Klamath Tribes, irrigators ink tentative water-sharing pact

Klamath Tribal Chairman Don Gentry signs a water-sharing agreement in principle with Upper Klamath Basin irrigators on Dec. 2 at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, Ore., as Oregon Natural Resources Policy Director Richard Whitman looks on.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — After months of talks, irrigators in the Upper Klamath Basin and the Klamath Tribes inked a water-sharing agreement in principle on Dec. 2.

While details remain to be worked out over the coming weeks, the pact includes various restoration projects, stipulated in-stream flows and the permanent retirement of 30,000 acre-feet of water for restoring fisheries, said officials who were involved in talks.

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