Our Klamath Basin Water Crisis
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Looking back at the 2001 water crisis
Klamath Falls water issues consultant Dan Keppen was working for the Bureau of Reclamation in Sacramento, Calif., as special assistant to the regional director during summer 2001.
“I don't think it's over,” he said of the water crisis, “although there's been a lot of progress made. We have an administration that's very in tune.
Klamath Water Users Association Executive Director Greg Addington was a Medford resident in 2001. He served as the Oregon Farm Bureau’s regional manager then.
His office provided help to water users in the region in a variety of ways. Addington helped mobilize support for Basin farmers by going from county to county to explain how the water crisis affected irrigators.
“There's a great camaraderie between rural folks and the agricultural community,” he said.
Addington’s efforts resulted in several buses of farmers and other supporters from outside Klamath County coming here to stand with their industry cohorts during the water shutoff.
“The frustrating things is it could happen again,” he said of a water shutoff. “From a biological opinion standpoint the mechanisms are still there.”
— Steve Kadel
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