Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Klamath Bucket Brigade

November 14, 2008 - The planned removal of four hydroelectric dams along the Klamath River is a bitter pill to swallow for the basin's agricultural industry. Some farmers regard the plan as an unpleasant but ultimately necessary remedy that will help heal divisions over the competing water needs of farmers and fish. Other growers say dam removal will only enflame the Klamath Basin's ills over the long term. "Common sense says, what are they thinking?" said Tom Mallams, a hay farmer and president of the Klamath Off-Project Water Users, who opposes dam removal. "It's an absolute disaster, the way they're trying to do this." Read more from yesterday's Capital Press article Klamath dam removal plan unpopular with farmers. Oregon Sen. Doug Whitsett, R-Klamath Falls said he had severe reservations about the dam removal agreement in principle signed by state, federal and PacifiCorp officials Thursday. “I think that we really have no empirical science that removal is going to improve anything,” Whitsett said....

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