Skip to comments.Got Water? - 2002 and Beyond
Posted on 01/08/2002 8:12:33 PM PST by nunya bidness
Congressman Walden and Senator Gordon Smith flew on Air Force One with President Bush prior to the presidents address in Portland. According to Congressman Walden, the focus of much of their discussion was the challenge associated with natural resources issues in Oregon, with emphasis on the 2001 Klamath Basin crisis. The local farming community is still reeling from devastating effects of the April 6, 2001 decision precipitated by federal fishery agency decisions that resulted in zero water allocation from Upper Klamath Lake.
President Bush pledged to help Klamath Basin farmers during Saturdays visit to Oregon. I share their (Smiths and Waldens) concern about people living off the land. I told these two good men well do everything we can to make sure water is available for people who farm, Bush said.
Dan Keppen, Klamath Water Users Association new executive director will also speak during the forum. His presentation will include recent developments and policies that directly affect the water deliveries in the Klamath Basin.
Russ Brooks, Pacific Legal Foundation representative will discuss their efforts to challenge the Coho salmon listing.
A California Waterfowl Association representative will discuss the importance of Klamath Basin agriculture to the Pacific Flyway. Hell outline their efforts to guarantee full water deliveries to farms and refuges in 2002 and the future.
The public is strongly encouraged to attend this informative event. It is especially important because under the current biological opinion guidelines, the Basin is not guaranteed water delivery even with current rains and 160% of average snow pack. The committee anticipates a crowd of 4000-5000.
The panel discussion will be followed by a barbecue that will feature - ironically - coho salmon donated to the Oregon Food Bank earlier this year by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). Although the Coho are listed as an endangered species on the Lower Klamath River, approximately 140,000 hatchery Coho salmon from coastal streams were killed and donated to the Food Bank in 2001. This year, ODFW requested that special attention be paid to the Klamath Falls area, where the irrigation cutoff and resulting economic damage made local farmers eligible for Food Bank donations. Basin residents find it particularly ironic that they could not irrigate because of the Coho but they can stand in food lines to eat them., said Deb Crisp, Tulelake Growers Association Executive Director.
--The Klamath Basin Bucket Brigade Committee is a local grassroots organization that advocates for balance in the ecosystem which includes irrigation water for farming and ranching.
Specifically Barb Martin's pending case.
It should be soon.
I haven't thought about them all the way through, but I like your suggestions
Our County Commis. Ric Holt managed to get a year reprieve on blowing our Elk Creek Dam. I was getting a bit nervous about my committment to stand on the stupid thing if they tried. I'm gettin' too old for this nunya, sure glad you are around to take over!!
Good. I listened to Lars when I was there.
He was the MC at the fairgrounds too.
Hopefully he'll get the word out. Let me know how it turns out.
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