A new endangered species in the Klamath Basin (tell me that I'm
Letter to the Editor
January 5, 2003
Last year's events at the "A" Canal Headgates are now a
memory. Klamath Falls
is still recognizable to people across America as the place where
'stood down' in order to get water for their crops and for the economic
health of their region.
But the Headgates are no more. They have not been preserved as a
tribute to those who gave so much to defend them. They have, instead,
converted to rubble, scooped up and carried away so that all that
is left of
this hallowed place in American History is a construction zone.
It is this very construction zone that raises a Red Flag. All reassurances
from politicians cannot abate the growing concern that something is
The construction going on at the location of the former A Canal Headgates
proceeding steadily. The workmen know their trade and are doing it
When the work in completed, what will the face of production agriculture
the Klamath Basin likely look like?
The deal has been cut. The "A" Canal will function as a
source of water to
the wildlife refuge.
There will no longer be a canal system, an irrigation district delivering
water to the farmers in this part of Oregon. The water will flow to
wildlife refuge, Tule Lake and then on to the Klamath River. That
farmers the newest endangered species in the Klamath Basin, one that
Julie Kay Smithson
213 Thorn Locust Lane
London, OH 43140-8844
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it imparts only perpetual poverty to us and all our posterity? What
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of our whole lives, to gratify the rapacity of the indolent, the cunning,
the profligate, who are borne into power upon the tide of a temporary
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