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Representative opposed to lease-land farming
Published August 29, 2004
The lawmaker from Portland was in Klamath Falls late
last week, meeting with environmentalists, duck
hunters, Native Americans, irrigators, fishing
interests and others, he told the Herald and News in
an interview Friday.
said he goes on trips outside of his district and
around Oregon every month to get a feel of what
different cities and towns are going dealing with
During the visits he goes on jogs every morning to
get a look at the area, he said. Keeping the
meetings causal keeps the conversations candid.
"There seems to be a recognition that a solution is
going to have to be Basin wide," he said.
"We are going to have to find a big chunk of federal
money to get a solution," he said.
And, changes again are on the horizon.
With the hydroelectrical dams on the Klamath River
up for relicensing, power rates for water users
possibly going up, and the Klamath Tribes trying to
get a reservation again, the complexion of the Basin
could change in the several years, he said.
Last year he tried to add an amendment to a spending
bill for the Department of Interior that would have
stopped agriculture on the refuges, but it was voted
down by the U.S. House.
Ending agriculture on the refuges could bring more
money into the Basin by bringing in more birds and,
thus, more bird watchers, he said.
"The wetlands were here for millennia and they fed
far more birds," he said.
said if the lease lands on the district were
converted to wetlands, they would have to get a new
water right and lose their current source for water
Blumenauer tries to bring legislation again, lawyers
will probably get involved.
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