and environmental case to come before the Court it in decades. 

(Cfact.org)

 

 

Watch Trey Gowdy’s epic speech on the floor of Congress that may be a defining moment for America 

We’ve finally gotten to the point where Congress had to pass a law to make sure that the laws they pass are enforced.

 

In a speech that Representative Trey Gowdy really shouldn’t have had to make, he explains angrily to the Congress what its job is, and to Obama what his job is. Members were heard to applaud as he reached the crescendo.

 

Five Democrats joined Republicans in passing a bill that directs Obama to follows the laws – clearing the House by a 233 to 181 vote.

(IJ Review)

 

 

California’s drought is a dam problem 

Congressman Tom McClintock brings some common sense to California’s drought crisis. There is no reason for the current drought problem. California needs more water storage and more dams. Instead Sacramento is considering the opposite – they want to remove dams.

(YouTube)

 

 

IG report: EPA employees used federal charge cards for gym memberships, gift cards

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employees used federal charge cards to buy gym memberships, gift cards, hotel space and items at dance halls and music venues, according to an inspector general report released Wednesday.

 

“The EPA did not provide effective oversight to ensure that purchase card holders and approving officials comply with internal control procedures,” according to the report, entitled ”Ineffective Oversight of Purchase Cards Results in Inappropriate Purchases at EPA.” Seventy-five of 80 reviewed transactions were not in compliance with EPA policies.

(Watchdog.org)

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A service of Liberty and Property Rights Coalition, 2013.

‘Clean Hydro’ campaign hopes to build dam support

 

 

Sept. 5, 2013

Spokane, WA – A coalition of utilities, river ports and farm organizations has embarked on a three-year, $3 million effort to improve Northwest residents’ perception of dams.

The “Clean Hydro” campaign kicked off this spring with TV spots in Seattle and Portland. The 30-second commercials feature scenic shots of water cascading over dam spillways and smiling kids and families enjoying electricity.

Hydropower has been the backbone of the Northwest power supply since the 1930s. Last year, dams generated nearly half of the electricity consumed in the region, carbon-free and at a wholesale cost of roughly 3 cents per kilowatt – a rate the rest of America envies. Continue reading

“WILD” and the EPA

by Pearl Rains Hewett –  Comment

 
Posted on July 17, 2013

Clallam County, WA – Are both government Taking and Controlling entities being used TO WILLFULLY DENY ACCESS AND RESTRICT the USE OF both PRIVATE and Public land.

WILD IS AN AMERICAN AFFRONT TO THE 1938 ACT OF CONGRESS
THAT CREATED THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK FOR THE FULL USE AND ENJOYMENT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
BY RESTRICTING AND DENYING PUBLIC ACCESS TO PUBLIC LAND

While WILD IS at it, WILD IS creating 1/2 mile set backs
(buffer ZONES ) on private property.Creating those famous NON-CONFORMING, no man’s use of his own land, on private property that has been owned by families, like ours, for over 60 years.
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The Rains Sr. family has lived in Clallam County for 93 years.
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WILD? ONP ACCESS DENIED IS A PUBLIC PDN AFFRONT
AFFRONT definition added for emphasis, to insult or offend somebody openly Continue reading

Initiative would recognize hydropower as renewable

By MITCH LIES

Capital Press

SALEM — One down, 87,212 to go.

Rep. Greg Smith, R-Heppner, has kicked off a petition drive to place an initiative before voters that calls for the state to recognize hydropower as a renewable energy source.

Petition supporters need to submit 87,213 valid signatures to the Secretary of State by July 3, 2014, for the initiative to qualify for the November 2014 ballot.

In a small ceremony in his office at the Capitol May 23, Smith was the first to sign the petition. Continue reading

Montana Bill Would Define Hydro as Renewable Power

The Heartland Institute

Posted 4/22013

Montana Sen. Jim Keane (D-Butte) has filed legislation to define hydropower as a renewable power source for meeting Montana’s renewable power mandates. Keane’s bill follows similar legislation approved by the legislature in 2011 but vetoed by Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D).

Bipartisan Support
The Montana Senate approved Keane’s bill, SB 45, in overwhelming, bipartisan fashion by a vote of 46-4. The House concurred by a vote of 70-27. The real drama will be over whether Gov. Steve Bullock (D) vetoes the bill and, if he does, whether the legislature overrides a veto. Continue reading

Commentary: Who’s paying for the cost of 41% more sediment in dam removal?

by Pearl Rains-Hewett

Posted 3/20/2013

ELWHA RIVER – COST OF 41% MORE SEDIMENT

AND WHO’S PAYING FOR IT?

