Residents of Klamath County have voted to keep their elected officials active participants in the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement.
The Klamath County board of commissioners joined more than 25 stakeholders in the agreement.
The KBRA’s goal is to reach solutions that will both help sustain fish populations and provide reliable water and power supplies to the region.
But many aspects of the agreement, such as the decision to remove 4 dams along the Klamath River have proved to be controversial.
Klamath County Commissioner, Cheryl Hukill says the measure asked voters if the commission should discontinue its participation. Hukill says the Board of Commissioners felt it was important that the county have a seat at the table.
Cheryl Hukill: “Whether we participated or not, we had no authority to stop or promote the KBRA. It was going on without us.”
51 percent of the voters agreed the board of commissioners should continue as negotiations move forward. Hukill says the committees are now meeting to determine how the KBRA will be implemented.