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Bureau: Project water bank is succeeding
February 10, 2006 by STEVE
KADEL, H&N Staff Writer
“It's accomplished what it
set out to do,” Dave Sabo said. “The Project hasn't
shut down since 2002.”
Solom noted that irrigators participated voluntarily in the beginning, but water bank payments have become a vital and lucrative part of some farmers' operations.
Sabo addressed the profusion
of wells on the California side of the state line
and how they affect the water table for Oregonians.
“A lot of wells now aren't
drought wells, they're secondary wells that may be
involved in the water bank,” Solom said. “But it
does affect the aquifer in Oregon. There's no doubt
“We need carry-over
storage,” Sabo said, adding that the Long Lake study
is a lengthy process. “I see this as a way of
solving a problem.”
Bob Flowers, a resource
advisory council member, said the water bank's
practice of idling land “is a nail in the coffin of
young farmers trying to come into the Basin.” That's
because it reduces the amount of land open to
cultivation, he said.
Still, Sabo said Bureau of Reclamation plans to contract for groundwater pumping with farmers on both sides of the state line just to be safe.
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