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Check out how much ag land has been converted to wetlands in the guise of 'saving water' and 'storage', and how much water it has depleted.

Ground-Water Hydrology of the Upper Klamath Basin, Oregon and California, Prepared by USGS in cooperation with the Oregon Water Resources Department, 5/3/07.

Barnes Ranch Land Acquisition

Facts about Barnes Acquisition by Gail Hildreth Whitsett 2/18/05

Go here for audio of Barnes Ranch snow job. This land acquisition was promised as storage for irrigators by American Land Conservancy and our government agencies. Against the will of the public and elected officials, The Nature Conservancy bought Barnes and converted it into refuge...NO 50,000 acre feet of water storage that was promised. You will enjoy the audio, furnished by KBC.

"The average consumptive use for the crop mix in the Project is just about 2.0 Acre Feet/acre. Wetlands probably use about 3.0 to 3.5 AF/acre or maybe a little more for permanently flooded wetlands with cattails and tules. So it's a little less than twice but certainly well above the use for crops." Dr. Ken Rykbost. Go HERE for Dr. Rykbost biography.

Letters/comments for US Fish and Wildlife regarding Barnes Agency "restoration" November 2021

Klamath Irrigation District opposition to Barnes Agency Project 11/11/21. "...the analysis indicates the Klamath River below Keno will loose on average 37,000 acre-feet of water per year (with a range of loss between 4,000 and 75,000 acre feet....  more than 50% of the increased storage created by this project will be lost to ET, with 27,000 to 46,000 acre-feet of water loss. This amount of loss is more than the water-right holders within the Klamath Project received in 2021; this amount is more than the full-water right and combined need of Shasta View Irrigation District, Malin Irrigation District, Enterprise Irrigation District, Sunnyside Irrigation District, Poe Valley Improvement District, and Pine Grove Irrigation District to which we are contractually obligated to deliver irrigation water from Upper Klamath Lake..."

Klamath Drainage District opposition to Barnes Agency Restoration Project 11/13/21. "By our best assessment, the initial fill of the project area will take approximately 50,000 acre-feet and impact lake elevation of just under 0.5 feet across the entire surface of UKL. Additionally, adding an additional 14,000 acres to the surface area of UKL will extend the time it takes to fill the lake in general. This will have serious impacts on certain years to every species and every water user that utilizes UKL as its resource...recent modeling by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation suggests that UKL will not fill to management levels identified in the 2013 Biological Opinion for Suckers on certain years whereas it would have otherwise (see 2010). This would result in delayed or zero irrigation for Klamath Reclamation Project water users as well..."

Klamath Water Users Association's concerns with Barnes Agency Project 11/12/21. "...there would be reductions in water availability for irrigation (and by extension NWRs) and Klamath River flows as a result of the proposed project..."

Upper Klamath wetland restoration stirs concern among irrigators - (Barnes and Agency Ranches Government Acquisitions), Capital Press 12/6/21. "According to the preliminary data, the project would reduce average water deliveries from Upper Klamath Lake for agriculture by 3,000 acre-feet per year. Deliveries for the other Klamath Basin wildlife refuges would drop by 1,000 acre-feet annually, and in-stream flows for the Klamath River would drop by an average of 34,000 acre-feet. “To the extent that there is less water available for the river ... we would be concerned the Project would end up sucking up the whole burden,” Simmons said..."

Massive but controversial restoration project in the works for Upper Klamath Lake (Barnes and Agency Ranches/Gov't acquisitions), H&N 12/18/22.


Letters/comments for US Fish and Wildlife regarding Barnes Ranch federal acquisition April - May 2005
Geologist Gail Hildreth Whitsett comments to USFW regarding Barnes Ranch federal acquisition 5/19/05
Letter from Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett 5/18/05
* Letter from Klamath County Commissioners on Barnes Ranch, 5/12/05
* Letter from KWUA responding to Barnes Ranch land acquisition posted to KBC 5/16/05
BARNES RANCH: Flooding more ag land  Klamath Courier posted 4/21/05. Includes comments by Dr William Lewis Jr., University of Colorado, Chairman of the National Research Council
BARNES RANCH: Put irrigation at the core of water proposal, H&N posted to KBC 4/21/05.
Barnes Ranch proposed acquisition for refuge,
More study needed before going ahead with refuge addition, H&N by Dr Ken Rykbost 4/18/05   The author Ken Rykbost recently retired as superintendent of the Oregon State University Klamath Experiment and Professor, Department of Crop and Soil Science. "Opinions expressed are mine alone and do not represent Oregon State University, the Klamath Experiment Station, or Klamath County."
Undated letter by Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner John Keys on behalf of Gale Norton, Secretary of the Interior, concerning the purchase of Barnes Ranch.

