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Commission rejects Basin water petition
July 30, 2005 by TODD KEPPLE, Herald and News
The Oregon Water Resources
Commission on Friday unanimously denied a petition
by environmentalists to stop issuing new water
rights in the Klamath Basin.
Agricultural interests in
the Basin opposed the move that would have made it
impossible to get water rights for new wells or
reservoirs. The staff of the Oregon Water Resources
Department also recommended the commission deny the
Debbie Colbert, a water policy analyst for the Water Resources Department, said the commission on Friday asked for more information about water issues in the Klamath Basin.
"They gave our department a
lot of guidance, and requested that we come back in
October, and that we schedule a more thorough
discussion of our department's permitting
activities, and some of the monitoring efforts that
we're doing," Colbert said.
Barry Norris, technical
services administrator for the Water Resources
Department, presented the agency's response to the
Organizations that signed on
to the WaterWatch petition included the Oregon
Natural Resources Council, Institute for Fisheries
Resources, Headwaters, Klamath Forest Alliance,
Friends of the River, World Wildlife Fund, North
Coast Environmental Center, Klamath-Siskiyou
Wildlands Center, and Trout Unlimited.
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