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  • California drought: What would Israel do?

    05/22/2015 1:08:58 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 30 replies
    Jweekly ^ | May 14, 2015 | By Dan Pine
    From a distance, the reservoir appears topped by a flotilla of rubber duckies. On closer inspection, the water’s surface is packed with thousands of free-floating, 13-inch plastic balls, clustered to form an undulating cover. Developed by the Israeli startup Neotop (formerly known as Top-It-Up), the mass of balls serves as a floating cooling tower, reducing surface temperatures, algae and evaporation up to 95 percent. It’s one of many potential water-saving solutions to come out of Israel’s high-tech dream factory. This could make a difference in California. With the state’s reservoirs at historic lows — the two biggest, Shasta Lake and...
  • The Largest Ancient Man Made Canal System on Earth

    01/03/2015 4:10:32 PM PST · by Fred Nerks · 208 replies
    earthepochs.blogspot.co.uk ^ | April 3, 2014 | johnmjensen jr
    From my Free Web Book 'AncientCanalBuilders.com' The largest wide-array man made (or at least non natural) structure in the world is in fact an ancient terra formed systems of agricultural-aquaculture canals in Northwestern Botswana and Northeastern Namibia, north of the Kalahari Desert in Southern Africa. Obviously quite ancient, the canal systems no longer provide free flowing water throughout its 105,000 mile array, but many sections show obvious intention to provide cross sectional irrigation. These canals are too evenly spaced over too large an area to be any kind of natural formation. Based on entry and exit points, it is readily...
  • Court upholds ruling for California delta salmon

    12/22/2014 2:37:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 22, 2014 4:14 PM EST
    A federal appeals court on Monday upheld a 2009 federal decision that called for reducing the amount of water pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in order to protect salmon and other species. The 2009 environmental review by the National Marine Fisheries Service found that continuing to pump water from the delta at such a high rate would threaten several endangered salmon species and killer whales. Some of the state’s biggest water agencies, including Southern California’s Metropolitan Water District, had challenged the 2009 federal decision. …
  • A Farmers' Rebellion Lifts the California GOP

    05/25/2013 10:20:49 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 19 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 25 May 2013 | ALLYSIA FINLEY
    Democrats were writing obituaries for California's GOP after winning a supermajority in the state legislature last November, thus gaining veto-proof power to raise taxes. But their legislative lock may have slipped after this week's special election in which Republican farmer Andy Vidak appears to have defeated a Democrat—in a heavily Democratic senate district—who had championed high-speed rail and a higher minimum wage. If Mr. Vidak wins an outright majority—late Friday, he led with 49.8% of the vote and provisional ballots were still being counted—his victory would put Republicans two senate seats short of reclaiming their veto on tax hikes. But...
  • The Hidden City of Angkor Wat

    06/21/2013 7:07:41 AM PDT · by Renfield · 26 replies
    Science Magazine ^ | 6-20-2013 | Richard Stone
    In the year 802 C.E., the founder of the medieval Khmer empire, Jayavarman II, anointed himself "king of the world." In laying claim to such a grandiose title, he was a little ahead of his time: It would be another few centuries before the Khmers built Earth's largest religious monument, Angkor Wat, the crowning glory of a kingdom that stood in what is today northwestern Cambodia. But Jayavarman II had good reason to believe that his nascent kingdom, in the sacred Kulen hills northeast of Angkor, was a record-holder. Airborne laser scanning technology, or LiDAR, has revealed the imprint of...
  • California Irrigation Changing Weather Patterns in American Southwest

    02/02/2013 11:15:45 PM PST · by neverdem · 34 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 1 February 2013 | Sid Perkins
    Enlarge Image Thanks, California! Massive amounts of irrigation in California's Central Valley boost summer precipitation across the American Southwest and during that period increases runoff into the Colorado River, which flows through the Grand Canyon, by an average of 28%, a new study suggests. Credit: iStockphoto/Thinkstock Water diverted to central California's farmlands boosts rainfall in nearby states and may even exacerbate periodic flooding in some regions, a new study suggests. The phenomenon may also be happening elsewhere in the world. California's Central Valley—an area almost twice the size of Massachusetts where farmers raise more than 200 different crops, including...
  • Rainwater recovery for the garden and emergency use

