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Secretary of the Interior Invited

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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Two months ago, Klamath County Commissioners voted to opt out of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, and the agreement that outlines removal of dams on the upper Klamath River.

Tuesday commissioners voted to invite the new Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, to Klamath and Siskiyou counties to see first-hand the issues upon which she could have a big impact.

Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams read a letter Tuesday morning addressed to new interior Secretary Sally Jewell, urging her to come to the Klamath Basin to see water issues for herself before making any decision on the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement.

“With no hope for the required Congressional authorization, with the vast uncertainty of the future funding from a California water bond, and with the legal threats against withdrawing parties fore shadowing the morass of litigation that will entangle any effort to push forward on this misguided path, now is the time to reevaluate the Interior Department’s approach to the Klamath River,” said Commissioner Mallams.

Board Chairman Dennis Linthicum agreed and the board voted 3-0 to move ahead.

“I think the letter is quite succinct and uh, to the point, and offers not only a visit by Miss Jewell with regard to her new role as Department of Interior Secretary, but also leaves open the idea that there are a lot of options that have not been thoroughly vetted,” Chairman Linthicum said.

‘I think Secretary Jewell, we’re hoping will have that open mind to be able to address those other options that have been tried time and time again to be put on the table,” said Commissioner Mallams.

Earlier this year Klamath county commissioners voted to opt out of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, and the agreement that calls for removal of dams on the Klamath River. Now they say they want the Secretary of Interior, the new Secretary of Interior, to come to Klamath and Siskiyou counties and see what the issues are all about.