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2006 by STEVE KADEL H&N
vice chairman of the Karuk Tribal Council, added
that fish hatcheries also have hurt salmon.
The discussion was televised live and also will be released in DVD format. The public affairs series forms the basis of Educational Solutions' high school project to explore how the Klamath watershed can be shared.
Ten audience members sat in the
studio Thursday evening as moderator Judith Jensen
prepared Addington and Hillman for the event. “We're
four minutes out from showtime,” called out Bill
Stine, interim director for OIT's Klamath Community
been a lot of fighting,” Addington said. “People
call it the Water Wars. It may give us winners and
losers, but it's not going to give us solutions.
former director of the Karuks' Department of Natural
Resources, said the fall Chinook harvests “are
certainly not sustainable” for the tribe's 3,400
members. They harvested fewer than 200 salmon last
year, he said.
“It can be
attributed directly to the lack of healthy food,” he
said. “It does not bode well for the survival of our
“We want farmers to be farmers,” he said. “We believe agriculture and a fishery can exist together.”
The Karuk have supported Reclamation Project members in seeking continued low power rates for irrigators, Hillman said. They filed motions urging the traditional rates be maintained as part of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's relicensing of PacifiCorp, which provides electricity for the Reclamation Project.
“We took some heat in our community for that, but we have a lot in common with irrigators,” he said. “We are looking to survive and create stable communities. We understand this (low power rate) is something your community needs.”
Addington described the Reclamation Project's efficient water use, which returns a high percentage of water to the Klamath River. There's no evaporation as in pre-Project years, he said, because the water is constantly moving.
Putting more Project land out of cultivation wouldn't help the river, Addington said, because idling thousands of acres wouldn't return more water to the Klamath. That shows how efficiently the system operates, he said.
‘No silver bullet'
Addington believes the Project makes an easy target for those seeking to boost salmon numbers because it's operated by just one agency - the federal Bureau of Reclamation. It will take a watershed-wide approach to solve the Klamath River's problems, Addington said.
“There is no silver bullet. Solutions will come from people who live here, from one end of the system to the other, not from people outside.”
Addington expressed optimism that solutions to the salmon question will be found because competing interests are developing trust in one another.
“Trust is face-to-face time, talking about issues together,” he said.
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