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How a stunning Klamath Basin water agreement has been doomed by lawmakers

How a stunning Klamath Basin water agreement has been doomed by lawmakers

The people of the Klamath Basin did everything right.

After years of acrimonious lawsuits, public denunciations and millions of dollars spent fruitlessly on lobbyists, the warring sides in what had become the nation's most contentious river basin decided a decade ago to do something unexpected: They negotiated. On one side were farmers (and later ranchers) at the top of the basin, who relied on the Klamath River's water for their fields and on power generated by four dams to run their irrigation pumps. On the other side, commercial fishermen and the basin's four Native American tribes deplored the dams and water diversions for decimating the Klamath's once-abundant salmon, the...

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