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Water settlement deadline missed
Herald and News 2/14/14 by Lacey Jarrell
tentative deadline for a stakeholder water settlement above
Upper Klamath Lake was missed Friday.
If approved by the Klamath Tribal Council and a host of irrigators, the AIP will become one component of the proposed legislation that will cover the upper Basin; the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) including Klamath Reclamation Project irrigators and the Klamath Hydro Settlement Agreement with PacifiCorp, which may involve removing four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River.
The Friday goal was set after the stakeholder group missed its first self-imposed deadline, Jan. 17.
The group had been meeting weekly in Klamath Falls as the Jan. 17 deadline approached; once it passed the group began meeting more frequently, finally meeting daily this week.
“We made a lot of progress this week,” said Richard Whitman, Gov. John Kitzhaber’s natural resource adviser. “We’re making solid progress.”
Whitman declined to offer a new tentative completion date, but did say once a settlement has been reached, a 30-day review and comment period will be offered before stakeholders sign off on the agreement.
group is a subcommittee of the Klamath Basin Task Force. The
task force’s objective is to create an all-inclusive piece of
legislation that addresses power delivery to on- and off-project
irrigators, resolves water issues above Upper Klamath Lake and
reduces the federal budget for the projects.
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