Skip to comments.Farmers fear their hard work may be destroyed
Posted on 08/18/2012 4:44:06 PM PDT by SteelToe
Years worth of work could be washed away upon approval of a proposal to flood the wetland
WINTER LAKE Every resident learns to live with the flood.
Each year, with cruel seasonality, this peat-land is transformed into a 1,700-acre soup.
But this year, emotions have piqued over a different deluge.
Next year, earthworks are slated to begin on a $3.5 million project to restore 400 acres of pasture to wetland.
Sarah Crawford, an organic farmer on Garden Valley Road, worries that new body of water will radically alter the valley's water table.
'That would ruin us," Crawford said.
'That would ruin this community garden property which has been this way since the '70s."
Crawford is not alone. According to Coos County commissioner Bob Main, 37 residents have emailed him with concerns about the proposal.
'They are upset," Main said. 'They are very upset, and I don't blame them."
Spearheaders of the wetland project are battling to quell those fears. The group promises that channels and tide gates will protect surrounding landowners.
'We have said from the beginning, they will be no worse than they are in the present," said Fred Messerle, Coos County commissioner who is heading the project in his personal capacity as a rancher.
But, for some landowners, that's become a tough sell.
'We don't have a voice at the table," says Lisa Foster, who owns a 6.25-acre section of Garden Valley Road.
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Where is this at?
Sounds like Oregon, not sure.
It’s so easy to check mark a state when posting an article.
I’m aware of only one Coos County...and it’s on the Oregon coast.
This kind of thing is going on all over the country. Does anyone remember the plan to flood a bunch of land in Arkasas during the BP oil spill. They said they wanted to provide alternate nesting areas due to the oil spill. I don’t know what came of it.
The state of Michigan is buying another 2000 acres of mixed farm, forest, and swamp about a mile south of me.
Ranchers v. farmers is an age-old conflict all across the country.
Sometimes one has the upper hand, sometimes the other...
Dixville Notch casts the first votes in US elections. It’s located within Coos county in N.H.
They’re tearing out dams all over the country too which is exceedingly stupid because many dams in this country used to produce power and could again with fairly inexpensive retrofits.
Oh, the farmer amd the cowboy should be friends.
What’s the big deal? You didn’t build that! Spread the wealth, dude...
I’d like to share a Louisville Slugger with their collective craniums. When they tear out dams they take high dollar lakefront property and turn it into low dollar swampfront property at the same time they eliminate potential virtually free electricity.
In this case it sounds like they want to create swampland in reverse.
Or, if the state or country is not immediately obvious, put the state name in the title
This story is so poorly written that it's difficult to determine what's really going on -- and why.
Nonetheless, it has a clear tone of "nasty, mean rancher conniving to destroy the community gardens of elderly flower children". But, again, there is no inkling as to exactly how...or even why.
Ah, the joys of journalism today...
If this isn’t strictly obamanomics, it sure seems like it.
Stalin starved the Kulaks.
The leftists are carrying on the tradition. Destroy farmland, make a gazillion regulations, use GMO crap that ruins crops and health, and voila!
Starving unless we crawl to uncle for our daily rations.
What rations? Destroy enough farmland, restrict farming by limiting access to affordable fuel and fertilizer, even regulate the amount of dust raised during plowing, send the global ag output back to the level of the 1950s and then, feed dependent populations on..........what?
This is a depopulation agenda.