Our Klamath Basin Water Crisis
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.
Letters from Humboldt professor R.A. Gearheart,
PhD., P.E. to about 50 environmental groups, federal
and state government agencies, ecosystem groups and
tribes. It is followed by interaction with Dan
Keppen, Executive Director of Klamath Water Users
Association (KWUA), and a letter by Rich McIntyre,
Waterwatch past board member and American Land
Immediate Action Required
Go HERE for attached data.
Dr. Gearhart - thank you for providing this
information. Could you please provide additional
justification and explanation as to how you have
concluded that "relief is possible in the form a
release of water by the Bureau"? Specifically, from
where would the water be released, and in what
quantities? As a fellow professional engineer, I
anxiously await your assessment.
Bob - thanks for the quick response. We have
several people looking at this data, which I think
serve a useful purpose. However, I think it is
dangerous to include flow-related conclusions like
the one made in your cover e-mail message without
the supporting justification and without outside
review, especially from Reclamation, who controls
flows at Iron Gate and Lewiston. Your cover e-mail
made no mention of the context in which you were
doing your work, and I'm still having a difficult
time seeing how you reached your conclusion that
"immediate action is required" and that the action
in question appears to be release of Bureau water.
Response to this interaction by RichMacintyre,
American Land Conservancy and past WaterWatch board
I have now read both Dr. Gearhart's analysis and Dan
Keppen's response. I find myself reflecting on the
loss of the 2002, $175m appropriation that would
have started the process of solving the water
quality and supply problem in the basin. In addition
to killing that funding, KWUA continues to actively
work to block the Barnes Ranch acquisition, which
could provide up to 50,000 acre feet of "new" water
that would be of substantial (or at least some) help
under these conditions.
Go HERE for Barnes "storage" letters and articles.
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