Photographer's Note

This ranch seen with the irrigation wheel in the foreground and cropduster airplane flying above, is located in Culver, Oregon, the town motto of which is "Culver Is Oregon". This is about 30 miles, on Highway 97, north of Bend, OR, which is aptly named because of the "bend" in the Deschutes River, and the Cascade mountains, which leaves Culver quite a distance from the rainfall from the Cascades. South of Bend the highway runs close in the lee of the Cascades and the terrain is rolling hills covered with various species of conifer trees, while north of Bend the desert becomes prevalent. Culver may be representative of central and eastern Oregon, it is not representative of the lumber and commercial fishing industries of western Oregon, which have surely contributed hugely to the State's economy. The town is located in central Oregon on the high desert, which has been made arable primarily due to the supply of water diverted from the rivers. Since this is desert, the water is primarily the result of snow melt from the coastal range of Cascade mountains, of which Mt. Washington can be seen in the background. The town is adjacent to the Lake Billy Chinook Reservoir, which is the result the Round Butte Dam. This dam obstruction backs up the free flow of three rivers, the Metolius, Deschutes and the Crooked, covering about 6 square miles of deep canyon lands. Having driven through the Central Valley of California, one of the great agricultural regions of the world, many times, I have often seen the message "Food Grows Where Water Flows" posted by farmers. Many people have become convinced that dams are bad things, and unnatural. They interfere with fisheries, particularly Salmon who return from the ocean to spawn in the rivers where they were born, and cannot get upstream if the water levels are too low because of the draws to irrigate the fields. This is the source of a major battle going on about 200 miles south of here, in the Klamath River Basin, where there was a recent tragic loss of fish due to low water levels.

It seems we can't have it all. It has become apparent that whatever we do affecting one segment of the ecology, has unforseen effects in other arenas. Perhaps if we had to feed fewer people we would be able to do so with fewer dams.

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  • Copyright: Larry Carolan (lcarolan) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 12 N: 383] (930)
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