Our Klamath Basin
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.
Klamath Basin resident
Nell Kuonen provided the following letter she wrote to Pacific
Corp on January 28, 2008.
posted to KBC 8/20/08. Kuonen is a former Klamath County Commissioner.
"Just plain logic and common
sense would dictate leaving the Klamath River dams in
place. When Cecil Andrus was Secretary of the Interior, he
flew over the Klamath River and the Klamath Irrigation
Project. He was very impressed and said it was a great
1983 President Reagan appointed me the Federal
Representative and Chairman of the Klamath River Basin
Compact Commission. I continued to serve under the first
President Bush. As you probably know, the Compact and been
agreed to by both the Oregon and California legislatures
and ratified by Congress in April 1957 and it worked! Too
bad it was allowed to vanish! The value of the
hydroelectric energy produced at the dams on the Klamath
River is beyond measure. In addition to the valuable
energy, there has been flood protection that is most
important. Now, more than ever, both the energy and flood
protection is needed. Civilizations have vanished by
having no water or by bad water management.
"I sincerely hop a
reasonable solution can be reached without removing any
"Do the proponents of the
removal of the dams ever consider the salmon that never
get started up the river because they have eaten by seals
at the mouth? I live near the Klamath River and it doesnít
look like itís dying or even sick!"
Thursday May 07, 2009 09:15 AM Pacific
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