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Judge Won't Stop Klamath Irrigation Shut-Off

A judge in Klamath Falls has denied motions to temporarily stop the state of Oregon from shutting off irrigation in the upper Klamath Basin to satisfy water rights the Klamath Tribes are using to protect fish.

The Herald and News reports that Klamath County Circuit Judge Cameron Wogan on Friday denied motions filed by some upper basin ranchers.

A lengthy legal process completed last March had confirmed the tribes have rights dating to time immemorial on rivers flowing through former reservation lands. Some ranchers are appealing the outcome of that process.

Since the tribes issued what is known as a call this week to enforce those rights, the Oregon Water Resources Department has been notifying ranchers with junior water rights they must stop irrigating.


Information from: Herald and News,

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