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Questions for Bureau of
Reclamation by several people, irrigation districts, and groups of Klamath
January 13, 2006
Thank you for your attention to these questions by Klamath Project Irrigators and Irrigation Districts. We will post the questions and your forthcoming answers on www.klamathbasincrisis.org website.
1. An irrigation district hired an attorney to write a letter to the Klamath Bureau of Reclamation office February 2005 regarding lease land revenues. This was followed up by a letter from the irrigation district June 2005 reminding the Bureau of the attorney's letter and also asking questions about reserve works. The response from the Bureau came December 15, 2005 to schedule a meeting after Jan 1, 2006 regarding the letters from last February and June. How can individuals and districts get timely response from the Bureau?
2. It takes the Bureau weeks to process power requests from farmers. How can this problem be corrected?
3. How many people work in the Bureau's Klamath Area Office?
4. In the questions we asked you in September 2005, you said that the next CIP (Conservation Implementation Program) draft would be out to the public in December of 2005, which to our knowledge did not happen. When do you now expect this to go out to the public?
5. CIP began a few years ago. When can we expect the final document?
6. When are the first CIP practices going to be
6. How much money was allocated to the CIP process?
7. What have been the CIP expenditures to date; how much money for what expenditures?
8. We have been told that Dr. Tom Hardy was paid with CIP funds to perform some scientific studies. How much was he paid and what service did he perform.
9. What is the timeline for a complete accounting
of BOR operations in Klamath?
12. It is our understanding the Bureau helped fund the Chadwick facilitator training in Yreka as well as previous sessions. How many people were trained to be consensus facilitators?
13. In December the Chadwick group was scheduled to meet to begin planning a Klamath Congress. Planning dam removal, water demand reduction, Tribal land acquisition, etc were some of the goals of the group. What is the current status of Chadwick’s Klamath Congress and planned meetings?
14. Is the Bureau still funding the Chadwick group? If not, who is?
15. We understand that the NAS will be reviewing the
Natural Flow Study. Is this all that they will be
looking at or is it a broader review?
16. In 2003, the study of
Long Lake to be
used for 350,000 to 500,000 acre feet of deep-cool water storage was supported by
our community including Klamath Tribes, Water Users
Association, Klamath County Board of Commissioners,
Tulelake Irrigation District, and Tulelake Growers
Association as well as Bureau Commissioner John
Keys. Thousands of acres of farmland have been
acquired by the government in the Upper Klamath
Basin and only provide shallow-warm water storage
for down-river demands. At the 2004 Congressional
Hearing at Ross Ragland in Klamath Falls on the
Endangered Species Act, Regional Director Kirk
Rodgers said the Bureau was "re-engaging that (Long
Lake) study as we speak."
17. With the Klamath Irrigators' power rate unknown,
which could be the current rate
to up to 2600 per cent increase for the 2006 season,
and lawsuits demanding more of the irrigation water
to go down the Klamath River, and the water table
lowering from over-pumping the aquifer, what are the
Bureau’s plans for a 2006 water bank?
20. What is the status of Barnes Ranch acquisition that was promoted as water storage for irrigation? We have heard that Fish and Wildlife Service plans to buy it; is that true? If so, for how much money and how will it be used?
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