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October 2010  Tule Lake Wildlife Refuge photos (10/9/10) and text by KBC
following is Herald and News article saying there is no water for the birds.

Link to our Klamath Basin refuge page HERE.

The center photo is driving down the Tule Lake refuge dike
On the left are dry fields with no irrigation water, no wildlife
On the right is a full lake for water for the birds. Hunters are shooting the birds on the lake. Farmers can't grow crops which feed the wildlife; Waterfowl normally eat 70 million ponds of food here, 1/2 coming from the farms.

MORE water further to the west in the Tule Lake refuges

The left photo above is Tule Lake Refuge with a boat of bird hunters

The right photo above is a boat launch for Tule Lake refuge hunters

Where is the water in the Klamath Basin? The Bureau of Reclamation has delivered no water to the Klamath Project from our storage in Klamath Lake until late in the season because of a biological opinion lake level mandate for tens of thousands of 'endangered' suckers. However, Tule Lake, in the SW Sump FWS leaseland, was brim full. Photos taken 4/23/10



‘It’s a tough situation. There’s not enough water to go around’   


By SARA HOTTMAN, Herald and News September 5, 2010

DAVE MAUSER, wildlife biologist, Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges



   Dave Mauser, wildlife biologist for the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges complex, is watching the Lower Klamath refuge dry up, but there’s little he can do to get water for the nearly one million wetland birds that are beginning to migrate there.


   “I’ve sent in a request to the Bureau of Reclamation for water delivery this fall to Lower Klamath. I’m not real optimistic,” he said. “But you have to ask.”


   Fall birds will migrate until the beginning of November. With no water, the birds will have to go someplace else.


   “California has lost over 90 percent of its historic wetlands. We’re running out of places for birds to go,” Mauser said.


   The refuges are last in line for water from Upper Klamath Lake. Endangered species and tribal trust obligations come first, then farmers, and then what’s left over goes to the refuges. This year, Basin farmers only received about 40 percent of the water they needed, so the refuges have gone without.


   Mauser said in July that by late summer, the refuges will be “a pretty dry place.”


   “We have about half that water from July at this point,” Mauser said.


   The Tule Lake refuge, which houses protected species such as American bald eagles, is full, Mauser said, but the other refuges are partially filled or dry.


   The refuge is using what little water is available from wells, “but that’s like an eyedropper of water,” he said.


   “We’re also projecting that the marshes on Upper Klamath will be dry. Water is coming out of the marshes with the falling lake levels. It’s a tough situation. There’s not enough water to go around.”




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