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Klamath Can Expect More Droughts In Future

OPB | June 12, 2013 12:15 p.m. | Updated: Sept. 11, 2013 12:57 a.m.

Water flows in the Klamath Basin are 40 percent lower than normal due to a bad drought year. This week, the Klamath tribes exercised their rights as the senior rights holders and restricted water access for other water users. That means farmers and ranchers in the area may not be able to support their crops and livestock.

Climatologists studying the Klamath Basin area have bad news for residents: things will only get worse. Kathie Dello with the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University says models show the Klamath Basin will only get warmer and drier, meaning less snowpack, less precipitation and smaller reservoirs.

What questions do you have about climate in the Klamath basin? How does the drought in the region affect you?


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