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Basin Drought May Lead to Water Shut-Off

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The state is preparing for the likelihood of shutting off irrigation water to many of the 200 farms and ranches in the upper Klamath Basin because of the drought conditions

The Klamath Tribes have taken control of senior water rights in the region for the first time in a century. Representatives of the Governor’s Office have been making regular visits to Klamath County to brief local officials on what they can expect if irrigation withdrawals are shut off.

In 2001, a drought and resulting water shut-off to a nearby federal irrigation project led to weeks of protests.