Senator Ron Wyden says it's time to hammer out a water agreement in the Klamath Basin...And Wyden has brought the issue to capitol hill.
This morning's senate committee hearing ran nearly three hours.
And Senator Wyden was adamant about the goals of the hearing...
"Let's have some suggestions at this point on how we can continue to bring the parties together, and do it in a way that we can save come of the costs to the taxpayers."
The current KBRA and dam removal agreements currently don't have enough political support - or federal funding.
And those for, and against the KBRA have reached an impasse.
"Currently, that's what our members voted for." Stated Klamath Tribal Chairman Don Gentry. "And that's what we and I as a representative of the Klamath Tribes have the authority to discuss."
"The people do not want this direction right now." Argues Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams. "They are not in favor of this. The votes have been anywhere from 65 to 80 percent."
But Yurok Tribes Executive Director Troy Fletcher says Wyden's hearing has given him hope...
"What is new is your enthusiasm for getting past a stalemate."
While there were few new solutions, all parties agree that time is running out.
Klamath County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Charles 'Chip' Massie: "It really has to start now, because ten years from now we can't be doing the same thing."
And Senator Wyden agrees...
"This has gone on long enough. And just as you all have said, Mr. Nicholson, and Mr. Mallams have said, there are a lot of families hurting right now."
...And a dry summer is likely to only heat up the issue.
Wyden announced his plans to today's hearing at a recent town hall meeting in Klamath Falls.
You can watch all of today's hearing at this link: www.tinyurl.com/q8bhdot