Articles, press releases and testimony:

Swan Lake project should be for water storage, H&N letter by Tim Plass 3/7/19.

BOR updates KID on water operations, H&N 2/17/19
BOR map of current Klamath Basin water storage 02/17/19

Klamath tribes protest swan lake pumped storage (Klamath) Tribes protest Swan Lake pumped storage Hydroelectric project, H&N 11/1/16. "The Swan Lake North project, located on the Jespersen Ranch, would take five years to build and create about 170 local construction jobs, proponents say. As many as 3,000 direct and related jobs could be created under the plan...When operational, 11 workers will run the site, with 24 support jobs...use of explosives during construction could panic wildlife, the protest letter said." KBC NOTE: If the tribes oppose this hydroelectric project because it could panic wildlife during construction, what do they think happens to wildlife in the massive wilderness areas they support, with mandates to allow hundreds of thousands of acres to burn up bambies, spotted owls, eagles, bunnies, rare frogs, old growth trees, butterflies , scenic areas...?

California Water Commission Water Storage Meetings, CFBF Friday Review 7/23/15

One fix for Basin water issues may not exist. Multiple smaller ideas could prove to be a better long-term solution by Tom Mallams for H&N 2/15/15. "After reading the article “Fatally Flawed,” and the extremely negative letter penned by Dan Keppen mentioned in it, speaking as one Klamath County commissioner, I feel a response is in order."
Letter sent from Dan Keppen explaining why Clear Lake reservoir should not be considered for water storage for the Klamath Project. 1/28/15. Keppen previously worked for the Bureau of Reclamation, was director of Klamath Water Users Association, presently works for Klamath Water and Power Agency as a media consultant and engineer, and is executive director of Family Farm Alliance.
Commission backs Clear Lake water storage study.  Cost, feasibility, other questions raised as major roadblocks, H&N 1/15/15.

BOR PRESS RELEASE: Reclamation Releases Final Appraisal and Optimization Study for the Long Lake Valley Off-Stream Storage Project, posted to KBC 11/30/10. (KBC NOTE: Keep in mind, the authors of the KBRA, environmental NGOs, gov't agencies, tribes and farm leaders, wrote in the KBRA that IF offstream storage is developed, any stored water must flow to the ocean, not to agriculture.)
BOR: Storage potential of Long Lake not cost-effective option, H&N 11/30/10

Shouldn’t water in storage go to agriculture, refuges? James Ottoman, letter to H&N 3/21/10

Family Farm Alliance Water Infrastructure Recommendations, posted 2/23/09

Water storage options, The Long Lake basin holds promise for area, H&N 11/8/08. "Addington said during KBRA negotiations, the subject of water storage was broached. 'We asked those other parties to support additional off-stream storage, which is a big step,' Addington said."  (KBC note: this is what the KBRA, Klamath Settlement agreement, says about storage > "17.3. Future Storage Opportunities. Page 90: 17.3.1. Technical Investigation. A. Klamath Basin. Pursuant to the Klamath Basin Water Supply Enhancement Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-498), and given sufficient appropriations, Reclamation shall complete a Feasibility Report for off-stream storage by September 30, 2011. The Parties shall thereafter support ongoing investigations of additional storage." Of the billion dollars to downsize agriculture on and off Project, decrease the power rate for irrigators, plant salmon and fish parasites/lamprey in the Klamath Basin, buy a forest for the Klamath Tribes that they sold, in addition to the possibly billions of dollars to tear out the hydro dams and deal with the communities and silt, this above mention of 'off-stream storage' agrees that "investigations' and a report are completed in 3 years. Four years ago the  Bureau said they were doing studies on Long Lake for additional water. Scroll to page 91 in the KBRA for what the stored water will be used for. Who would decide? The Task Force with representatives from 26 agencies, environmentalists, tribes, and one Project irrigator.

