'Fake news' applies to local water data
Letter to the editor by Paul Clark, Klamath County, for
Herald and News 12/22/16
one of the headlines last week in my wife’s newspaper, I had
to reply. I doubt you will print it, but I still have to
express my opinion since the newspaper has gone so left
coast in a very red county.
and fake news: it’s everywhere today and we are so lucky
here in the Klamath Basin because you don’t have to look any
farther than the Herald and News to see it firsthand.
15, “Crater Lake snowpack 'slightly' higher than average.”
The wording is typical of the Bureau of Reclamation and the
environmentalists to play down the generous amount of
precipitation the basin has received since Oct. 1.
The use of the
adverb, “slightly” is the best, worst case scenario they can
prevaricate, and the Herald and News is right there with the
headline. The average snowfall for Crater Lake this time of
year is 48 inches. Last week Crater Lake had 67 inches; that
is 140 percent of normal, but according the Herald and News
it is only slightly above average.
release last year, April, 2016, “As of April 1, the snow
pack was 113 percent of average and the total precipitation
was 119 percent of average.” By early summer The Herald and
News quoted the BOR saying the above-average temperatures
were melting the snowpack too fast and there would be a
shortage — more fake news.
This is the
precursor to getting the public ready for a dismal water
forecast so they can again attempt to cause harm to
agriculture in the Klamath Basin regardless of the available
water. Our average annual precipitation is 14 inches. So far
in this water year beginning Oct. 1 we have received seven
inches of precipitation, one half of our annual rainfall;
where is the optimism?
There is never
an effort to verify any bad water-related news, just quote
the environmentalists or the tribes with statements that
cannot be proven statistically, much like global warming
which is the epitome of fake news!
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