Our Klamath Basin Water Crisis
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.
Steve Kandra, farmer and current
President of Klamath Water Users Association,
Audubon, Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA),
Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service (USFWS), California Waterfowl Association
(CWA), Cal-Ore Wetlands and Waterfowl Counsel (CWW).
May 24, 2004. by KBC (jdk)
"We've (farmers) always felt that the farmers and the wildlife were symbionic. You don't have one or the other--you can have both....We can have both productive farms and productive wildlife habitat....I just hope the folks that are receiving the water resources downstream are managing the resources beneficially....we just hope that they're good stewards with it.....
Just by being there....we're providing a lot of different habitat conditions, not only nesting but forage conditions. Even the delivery systems serving Klamath Project, those are giant seasonal wetlands too. Wetlands that fill up every spring, they are there too for the birds. All you have to do is go down and look at a canal. I saw my first little set of baby mallards that were probably raised in a nest in a field next to the canal, and now they're out there foraging around with mom in the canals. And so all the drains and the canals are also wildlife habitat, along with fields providing the needed food sources, not only for spring, but in the fall.
....the wise managers have always felt that we could work together."
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