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RESPONSE by Deb Crisp, Tulelake
Growers Association Director
To: 'Water bank’ drags river basin deeper into debt, High Country News, October 17th Edition, by Rebecca Clarren
"If I remember correctly this was to be a "pilot" program just as the land idling began as a "pilot" program. Question - At what point in time will "Pilot" be changed to "Permanent"?
WE NEED DEEP WATER, OFF STREAM STORAGE TO MEET THE INCREASED DEMANDS ON THE KLAMATH PROJECT BY INTERESTS OTHER THAN AGRICULTURE.
WHAT PROGRESS HAD BEEN MADE ON THE LONG LAKE PROJECT? WHY DON'T WE HAVE AS MUCH SUPPORT FOR STORAGE AS WE DO LAND IDLING AND GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION?
I BELIEVE KLAMATH PROJECT IRRIGATORS WANT TO OPERATE THEIR FARMS AND RANCHES WITH WATER SUPPLIED BY THE PROJECT. THEY HAVE BEEN FORCED BY AGENDA DRIVEN SCIENCE IN THE BIOLOGICAL OPINIONS AND THE "OVER ALLOCATION MYTH" TO DRILL WELLS AND IDLE HIGHLY PRODUCTIVE LANDS.
IT IS MY HOPE THAT THE NRC REPORT, USGS REPORT AND THE NATURAL FLOW STUDY WILL ASSIST THE AGENCIES IN THE RE-CONSULTATION PROCESS THAT WILL PROVIDE CONSIDERABLE RELIEF FOR OUR AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY.
OUR FARMS AND RANCHES UTILIZE APPROXIMATELY 3% OF THE WATER FLOWING OUT THE MOUTH OF THE KLAMATH RIVER. I WILL NEVER UNDERsTAND THE BELIEF THAT CURTAILING OR ELIMINATING THIS 3% WILL SOME HOW CURE ALL OF THE REAL OR PERCEIVED PROBLEMS IN THE KLAMATH WATERSHED. THIS CONCEPT IS ILLOGICAL, UNSUBSTANTIATED AND WILL NOT INCREASE THE NUMBERS OF ENDANGERED AND THREATENED FISH SPECIES."
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