Environmental laws wedge state into hydrological corner, By Congressmen GEORGE RADANOVICH and JIM COSTA posted September 25, 2008. "...California has slowly painted itself into a corner by reprioritizing water supplies to the environment while ignoring the need for improving our water supply, infrastructure and storage."

Bureau of Reclamation moving ahead on storage studies, H&N, posted 2/26/08. "The effort is in the appraisal stage and will be completed in 2011." (KBC NOTE: Settlement does not include funds to create Long Lake storage. We were told several years ago that the Bureau was studying Long Lake, and now they will still be studying it for 3 more years???)

Governor stresses need to store water (in E. Oregon), Oregonian 11/9/07. (KBC NOTE: we could use the Governor's support to develop cold water storage in the Klamath Basin in Long Lake. At times more water goes into the ocean, in winter seasons when the fish don't need floods, than the Klamath Project uses in an entire season. But, as long as there is a 'problem,' the government and tribes have excuses to take our land and our water rights, blow up dikes, ...)

Bureau of Reclamation Responses to Senator Whitsett’s Written Questions regarding Barnes Ranch acquisition, by Jon Hicks and Cecil Lesley. (KBC NOTE: The Bureau gave Whitsett these "draft" answers in 2006 with the "final" soon to come. Upon request of the "final" answers, today, 10/9/07, Leslie sent these to KBC stating, "Attached are our responses to Senator Whitsett's questions; the Draft answers are our final answers." Thank you very much Mr. Leslie!)

Officials push Long Lake plans, H&N 8/9/07.

Long Lake part of the answer to water problems, H&N 7/23/07

Long Lake studies under way, H&N 7/15/07. "Long Lake would have less evaporation. It also might provide colder water that f ish thrive on. Hicks said geological drilling conducted two and a half years ago indicated the lake bed could hold 350,000 acre-feet of water without being porous. Depth would be about 160 feet."

Push the studies on feasibility of Long Lake, H&N posted to KBC 6/18/07.

Water Pressure, H&N, posted 6/15/07. Klamath Basin Long Lake water storage

Long Lake water storage considered, H&N 5/11/07
11/3/06 Klamath County Commissioner John Elliott responds to Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's (PCFFA) comments on Long Lake storage.

A Bold and Necessary Move by “The Governator” by Dan Keppen, Executive Director Family Farm Alliance, Klamath Falls, Siskiyou Daily News 1/16/07  "California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger last week triggered an outcry from West Coast environmental activists when he included provisions to build two new surface water storage facilities in his 2007-08 state budget."

Ca. Assemblyman (LaMalfa) glad governor discusses water, H&N, posted 1/15/07

Governor to push for new dams despite long-standing resistance, Signonsandiego.com,  posted 1/8/07

Governor pushes for more water storage, CA Farm Bureau, 12/13/06.  

Klamath County Commissioner John Elliott responds to Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's (PCFFA) remarks regarding Long Lake storage, November 4, 2006.


Bill Kennedy, Chairman of the Board for the Family Farm Alliance, traveled to Redmond, Oregon and spoke to an audience that included Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, Dale Hall (Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), Mark Rey (Under Secretary of Department of Agriculture), Rick Otis (EPA Deputy Associate Administrator,Office of Policy Economics and Innovation) and Bob Lohn (NOAA Fisheries Regional Administrator). Attached is Bill’s written testimony, which was submitted for the record on behalf of the Alliance. Posted to KBC 9/2/06

Alliance Responds to Misguided CBO Report regarding water allocation, Family Farm Alliance, posted to KBC 9/2/06

Irrigation use of groundwater shows need of more storage, 7/28/06

Restoration of (Barnes Ranch) marsh on Upper Klamath Lake moving forward, Oregonian 7/10/06
Bill would boost size of Upper Klamath Refuge, H&N 7/10/06. (KBC Comment: We were told last month by a member of The Nature Conservancy that they had already bought the Barnes Ranch for more than $7 million dollars to be sold to Fish and Wildlife for a wetland. Regardless of the local letters and reasons against the federal government buying Barnes Ranch, Senators Wyden and Smith and DOI want to acquire this for USFWS. This will add to the 94,000 acres of ag land already acquired to 'restore' the Upper Basin. According to Dr William Lewis, Chairman of the National Research Council, this will not benefit suckers nor will it help Klamath Lake quality. Also it will raise lake temperatures and evaporate more water than it can store.  Note that they are no longer touting the 50,000 acre feet storage previously claimed. There were NO public meetings. Our voices and science and facts are not being acknowledged. KBC) HERE for letters regarding Barnes acquisition. HERE for Storage Page.

