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Herald and News letter to editor by Henry McQuown, Chiloquin
Dams may be necessary for groundwater supply
Groundwater ó how does it get replenished?
I am pretty sure that 5,000 - 6,000 years ago when the first human
walked into the Klamath Basin there were hundreds of springs
feeding the lakes and rivers, creating lakes and streams that have
since dried up because of ground water use.
There were also vast numbers of beaver dams that slowed surface
water so it could percolate into the groundwater supply.
If I remember correctly, some years back they tried reintroducing
beavers on federal lands to help groundwater.
The ponds would have held fish ó a bonus to fishermen. Teach a man
to fish and he will feed himself. Give him a gun and he will kill
anything that moves.
The beavers never had a chance.
The dams that everyone wants to destroy may be helping the ground-
water remain close to the surface in the Basin and parts of
California along the Klamath River. Has any group estimated the
cost of pumping groundwater an additional 10 feet, 20 feet, 100
feet as the supply is sucked out for farms and home use?
So the salmon canít reach the Klamath Basin. I canít go on
vacation because of the cost of gas.
If the cost of agricultural products goes up because of pumping
cost, I may finally go on the diet I have put off for so long.
We will never see any new and needed water storage facilities
built in our lifetime. If we tear down what we have, there is a
dry and hungry future left for coming generations.
I think that trying beavers again would be worth the effort, but
only if gun-sight cameras are required on all guns over .177
caliber. When you go to buy new ammunition, the cameras are
downloaded to the state and citations issued for misuse.
Tuesday June 23, 2009 02:47 AM Pacific
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