KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — A task force made up of ranchers, the Klamath Tribes and others is wrapping up work on recommendations to end decades of conflicts over water in the Upper Klamath Basin.
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and a representative of the Obama administration were to join the task force Wednesday at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls to announce an agreement in principle.
It addresses ways to prevent a repeat of last summer, when irrigation water was shut off to hundreds of upper basin ranches after the Klamath Tribes exercised newly acquired water rights to protect fish in rivers running through former reservation lands.
Wyden asked the task force for legislative recommendations to break a logjam on solving the region’s water conflicts.