News in Jefferson Country
July 21, 2014
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News in Jefferson Country from Pie N Politics.com Editor Liz Bowen: Recently, local rancher Richard Marshal attended a meeting of the Auburn Dam Council down by Sacramento and learned that the council supports more water storage throughout the state including keeping the Klamath Dams in place.
“The Auburn Dam Council supports the water storage and flood control managed by the Klamath dams,” said Marshall, who also heard Congressman Tom McClintock speak about the most recent Task Force demanding removal of the Klamath dams. McClintock discussed Oregon Senator Ron Wyden’s Task Force that is pushing for the destruction of the Klamath dams; and McClintock said Wyden will never find enough federal funds to pay for Klamath dam removal.
McClintock and California District 1 Congressman Doug LaMalfa sit on the House Natural Resources Committee and both have said that no funding will be coming from the House of Representatives to the Senate for Klamath dam removal. It is the House that appropriates monies, so Wyden’s U.S. Senate Bill will likely be left sitting high and dry.
Both California Congressmen are strongly opposed to wasting money on Klamath dam removal.
Siskiyou County citizens voted in 2010 that they were against Klamath dam removal. The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors have sent letters to Washington D.C. to Wyden’s Task Force and the House Natural Resources Committee showing significant science and reasons the well-maintained hydro-electric Klamath dams benefit the Klamath River Basin.
With the vocal good support for keeping the dams, Marshall was also pleased to hear that the Auburn Dam Council is also supporting saving the Klamath dams. “California needs more reservoirs for water storage, not less,” said Marshall.
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