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District considering dam removal
MODOC POINT - Federal and
Modoc Point Irrigation District officials will keep
talking about removing Chiloquin Dam.
The district's board
ratified Tuesday night a vote by its landowners to
continue discussions with the Bureau of Indian
Affairs. The vote was held Friday and the resolution
passed by nine votes.
Pete Bourdet, who has been representing the district in negotiations with the government, said once agreements are in place to put in a pumping station to supply water to the district and remove the dam there will be another vote of the landowners to see if the majority support the plans.
"It won't happen until all
the agreements are in place," Bourdet said. "They'll
vote up or down, whatever the case may be."
A number of those who voted
"no" and oppose the removal of the dam were among
the 16 people at Tuesday night's board meeting at
the Crater Lake Realty office on Highway 97 near the
Williamson River. Among them was Bill Boyd, who had
been on the district board, but resigned a couple of
months ago because of differences with other board
"What bothers me is this is
just a political scam and the district is taking the
brunt," he said.
Bourdet, who is the
district's largest landowner with 1,000 acres, said
if the district doesn't get its water rights then it
won't enter into an agreement with the feds to
remove the dam.
The pump would be put in
before the dam is removed and the district would try
it out for three months, before approving the
removal of the dam.
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