    04/06/2011 2:45:08 PM PDT · by Bean Counter · 16 replies
    Self | 4/6/2011 | Beancounter
    Over the past few months I have made several references to my water tank in the gardening threads and in several of the emergency prepper threads. I've decided to put up a thread here at FR with pictures to explain what I did and how, and be able to reference this thread when I need to. This is not the end-all be-all by any means. This is one man's ideas and my only challenge is to find a way to do what I did, only better. Pass this on and use any of the pictures or comments in any way...
  • 'Water mining' is now a prime culprit for raising sea levels (irrigation is killing us all alert)

    10/09/2010 7:57:50 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 53 replies
    London Daily Telegraph ^ | October 9, 2010 | Geoffrey Lean
    Nowhere in the Maldives juts more than 10 feet above the Indian Ocean, making it extremely worried about sea level rise. Its president, Mohamed Nasheed, illustrated the point by holding a cabinet meeting under water in the run-up to last year's Copenhagen summit. But a new study shows that global warming is not the only cause of swelling seas. Much comes from "water mining" – the pumping of vast amounts of groundwater from beneath the earth, mainly to irrigate crops. This inevitably ends up in the oceans after it evaporates from farmland and comes down as rain.
  • Fish Vs. Farmers

    09/25/2009 5:23:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies · 2,148+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 25, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Delta smelts: Preferred over humans. Environmentalism: Sen. Dianne Feinstein votes to deny water to California's drought-stricken San Joaquin Valley. Farmers, families and food are being held hostage to an endangered fish called the delta smelt.There was a time when the San Joaquin Valley was the most productive agricultural region in the world. It was a large part of what made the Golden State golden.Now it's a place where farmers no longer farm, but instead line up at food banks to feed the families of those who once fed the rest of the country and a good chunk of the...
  • A Wet Future for Saab Al-Bour Irrigation

    05/20/2009 4:03:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 208+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Capt. Cory Angell, USA
    BAGHDAD — The Directorate General of Water Resources for Baghdad, Thair Dahri, visited Pump Station One in Saab al-Bour, May 16, to encourage students learning new skills and see firsthand the recent increase in irrigation. "This increase means [more than 6,000 acres] of land will be irrigated," said Thair. "We are committed to increasing the ability to maintain this pump station as well." Thair talked with 18 students training as operators at the station and said the ministry is working on getting them employed. "We have helped increase the output of Pump Station One from two cubic meters per second...
  • Israel Develops "Text Messaging" Plants

    03/25/2009 1:01:07 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 8 replies · 432+ views
    Israel 21/Yidwithlid ^ | 3/25/09 | Yidwithlid
    "Feed Me Seymour" Israeli scientists have developed a product that enables plants to tell farmers that they are hungry or even turn on the water itself. OK its not a talking plant like "Little Shop of Horrors" its a sensor that measures the stress of plants and their water levels. Israel is a country with a severe water problem, and this invention will enable farmers to use water only when needed. It is projected to save farmers up to 30 to 40 percent in water use. More Below:
  • Team Works to Improve Irrigation in Afghanistan

    12/30/2008 3:35:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 210+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Charles Brice, USA
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Dec. 30, 2008 – The provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan’s Konar province is working to restore an irrigation system in the province’s Manawara district that has become a casualty of decades of war. An Afghan village elder leads provincial reconstruction team members to a well in Afghanistan’s Konar province. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Russell Gilchrest  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The ancient Karez system, comprising 12 wells and numerous aqueducts, uses river water and underground spring water to irrigate crops in the area. During the Soviet-Afghan war that began in 1978 and ended in...
  • Leaders Discuss Agriculture, Irrigation, Increased Crop Production

    11/06/2008 3:28:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 212+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Pfc. Evan Loyd, USA
    Dr. Ayad, the director general of agriculture in the Baghdad province, thanks Lt. Col. Matthew Mckenna, from Pittsburgh, deputy commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, for all of the Coalition forces' help with the farmers of the Mada’in after a meeting at the Salman Pak government center, Oct. 29, 2008. Photo by Pfc. Evan Loyd, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division Public Affairs. FOB HAMMER — Leaders of the government of Iraq, Mada’in Qada and 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, met at the Salman Pak government center to discuss issues of importance to...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, August 24-30, 2008: What's wrong with this picture?

