FROM THE ARCHIVE

Pressure cited in Klamath water decision

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2002

A federal biologist filed for whistleblower protection on Monday, citing political pressure in a decision to restore water to non-Indian farmers in the Klamath River Basin.

Michael Kelly of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) said his agency's scientific recommendations were rejected twice. Once by the Department of Justice and another by the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), which reports to the Department of Interior.

Kelly alleges the BOR suppressed an NMFS report in order to restore water to non-Indian farmers. Copies of the altered documents and his description of what occurred are linked below.

Get the Story:
Federal Biologist Invokes Whistleblower Act (The Los Angeles Times 10/29)
Username: indianz, Password: indianzcom
Finger-pointing follows Klamath fish die-off (The Chico Enterprise-Record 10/29)
Feds shun special Klamath hearing (The Eureka Times-Standard 10/29)

Relevant Documents:
Kelly Narrative | Original Report | Altered Report

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