Brandan Topham February Newsletter - ORD to
shut off surface and ground water to Upper Klamath ranches and
February 15, 2014
(KBC NOTE: Brandan ranches in the Upper Klamath Basin,
Sprague River, Oregon.)
This is shaping up to be a very bad year for our county. The
recently told us that they are going to shut off all of the
above Klamath Lake again this year. Considering how dry it has
winter that is understandable. What most people do not know is
Water Resources Department (OWRD) has decided that it will also
most of the wells above Klamath Lake.
How did they come to that decision? OWRD looked at well logs
wells in our valley and 30 wells from other parts of the state
Northern California. With that information they then constructed
computer model to show how the water works in our valley. Their
claims that all wells that are within 1 mile of Klamath Lake,
or within 1 mile of perennial gaining reaches of streams
Upper Klamath Lake are causing problems and must be shut off.
if a well is 1 foot over a mile it is ok. If a well is 10 feet
will shut it off. Dad has a degree in geology, has been
in our area for over 40 years, has talked with every geologist
studied in the area during that time, as well as writing
for wells in the valley. Dad is very frustrated with the OWRD's
because it has no basis in reality or science.
Yet, because of this computer model done by people who had never
our valley until recently, OWRD is planning on shutting off most
wells above Klamath lake, without even studying the wells. While
the wells that are getting turned off are owned by ranchers,
listed the well that supplies the town of Bly, two wells for the
Klamath Falls, most of the wells at the Running Y Resort, two
OIT, and miscellaneous other wells in and near Klamath that may
off. It is also interesting that the wells for the City of
be left alone.
attached the list, if a well has a check in either
of the far right columns the state is currently planning on
off. *I do not know how that works with drinking water
Because of this mess, Senator Doug Whitsett and Representative
Whitsett have been trying to get a bill passed that would
require OWRD to
study and prove that there is a problem with a well before they
off. Last week Mom, Dad, and Erika, among many others went to
speak in support of this bill. We just got word that the bill
killed a few days ago and that we should expect the OWRD to
tagging our wells on April 1st.
You will recall that I was wanting to get some donkeys to break
fights. Since my last letter we acquired a pair of donkeys to do
that. So far they have been too shy to get near the bulls, but
very interested in them from a distance. So far we have had the
for a week and there has been no bull fights. It is hard to
tell if the
donkeys are responsible or not because we sold half of the bulls
before we got the donkeys and it has been raining so the
should be more miserable and less likely to fight.
Speaking of rain, it is currently pouring. We have had 2 inches
of rain in
the last 48 hours. It is making feeding cows and everything else
harder than it could be, but the rain is welcome.
The next beef delivery will be Tuesday, February 18th. We will
at Eco Solar(515 South 6th.) between 5:00-5:30PM. Eco Solar is
the downtown AMA gas station. Go downtown over the overpass and
stay on S
6th, after a few streets the AMA gas station will be on the
Solar is on the right, between Willow and Plum streets. A list
of the cuts
and their prices is at
I hope you had a happy Valentines day.
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