rule undergoes two-year testing
Letter to editor by Larry Sees,
response to the Jan. 22nd letter "Proposed groundwater
drilling rule unsustainable".
please don't tell untruths to your uninformed readers with
your article title. There has not been any further
groundwater drilling rule proposed in the upper Klamath
Water Resources Department has announced a two-year, interim
plan that does reduce the "call" distance on wells to 500
feet from a surface water source. But again, only for two
years while new, permanent rules are worked on and put into
place. The permanent distance for a "call" at this time is
Unfortunately, it is not proven by actual science that any
of the well water use is taking any water away from the
fish. Although it has been proven by actual science that
pumping the wells adds water to the river.
well should be tested individually to confirm if it affects
the surface water or not. OWRD wants to put into the rules
that all groundwater in the Klamath Basin is connected to
surface water whether there is actual or impending
will allow OWRD to eventually control all water within the
Klamath Basin, and then most likely the rest of the state,
without making a case by case determination as is the
"supposed" law now.
Second, the reservation land was not taken from the Klamath
Tribes, as Mr. Dumont states, but sold by their fathers and
grandfathers in 1958; 77 percent of the tribe voted in
agreement to sell the reservation.
one cannot compare California's situation to the Klamath
Basin since the geography differs greatly.
Fourth, the agriculture practices in this basin are not
unsustainable. The water in the rivers for the fish needs to
be quantified for beneficial use just as all other water in
the state is. The way it is now is the fish get all the
water whether they need it or not.
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