Our Klamath Basin Water Crisis
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.
9/2/07, Responses to KBC regarding
Michael Kisielewski letter:
(from KBC, retired EPA biologist, senator staff, and Claudia Wise, physical scientist retired
Michael from KBC,
Perhaps you should visit the Klamath Basin before you come to such radical conclusions and claim to be an educated "consultant." We were born and raised here, and we know of no "...major industrial agricultural corporations" here that you claim "...are responsible for ruining the health and viability of the Klamath River Basin." We are family farmers and ranchers. Many of our parents and grandparents fought in the World Wars, and were given the opportunity to win homesteads in gratitude of their service. Then they served their country the rest of their lives by growing food for a hungry nation. The President of the United States signed their deeds which included water appurtenant to that land for them and their heirs forever. 30' of water used to be in a vast lake in this closed basin where our homes and farms are now. We stored only 2 1/2 acre feet of water per acre for our family farms and the rest is diverted into the Klamath River.
Regarding our references to "God" and "Christianity", we will never ever apologize for our faith in Him. He gave us life, and blessed us with this beautiful country where we live and farm and raise our children. Our people honor Him and honor their country. He is "the way, the truth, and the life," so we have no intention of leaving Him off of our website.
Our biological opinions, used to shut off water that we stored for irrigation, used a scientist contracted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to witness against Project Irrigators in water adjudication with the tribes; this "science" was used to shut down Project irrigation, our community was not allowed at the table, and there was no peer review. Our country's highest peer review, the National Research Council, said that science was flawed and the shut-off was "unjustified" and lake level and river flow management is not justified in propagating endangered suckers, coho, or preventing fish from dying of diseases. According to the Chairman of the committee William Lewis, there is no bias or agendas by these respected scientists.
Thank you for sharing your opinions, and the best of luck with your consulting business,
To KBC regarding Michael Kisielewski's letter,
Sorry! I found my first reaction was the I was laughing out
loud. I cannot remember the last time something struck me in this
way. This "Michael" is certainly a self absorbed, pompous ass!.
However, I think it is understandable. It requires someone with
that sort of personality to talk down to the "little people" that
he so sorely feels for because of our low level of intellect,
education, and common sense relative to his and that of his
Retired EPA biologist JG
"This individual represents all that is wrong with the "science consultants" of the Klamath Basin and their thought processes. He is full of venom"
Staff member of Oregon Senator
I think this
guy is so full of himself he can't see two feet in front of him.
Claudia Wise, physical scientist retired
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