Adjudication process reopens
4/10/08 Herald and News
Participants in the Klamath Basin water adjudication process are again working to support their water right claims and challenge those of others.
A temporary hiatus to the state effort, arranged in connection to the release of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, expired April 4.
Greg Addington, executive director of Klamath Water Users Association, said those involved in adjudication have begun accumulating information and documents to continue the process.
He said he expected an initial decision from the state on the adjudication in no fewer than two years.
The Oregon water adjudication process was established about 100 years ago by state lawmakers to acknowledge vested water rights, or water rights that existed before the state’s water laws were established.
It is not unheard of for water adjudication legal proceedings to continue for half a century or more.