John Elliott is a Klamath County commissioner and has been active in the effort to develop Long Lake for water storage.
FOLLOWED BY: Long Lake no answer to Basin water puzzle by Steve Pedery, ONRC


OK - compare the costs, by Dan Keppen, Executive Director Family Farm Alliance, Klamath Falls. (this is a response to the ONRC opinion on Long Lake storage) 6/15/06, FOLLOWED BY: column by ONRC's Steve Pedery about Long Lake June 11. More on Long

Deep water storage remains the true answer, H&N 5/21/06.

It's time to do something with Basin's surplus water, H&N posted to KBC 4/5/06

Water for New Demands Must Come from New Storage....or it Will Come from Agriculture by Dan Keppen, Family Farm Alliance Executive Director, posted to KBC 3/8/06

Family Farm Alliance Press Release 4/13/05, regarding water storage.
Testimony to U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on water storage by:
FFA President Pat O'Toole,
Testimony of Dan Keppen, Executive Director Family Farm Alliance, Submitted to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources 4/13/05
Attachments to Keppen's testimony 4/13/05

Storage according to Waterwatch/Hatfield Committee/American Land Conservancy's Rich McIntyre
Klamath farmers stand in the way of progress, according to Waterwatch/Hatfield Committee/American Land Conservancy's Rich McIntyre, High Country News posted to KBC 10/13/04 "Failure of leadership, not a lack of water, dooms the Klamath " 
WaterWatch past vice-president Rich McIntyre is also American Land Conservancy (ALC) counselor, advocating instead for government purchase of Barnes property, the cost being $9.1 million, commission going to ALC.
* 94,549acres of ag land has been converted to wetlands in the guise of 'saving water' and 'storage', and how much water it has depleted.

* "Wearing many hats seems quite the norm anymore,"  as submitted on our Discussion Forum by Buster Keester, regarding Rich McIntyre, 9/22/03. This was sent regarding McIntyre's threat to sue KBC, also included in that link.
Rich McIntyre and the Barnes Ranch proposal September 18, 2003, by KBC including Audio
* Barnes Ranch won't work for water storage, by Barnes' neighbor Paul Little, 11/13/03. KBC transcript from video
* Letters to Oregon Senator Gordon Smith, signed by Klamath County  Commissioners John Elliott and Al Switzer, posted to KBC 3/25/04. Our commissioners support the study of Long Lake water storage, for a potential of 300,000AF cold water not requiring a dam. WaterWatch does not support the study. "WaterWatch continues to advocate for purchase of farmland as a means of addressing the Klamath water crisis...A shift from farmland to wetlands will increase average water use per acre by more than 1 acre-foot." "...(this) would leave less water in the system for downstream uses"

 Wyden , Smith Secure Funds For Oregon Natural Resource Projects, Josephine County News 6/13/05


Solving the water crisis, it's a somewhat crazy concept - But, you know what? It could work to address all the water problems, by Lance Waldren, Pioneer Press, posted 4/16/07

Water for New Demands Must Come from New Storage, or it Will Come from Agriculture by Dan Keppen, Family Farm Alliance Executive Director, Klamath Falls, OR. 3/16/06 "The roaring river flows we have seen in the past several weeks ought to make every sensible person question the activists’ claims about "too little water". On New Year’s Eve, measurements on the Klamath River showed that flows over 400,000 cubic feet per second were being discharged to the Pacific Ocean. That flow rate equates to approximately 800,000 acre-feet of water in one day. By comparison, the Klamath Irrigation Project and adjacent national wildlife refuges use approximately 350,000 acre-feet of water in an entire typical irrigation season."

Recent weather makes case for water storage, H&N 1/8/06. "Basin interests have been pushing for water storage at Long Lake, a dry lake northwest of Klamath Falls, and attracted the interest of the Bureau of Reclamation to study it. It's been estimated it could hold 350,000 to 500,000 acre-feet, and could be as much as 200 feet deep."

