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District weighs dam removal
March 2, 2006 By STEVE KADEL
One of the questions in the
long-discussed removal involves where the district
would take water for irrigation if the dam was gone.
A stakeholder group consisting of Modoc Point Irrigation District, the Klamath Water Users Association and the Klamath Tribes recommended removal in 2003. The tribes gave their support only on the condition that removing the small dam would help spawning habitat.
A fisheries biologist for the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service in Klamath Falls said fish would
benefit if the 21-foot-high, 220-foot-long concrete
dam was removed.
Redband trout and suckers
migrate from Upper Klamath Lake to upstream areas
Currently, water is provided by an irrigation
ditch flowing from the dam.
Etchevers added that the district should not have to pay for the pumps, or for their maintenance and operation. That presents another point for negotiations with federal officials.
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