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Congressman still against water deal
McClintock says many constituents oppose the KBRA
By TY BEAVER Herald and News 3/18/10
A townhall meeting in Tulelake this past weekend only strengthened U. S . Rep. Tom McClintock’s opposition to the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, the congressman said.
About 100 people attended the Tulelake meeting, and about 200 attended a town hall meeting in Alturas.
Some focused on issues such as health care reform and the economy, but McClintock said he heard a lot of opposition to the restoration agreement, which seeks to resolve disputes over water in the Basin.
The restoration agreement was signed in late February by the majority of stakeholders who crafted it. The document now needs federal legislation and about $1 billion in funding to be implemented.
McClintock, a Republican who represents Modoc County, said he met with irrigators on the Klamath Reclamation Project and those served by Tulelake Irrigation District, and said he sympathized with their support of the agreement. He said they described their support as a result of having “a gun to their head.”
The congressman said he couldn’t support anything that removes hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River because energy prices are high, especially in California.
McClintock said this wouldn’t be the last time he visits the Basin, adding he plans to make a few more trips to this part of his district this year.
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