Energy bill directs BOR to develop storage report posted 7/31/05 sent from Family Farm Alliance

“Storage big part of answer for water problems”, by Dan Keppen for Family Farm Alliance, H&N  5/23/05

Deep-water storage needed in Basin, H&N 5/22/05

Report on todays Family Farm Alliance Senate hearing 4/13/05
Family Farm Alliance Press Release 4/13/05, regarding water storage.
Testimony to U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on water storage by:
FFA President Pat O'Toole,
Testimony of Dan Keppen, Executive Director Family Farm Alliance, Submitted to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources 4/13/05
Attachments to Keppen's testimony 4/13/05

PRESS RELEASE: Family Farm Alliance offers new supply tool to help U.S in meeting West's future water needs, 4/13/05.

Refuge expansion proposed, H&N 4/13/05.

PRESS RELEASE: Family Farm Alliance Invited to Participate in Two Important Congressional Panels, Focus to be on Storage Needs, Cost Containment Issues 4/4/05

Long Lake reservoir, H&N 3/7/05. (Several years ago the irrigators were asked to find storage. They found Long Lake, deep cold water storage. Here we are, 2005, the Bureau of Reclamation is beginning to drill holes and will still be studying the concept for years. At the same time they are downsizing the Project irrigated agriculture by 1/3 with the mandatory water bank. However they support the Barnes Ranch acquisition, which will further take more ag land out of production to add to the government's 100,000 acres of acquired ag land in the upper basin, making shallow warm water storage that will further harm the water quality and increase evapo-transpiration. KBC)

Basin projects need to be part of overall plan, Herald and News 2/18/05.
Facts about Barnes Acquisition by Gail Hildreth Whitsett 2/18/05

Feds seek contract to flood Barnes Ranch, H&N 2/14/05.  

Basin bucks budget trend, H&N 2/7/05. "Nearly $63 million is earmarked in President Bush's proposed 2006 Interior Department budget for Klamath Basin water issues...Also included is $6 million to buy the Barnes Ranch near Upper Klamath Lake, which would improve water quality and restore fish populations." {Go HERE for more on Barnes. Over 94,539 acres of agricultural land as primary water usage (above Klamath Lake) has been converted to wetlands. Wetlands use over 2ce as much water as ag lands. This will be shallow warm water, possible increasing the phosphorus loading, and will cost millions more to make 25' dikes if it were to be used for storage.
   At this summer's science conference, according to Dr. William Lewis, Chairman of the National Research Council, "
Lewis was asked about making more wetlands for suckers, and he responded that there are 17,000 acres of restoration already. He cautioned how much faith we should put into wetlands regarding the suppression of algae... He added that we should not count on retiring agricultural land land for saving suckers."
On these issues, the community was not consulted and these do not necessarily represent the views of the community.  KBC}

How about a different approach to water storage? Herald and News guest editorial 11/29/04

PRESS RELEASE: Doolittle: House Sends CalFed to President's Desk, Storage Vital to Entire Program 10/6/04

Even now the federal agencies ask us for local solutions. We find solutions. We found them 40 years ago. They do nothing---read on:
Valley in Oregon may hold Klamath Solution, winter excess could be stored, pumped to river, Crescent City's Daily Triplicate posted to KBC 9/9/04 "John Elliott, a commissioner in Klamath County, Ore., believes excess water that flows into Klamath Lake in the winter can be pumped into a natural bowl known as Long Lake. The area, which lies southwest of Klamath Lake, has the potential to store 350,000 to 500,000 acre feet of water that could be pumped into the Klamath River in emergency situations, such as the threat of a fish kill, Elliott said."

Letter asks for priority on Klamath water storage, H&N 8/30/04.

KWUA Media Advisory: "In the wake of a recent field hearing held in Klamath Falls, the Chairman of the House Resources Committee sends letters to U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner and Assistant U.S. Interior Secretary"
Two letters signed by the five congressman present in Klamath Falls for the recent field hearing, plus Chairman Richard Pombo, that urge the following:
To Craig Manson, Ass't Secretary of Interior: Bring the NAS to peer review the 5-year status review of suckers. (counting the fish is a suggested place to perhaps begin)
To John Keys, USBR Commissioner: Accelerate implementation of the Water Supply Enhancement Act, regarding water storage and the water bank.

Storage still crucial to support farming, H&N posted to KBC 5/19/04.
Submitted by KWUA director Dan Keppen is a list of POTENTIAL water storage options that should be studied--go HERE.

