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Commissioner dedicates passage
October 12, 2005 by DYLAN DARLING
Fish and farmers. Farmers
and fish. The two words define the tension in the
Klamath Basin since 2001, when the federal
government didn't deliver water to farmers at the
start of growing season for the sake of protected
John Keys, commissioner of
the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Tuesday dedicated
the latest Basin change, the Link River Dam fish
During the afternoon dedication, Allen Foreman, chairman of the Klamath Tribes, said the building of the fish ladder, for the benefit of suckers, represents a recognition of the Chiloquin-based Tribes' needs.
”The federal government is finally starting to
live up to its trust requirements to the Tribes,“
Up next on the list is the
removal of the Chiloquin Dam, which scientists say
blocks suckers from some of their spawning beds,
If everything goes right,
Keys said, there will be new biological opinions,
which define how to run the Project in regards to
the two kinds of fish, in place for the 2008
”I don't know of anybody who
missed any water this year,“ he said.
This year, with the economic
needs of hurricane relief in the Gulf Coast and the
war in Iraq, discretionary money in the federal
budget could be cut. And the changes in the Project
have been fueled by discretionary money.
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