    08/26/2008 10:07:20 AM PDT · by cogitator · 22 replies · 408+ views
    NASA Earth Observatory ^ | August 26, 2008 | NASA
    The question is: what's wrong with this picture? Think for a moment and then click the link below. Aral Sea in the 21st century Full size
  • Ancient Chinese Irrigation System Stands Test Of Time -- And Quake

    05/24/2008 1:55:14 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 198+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 5-22-2008 | Ian Timberlake
    Ancient Chinese irrigation system stands test of time -- and quake by Ian Timberlake Thu May 22, 11:55 PM ET DUJIANGYAN, China (AFP) - High above the world's oldest operating irrigation system, Zhang Shuanggun, a local villager, stands on an observation platform cracked by China's massive earthquake last week. She has a simple answer for why the ancient, bamboo-based Dujiangyan irrigation system sustained only minor damage, while nearby modern dams and their vast amounts of concrete are now under 24-hour watch for signs of collapse. "This ancient project is perfection," Zhang said. From the hillside platform, the workings of the...
  • Electricity, diesel, fertilizer prices tough on farmers, ranchers

    03/30/2008 12:32:10 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies · 700+ views
    Electricity, diesel, fertilizer prices tough on farmers, ranchers LUBBOCK, Texas (AP)--South Plains cotton producer Don Langston is eager for a "big rain." Without it he'll have to keep irrigation pumps running to water thousands of acres of dusty, parched land so there's enough moisture to plant this year's crop in a couple of months. He figures he'll spend as much as $50 more an acre than he did last year, when rainfall was plentiful, even by West Texas standards. "We're going to have to have a good crop just to break even," Langston said. "I'm OK. Just need a big...
  • Discovery Of Vast Prehistoric Works Built By Giants?

    02/28/2008 4:25:52 PM PST · by blam · 82 replies · 6,429+ views
    Raider News Network ^ | 2-24-2008 | David E. Flynn
    Discovery of vast prehistoric works built by Giants?The Geoglyphs of Teohuanaco Posted: February 24, 2008 1:00 am EasternBy David E. Flynn© 2008 RaidersNewsNetwork The size and scope of David Flynn's Teohuanaco discovery simply surpasses comprehension. Mammoth traces of intelligence carved in stone and covering hundreds of square miles. For those who understand what they are seeing here for the first time, this could indeed be the strongest evidence ever found of prehistoric engineering by those who were known and feared throughout the ancient world as gods. ~ Thomas Horn This satellite image (above) is a portion of the Andean foothills...
  • Let the East Bloom Again (Farming To Expand East Of The Mississippi?)

    09/22/2007 6:45:35 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 33 replies · 491+ views
    New York Times ^ | 22 September 2007 | RICHARD T. McNIDER and JOHN R. CHRISTY
    Until the middle of the 1900s, much of our country’s food and fiber was produced east of the Mississippi River. Maine led the nation in potato production in 1940, and New York wasn’t far behind. The South, including Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, dominated cotton. Large amounts of corn were grown in almost every state for consumption by the local livestock and poultry. Regional vegetable markets, especially in the mid-Atlantic states, served the population centers of the East. By 1980, Western irrigation and improvements in transportation had largely destroyed this Eastern system of agriculture. Irrigated cotton in Arizona, California and Texas...
  • Irrigation project creates local unity with Coalition forces

    05/02/2007 6:13:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 311+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte
    LSA ADDER — The U.S. military continued progress in a program to provide generators at pump stations along the Euphrates River to irrigate water to local farmlands in southern Iraq Tuesday. The 134th Brigade Support Battalion along with local contractors dredged existing irrigation canals to local farms up to 15 kilometers away from the Euphrates River. The generators will greatly improve agriculture in the area, said Sheikh Mohammed Tayeh, a representative of the council of Batha, Iraq. “It was really barren,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Todd M. Engebreston , a vehicle commander of the134th BSB. “When we first got here,...
  • PM raises food shortage fear

