We have the Klamath Water Rights retained in our Agreement with the US GOVT. IN OUR TREATY OF 1869. So there has to be somethings done to better the LAND as was Owned by the Klamath, Modoc & Yahooskin tribes for hundreds of thousands of years before SETTLEMENT IN THE OREGON TERRITORY!
Article in Livestock Market Digest
Posted with permission of author
By Heather Smith Thomas
One of the most devastating government “takings” in the history of the U.S. is in progress in Klamath County, Oregon. This movement to get farmers and ranchers off their privately owned lands has been brewing for many years but came to a head after a sequence of events this spring and summer shut off long-time water rights and deprived landowners of their ability to irrigate or water their livestock.
This area in Oregon runs more than 100,000 head of cattle in the upper basin (above Klamath Lake—Oregon’s largest lake) during the summer, and is farming country in the irrigated land below the lake. The water use for ranching and farming has had a convoluted history, which first gained national attention in 2001. Using the Endangered Species Act at their tool, environmentalists, local tribes and federal authorities…
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