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Water forums build trust, communication
fourth in the series of meetings among parties to
the Klamath Basin's water controversies ended last
week in Tulelake with participants saying they'd
made some progress.
The meetings are held under the name of the Greater
Klamath Basin Stakeholders. Last week's meeting was
Wednesday through Friday at the home economics
building on the Tulelake Fairgrounds. A fifth is
tentatively scheduled for Chiloquin to bring in
"It's the best forum you'll ever imagine for solving
these issues. We're going to find the best possible
outcome," Staunton said. "There's enough energy and
desire to solve this in the best possible way."
About 80 to 100 people participated. Journalists
were admitted on the condition that they get
permission from those they quote at the meeting.
"They're here to explore how to create a Basin with
restored rivers and healthy economies," said Bob
Chadwick of Consensus Associates, the facilitator
for the workshops. "They believe they can make it
"Here, you have your say, and everyone has input,"
Members of the group were conscious of this year's
drought situation, with the current outlook for
water worse than it was in 2001. They often invoked
the analogy of a "perfect storm."
Yurok tribal members who fish for salmon at the
mouth of the Klamath River in Klamath, Calif., are
also looking for solutions. In September 2002 it was
estimated that 34,000 salmon died because of a
parasite and disease outbreak in the Klamath River.
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