    04/19/2007 9:20:12 PM PDT · by bingoboy · 4 replies · 257+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 4.20.2007 | Gerard McManus, BenPakham, AAP
    AUSTRALIA may be forced to import basic foods if rains don't come soon, Prime Minister John Howard has warned. Mr Howard announced yesterday that farmers would not be able to irrigate with water from the Murray-Darling river system if there was no rain in the next six to eight weeks. Today he said he feared food prices would rise if the irrigation taps were turned off and farmers' crops started to fail. "We could see increases and I worry there will be increases," Mr Howard told reporters. "Obviously it might be possible in some areas to import the foodstuffs that...
  • Heavily Fortified 'Ant Farms' Deter bin Laden's Pursuers

    11/25/2001 9:05:24 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 97 replies · 590+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 11/26/2001 | MICHAEL WINES
    MOSCOW, Nov. 25 — The Qaeda military base called Zhawar Kili Al- Badr also has a nickname: Wolf's Hole. Zhawar worms its way deep inside the walls of a gorge in the Sodyaki Ghar mountains of eastern Afghanistan, a half-mile lattice of caves and connecting tunnels barely 4,000 yards from the Pakistan border. The Soviet Army took it in 1986 during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, but only after 57 days of aerial bombardment and hand-to-hand combat. "It was seized, blown up. Everything was blown up," Maj. Gen. Aleksandr Lyakhovsky, an Afghanistan veteran now retired from Russian military service, said ...
  • Woodpecker halts Ark. irrigation project - Disputed woodpecker halts project

    07/20/2006 12:57:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 56 replies · 982+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/20/06 | Andrew DeMillo - ap
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A federal judge halted a $320 million irrigation project Thursday for fear it could disturb the habitat of a woodpecker that may or may not be extinct. The dispute involves the ivory-billed woodpecker. The last confirmed sighting of the bird in North America was in 1944, and scientists had thought the species was extinct until 2004, when a kayaker claimed to have spotted one in the area. But scientists have been unable to confirm the sighting. Still, U.S. District Judge William R. Wilson said that for purposes of the lawsuit brought by environmental groups, he had...
  • De-prioritizing people

    03/28/2006 6:43:10 AM PST · by serendipity_kate · 1 replies · 471+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 28 March 2006 | Jennifer Biddison
    Part of the problem is that the people who decide national policy are headquartered in Washington, D.C., where large plots of private property are rare. Those of us who live in urban or suburban areas imagine endangered species protection to be as simple as being kind to blue whales, grizzly bears and bald eagles. We don’t stop to consider the dilemmas facing people thousands of miles away from us. Bill Snape, Chairman of the Endangered Species Coalition, is an example of one who lives in either ignorance or denial. “There just aren’t private landowners that I can identify where the...
  • Tempting fate: A torrent of doubts (1 more huge reason Doolittle & Delay under attack!)

    02/19/2006 1:15:00 PM PST · by SierraWasp · 20 replies · 636+ views
    Sacramento BEE ^ | 2/19/06 | Matt Weiser
    Tempting fate: A torrent of doubtsProject backers expect electricity, water and flood protection, but critics call it pie-in-the-skyBy Matt Weiser -- Bee Staff Writer Published 2:15 am PST Sunday, February 19, 2006 American taxpayers have had an unsteady relationship with the Auburn dam: $400 million spent so far on a dam that was never built; another $30 million through the end of this year to restore the former construction site; and now $1 million more to study whether to build the dam after all. Since Hurricane Katrina swamped New Orleans, Auburn dam supporters have rallied behind the project anew, suggesting...
  • Iraqi Villagers Dedicate New Irrigation Pump