What the total cost to the project of the breakdown will be — on a plant that was already the single most expensive piece of the

$325 million Elwha restoration — and what caused it to fail are still being sorted out, said Barb Maynes, spokeswoman for the park service. Continue reading

The dam removal “experiment”: Elwha gnaws away at a century of sediment

There’s more sediment and more wood than expected coming out of the Elwha River as the Elwha dams are taken down — causing more than a few surprises.

By Lynda V. Mapes
Seattle Times staff reporter

Posted 3/20/2013

A mother lode of mud is making its way down the Elwha River, and with it, an armada of floating and waterlogged debris.

Contractors are taking two dams out of the Elwha River as part of a watershed and fishery recovery project that is the largest of its type ever in the world. The first, Elwha Dam, came out a year ago. Glines Canyon dam is about two-thirds gone. Continue reading

Cantwell introduces bill to boost hydro

By K.C. Mehaffey
Wenatchee World staff writer

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Washington, D.C.

Sen. Maria Cantwell introduced a bill Wednesday that would encourage development of small hydro-electric projects, a companion to a bill that passed the U.S. House last month.

The Hydropower Improvement Act has support from both Republican and Democratic senators, and mirrors a bill that won unanimous support in the House, sponsored by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

The legislation would encourage additional hydropower production by removing some licensing barriers for small hydro projects. It would also require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to study the possibility of streamlining permitting existing dams and pumped storage projects into a two-year process. It does not provide authorization to build new large dams. Continue reading

Legislators move bills on generating power from irrigation canals

By STEVE BROWN
Capital Press

Posted 3/14/2013

OLYMPIA, WA — A pair of bills to allow hydroelectric projects in irrigation canals have crossed paths at the Capitol, one moving from the House to the Senate, the other from the Senate to the House.

The bills have identical titles and virtually the same language, and both were approved with unanimous floor votes.

Rep. Larry Haler, R-Richland, who sponsored House Bill 1950, said the proposal allows the power generated by such projects to count as “renewable energy” under the state’s Energy Independence Act. Continue reading

Wild Olympics – Oct. 8, 1992 to Oct. 29, 2012

Commentary by Pearl Rains-Hewett

Posted 10/29/2012

 

CONSPIRACY EXPOSED Oct. 8, 1992 The notarized document  was written on Oct. 8, 1992 by George C. Rains Sr. when he was 77 years old.

 

OVER 20 YEARS AGO George C. Rains Sr. WROTE

 

How can a Federal Government of ours pay money for things like this when our government is many trillions of dollars in debt?

 

This conspiracy will never end unless you people, property owners and tax payers start fighting back to stop the conspiracy and the taking of all our property on the Olympic Peninsula.

 

The Olympic National Park has doubled in size to over one million acres or more.

 

Most people have no knowledge of these vast encroachments to take our property and property rights on the Olympic Peninsula, and it is time that the truth be known. Land and Power Grab

 

The National Park Service has no respect for private property ownership and rights.

 Attempts are being made to grab land corridors on each side of the major rivers on the Olympic Peninsula. If they succeed here attempts will be made to grab land corridors on smaller streams on the Olympic Peninsula.

 

Pearl Rains Hewett

Read on if you are concerned Continue reading

Energy Secretary Chu Threatens Low Cost Power

Op-Ed by Ted Simpson,
President Clallam County PUD Board of Commissioners

Printed 7/25/2012

Washington PUDs, including Clallam County PUD, represent nearly one-million customers across the state. We take great pride in our long history of providing our communities with safe, reliable electrical service at the lowest reasonable cost. On March 16, 2012, Energy Secretary Steven Chu issued a memo that calls for actions that threaten to raise the cost of power in the region, increase rates for many PUD customers with no reciprocal benefit, and undermine a foundational principle of public utility districts – local control. Continue reading

Response to Senator Cantwell’s comments on the tear-down of Elwha dams

From: Maria_Cantwell@cantwell.senate.gov [mailto:Maria_Cantwell@cantwell.senate.gov]
Sent: Monday, November 14, 2011 9:04 AM
To:
Subject: From the Office of Senator Cantwell

Dear Mr. Coulson,

 

Thank you for contacting me about removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon Dams on the Olympic Peninsula. I appreciate hearing from you on this important matter and sincerely regret the delayed response.

 

As you know, the lower course of the Elwha River currently has two dams – the Elwha, completed in 1914, and the Glines Canyon, completed in 1927. Though they have a combined average generation output of 18.7 megawatts, neither project has fish passage facilities. The construction of the Elwha Dam blocked access to approximately 93 percent of the historical anadromous fish habitat on the Elwha River. Before the dams were built, the river produced an estimated 380,000 salmon and trout, while current, largely hatchery-based, fish runs in the Elwha River average around 10,000 annually.

