The photo above is from the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges in the Upper Klamath Basin, still home to millions of migratory water fowl, though only a small fraction of what once inhabited the upper basin. These refuges host almost 90% of all migratory birds using the Pacific Flyway. Photo courtesy of Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge.
Almost 80% of the once extensive upper basin lake system has been converted to commercial farmlands. Many of these areas can be restored, simultaneously expanding waterfowl habitat, reducing excessive irrigation demand and storing more water in the basin while improving water quality and economic stability for farmers. Map courtesy of Oregon Natural Resources Council (ONRC)
There is much heated rhetoric and considerable misinformation about the Klamath Basin, the impact of the federal Klamath Irrigation Project and the importance of ecosystem restoration in supporting a sustainable, basin-wide economy. Here are some of the facts from which you can judge for yourself:

Top 12 Irrigator Myths About the
Klamath Basin Water Crisis

How Upper Klamath River Flow Management
Harms the Lower Klamath River

Costs and Conseqences of the 2003 Klamath
Project Operations Plan

The Truth About Klamath Project Irrigation
Water Deliveries in 2001

Why the Klamath Basin's National Wildlife
Refuges are Key to Restoring the Klamath Basin

Why Commerical Agriculture on the Klamath Basin's National Wildlife Refuges Provides No Benefit to Wildlife

Ratepayer Rip-Off: Electric Power Subsidies in the
Klamath Irrigation Project

Why the Klamath Basin Matters to Fishermen
(By PCFFA from Fishermen's News August 2001)

Restoring the Klamath Basin for Fishermen, Farmers,
Native Americans and Wildlife

(Two-Page Summary From Earthjustice)

The National Research Council (NRC) Interim Report:
Fallacy and Fact

Real Solutions to the Problems in the
Klamath River Basin


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