Interior Secretary Bernhardt and Reclamation
Commissioner Burman travel to Klamath Basin at LaMalfa’s Request
Congressman Doug LaMalfa News
(Klamath Falls, OR) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa attended Klamath
Water Users Roundtable with U.S. Department of the Interior
Secretary David Bernhardt, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Commissioner Brenda Burman, and other stakeholders in the
Klamath Basin to discuss the bureaucracy-created disaster – this
year’s last-minute reduction of Basin farmers’ water allocation
from 140,000 acre feet in April to 80,000 acre feet in May.
After Congressman LaMalfa continuously engaged with the Trump
Administration, water allocations were restored to the April
commitment, and the tens of thousands of acres of already
planted crops would be able to survive the growing season.
Congressman LaMalfa and Congressman Greg Walden (OR-02) extended
the invitation to Secretary Bernhardt and Commissioner Burman to
visit the Basin for today’s events.
LaMalfa said: “The roundtable spotlighted the ongoing plight of
Klamath Basin irrigators and the wildlife refuge. Bad science
has led to decades of disregard for the irrigators’ water
rights, and there need to be long-term solutions to update the
science so farmers can receive the water that they own. This
water does not belong to anyone other than Basin farmers, and
the bureaucracy has no right to take it away without
compensation. The farmers who own the water in the Klamath
Project were able to share their stories first-hand with
Secretary Bernhardt and Commissioner Burman about the effects of
the wrongful water shutoffs in the Klamath Project including to
vulnerable duck populations on the Klamath Refuge.
Yesterday’s meeting was about listening to all parties: tribes,
communities, refuge advocates, and farmers so we can educate the
Secretary on the realities of this project. This was a beginning
of a fresh look at a solution rather than continuing on the
failed efforts of the last administration.”
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing
California’s First Congressional District, including Butte,
Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra,
Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.
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