The national wildlife refuges in the Klamath Basin along the Oregon-California border underwent a historic drought this year. Those refuges are a critical stopping point for up to a million birds during peak migration. What does it mean for birds to have broken links along this avian highway?
After an unprecedented shut-off of irrigation water in the Klamath Project, agriculture producers had to scramble to find water for their crops. While many used groundwater wells to make up at least some of the loss, the limits of that resource became clear.
Bentz, a Republican who represents the drought-impacted area, says the federal government helped cause the crisis with its regulatory choices and must find solutions. But he urged his constituents to obey the law.