Water management in the Upper Klamath Basin: Collaboration and polarization

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Resource Management (REM)

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This chapter focuses on the several challenges associated with water management policy in the Klamath basin and examines them through the lens of specific laws and policies, focusing on the Upper Klamath Basin which straddles the border in south-central Oregon and northern California. The challenges of water law, conflicting demands, and cultural clashes are all interrelated and complicated by the occurrence of drought. On a regional level, the largest focus on the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) and the Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement (UKBCA), two agreements negotiated between stakeholders with historically conflicting demands. The UKBCA was the result: an agreement between stakeholders throughout the upper portion of the Klamath Basin. The main elements of this agreement include: a water use program, a riparian program and a transition program. The Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement was signed in conjunction with the KBRA to explore the ecological and socio-economic impacts of dam removal.


This book chapter was originally published in Environmental Policy and the Pursuit of Sustainability. The full-text article from the publisher can be found here.

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