On May 21, 2014 Senator Ron Wyden introduced the Klamath Water Recover and Economic Restoration Act. The legislation would implement the terms of the three Klamath Restoration Agreements: the Klamath Basin Restoration Act, Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement, and Upper Basin Comprehensive Agreement.
The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Jeff Merkley, Dianne Feinstein, and Barbara Boxer.
In respnse to Senator Wyden's leadership in establishing a brighter economic and environmental future for all Klamath Basin residents, parties to the Agreements issued the following statement:
“We thank Senator Ron Wyden for working tirelessly to help us find a lasting solution to our water sharing challenges in the Klamath Basin. We are hopeful that this legislation will finally bring an end to more than a century of challenging times in our community. People came together from all corners of the basin to hammer out these agreements, and the give and take has not always been easy. We are grateful to Senator Wyden, Senator Merkley, Senator Feinstein and Senator Boxer for sponsoring this important legislation. Similarly, Governor Kitzhaber and other leaders who have supported our local process have given all basin residents a reason to hope for a brighter future here for our children, our grandchildren, and the fish and wildlife that rely on this region’s natural resources for survival.”
This statement was released on behalf of:
Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR)
Klamath Water Users Association
The Nature Conservancy
Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations (PCFFA)
Salmon River Restoration Council
Upper Klamath Water Users