Eric Duarte, Mike Ielmorini and Kevin Newman protest the Klamath water settlement in front of the Klamath County Government Center in Klamath Falls Thursday afternoon.
object to proposed water settlement,
Herald and News, 1/18/08.
About 50 people attended a rally in front of the
Klamath County Government Center Thursday to
protest to the Klamath Basin Restoration
The majority of those protesting said they were irrigators not associated with the Klamath Project.
“We’ve spread the word on how bad this is,” said Edward Bartell, president of the Klamath Off-Project Water Users.
The protest took place before a meeting of the Klamath County Natural Resources Advisory Council, which was expected to receive testimony from several parties about the agreement. .
Protesters said they opposed the settlement because
it would force them to give up 30,000 acre-feet of
water and give 90,000 acres of private forestland to
the Klamath Tribes.
“It just takes us and sweeps us under the table,” said Erika Bentsen, an off-project irrigator from Sprague River.