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Klamath deal ends stalemate
I'm encouraged to read your recent article, "Removal studies map promise, uncertainty" (July 8) about the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement and ongoing efforts to restore the Klamath River and its surrounding communities.
(Reporter Tim) Hearden has struck on a fundamental element of this agreement that has been underreported to date, which is that together we are able to make meaningful progress toward economic stability and find ways to grapple with environmental issues in the region.
Contrary to a quote within the article, the KBRA is designed to protect as much irrigated agriculture as possible. That's why the majority of irrigators in the upper basin support the agreement. They support an agreement with the intent to provide reliable, predictable delivery of irrigation water.
With the KBRA in place, we would have avoided the disasters of 2001 -- when families went bankrupt and hundreds of farms were fallowed. That summer's experience led agricultural leaders to start on a long and painful path to try and settle the very real issues that we face.
The KBRA has been carefully crafted to capture the needs of this diverse watershed, and without collaboration the communities are stuck in legal stalemate, and political posturing. Neither brings economic stability to our region.
Parties who in the past spent their time litigating one another now are in constant communication about how to balance the needs of agriculture and fish. It's a reasoned approach to our community problems, and frankly the only solution on the table.
Comments made about this article
Posted By: kbirrigator On: 7/21/2011
Title: misrepresentation or just plain old lies???
comments by ms. Hyde are anything
but factual. Trying to be
respectful, I would characterize
these comments as blatant
misrepresentation of the facts. But
the truth cannot be avoided, these
comments are just plain old lies.
She states "the majority of
irrigators in the upper basin
support the agreement". This is
totally false. Only a few support
the agreement and a good part of
them are her relatives and or are
receiving financial incentives. She
herself is a paid consultant for
Sustainable Northwest, one of the
main supporters of destroying dams
and eliminating irrigated
agriculture one piece at a time. The
tax returns for one year alone
listed Becky Hyde as receiving
nearly $64,000 as their
"consultant". They have spent
millions of dollars in the Klamath
Basin trying to BUY support, with
very little success.
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