 

In the 1970s and 80s, the licensing of the Elwha Dam and re-licensing of the Glines Canyon Dam through the Federal Power Commission (now the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) was subject to significant controversy and extensive delay due to a variety of factors, including the policy implications of licensing a project within a national park (Olympic National Park), conflicting federal, state, and tribal resource goals, and legal challenges from the environmental community.

 

As a result of the ongoing conflicts, on October 24, 1992, Congress passed the Elwha River Ecosystem and Fisheries Restoration Act (P.L. 102-495). This bill was a negotiated solution to avoid litigation, protect jobs at the paper mill that uses power generated by the dams, generate economic growth through fishing, tourism and recreation in the area, restore fisheries and the river ecosystem, and meet federal tribal trust responsibilities.

 

The Act directed the Secretary of the Interior to develop a report for Congress assessing alternatives that would lead to ecosystem restoration and fisheries recovery. A final “programmatic” Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released in June 1995 recommended removal of both dams. An additional “implementation” EIS released in November 1996 recommended using natural erosion to dispose of accumulated sediment behind the dams.

 

In 2005, a final record of decision was issued to move forward with the restoration project, which includes removal of both dams, addressing erosion and sediment concerns, building new water and sewage treatment facilities, and other steps to mitigate economic and environmental impacts. For more information on this project, I’d encourage you to visit http://www.nps.gov/olym/naturescience/elwha-ecosystem-restoration.htm.

 

The Elwha River Restoration Project began on September 17, 2011, and will cost an estimated $351 million over three years. The first of its kind and scale in our country, this project has the potential to be a game-changer for salmon on the Olympic Peninsula. Once the dams are removed, migratory salmon will, for the first time in nearly 100 years, have full access to spawn the entire length of the Elwha River. The restored river will result in an estimated 2,000 local jobs related to the fishing industry. I am satisfied that decisions surrounding the Elwha River Restoration Project have been grounded in science, and that measures have been taken at every step of the way to ensure salmon are protected and that the dam removal is safe for communities downriver.

 

Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this matter, and I appreciate the opportunity to learn your views on the Elwha River dam removal. You may also be interested in signing up for periodic updates for Washington State residents. If you are interested in subscribing to this update, please visit my website at http://cantwell.senate.gov. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.

 

Sincerely,
Maria Cantwell
United States SenatorFor future correspondence with my office, please visit my website at
http://cantwell.senate.gov/contact/


 

 RESPONSE BY MARV CHASTAIN:

Taking her diatribe in order:

1- The average electrical output: The Elwha dams had a capacity of well in excess of 30 megawatts. The equipment was a century old and could have been upgraded. The dams were operated on a strictly RUN OF THE RIVER basis – that is, unlike most hydropower dams, they maintained the outflow as nearly as possible to match the incoming water. They did not store extra water in winter and use it in summer, but they did spill water during low water periods to assist the salmon – and for various “tests” done by the Dam Busters trying to figure out how they were going to destroy the dams.

2- The dam did not block salmon – The environmentalists did. The Dam owners had an overall design done by a well known and highly experienced fisheries expert of a fish ladder for the lower dam (1990s price tag= $3.6 million) A fish ladder for the upper dam would have cost roughly twice that much. The Dam owners agreed to build same if the license was renewed. Environmentalists fought tooth and nail to prevent re-license and the consequent fish ladders. About 1997, REAL proposed the planting of egg boxes in the mid-river area. That would have produced salmon who would have returned in 3 -5 years. At that time, it did not look like congress was going to spend the money to remove the dams and we expected a ladder could be built and/or a temporary trap-and-haul operation could fill the time if it wasn’t. Every year, salmon milled around the pool below the lower dam so construction of any kind of transport facility would have had immediate use. We met with all three of our state reps in Hargrove’s office and drafted a bill. When the bill came up for hearing, the Sierra Club rep testified they were opposed because “It would take interest off the removal of the dams”.

In the end, we were sold out by a Republican state Rep, Jim Buck – then chairman of the natural resources committee.

3- The statement about 93 percent of fish habitat is very misleading. It’s not how many miles of river fish can swim in, it’s spawning habitat that determines production of fish. Salmon must have Slow and Clean water for spawning.. Most of the slow and clean water in the Elwha was in the lower five miles of river, below the dams. I believe the state fisheries people were aware of this and that is why they OKed Tom Aldwell’s proposal to furnish a hatchery in place of a fish ladder. The water below the dams was clean because the lakes acted as settling ponds, Allowing the rock dust and other detrius of the fast flowing river to settle to the bottom and provide crystal clear water for spawning which the river will never again see without those lakes.

