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Threat to water supply
Herald and News 1/13/06
I would like to express my concern about the Klamath
County commissioners on their decision to take
exclusive farm use land out of production and grant
approval for the Cob power plant.
I think the result of the city of Klamath Falls'
choice to build a profitable power plant was a major
motive behind the commissioners' decision.
I think commissioners should be ready for the
consequences of their decision to waive the taxes
for the Cob power plant to receive one-time money
that can be used for pet projects by the
I recommend they place the money from the power
plant into a certificate of deposit, or a money
market account because they may need it later.
As Klamath County commissioners, they may not be
aware of a State of Oregon test well that was
drilled in 2000 in the Shasta View Irrigation
District to monitor an irrigation well. State
hydrologists have been compiling underground water
table data since 2000. They also have been
monitoring domestic wells and other irrigation wells
in the area and compiling that data.
The data they have collected demonstrate
fluctuations in the water table when irrigation
wells in the area and those along the California
state line are turned on and off. The state
hydrologists have determined the water underground
flows from north to south, and the state's test well
is due south of the proposed Cob power plant.
My house is also due south of the proposed power
plant and the state hydrologists have been
collecting water table data on my domestic well.
When and if the power plant goes on line and ground
water is used to generate power, the state will have
data demonstrating that the water table reductions
are due to the power plant. Worst case scenario: If
irrigation wells and domestic wells go dry there
will be sufficient scientific data from the state to
demonstrate the power plant was the culprit.
Remember the one-time money I suggested
commissioners put into savings? They may be held
liable and have to drill new wells and pay expenses
incurred during the time Klamath County citizens are
without water. Perhaps they should reconsider their
decision to take agriculture land out of production
and allow the power plant.
Thursday May 07, 2009 09:14 AM Pacific
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