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Late water information
sickening for users
Bill Heiney, letter to the editor of Herald and News
3/21/18. Heiney is board member of Tulelake Irrigation
District, and former board member of Klamath Water and Power
2018 feels like a repeat of
2001. Our current watershed conditions are similar to 2015,
but we have no allocation, no start date, and no tools to
develop a water bank.
in the Herald and News that the Bureau of Reclamation is
once again going to release a start date at its next public
meeting. This is unprecedented and unacceptable.
2015, we were extremely busy collecting bids and developing
programs with water users to augment lake levels and river
flows for endangered species. The program were a huge
success. This allowed the project irrigators to use water
that historically flowed unquantified to their lands.
have spent millions of dollars on projects to allow all
species to survive, i.e. farmers, fish, waterfowl,
businesses and tribes. Now to abandon those projects and
programs and circle back around to what looks like a 2001
water shutoff make me sick.
was a year when I saw many homesteader veterans lose faith
in our system, a year when I saw many of my friends and
neighbors go broke, a year when I lost hunderds of thousands
of dollars myself, and a year when I told my kids (potential
fourth generation farmers) that they would never farm. I am
extremely sick of the repeat that I see coming.
Klamath Water and Power
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