Statement from Rep. E. Werner Reschke on Bureau of Reclamation’s recent court filing related to Klamath water rights
Representative E. Werner Reschke (R-Klamath Falls) issued the following statement in response to the Bureau of Reclamation recent filing in U.S. District Court concerning the BOR’s recommendations for water allocation to the Klamath Project.
“It is really a shame that local farmers and ranchers have to ask a judge for their allocation of water because of failed policy and regulations that allow litigation to dictate agricultural operations. These issues should be solved at the local level, not in a court or by bureaucrats in Salem or DC.”
The BOR proposal allocates 65% of a full project supply to the Klamath Project with a start date of April 19th.
“I am hopeful the judge will approve the BOR’s recommendation so local farmers will get the water they need and deserve from the project — and in time. Coupled with the Federal assistance that Congressman Greg Walden worked hard to deliver, Klamath basin irrigators will have more certainty and a fighting chance to make it through a difficult water year.”
Press release provided from the Office of E. Werner Reschke, State Representative House District 56.