Time to Take Action
Our Klamath Basin Water Crisis
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.

Representatives Wally Herger (CA-02) and Greg Walden (OR-02)


Joint Statement On the Appointment of

Debra Crisp to the Klamath River Compact Commission


October 5, 2006                      CONTACTS:  Rep. Herger - Darin Thacker @ 202-225-3076

                                                                         Rep. Walden - Colby Marshall @ 202-226-7337


"We applaud President Bush for appointing Deb Crisp as the Chairperson to the Klamath River Compact Commission.  Deb is intimately familiar with the challenges faced by farmers, ranchers and community members in the Klamath River Basin and has worked hard to develop common-sense solutions to them.  She brings tremendous experience and leadership to the Commission and understands that all involved are seeking solutions for certainty - certainty of water for farmers, certainty of fish for tribes and fishermen, and economic certainty for the communities.  We expect she will do a great job."


By way of brief background, the Klamath River Compact was ratified by the states of Oregon and California and consented to by the United States Congress in 1957.  The Compact Commission consists of one federal representative, one representative from the State of California, and one representative from the State of Oregon. 


In her capacity as chair, Ms. Crisp will serve as the federal representative on the commission.  She will direct the Commission in facilitating and promoting the integrated and comprehensive development, use, conservation and control of the water of the Klamath River Basin for domestic purposes, irrigation, protection of fish and wildlife, recreational usage, industrial purpose, including hydroelectric power production, and the use and control of the water for navigation and flood prevention.'



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