Klamath County votes to withdraw from water deal

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Associated Press

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 27 at 12:02 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — The Klamath County Board of Commissioners has voted to withdraw from an agreement that lays out how to share scarce water between fish and farms.

The Herald and News (http://bit.ly/XZfQ9F ) reports that the board voted 3-0 on Tuesday to drop out of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement.

But two other signatories of the agreement — the Karuk Tribe and the Klamath Water Users Association — say the county can't do that, because it is a binding contract that was just renewed for two more years.

The agreement is a companion to an historic deal to remove four dams from the Klamath River in Oregon and Northern California to help restore salmon.

County commissioners expressed reservations about the impacts of the agreement on the county's economy and water storage.

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