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Rally for Klamath County Farmers and Ranchers

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Klamath County Farmers and Ranchers

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Agriculture / Economic Impact Rally

Monday, July 1, 2013

9 a.m.

Klamath Co. Fairgrounds in Klamath Falls, OR

Klamath Tribes have shut-off irrigation water to over 115,000 acres of farm and ranch land

This will cause the loss of over 4,000 jobs

Over  $144,635,000 of cattle will be affected

There is plenty of water to share; the Tribe claims it is keeping the water for sucker fish

This will create a total area impact of over $516 million

For more information:

Go to www.saveourklamathcountywater.org

You are needed –

All of our CIVIL RIGHTS are at stake!

 

Feds Attack Klamath Basin Ranchers and Farmers With the ESA

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W.R. McAfee Sr. (c) copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved

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On April 7, 2001, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation ignored state and federal law in the name of the ESA and stopped water to more than 200,000 acres and some 1,400 canal-irrigated family farms near Klamath Falls, Ore., plunging the community toward bankruptcy and devastating families.

Why? Because the bureau said two species of bottom-feeding suckerfish and a Coho salmon, in a reservoir the farmers depended upon, might be “affected” if water was released during the current drought.

The ESA had already been used to cut off water to a group of California farmers, causing their crops to dry up.

In Colorado, the forest service threatened another agricultural operation with a by-pass flow that would have resulted in an 80-percent loss of the dry-year water supply from a key reservoir, with a direct economic loss of between $5 and $17 million.

They also attempted to impose a “by-pass flow” that would have taken some 50 percent of the dry-year water supply provided from a Colorado municipal water storage facility.

In Idaho, a federal permittee was told he would have to bypass water to protect aquatic species or obtain an alternate source of water at a cost of $120,000.

In Arizona, where state law requires water rights be held by the person making the beneficial use of the water, the regional forester had demanded that water rights owned by grazing permittees be transferred to the feds – rights long established under state law for livestock purposes.

Federal agencies nationwide are using the ESA to try to override established water rights, state laws and the McCarran Act. More

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