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Endangered Species Act (ESA) Educational tour over the Columbus Day weekend in Klamath Falls, OR.


Attending the tour will be staff members from the U.S. Senate Environment and Public

Works Committee from Washington D.C as well as Resources staff from the D.C. Office

of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo.


“ESA legislation has passed the House of Representatives and will now be considered in the Senate”, said Greg Addington, KWUA Executive Director.  “This is a great opportunity for us to show why commonsense changes need be made to update this 32-year old law”.


The focus of the tour will be on the Klamath Reclamation Project and the impacts of the

Endangered Species Act as well as differing viewpoints from outside the project.


Sunday, October 9 will be spent touring the Klamath Project in both Oregon and California

as well as visiting with local farmers and area leaders.  Events on Monday, October 10 will

be held in Klamath Falls and will focus on hearing a wide range of views regarding the



Scheduled to attend and give presentations on Monday are the Karuk, Yurok and Hoopa

Valley Tribes from Northern California, representatives from the environmental

community, off-project irrigators from north and south of the project, Klamath County

Chamber of Commerce representatives as well as County Commissioners from Humboldt

County, CA and from Klamath County, OR.KWUA President Steve Kandra will be

helping with the tour. 


“We chose to include a wide variety of viewpoints for this tour because to get real solutions people need to understand the differing views and complex issues in the Klamath. We think we have a good story to tell”, said Kandra.


The event, which has been tentatively scheduled for several weeks, has taken on increased importance given the House passage of The Endangered Species Recovery Act (TERSA) legislation last week.


The Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA) is a non-profit corporation that has represented Klamath Irrigation Project farmers and ranchers since 1953. KWUA members include rural irrigation districts and other public agencies, as well as private concerns who operate on both sides of the California-Oregon border




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