KLAMATH FALLS, OR -- The task force looking for solutions to the water problems in the Klamath Basin says it needs an additional two weeks to come up with a list of suggestions for lawmakers. Richard Whitman, natural resources adviser to Governor John Kitzhaber, cited slow progress on addressing upper Basin water issues and federal costs. Drought and newly recognized water rights for the Klamath Tribes has cut off irrigation for cattle ranches in the upper Basin. The task force is being asked to consider ways to assure water for irrigation, restore fish and wildlife habitat, and negotiate a settlement over water rights.
The group is scheduled to produce recommendations by September 5th.
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