Ok, first things first, while I am personally against the creation of another dam on our Idaho waterways, I also understand the plight of the farmer. This is a complex issue with so many contributing factors. However, when people like the above commenter, decide to chime in with the hopeful rhetoric that is obviously ignorant of any agricultural causes, and is disappointed because she can't walk her rescue dog over private lands/farms that have an irrigation canal. But yet cannot spell the word Irrigation, nor consider/worry about the feeding of a growing population through said agriculture. I worry about the future of the human race. . .
It is past time to address perpetual water rights in the state of Idaho! What God granted them? I want what water we have to be available to people equally. I don't want farming profits robing me of equal use or causing me great expense statewide getting nitrates out of drinking water because farmers refuse to change earagation practices and dump earagation back into the rivers in this state.
People matter, there will not be an opportunity like the Weiser River Trail again, we do not have a user friendly access state. There are highways, without bike lanes, few if any rural walkways, fenced fields, and farms crossed with earagation ditches, prohibit access at every turn.
Water is the most important item on the next WORLD adjenda, Idaho could be first to recognize this and reevaluate our total water use. Farming is not first in place, first is Nature & Wildlife, I include People at this point. We need access to Nature to Rivers to survive in this rural desert.
Right now, 427,000 acre feet of water is released for salmon health—coming from the Snake, Boise and Payette rivers. If the dam is built, that water could come from the new reservoir instead. The Snake River Plain is especially in need some help, according to Chase. He said there is a 250,000 acre feet shortfall every year in the Snake River to meet water rights. Letting the Snake retain more of its water would help stabilize that shortfall and recharge the dwindling Snake River Aquifer.
Know WHY we've got this problem? CAFOs in the Tragic Valley, that's why. NO ONE IS MONITORING THEIR WATER USAGE AND THEY JUST KEEP GETTING MORE RIGHTS-- and EVERY ONE OF THEM IS A JUNIOR WATER RIGHTS USER.
Yeah, screw the people so that the corporations can do whatever they want to do-- AT OUR EXPENSE! Anyone else see a pattern here?
There's no way in hell I'll let this happen so close to my hometown. Not only would this wipe out acres of beautiful land, but it would destroy the entire "feel" of Weiser. Not to mention, disturb all of the wildlife in the area. As the commenter above said, "...Dam[s] will not create more water or provide water security." The state needs to learn how to use our precious resources more wisely.
There used to be a myth that water followed the plow. Now there's a myth that mother nature provides more water when engineers build a dam. Building the Galloway Dam on southwest Idaho's only remaining free-flowing river or raising the height of Arrowrock Dam or Anderson Ranch Dam will not create more water or provide water security. Water security will come when we modernize our water use and distribution systems and make the best use of the water we have. Check out these short water efficiency videos produced by Idaho Rivers United. http://www.idahorivers.org/protectrivers/c…
Here is a link to a video produced for Idaho Rivers United by Mountain Visions titled "The Weiser River- Idaho's Free-Flowing Gem"
Or, we could finally admit that water isn't an individual property right, but a community good, and get rid of these ridiculous individual and corporate water rights.
You can't just build a dam anywhere. The West ran out of good dam sites by the 1960's. The Dept of the Interior catalogued and rated all the possible dam locations over a hundred years ago. Any dam built since the 1960's is third rate at best.
I think it is great that people are hunting this invasive species. There are just too many of them and obviously they are spreading everywhere. It makes sense to hunt them vs. our native morning dove where they exist, as they are larger providing more meat per bird. It will be difficult to get rid of them in communities as hunting wouldn't be allowed, but where they expand out into natural habitats and farmland to harvest as many of these birds as possible makes all the sense in the world. Yes they are docile like all doves but they just don't belong in our country as well as Australia and I suppose many other places internationally. In FL where I Live they are numerous. I too can't stand there constant cooing and their harsh call notes. I so prefer the Morning doves soft, mournful song.
The ignorance here is outstanding. This whole article is based on the fact that the men you saw spitting were doing it for no other reason than to spit. You have no way of knowing their reason for spitting, they could have a respitory infection, be smokers, or any number of things that makes them produce excess mucus. Swallowing mucus in these cases can cause more problems breathing and in some cases nausea and vomiting. To the commenter that thinks spitting and intelligence are connected, thanks for the good laugh. Your comment is a clear indication of your intelligence.
I think that we have too much government in our lives. To tell we we are trespassing on
public land is a prime example. I've sent an e-mail the the BLM as to how to apply foe a special use permit. I hope that we can get enough people involved that we can get this permit and take care of the hot springs our selves. Starting by closing the hot springs from 5 pm Friday till Sunrise Monday. Then open Monday through Friday Sunrise to Sunset. Do this for starters and maybe just maybe we can get rid of the people that are causing the problem. Lets work together to save the Skinny dipper hot springs. Thanks!
"Fischer said the legal reason for closing the springs is because it's unauthorized use of public lands—using them is considered trespass."
So apparently folks enjoying the geothermals is trespassing, but some guy in Nevada who hasn't paid any grazing fees, well that's derned government overreach (need I add that he's become quite wealthy raising cattle on BLM lands).
Our highways have anti-litter signs everywhere. There is a fine for doing it. But we still have to have volunteers out to clean up the highways and dispose of litter. we are a senseless, indifferent society that needs reforming. One alternative is to post a 24/7 armed guard at the hot springs for awhile.
I'm not upset in the least that BLM has had to take this regrettable, but necessary, action. It's the bums who've spoiled it for the rest of us, and the hand-wringing and largely meaningless response that "they'll just move to the next place and trash that" ignores the larger problem, which is the absence of effective self-policing by users of public lands. If fellow users tolerate drug use, drinking, and trashing the place, there's not much for a management agency to do except to declare a "time out" and admonish the childish ones among us to "go to your room until we tell you to come out."
I think I've met Ken! I am so bummed!
Just because the land is public doesn't mean you can do anything you want. It means it's ours, so you can't act like it's just yours. You can't just go around and say, ruin habitat. Some group needs to get the permit and then take steps to keep out knuckleheads. Problem solved.
I would like to see the BLM improve the area. Add out houses, groom the trail and impose a moderate use fee that directly funds the upkeep.
Let's work on it!
I agree people will move to the next hot springs after it is closed- continuing a domino effect. Slobs who leave needles lying around, drunks and stumblers and ignorant assaults take place on a daily basis.
But hell, Ive worked downtown and seen some gnarly events take place, and the same bars and hot spots are still in full swing.
Im a bit upset, it ruins it for the rest of us who have respect for trails, nature and hot springs.
Idaho keeps glamorizing Idaho...nationally.
We are pushing out the beauty that brought us here in the first place.
I also wonder about trespassing on public land. I am not sure that can be enforced if someone with enough money can be forthcoming to challenge the BLM in court. But, as stated, the crummy people will simply go somewhere else.
How exactly is it trespassing on PUBLIC land?
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