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Letter asks for priority on Klamath water storage
Published August 29, 2004
Rep. Richard Pombo, chairman of the House Committee
on Resources, sent letters outlining the requests to
Pombo's letter was signed by the five congressmen
who participated at the Klamath Falls field hearing,
including Oregon Rep. Greg Walden and California
Reps. Ken Calvert, John Doolittle, Wally Herger and
a letter sent to Reclamation Commissioner John Keys,
the six representatives seek help in developing new
storage facilities in the Klamath Basin. They say
the issue was strongly supported by farmers,
conservationists, tribal members and government
officials who testified at the hearing.
The letter to Keys also urges the authority provided
by the Klamath Basin Water Supply Enhancement Act of
2000 be used to further study and develop storage
options in the Klamath Basin.
another letter written to Craig Manson, assistant
secretary of the Interior, the representatives ask
that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employ
independent and external peer review when the agency
conducts its five-year status review of two sucker
fish species protected under the federal Endangered
Species Act. The status of those fish populations
was a major point of discussion at the July 17 field
The July hearing covered the Endangered Species
Act's impact on the Klamath Project, one of the
nation's oldest federal irrigation projects.
Klamath Basin business leaders estimated the loss of
water deliveries caused $200 million worth of
economic losses in the Klamath Basin community.
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