Water Call Roils Klamath Basin In Wet Year

Apr 25, 2017

A lot of rain and snow fell over the winter.  But that does not mean a year without water controversy in the Klamath Basin. 

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The Klamath Tribes recently exercised their senior water right in the basin to call for more water to stay in certain streams, potentially withdrawing irrigation water from thousands of acres of agricultural land. 

Klamath Tribal Chair Don Gentry tells us the water is needed to duplicate flood conditions that are a natural part of the ecosystem.

At the same time, ag groups filed suit against the federal government for its plans for water allocations to wildlife refuges. 

The Klamath Water Users Association is in the middle of much of this.

Executive director Scott White joins in with his perspective.