On The Brink: Water Wars in Klamath River Basin between Farmers and Tribes

The Klamath River’s water sustains fish, irrigates farms and powers the hydroelectric dams that block one of the largest salmon runs on the West Coast. Above, Jeff Mitchell, a Klamath Tribes council member in the Klamath Falls area. (Herald and News / November 9, 2011)

The March ruling in Klamath County Circuit Court in Klamath Falls stipulated that the tribes have the final say when it comes to determining whether fish or farms get water preference in the Upper  Klamath Basin. Complicating all this is a severe drought that is under way in the region that may well have the region on the brink of a full-scale water war: tribal fisheries versus agriculture.

Read more at Descending Drought Puts Klamath Tribes and Farmers on Brink of Water War
Read more at Water war between Klamath River farmers, tribes poised to erupt
Related: In the Klamath, Politics Defeat Science and Common Sense


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