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.


Klamath Tribes approve water pact
by LACEY JARRELL 4/10/14, Herald and News

     A Klamath Tribes vote for an upper Basin water management pact narrowly passed Wednesday.

   According to Klamath Tribes Chairman Don Gentry, 564 Tribal   members voted in favor, and 419 members voted against the Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement (UKBCA), which was released in March.

      Gentry said he wasn’t surprised by the close vote.

     “This is a decision that will affect our people forever,” Gentry said. “We were concerned from the start because of the timeframe; we knew we had limited time to interact with our Tribal members.”

   Three Tribal members released a formal statement earlier this week   expressing frustration with the amount of time members had to review the 95-page agreement and mail in their ballots.

   “The positive vote of our Tribal Members affirming the UKBCA is a monumental step in achieving the long-established goals   of our people to restore and protect our Tribal fisheries and other treaty resources,” Gentry said in a statement.

   Tribal approval brings stakeholders one step closer to introducing a comprehensive piece of legislation in Congress, ensuring upper Basin water needs are met for generations to come. Upper Basin stakeholders have been working for months as a subcommittee of the Klamath Basin Task Force appointed last July by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. The 27-member task force was divided into three subcommittees focused on improving three areas of Klamath water use: developing a water management plan for the upper Klamath Basin, addressing the affordability of agricultural   power rates and lowering federal costs for proposed settlements.

   “With approval of the agreement, Sen. Wyden will now move forward to introduce a legislative package to enact the UKBCA. The bill will also include legislation   of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) and the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA), which our members voted overwhelmingly to support,” Gentry said in a news release.  

   The 2010 KBRA settlement and the related KHSA seek to establish reliable water supplies and affordable power rates for irrigators, restore fish habitat, let the Klamath Tribes acquire the 92,000-acre Mazama Forest   and remove four Klamath River dams. “I certainly feel positive. I know this is a critical step in the right direction,” Gentry said.

    ljarrell@heraldandnews.com  ; @LMJatHandN



In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, any copyrighted material herein is distributed without profit or payment to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving this information for non-profit research and educational purposes only. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml

Home Contact


              Page Updated: Wednesday April 16, 2014 01:06 AM  Pacific

             Copyright © klamathbasincrisis.org, 2001 - 2014, All Rights Reserved