    01/28/2006 12:27:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 322+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Jan 27, 2006 | 1st BCT 4th ID
    U.S. Army Lt. Col. John Cross, battalion commander of 1st Special Troops Battalion, meets with local leaders from the village of Muzerfa, Iraq, Jan. 26, 2006, to dedicate a new water pump that provides water from the Tigris River for the village and irrigates the nearby farm fields. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. James Real Iraqi Villagers Dedicate New Irrigation Pump Following the dedication, U.S. soldiers and the villagers enjoyed a banquet and discussed issues. By 1st Brigade Combat Team 4th Infantry Division TAJI, Iraq, Jan. 27, 2006 —The village of Muzerfa dedicated a new irrigation pump Jan. 19,...
  • Upcoming new book title: THE STAND AT KLAMATH FALLS

    01/27/2006 3:18:08 PM PST · by Jeff Head · 219 replies · 3,391+ views
    FR ANNOUNCEMENT - THIS THREAD | January 27, 2006 | Jeff Head
    I am very close to finishing my book regarding The Stand at Klamath Falls and the crisis of 2001. Here is the cover art: (Note: In this post I am including the Introduction, the Acknowledgements, and the Epilogue for review and comment.. The book should be completed and to the printers by the 1st of February.) INTRODUCTION It has been almost five years since the memorable and pivotal events surrounding the struggle by farmers in the Klamath Basin of Oregon and California took place. Much has occurred since then that has overshadowed those events…but nothing can erase the importance of...
  • Glaciers on the Roof of the World at Risk

    09/07/2005 11:16:21 AM PDT · by cogitator · 15 replies · 692+ views
    BANGKOK, Thailand, September 6, 2005 (ENS) - The mountains of Asia, including the towering Himalayas, are facing accelerating threats from a rapid rise in roads, settlements, overgrazing and deforestation, experts are warning in a new report. New calculations by experts with the Chinese Academy of Sciences indicate that China’s highland glaciers are shrinking by an amount equivalent to all the water in the giant Yellow River each year.There is concern that the region’s water supplies, fed by glaciers and the monsoons and vital for around half the world’s population, may be harmed alongside the area’s abundant and rich wildlife. "Mountain...
  • Pollution Plagues China's Giant Irrigation Scheme

    03/22/2005 6:42:18 PM PST · by Brian328i · 11 replies · 385+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Mar 22, 2005 06:55 AM ET
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China's massive project to pump water to its parched north has a problem: a lack of clean water to pump. The country has begun its ambitious South-North water diversion scheme, but widespread pollution and failure by regional governments to improve waste treatment were ruining available supplies, an official said at a symposium in Beijing on Tuesday, the U.N. World Water Day. When complete in 2050, the multi-billion dollar diversion scheme is intended to annually send 44.8 billion cubic meters of water from southern rivers to farms and cities in the dry north. "Many places have not implemented...
  • Archaeoligists: Iraqi Dam Threatens City

    02/05/2003 6:34:50 AM PST · by vannrox · 8 replies · 593+ views
    ABC News via AP ^ | Feb. 3 2003 | AP Editorial Staff
    Feb. 3 — An Iraqi dam under construction on the Tigris River threatens to submerge the remains of the spiritual capital of the ancient Assyrian empire in an act archaeologists liken to flooding the Vatican.Much of the city of Ashur, which thrived for more than 1,000 years until the Babylonians razed it in 614 B.C., could vanish under a lake to be created by the Makhoul dam, U.S. and European archaeologists said.More than 60 outlying historical sites are also threatened.Ashur, or Assur, was of such importance that it lent its name to the Assyrian civilization itself."Losing it would be...
  • Higher flows ease fears over repeat of Klamath salmon kill

    09/03/2003 3:08:34 PM PDT · by bicycle thug · 5 replies · 320+ views
    oregonlive.com ^ | Sept. 03, 2003 | By JEFF BARNARD
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- More water flowing down the Klamath and Trinity Rivers in Northern California is giving the Yurok Tribe and California state biologists hope they will not see a repeat of last year's massive salmon kill. The tribe, however, is moving ahead with a lawsuit against the federal government claiming authorities violated treaty obligations by allowing the deaths of 33,000 adult salmon in the lower Klamath last September. And the tribe is pressing for higher flows at other times of the year. "While we are not as concerned about the flows (in August and September), we do...
  • Irrigators face an uncertain summer

