Klamath Basin agreement supporters take voice at home and afar

Posted by Hannah Meganck on June 10, 2014

The Klamath Water Recovery and Economic Restoration Act of 2014 begins its journey through the federal law-making process

Photo by US Fish and Wildlife Service

Key proponents of the Klamath Basin agreements offered testimony last week to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee in support of Senate bill (S.2379), the “Klamath Water Recovery and Economic Restoration Act of 2014.” This bill is designed to enact and help fund the agreements and chart a course to restoring environmental resiliency and economic stability in the Klamath Basin. 

Don Gentry, Chairman of the Klamath Tribes, offered impassioned testimony on behalf of his people, upper basin rancher Becky Hyde shared support for the bill from the perspective of her family who has ranched the area for generations, and Roger Nicholson, rancher and new supporter of the agreements, testified for the bill on behalf of landowners in the Fort Klamath community. 

To better understand the complex issues at hand in the basin, listen to Jefferson Public Radio’s interview with Craig Tucker, Klamath Coordinator for the Karuk Tribe. He does a great job explaining the many components of the agreements and how the agreement approach is a model for collaborative management of natural resources.