Cut Long Lake's costs, keep water storage project moving ahead, H&N 4/12/04, by Dan Keppen, Executive Director of Klamath Water Users Association.

Keep Long Lake storage project moving, H&N 4/1/04. More on Long Lake, go HERE.

Bureau study says Long Lake is solid on the bottom, H&N 3/31/04.  "...more than 20 other groups - including five counties in Southern Oregon and Northern California - have drafted letters in support of such a study." "If the valley is found to be a good place to store water, construction could begin after 2010." (the US Gov't can come up with funds to downsize Klamath Agriculture with a mandatory waterbank, spending millions of dollars, essentially downsizing the Klamath Basin economy, however they cannot come up with funds now to study and build this water storage! KBC jdk)

Letters to Oregon Senator Gordon Smith, signed by Klamath County  Commissioners John Elliott and Al Switzer, posted to KBC 3/25/04.

Al Switzer
Klamath Co Commissioner Switzer

John Elliott
Klamath Co. Commissioner Elliott

Our commissioners support the study of Long Lake water storage, for a potential of 300,000AF cold water not requiring a dam. WaterWatch does not support the study. "WaterWatch continues to advocate for purchase of farmland as a means of addressing the Klamath water crisis...A shift from farmland to wetlands will increase average water use per acre by more than 1 acre-foot." "...(this) would leave less water in the system for downstream uses"
WaterWatch past vice-president Rich McIntyre is also American Land Conservancy (ALC) counselor, advocating instead for government purchase of Barnes property, the cost being $9.1 million, commission going to ALC.  The neighbors figure the Barnes storage would be 5000AF maximum warm water. KBC (jdk) More on Barnes and Long Lake, go HERE

Background and support for technical analysis, Long Lake, Klamath County, Oregon, by the Klamath County Board of Commissioners. "It has been suggested that by using pumped storage, Long Lake could store 350,000 acre-feet of water annually without the construction of a dam. The water depth would average approximately 200 feet, providing stored water at a significantly cooler temperature and with less evaporative loss than Upper Klamath Lake." Submitted to KBC 3/22/04 by KCC. (25 organizations, groups and businesses have given support to study Long Lake, including irrigation districts, Klamath and Hoopa Tribes. Has the analysis begun? Why? KBC jdk)

New estimate given for Barnes Ranch, H&N's, 3/7/04, "The most recent calculation comes from an appraiser hired by the Bureau of Reclamation who pegged the value of the 2,800-acre Barnes Ranch $5.9 million."

Don't be too quick to write off Long Lake's value, H&N 1/12/04

Long Lake is a good price, H&N 12/23/03. "When we are able to send clean, cold water down the river late in the season, we will get the respect of those downstream who depend on this water for fish migration. This is a move toward exercising good stewardship of the resources in our hands."

Long Lake a long way off, H&N 12/12/03. "The man with his thumb down was Rich McIntyre, Oregon director for the American Land Conservancy, a non-profit conservation group that has an option to purchase the Barnes Ranch above Upper Klamath Lake."
    Barnes would cost $9.1 million, and according to Barnes neighbor Paul Little, it would store less than 5000Acre Feet, go HERE. More on storage, including Barnes, go HERE.


Barnes Ranch won't work for water storage, by Barnes' neighbor Paul Little, 11/13/03. KBC transcript from video, "The way it is now, we might get 2 feet on the 2400 acres, which is less than 5000 acre feet.  Most of that would evaporate."

Klamath Water Foundation letter supporting Long Lake storage 10/24/03

Tulelake Growers Association writes support for Long Lake study, 9/1/03

Newly proposed storage solution!! Cold water, no conservancies, no suckers!

Larger map CLICK HERE
Long Lake Storage
August 2003

Klamath Water Users Association, Klamath County Board of Commissioners, and Tulelake Irrigation District support the study of Long Lake for potential water storage.

 Preliminary estimates suggest that 350,000 - 500,000 acre-feet of water could be stored in Long Lake.

Go HERE for letters of support, more information and video presentation info.

Go HERE for H&N article





County ok's farmers idea for reservoir water storage, H&N 8/6/03.  "Long Lake, separated from Upper Klamath Lake by a mountain ridge, could store between 350,000 and 500,000 acre-feet of water for use in the summer and fall, proponents say."


