Klamath Basin

Klamath Basin Water
7:18 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Could An Alliance Of Tribes And Farmers Solve Klamath’s Water Woes?

The Klamath Basin spans northern California and southern Oregon and has seen frequent water crises between the farming, ranching, tribal and environmental communities.
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Much of the West is entering a second straight summer of drought. In Southern Oregon’s Klamath Basin, ranchers are once again watching their pastureland go dry for a lack of water. That has them preparing to sell their livestock earlier – and for lower prices – than they’d like.

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Klamath Basin Refuges
7:41 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Not Much Refuge In Klamath Basin For Migratory Birds

Wildlife refuges in the Klamath Basin often feature a mixture of commercial agriculture and what remains of the historic wetlands.
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A prolonged drought is putting pressure on water supplies for the Klamath Basin’s wildlife refuges.

EarthFix’s Devan Schwartz reports on how the nation’s original waterfowl refuge may be too dry this summer to provide a stopover for millions of migratory birds.

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Klamath Basin
7:08 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Klamath Basin Restoration Bill Headed To Congress With Support Of Tribes And Ranchers

Before key supporters start lining up votes on Capitol Hill, they’ll make a visit Friday to the Klamath Basin.
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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.

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Klamath Water Crisis
6:07 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Klamath Tribes and Ranchers Strike Water Sharing Deal

Under the draft agreement, ranchers would cut their water use by 30,000 acre feet. And help restore streambanks to reduce nutrient pollution.
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In Oregon’s Klamath basin, tribes say they have reached a major breakthrough in negotiations over sharing water with local ranchers. They have the outline of a deal that could end 38 years of lawsuits and pave the way for removing four dams.

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Cost of Resources
6:37 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Power Struggles At Klamath Basin Task Force

Groups seeking permanent solutions to Klamath Basin water issues are experiencing power struggles. They debated who can access wholesale federal power Thursday in Klamath Falls. The groups asked for more time by scheduling an additional meeting on October 10.

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Klamath Water Crisis
6:55 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Klamath Task Force Reports Progress

Groups with a big interest in resolving Klamath Basin water issues say they need more time to deliver recommendations to Oregon Senator Ron Wyden.
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Groups with a big interest in resolving Klamath Basin water issues say they need more time to deliver recommendations to Oregon Senator Ron Wyden.

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Klamath Basin
8:22 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Wyden Looking For Klamath Basin's Solution

The wildlife refuge has restored critical wetlands to the Pacific Flyway, providing habitat for large numbers of birds.
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Oregon Senator Ron Wyden says he’s looking for permanent solution to the Klamath Basin’s regional water crisis in southern Oregon. And he says he wants it on his desk by September tenth. A group charged with finding those answers met Thursday in Klamath Falls.

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Klamath Water Crisis
6:54 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Trinity River Water Could Save Klamath Fish, But California Farmers Need It Too

Water struggles in the Klamath Basin are spreading to the Trinity River. Managers at the federal Bureau of Reclamation say by releasing extra water from the Trinity into the Klamath River, they may avoid a fish kill.

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Klamath Basin Water
6:39 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Temporary Rules Protect Drinking Water For People And Cattle In The Klamath Basin

The Oregon Water Resources Commission has approved temporary rules that prioritize drinking water for people and cattle in the Klamath Basin.

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Klamath Basin
4:36 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Wyden: Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement Is Too Expensive For Congress

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden had bad news today for farmers, fishermen and tribes who signed on to a water rights settlement in the Klamath Basin in 2010. The senator told the groups their plan for resolving the water crisis is too expensive.

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