KLAMATH COUNTY, Ore. —The US Court of Appeals says Klamath Project irrigators cannot challenge federal agency decisions in court.
The Klamath Water Users Association says it concerns lawsuits that were filed by irrigation districts in the Klamath Project, back in 2019.
Those lawsuits challenged decisions made by the Bureau of Reclamation regarding operations of the Klamath Project.
The KWUA’s Executive Director says this news is a disappointment to the basin.
“Essentially anybody can challenge the federal government to try and take water away from Klamath Project irrigators, but irrigators on the other hand are not allowed to challenge the federal government decisions in order to protect their water supply that’s the situation we’re in,” said KWUA Executive Dir, Paul Simmons.
The KWUA says the decision can only be changed by the 9th circuit or the supreme court.
The organization is still actively looking to try to get some of the disputed issues resolved.
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