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KBRA Rejected By County Commissioners

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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A major crack has appeared in the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement with a decision by Klamath County Commissioners.

Tuesday morning, the board voted unanimously to pull out of the KBRA and KHSA talks. The action follows by two weeks of a packed-house public hearing and more than a thousand on-line and mail-in comments.

Board members praised the agreement for bringing many groups together seeking a solution to the basin’s water problems, but they also say the agreement left out too many people and should not have included dam removal.

Dennis says, “My hope is that we can build a future be getting everybody together, including all the existing stakeholders who want to take part in this, as well as taxpayers and ratepayers,” said Board Chairman Dennis Linthicum.

All three board members were elected primarily on promises to undo or make major changes to the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement.