Historic agreement reached on Upper Klamath Basin water

, Posted: Wed, March 5 2014 at 10:43 AM, Updated: Wed, March 5 2014 at 10:21 PM

Klamath Falls, Ore. -- The Klamath Tribes, the U.S. Department of Interior, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, and Upper Klamath Basin irrigators have completed negotiations on the Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement.  

The proposed agreement on water and natural resources will now go to the Klamath Tribes General Council for approval and to irrigators for their endorsement.

Negotiators have been working on the deal for more than eight months.

The Comprehensive Upper Basin Agreement includes three main elements:

-A Water Use program that will increase stream flows in the tributaries above Upper Klamath Lake - adding at least 30,000 acre feet annually to inflows to the lake, while creating stable, predictable setting for agriculture to continue in the Upper Klamath Basin

-A Riparian Program that will improve and protect riparian conditions in order to help restore fisheries

-An Economic Development Program for Klamath Tribes


NBC2's Lyle Ahrens will have more details tonight on NBC5 News at 5 and 6 pm.

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