Letter to Commissioner John Elliott from The Klamath Tribes, posted to KBC 9/22/03 regarding Long Lake storage proposal.


Klamath County Commissioners make decisions regarding current lawsuit targeting irrigators, and Barnes property storage, KBC news report 3/12/03  "Despite the concerns of mismanagement, illegal phosphorus levels, poor water quality, higher taxes, warm water releases killing fish, concerns of 60 fishermen and guides, soil absorption and evaporation (which uses more water than irrigating), and ‘no credit for Project irrigators’, and possible government acquisition (all of these consequences from past ‘water storage’ acquisitions), the commissioners voted 2 to 1 to support the ALC’s attempt to broker the Barnes Property. Commissioner Elliott, who continually questioned the logic, voted against the support."

|'Don't buy Barnes Ranch', H&N letter to the editor 9/29/03. From a Barnes neighbor.

Rich McIntyre, "consultant, not a real estate agent or broker", with American Land Conservancy, speaks about obtaining the Barnes Ranch for 'storage'.   Go HERE for story, and audio of McIntyre's comments regarding how much water, money, and water quality we are dealing with. Included are Klamath County Commissioner Elliott's comments on McIntyre and his proposal, and our  Congressmen's concerns and questions.

Barnes Ranch is a shallow, warm-water lake, requiring diking, and flooding neighboring properties.  With LONG LAKE studies for cold deep water storage in progress, ALC is urgently  pushing for the $9.1 deal in spite of its absurd and questionable assets.

For McIntyre's scathing letter against Klamath Water Users and their director, who are trying to preserve farms, ranches and the Klamath Basin economy, go HERE.


"Wearing many hats seems quite the norm anymore,"  as submitted on our Discussion Forum by Buster Keester, regarding Rich McIntyre, 9/22/03. This was written to explain possible KBC confusion on identifying McIntyre  ("lodge owner", " American Land Conservancy Consultant"  and "Coordinator", "Water Watch Board of Directors Vice President", etc.   (also Hatfield Upper Klamath Basin Working Group member)

KBC regrets and retracts and apologizes for our mistake regarding the Barnes Ranch article (2 articles below this). Mr. McIntyre is not a 'real estate agent or broker', as we mistakenly wrote. He is a "consultant' (the KBC reporter did not know that there was a difference).
The following EMAIL says it's from RICH MCINTYRE

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, September 21, 2003 5:29 PM
Subject: KBC website mistake
This is Rich McIntyre.
On the KBC website, you have stated that I am a "real estate broker."  I normally disregard your bizarre, often humorous, and slanted rantings, but not this time. Remove that statement immediately, AND issue a retraction, or the next conversation will be with my attorney. I will presume this will be dealt with within 24 hours, or by 6pm Monday.
By the way, Barnes Ranch is, as you know, and ALC project, and, for the record, I am a consultant, not a real estate agent or broker.
Rich McIntyre
 cc: counsel
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Questions remain about Barnes Ranch Purchase, H&N 7/13/03

          Agency Lake

Tour of The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
and Government land acquisitions for storage.
Barnes Ranch purchase questioned GO HERE FOR STORY
July 16, 2003  photos by KBC. TNC Mark Stern explains  potatoes, alfalfa and grain farm operation on their property. 


Barnes Ranch deal far from done, H&N 5/5/03.  Despite the fact that the water is warm, and high phosphorus levels may be lethal for the fish, the $9.1million Barnes property that American Land Conservancy is brokering, is still on the table. It comes with no promises of more irrigation water for the farms, and no assurance that dikes will be built for more storage.. 94,000 acres of farmland have already been converted to wetlands which USE  MORE WATER THAN FARMLAND, and still no benefits to agriculture.  Right now, Sump B, USFWS water storage for the farms, is being drained to encourage wetland weeds for the ducks, so this new part of the refuge can for the second year be open to duck hunting. 

Congressional Delegation ponders ranch purchase, H&N 5/2/03. In spite of the illegal phosphate levels, warm water with fatal fish temperatures, and other massive land aquisitions by the federal gov't and conservancies in upper Klamath, the representatives are pushing for this latest land aquisition promising more water for the irrigators.  The community does not forget all of the other land grabs made in the guise of "water storage".  This land grab goes with NO ASSURANCE that Klamath irrigators will get irrigation water.

Congressional Delegation ponders ranch purchase, H&N 4/9/03.

