Shut Down Delays Final Meeting of Klamath Basin Task Force

By Jim McCoy Tue 8th October Newsgovernment shut downSen. Ron Wydenupper Klamath Basin
The partial shutdown of the federal government is forcing another delay in the final report from a special task force on resolving water conflicts in the upper Klamath Basin. Richard Whitman, the governor's adviser overseeing the task force, told the Herald and News (http://bit.ly/18MSPPR ) that the final meeting set for Thursday in Klamath Falls will be delayed until a couple weeks after Congress restores funding to government agencies. The reason is that some federal employees on the task force cannot work due to the shutdown. Sen. Ron Wyden and others asked the task force to look for solutions to water problems in the upper Klamath Basin, including this year's cutoff of irrigation to cattle ranches due to drought and newly recognized water rights held by the Klamath Tribes.

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