Klamath Basin

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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.

Not Much Refuge In Klamath Basin For Migratory Birds

Jun 11, 2014

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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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.

Klamath Tribes and Ranchers Strike Water Sharing Deal

Dec 3, 2013
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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.

Power Struggles At Klamath Basin Task Force

Sep 20, 2013

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.

Klamath Task Force Reports Progress

Aug 23, 2013

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

Wyden Looking For Klamath Basin's Solution

Aug 2, 2013

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.

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.

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

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.