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Reclamation manager moves on
March 18, 2006 by STEVE
KADEL H&N Staff Writer
At least that's how Dave
Sabo sees the job he is leaving at the Bureau of
Reclamation. His successor must be able to balance
needs of irrigators as well as fish protected by the
Endangered Species Act.
Dan Keppen, a water policy consultant with a long history in the industry, said it took him some time to learn all the ins and outs of the project.
“I just moved here in 2001,” he said, “and I had
no idea how complex the Basin is. Once the new
person understands how the Klamath Project operates
and how different it is from what was here before,
that's going to help them.”
“If the irrigators get
something, the Tribes are upset and vice versa,” he
said. “It will require somebody who is technically
sharp and quickly grasps the unique nature of the
technical issues and landscape.
Earl Danosky, Tulelake
Irrigation District manager, agreed familiarity with
the Klamath Project is vital.
“That person will have to
balance all the issues as best he can,” Danosky
said. “Of course, we'd like someone familiar with
Keppen complimented Sabo for
the job he did in Klamath Falls.
A job full of challenges
March 18, 2006 by HOLLY
OWENS H&N Staff Writer
Opinions about irrigation,
the Endangered Species Act and water were often
shouted rather than discussed. During his first
month on the job, protesters painted outlines of
“dead” farmers in the Bureau's parking lot. In
October of that year, a dozen dead and decaying
salmon were put in the parking lot by protesters
from downstream Klamath River tribes.
Sabo is proud of what the Bureau has accomplished in the last four years.
“We've been able to meet the
irrigation deliveries regularly, and meet downstream
regulations for fisheries and tribes,” he said. “I
think we've done a heck of a job. We've done it
“That was a challenge,” he
“You have to kind of
empathize with everybody,” he said.
“I really value those, too,”
Sabo said. “I really appreciate the situation the
tribes find themselves in.”
“The CIP will solve the
problem,” Sabo said. “It's a framework that has
worked in other Basins. I think most people would
like to see resolution of the issues.”
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