Common Ground

We've shared the land and the water for generations. The ranchers and farmers in the upper basin and the Klamath Tribes have plenty of common ground.

The Tribes needs the water for fish habitat and for cultural and traditional activities. We recognize and support that need.

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Economic Prosperity

The soil of the Wood River Valley is some of the best in the world for raising grass-fed beef. Family farms and ranches have been doing just that for five generations. In the fragile economy of our region, losing any of these ranches would be detrimental.

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Sustainable Solutions

We're committed to finding a sustainable, mutually beneficial solution for water sharing in the Upper Klamath Basin. We seek a solution that allows ranchers and irrigators enough water and also provides the water the Tribes need for fish habitat.

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Where We Stand

The ranchers and irrigators of the Upper Klamath Basin are committed to finding a workable agreement with the Klamath Tribes. As we head into the 2017 irrigation season, we recognize the deadline is looming to find that agreement. Without water, our family businesses - some of which have been in the Klamath Basin for five generations - will be in danger.

Our priority is to protect our families' livelihood while building a productive relationship with the Klamath Tribe's that's based on our mutual success. We've proven we can share the water successfully and aim to work with the Tribes to continue to do so.

Since the 2014 irrigation season and the signing of the Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement, we have moved forward in good faith despite the lack of Congressional funding, making substantial progress on both riparian management and increasing water flows through commitments to retire acres.

 

at the spring of the wood river