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Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today joined Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley (both D-Ore.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) in sponsoring the Klamath Water Recovery and Economic Restoration Act.

The bill codifies the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement and the most recent Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement. The legislation authorizes the Department of the Interior to take action to achieve the benefits of those historic agreements, including increasing stream flows, providing more water predictability, protecting habitats and settling longstanding disputes over water, power and species management.

“The Upper Basin Agreement proves that different groups and interests can come together and forge a compromise that benefits us all,” Feinstein said. “This agreement is a boon for California, improving our water supply reliability and offering many economic and environmental benefits to fishermen, wildlife, farmers, tribes and local communities.”

The bill:

  • Codifies the agreements between Klamath Basin stakeholders.
  • Sets out a cooperative water management plan designed to protect fish and wildlife and provide more predictable water supplies for farmers and ranchers.
  • Permanently protects and enhances riparian areas, restoring hundreds of miles of fish habitat.