“Some southern Oregon ranchers will have to reduce or completely shut down irrigation in the parched Upper Klamath Basin this summer as a result of a historic assertion of water rights by other users in the region.
On Monday, several groups, including the Klamath Tribes and irrigators in the federal Klamath Project, made formal calls for water, asking Oregon to enforce rights they won earlier this year.”
Federal scientists have decided that a new plan for balancing scarce water in the Klamath Basin between fish and farms won’t harm salmon and other fish protected by the Endangered Species Act.
The NOAA Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued what is called a biological opinion on Monday for operations on the Klamath Project, a federal irrigation project straddling the Oregon-California border.
There has been much debate lately over the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement and whether legislation is needed to remove the Klamath dams and whether the KBRA terminates tribal rights. We are in the war together and should strive for unity. However a debate on whether tribal people should give up the ability to use fishing and water rights as part of the KBRA needs to be addressed openly.