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Water Shortage Might Affect Crater Lake

Crater LakeCRATER LAKE, Ore. — Park officials at Crater Lake National Park say with the public’s help in a water conservation effort, the park should not be impacted by the water shortages hitting Klamath County.

Nearly half a million people visit the park every year. The lodge and restaurants at the park depend on the water coming from the Klamath Basin watershed.

Park officials say the water shortage is brought on by the drought and they have pushed a strong conservation message. Water fixtures have been replaced with more efficient ones and visitors are also asked to watch their water use.

In a water emergency, the rights to water are judged at where a place stands on a priority list. Park officials say Crater Lake was established in 1902 putting them 27th in line for water rights.

“Visitors will see that we are delivering a strong water conservation message, which is actually part of the mission of the national parks service. When they arrive I think I am fairly safe in saying we will be completely open for business and welcoming them,” said Crater Lake National Park Superintendent Craig Ackerman.

Park officials say they are also still working with the state’s water resource commission on their recent ruling to see what else can be done.