OWRD is engaged in an effort to increase ground water regulation. It is common knowledge that OWRD's first priority is the Harney Basin their second is the Klamath Basin.
To further their legislative and rule-making efforts, they are holding a series of stakeholder meetings (notably none in Klamath). These meetings are poorly attended by people representative of agriculture and business. Thus, the overwhelming majority of the input typically received at these meetings ignores the people primarily impacted by policy changes. OWRD is then able to use the input to support their legislative or rulemaking agenda.
Attending this meeting does make a difference and it would be time well spent for the people of the Klamath Basin to attend at least one of these meetings to understand how the rules are going to impact our ecology, or economy, our families, and our communities.
Of course, if laws and policies were being followed by federal and state agencies in the Klamath Basin, then the reliance upon ground water, its impacts to the ecology of the Basin, could be easily mitigated.
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