Mark Davis 
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Re: “Living on Lava

A flood resulting from a dam failure is far too low on the list. There are many dams in Central Oregon built out of local cinders and rock. Liquefaction is a problem with these dams. Grout screens have been installed in Wickiup to mitigate this inherent weakness, but not all dams have been strengthened. A failure at Wickiup would be on par with the camp fire in terms of destruction of property and lives. Dam failures are not rare as there have been many within our lifetime caused by feeble attempts to control nature.

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Posted by Mark Davis on 12/04/2018 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Drying Up?

It would be hard to separate the loss of aquifer water loss due to irrigation improvements from our drought conditions. We have both.

Posted by Mark Davis on 08/24/2018 at 11:18 AM

Re: “High Desert Herstory

Fully under-celebrated are the Kayak Moms here in Bend, who are bad-ass enough on their own, but still have the energy to shuttle the gang of dirt-bag wannabes from takeout the putin day after day for years. All this time, mostly, hiding the fears they share with their off-spring while they descend into the gorge below. That takes courage

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Posted by Mark Davis on 06/30/2018 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Hated in the Nation

Knee-capping your opponent is more than a "poor choice", it demonstrates a void of the values necessary for life outside of jail. She should have been watching the Olympics from her cell.

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Posted by Mark Davis on 01/18/2018 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Sunday Update: Eclipse Traffic Light; Fires Still Burning

To those who were fighting fires in the smoke Monday morning and did not see much of an eclipse, THANK YOU for your service.

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Posted by Mark Davis on 08/22/2017 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Oh, Dam. It's Back.

Considering the uncertainty of PacifiCorp's plans for their dilapidated dam and pond, and the lack of clear support from the public, the option of doing nothing is the best approach at this time. There is no critical harm created by the present sedimentation of the pond that requires immediate action. The water is still reflecting the mountains for the enjoyment of park visitors, swans are still swimming, and the sedimentation has probably reached equilibrium. If wildlife is a concern then the best action is to remove the dam and restore the river to a more natural state. MPS's plan to dredge the pond using a suction dredge will degrade the water quality, cost tax-payers and provide negligible benefits.

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Posted by Mark Davis on 07/25/2017 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Putting Back the River

The real problem is that the High Desert has low humidity, poor soil and a short growing season that does not produce a substantial agricultural profit, and the funds to pipe the canals sure won't come from those benefitting from the water diversions. More federal money seems to be the only hope. This was all identified in BoR reports prior to the projects approval.…
The base cause of our water problems is that no one gave wildlife a water right, which obviously would be senior to any others. "Before Our Time"

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Posted by Mark Davis on 06/05/2017 at 7:23 PM

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