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Oregon Cattlemen's Association opposes agreement
Klamath Falls Herald and News http://www.heraldandnews.com February 22, 2008

   The Oregon Cattlemen's Association announced it opposes the proposed Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. 

   A press release from the organization said it received a recommendation from the Klamath Cattlemen's Association to oppose the agreement. OCA officials said the group would support a settlement versus continuing litigation connected to the region's water issues, but does not view the current agreement as equitable. 

   "The agreement would ultimately have dramatic adverse impacts on production agriculture within the Basin," the press release said. 

   Stakeholders released the 256-page agreement document Jan. 15 after two-and-a-half years of negotiations. If approved, it would allocate water in the Klamath River watershed among irrigators, tribes, fishermen and conservationists. It also seeks removal of four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River owned by Portland based PacifiCorp. 

   OCA members heard presentations on the agreement from the Klamath Water Users Association and the Klamath Off-Project Water Users at its board meeting Feb. 15. Afterward, the board voted unanimously to oppose the agreement. 

   The organization's concerns included the amount of time provided to review the 256-page document, the agreement's impact on the water adjudication process, conflicts with state and federal law. 

   OCA also passed a resolution opposing removal of hydroelectric dams and dams used for collecting water for irrigation.

Natural resources council    

The Klamath County Natural Resources Advisory Council met Thursday night to discuss the proposed Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. 

   The council provides recommendations on the county's natural resource policies to the Klamath County Board of Commissioners. 

   The full story will be in Saturday's Herald and News.
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