The conflicts over water in the Klamath Basin could get the attention of Congress this year. But before key supporters start lining up votes on Capitol Hill, they’ll make a visit Friday to the Klamath Basin.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is expected to take part in an event in southern Oregon commemorating a water agreement between ranchers and Native American tribes. Jewell will be joined by Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber.
Klamath tribal chairman Don Gentry says the agreement is worth celebrating.
“What we’ve been able to achieve here is nothing short of remarkable, trying to provide for sustainable agriculture and also sustainable fisheries and treaty resources for the tribes.”
Legislation would authorize half-a-billion dollars for restoration work and for economic assistance to the Klamath Tribes.
Four hydroelectric dams would also be removed from the Klamath River.
Wyden is one of the proposal’s top supporters in Congress. He expects a vote in the Senate by the year’s end.
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