Task Force Needs More Time on Klamath Solutions

Aug 23, 2013 3:30 AM

(AP) - A task force looking for solutions to the water woes in the Klamath Basin says it needs an additional two weeks to come up with a list of suggestions for lawmakers.

The group had been scheduled to produce recommendations by Sept. 5.

But the Herald and News reports that during a meeting Thursday in Ashland, the group decided it needs more time.

Richard Whitman, natural resources adviser to the governor, cited slow progress on addressing upper Basin water issues and federal costs.

Drought and newly recognized water rights for the Klamath Tribes has cut off irrigation for cattle ranches in the upper Basin.

The task force is being asked to consider ways to assure water for irrigation, restore fish and wildlife habitat, and negotiate a settlement over water rights.


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