Skip to comments.Klamath Tribes and Feds Exercise Water Rights
Posted on 06/17/2013 8:26:16 PM PDT by Baynative
Tens of thousands of acres in Oregon's drought-stricken Klamath Basin will have to go without irrigation water this summer after the Klamath Tribes and the federal government exercised newly confirmed powers that put the tribes in the driver's seat over water use a move ranchers fear will be economically disastrous.
Klamath Tribes Chairman Don Gentry and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Mike Connor said Monday that they were making what is known as a "call" on their water rights for rivers flowing into Upper Klamath Lake in Southern Oregon.
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Rivers in Oregon don’t dry up, I don’t see what the concern could be.
How much more what?
Here we go again.
SHTF is not a bad thing anymore. It really isn’t.
“...but some are more equal than others”
So it sounds like the Klamath Indians want the salmon and the hydro plant operators want the water, and it’s impossible to have both.
That’s the doctrine of prior appropriation for ya’.
What’s up with this?? Dang!
The Indians were very wily when they forged their treaties. Somehow they are sovereign nations avoiding taxes and exerting rights, but also they can vote in our elections.
Avoiding taxes? I thought that was the point.
Well...depends upon what is UP river....say, a Dam....which can affect water flow....but the enviro’s here (and I think the Klamath other tribes) want NATURE to rule. It won’t be pretty. You can hear more about it on www.ISPYRADIO.com if you look in their archives from about a year or so ago.
Thanks for the ping!
Water rights ping
I was there in 2001 when we fought to end the turn-off then and force the government to the table. I tried to tell then at that time that they needed to sue for the irrigation works to be transferred to the farmers because they had long since been paid off.
Some of the farmers and ranchers wanted to deal with the government and the Indians and come to a mutually acceptable decision. I did not agree with it then, and do not agree with it now. But it was the decision that they made.
Problem is that the farmers who did not agree to this, but had it placed upon them by their own, are the ones who will now suffer the most.
Sad, sad day. Mike Conners is an environmental, legal type who was appointed by Salazar, who himself has since been replaced as the Secretary of Interior by he former CEO of RCI, who herself is a rabid environmentalist.
The Stand at Klamath Falls
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