Revisions still not finished, more
meetings in January
By Ty Beaver, Herald and News 12/19/09
Stakeholders involved in final negotiations on the Klamath Basin
Restoration Agreement failed to finish revisions this week at
meetings in Sacramento.
Klamath County Commissioner John Elliott said stakeholders are
expected to meet again Jan. 6 and 7.
“Right now, I think people are tired physically, and mentally,
too,” he said.
Elliott said some stakeholders worked until 2 a.m. Friday on the
document, but more legal opinions and detail on procedures are
needed before they can finish.
The restoration agreement seeks to resolve conflicts over water in
the Klamath River watershed and involves farmers, tribes,
fishermen, conservationists and government officials. A related
Klamath River dam removal agreement with Portland-based PacifiCorp
was released earlier this fall.
Stakeholders continued to meet on the restoration agreement to
make it consistent with the dam removal agreement and address
Close to finished
Elliott said the document is as close as it has ever been to
completion, and stakeholders are working hard.
“It’s just taking more time than expected,” he said.
Late Friday afternoon calls to Craig Tucker, Klamath campaign
coordinator for the Karuk Tribe; Tom Mallams, an irrigator off the
Klamath Reclamation Project and president of Klamath Off Project
Water Users; and Greg Addington, executive director of Klamath
Water Users Association, were not immediately returned.