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Officials seeking water solution
August 4, 2005 by DYLAN DARLING
Federal officials say they
still want to find an overall solution to water woes
in the Klamath Basin, despite claims by irrigators
above Upper Klamath Lake that the federal government
But former state Sen. Steve
Harper, representing a group that floated a proposal
to Interior Department officials in Washington,
D.C., in February, said he still hasn't heard what
needs to be done to make the agreement work.
"I see no interest on the Interior Department's part in settling it at all," Nicholson said.
The agreement called for the
Tribes and Upper Basin irrigators to drop their
contests of each others claims in the adjudication
process, which will determine who holds the highest
priority water rights.
"They know how the game
works," he said.
"In order for the Tribes to
settle, the Interior Department needs to settle," he
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