    07/01/2003 5:34:57 PM PDT · by bicycle thug · 13 replies · 334+ views
    heraldandnews.com ^ | 29 June 2003 | DYLAN DARLING
    At the end of a tumultuous week in the Klamath Reclamation Project, irrigation managers from the federal government and water users are focusing on what to do now. The week's events included a dramatic drop of inflows into Upper Klamath Lake and the announced shutdown of the project, a decision reversed within hours. The events focused attention on water use and the status of springs upstream of Upper Klamath Lake, which is the main reservoir for the project. "There is a whole list of things that could be hurting inflows, and ground water is one of them," he said, Jim...
  • Woman Wins Case To Have Massages Paid For By Province (Nova Scotia)

    01/09/2003 9:26:38 AM PST · by Loyalist · 11 replies · 339+ views
    Halifax Daily News ^ | January 9, 2003 | Andrea MacDonald
    Taxpayers will fund a sex-abuse survivor’s massages, but she’ll have to pay for her own bowel cleansing. The north-end Halifax woman, whose identity is protected by law, scored a partial victory with the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal yesterday. In a unanimous decision, the judges ordered the province to pay for the woman’s twice-weekly massages. They refused her claim for colonic therapy, a controversial practice where water is forced into the colon to remove fecal matter. The woman believes the practice is vital to her well-being, saying she hasn’t moved her bowels naturally since 1999. The money will come from...
  • Arkansas Rice Farmers Run Dry, and U.S. Remedy Sets Off Debate

    11/11/2002 7:06:47 AM PST · by liberallarry · 12 replies · 192+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 11, 2002 | DOUGLAS JEHL
    ULM, Ark., Nov. 5 — Rice farmers like John Kerksieck are on the brink of draining one of Arkansas' biggest aquifers dry. That alone is troublesome, in a state that gets almost 50 inches of rain a year. But even more confounding — since these Southern farmers will not be the last to find themselves in such a pickle — is the question of what to do about it. Most of the farmers want the government to send them replacement water from the White River. The Army Corps of Engineers and the state support a plan to spend more than...
  • Storks delay filling of Portuguese reservoir

    08/26/2002 8:19:48 AM PDT · by cogitator · 200+ views
    Storks delay filling of Portuguese reservoir PORTUGAL: August 26, 2002 LISBON - A nest of endangered black storks has delayed the filling of a Portuguese reservoir that will be the biggest in Europe, local media reported on the weekend. Authorities at the Alqueva dam on the Guadiana River have slowed the filling because of a nest holding three young black storks, Lusa news agency and Expresso weekly newspaper said. The species is in danger of extinction. Because of the young birds, the reservoir's filling is expected to be delayed for about five weeks until the storks are old enough...
  • Klamath Lease Threat Fails

    07/19/2002 8:42:40 AM PDT · by forest · 11 replies · 516+ views
    Portland Oregonian ^ | 7-18-02 | JIM BARNETT
    [Source: <http://www.oregonlive.com/washingtondc/oregonian/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/news/1026993413147730.xml>] More From The Oregonian Washington D.C. News Effort to limit Klamath Basin farming fails 07/18/02 JIM BARNETT WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House on Wednesday rebuffed an effort by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., to limit planting of commercial crops in two Klamath Basin wildlife refuges, but not before the proposal fanned an argument over urban and rural priorities. Blumenauer, who represents the Portland area, proposed ending production of alfalfa and row crops such as onions, potatoes or sugar beets on 2,000 acres of leased lands, saying the ban would cut water consumption, trim use of pesticides and protect wildlife....
  • Klamath Basin Farmers Get $50 Million in Aid

    06/19/2002 8:26:50 AM PDT · by cogitator · 47 replies · 510+ views
    Klamath Basin Farmers Get $50 Million in Aid KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon, June 18, 2002 (ENS) - Farmers in the Klamath Basin whose crops and livestock suffered last year from lack of water will benefit from $50 million in aid earmarked in the 2002 Farm Bill. Farmers in the Klamath Basin faced last summer with no water for irrigation, as all available water has been diverted to protect endangered sucker fish and threatened coho salmon. Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) issued an opinion stating that the Klamath Basin irrigation system threatens two endangered fish, the Lost...