Watermasters are starting to tell ranchers in the drought-stricken upper Klamath Basin they have to shut off their irrigation to satisfy the needs of the Klamath Tribes and a federal irrigation project.Douglas Woodcock of the Oregon Water Resources Department said Wednesday that watermasters have completed verification of the need to start shutting off some irrigators, and were beginning to notify ranchers along the Sprague River and its tributaries.
He says it is not yet clear whether all the irrigators drawing from the Sprague have to be shut off. It will take the next week and a half to make all the notifications.
The tribes and the federal government called for enforcement of newly recognized water rights to protect fish, other irrigators and wildlife refuges.
-- The Associated Press