Barnes for-profit deal, letter to the editor, H&N, 3/31/03   "We have a natural storage basin close to the lake and could store millions and millions of gallons of water in a natural reservoir at Aspen Lake on the south side of the lake. But please, please, please, check this group out".

Bureau study says Long Lake is solid on the bottom, March 30, 2004, H&N.

Lawmakers want ranch answers by Dylan Darling, H&N 3/23/03.  American Land Conservancy wants to purchase Barnes Ranch. John Keyes, commissioner of Bureau of Reclamation, is being asked many questions by Oregon's Congressional delegation, such as, on 2800 acres at a price of $9.1 million: "Is there any precedent for the conservancy getting a 7.5 percent commission, or $675,000, in the sale, in addition to a 2.5 percent commission for a real estate broker?

Klamath water deal no bargain for U.S., The Oregonian by Michael Milstein.  "On May 28, with no public notice, Root and the U.S. government signed the new contract, which meant the government would be paying $948,000"  "It paid more than $100,000 for water that Thomas, the California rancher, in 1991 had told the state he would never use."  "We wanted to show that if people were interested in coming up with good ideas that support the president's goals out there, we stood ready to give it a try," said Sue Ellen Wooldridge, deputy chief of staff for Norton." "Other landowners complain the deal with Root slammed the door on their chances to sell water at lower prices." 

Commissioners OK Barnes Ranch with conditions, by H&N Jennifer Bates, 3/12/03

Make Barnes Ranch prove it's worth buying, 3/03/03, H&N Editorial, ":... the Bureau has to answer some questions raised in a Feb. 24 commentary by Doug Whitsett in the Herald and News about how much storage the Barnes Ranch actually would yield, and whether a storage and pumping regimen might increase phosphorus levels in Upper Klamath Lake. Years ago,the Bureau misjudged the capacity of the Agency Lake Ranch and needs to be dead certain with this purchase. Then it needs to give Basin agriculture credit for giving ground."

More water storage better than screens for fish populations, by Jack O'Conner, op-ed Herald&News 3/4/03: "The old Geary Ranch farm ground, now the Running Y, would be a natural storage site with very little engineering. Water could be pumped in during the winter and released in the summer to lower water temperature for the benefit of downriver salmon. That site has a potential to store half a million acre-feet (7,000 acre-feet per foot of reservoir depth.)"

Buy the Barnes Ranch for water storage? We better think this over Herald&News, 2/24/03 Douglas K. Whitsett, is a retired veterinarian affiliated with Klamath Animal Clinic, Inc., for 30 years. He and his wife own and operate two farms in the Klamath Basin where they breed and raise horses for dressage and jumping. He is past president of the Klamath County Cattlemen's Association, as well as a past president of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association: "We question why the storage management process of repeated flooding and pumping would not re-create the phosphorous loading of Upper Klamath Lake that the original purchase of the property was alleged to prevent."

Still no backing for ranch plan, Commissioner Al Switzer said a deep reservoir with cold water is the best solution. The only way he can see to get that done is by building a dam."

Few Klamath Answers, by Laura Brown, The Daily Triplicate, 2/21/03
The KBC team has been asked the following questions concerning the Barnes Property:
Would it hold cold water to keep the downriver fish from 'fatal temperatures' ?
What is it's phosphorus content--is it acceptable to be released downstream?
Over  94,539 acres of agricultural Land has been taken out of production above Klamath Lake with the promise  by conservancies to create 'more water to go around'.  More was taken out of production last year LINK see question #1
With that in mind: Would the water stored on Barnes Property be credited to the Klamath Project (will it diminish the amount of stored  irrigation water demanded that the farmers must send down the Klamath River this year and possibly in the future?
Department of the Interior, if you can answer those questions for us, we will know whether to support this purchase.  We thank you for your interest and support.

Klamath Commissioners Question Barnes Ranch Purchase, "The Klamath County Board of Commissioners is not convinced the purchase of a 2,785-acre ranch for conservation purposes will help save water or farmers."

Barnes Ranch owner talks of possible sale,  By LEE JUILLERAT Herald and News January 27, 2003  "ALC spokesmen said the sale price is $9.1 million, including a 7.5 percent administrative charge and cost reimbursement for brokering the deal"

Barnes Ranch deal goes to Washington - Herald and News - January 17, 2003






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