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Klamath Basin Task Force Update
Wyden, Merkley, Feinstein, Boxer Introduce Klamath Basin Legislation
On May 21, 2014, Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer introduced federal legislation needed for the Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement.

Click here to read the press release
 
Upper Basin Comprehensive Agreement Signed

On April 18, 2014 parties gathered to sign the Upper Basin Comprehensive Agreement.  The historic agreement is the result of more than nine months of good-faith efforts from members of the Klamath Tribes and Upper Basin water users to develop solutions to water issues affecting the region.

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On February 28, 2014, the negotiating team on water issues reached the Final Upper Basin Comprehensive Agreement.  The agreement went through final review by the Klamath Tribes and other parties prior to signing on April 18.

Click here for the proposed Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement, a summary of the proposed agreement, and the media release.

Background on the Upper Basin Klamath Task Force and Negotiations

Senator Ron Wyden, Senator Jeff Merkley, Congressman Greg Walden, and Governor John Kitzhaber convened the Klamath Basin Task Force in July of 2013, following a hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on the remaining water and other resource management issues in the Klamath Basin.  The committee was charged with three things:   

 
​​   •  Negotiating a comprehensive settlement of remaining water and other resource issues in the Upper Basin;
 
   •  Reducing the costs to the federal government of the package of actions designed to restore environmental health and economic stability to the Klamath Basin; and
  
   •  Developing a program to provide lower cost power to irrigators in the Klamath Irrigation Project, as well as for off-project irrigators who are participating in water resources programs that benefit the basin.
 
On December 3, 2013, the negotiating team on water issues announced the Upper Klamath Basin Agreement in Principle (AIP).  A one page summary of the AIP is available here
 
On December 3, 2013 the draft Task Force Report  was released. The final report of the Klamath Basin Task Force will be released in the near future.