 

4- Since we have no records of pre-dam fish in the river, the 380,000 is pure imagination on somebody’s part. But, clearly there were a lot of fish in the Elwha. And they did not seriously diminish in the Elwha until the same time they were diminishing in other Northwest rivers. I have video taken in the 1960s showing the state fish hatchery manager just wading out into a river full of fish with a gaff hook and gaffing the big ones he wanted for eggs. That video was taken 50 years after the dam was built. (furnished to me by the family of Ernie Brannon, Sr. – then hatchery manager)

5- Technically, the upper dam was not in the national park. The dam was in operation before the area around it because a park and the dam and immediately surrounding property did not become part of the park until the owners sold it to the gov’t in 1997 after being told it would not be relisenced.

6- The so-called “environmental impact statement” was a fraud. Important data (including some the gov’t paid for) was left out. The (then) secretary of the Interior had already expressed his determination to remove the dams, before it was even created. He even said in a public statement the he was “eager to push the plunger to blow up a major dam”. His decision was not exactly based on facts. Furthermore, the bill did not specify what the Elwha valley was to be “restored” to. If the pre-dam kind of fish runs were to be restored, radical changes would have to be made in salt water to eliminate the huge over-fishing there by both human effort and the protected population of fish eating animals. Nothing like that has been done or even contemplated so far as the public knows.

7- The statement about 2000 local jobs is pure fantasy. There is no reason to believe the Elwha salmon runs will even equal those of the past ten years. After total contamination of the spawning beds in the lower river. Even Brian Winter does not predict large salmon runs for 30 years. The 30 years covers his career. He will be retired by that time and not available to explain why his wild predictions did not come to pass. Somebody would have to hire those 2000 people. Who would and why?

 

I have video and still photos which show the rock dust that inhabits the river. During one of the lowerings of the water level on the upper dam, it shows workers covering their faces to protect them from the blowing rock dust that a week before was at the bottom of the lake. Now, much of that dust is flowing into the strait. However, the glacier that caused it has been gone for thousands of years and the river has not succeeded in completely eliminating it. How many more thousands of years will it take?

 

Cantwell does not even refer to the 20 species of water fowl that used the lakes or the endangered species of trout that was eliminated from Lake Mills, or the beaver that inhabited the upper reaches of Lake Aldwell.

 

Marv Chastain

 


Following is a copy of an article I copied out of a magazine two decades ago, as I was trying to fathom what was really behind the effort to destroy the Elwha Dams and lakes. It was written by a reporter who had interviewd Dave Foreman, founder of Earth First and currently director of the Sierra Club. At first glance, it appears to be just a crazy rant (which it is).

 

Only skillful use of funds mostly from individuals and well-heeled foundations who believe the fiction that their money will be used to “save the planet”, have created a substantial Cult, dedicated to destruction of civilization. That cult has been able to buy or intimidate a lot of politicians (including some Republicans)

They have gone a long way toward their goal of setting back the USA 500 years.

Their “Great Achievement” has been destruction of the Elwha dams and lakes. Not satisfied with that triumph, they are now actively working on destruction of vital dams in California which provide not only electical energy, but vital irrigation water essential to California food growers. (So, we can import our food from China?)

But, never fear, they are not thru with the Pacific Northwest. They have publicly stated they have the dams on the Snake and Columbia in their sights.

(Click on image for larger view)

Dave Foreman - Wildlands Project Dave Foreman - Wildlands Project

Foreman rambles on for several pages, but the key is map of the USA showing black areas (including Clallam County) from which they propose to close humans out of and turn over strictly to animals, dominated by grizzly bears and wolves.

 

Where to start such a nightmare? How about a peninsula on the Northwest edge of the country, surrounded on three sides by water and already containing very large areas where no humans live.

 

To accomplish that, you must first shut down industry and agriculture to persuade residents to leave. (Sound familiar?)

 

Fish or Foul on the Klamath River: Saving Siskiyou County (Video)

Federal  “whistleblower”  Scientist Paul R. Houser Ph.D. is interviewed on the video, on exposed fraud of federal agencies, science, environmntal statements and officials.  Dr. Houser calls the end goal of dam removal “reckless”.

 

Fish habitat or human habitat? The Department of Interior plans to destroy four dams on the Klamath River in Northern California so salmon can swim further than 180 miles up the river. But these dams provide water and flood protection to thousands of humans who also live along the river. Clean energy from these hydro dams supply electricity to 70,000 residents in the area.

 

Despite a lack of scientific evidence that dam removal will help the fish, or any study on the human impact of dam removal, the DOI [Dept. of Interior]  is pressing forward to have the dams destroyed. When their own scientist, Dr. Paul Houser, questions the science – he gets fired.

Posted May 2012

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