31 May '18, 8pm

Oregon Regulators Juggle Crops & Fish; Agriculture Suffers

Oregon Regulators Juggle Crops & Fish; Agriculture Suffers

Limited supplies of surface water in Klamath Basin, Oregon, are wreaking havoc with the area’s $557 million agriculture industry. Farmers and ranchers in the area do not have a water allocation from the Klamath Project, as regulators from the US Bureau of Reclamation are currently struggling to supply enough surface water to protect endangered fish, according to the agricultural weekly Capital Press. The Klamath Tribes have filed a lawsuit against the bureau, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service, hoping to force the agencies to provide more water in Upper Klamath Lake and ensure survival of fish that have historically been a mainstay of the tribes’ diet. Drought conditions in the basin are complicating the already-challenging balancing act faced by the Bureau of Reclamation, which oversees the Klamath Project. The bureau regulates wate...

Full article: https://www.environmentalleader.com/2018/05/oregon-regula...

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