Klamath dams agreement includes protections for farmers

Apr 5, 2016 7:04 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Agreements to remove dams along the Klamath River set to be signed Wednesday seek to ensure that farmers and ranchers won't have to pay higher prices for water.

Tearing down the dams will allow endangered salmon and steelhead to return to portions of the river they've been unable to reach for nearly a century. The agreements seek to protect upriver irrigators from higher costs or reduced water supply because of measures needed protect those fish.

But the latest deal falls far short of implementing a comprehensive settlement that farmers, tribes and conservation groups worked out with state and federal officials in 2010.

That agreement would have also restored tribal lands and given more water rights to farmers and ranchers, but was strongly opposed in Congress, where Republicans oppose dam removal.

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