It takes brass and a certain other quality even less admirable to be called out, by me, for bald-faced lies (attributing Columbia Riverkeeper's false claims to The Columbia County Spotlight newspaper, as Mr. O'Hanlon did in a letter published in The St. Helens Chronicle), responding with a railing accusation against my source choice for accurate information, followed by a lecture on what's "moral and ethical."
But why take anybody else's word for what corrupt, power-hungry, back-stabbing lawyers the Riverkeeper organizations are when their members can tell you themselves? Go to www.klamathriver.org/category/river-currents, scroll down to the column published May 10, 2016, "The Klamath River Needs More Than Dam Removal," for the op-ed by Konrad Fisher (no relation), who is Klamath Riverkeeper's executive director.
Note Fisher's claims in paragraphs three and four: "Unfortunately, Klamath River water users are being led to believe (emphasis added) that dam removal will allow them to take even more water from an already over-allocated river." Also, "It's a story we know too well. Hard-working farmers and ranchers have built their livelihood upon commitments by federal and state water managers, but the water managers have allocated more water than the river can afford (emphasis added)."
Quote: "being led to believe." As though Klamath Riverkeeper was some innocent observer and not the source of that misplaced belief! And from where did the decision come that the river had been "over-allocated" for generations and is suddenly unable to meet the needs of farmers and ranchers?
Then, in paragraph five, Fisher writes, "... there is ample opportunity to link publicly funded conservation and infrastructure projects to increased river flows and to retire water rights held by farmers and ranchers (emphasis mine) who themselves want to retire."
When he writes "publicly funded," I can only conclude he means taxpayer-funded.
When was it that multi-generational farmers and ranchers "discovered" that they "wanted" to retire now that their land is rendered "un-irrigational" by Klamath Riverkeeper and its accomplices?
One more suggestion for self-disclosure by the Riverkeeper groups: Visit www.klamathriver.org/press-release-new-tool-will-help-maximize-return-on-water-investments to learn how Riverkeeper and its accomplices gain control of the water that the farmers used to have.
It's a swindle worthy of the most nefarious Bunco schemers.
Columbia County GOP Communication Director
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