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Letters: Klamath algae problem isa natural occurence

I assume you are not intentionally publishing incorrect information regarding the Algae problem on the Klamath River System.

The Blue-green algae has been on Copco Lake before I moved here in 1980 (27 years ago). It blooms in the lakes, and any slowmoving sections of the river asalways.Explorers noted it when they came to the Klamath Lake area in the mid 1880s.

It is caused by the nutrients in the water from the natural volcanic composition of the area. The water is used for irrigation where it provides natural fertilizer for the fields. The overflow that is returned to the river system has been tested, and, found to be cleaner than that supplied to the fields as much of the sediments have settled out providing fertilizer.

Removal of the dams will not stop the algea that is supplied to the river system by nature from Klamath Lake area. This could only be completely eliminated by removal of Klamath Lake for deposit in a hazardous waste site.

Our health department has no record of death caused by this natural occurring process which disappears as soon as we have a couple of cool nights , and comes back when the hot weather returns next summer as it has for many years since before our time.

Removal ofall dams would restore the Klamath area to a pristine condition providing more area of shallow slack water to grow a greater amount of algae and provide a place for it to dry on the shore when you no longer have any control over water flows which would allow the system to return to it's historic flood to drought cycles that is certainly not in the best interest of the fish or the entire ecosystem of the area.

The Salmon population has been depleted by the increased fishing pressure of more people with increased ability to take more fish than ever, as well as mismanagement by the government protection departments that are supposed to protect the waters,fish,game,and natural resources of our country.

We depend on you for factual information, not science-fiction.

Robert Davis

Copco Lake

 

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