Farmers and Tribes Extend Klamath Restoration Deal For Two More Years

Dec 31, 2012

Farmers and tribes have voted to extend a restoration deal that could lead to the removal of four dams on the Klamath River. The deal was set to expire today.

The Klamath starts in Oregon’s high desert and flows through California’s redwood forest to the sea. Forty-two parties, including tribes, farmers, fisherman and even a ditch company, signed the restoration agreement in 2010. They say it will resolve decades of lawsuits over water rights and endangered fish.

But the agreement would cost $800 million to implement and Congress didn’t even it debate it last session.

Greg Addington is with the Klamath Water Users Association, a farmers advocacy group. He says all 42 parties have voted to extend the agreement for two more years.

“We genuinely just want to see Congress debate these agreements. Get proponents and opponents alike, get them on the record.”

The deal faces opposition from several members of Congress and local officials who oppose dam removal.

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