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Well, if you really want to restore things…
Herald and News letter to the editor 6/16/09
I wonder where the word “restoration” fits into the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement? What is being restored?
If we really want to “restore” the Klamath Basin, let’s start with removal of the Link River Dam. That would “restore” Klamath Lake to historic levels. This would fit right into the governor’s dam removal bill and we wouldn’t have to maintain artificially high levels for the sacred sucker fish.
How about we remove the dikes that hold back the water in the Lower Klamath area. That would “restore” that area to what it was like before the Bureau of Reclamation got involved.
And finally if we “restore” Tule Lake, then the Modoc Tribe would be satisfied.
Imagine what this would do. It would store a lot more water in the Lower Klamath and Tulelake areas. It would take a lot of farmland out of production so there would be less demand on the water that is in storage (after all, the federal government pays farmers to leave land idle now).
It would “restore” Upper and Lower Klamath Lakes to historic levels as well as Tule Lake.
It would “restore” harmony among the citizens of the Basin and everybody would be happy again.
Dan Sullivan, Bonanza
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