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Tensions rise in water battle along Oregon-California line

Ben DuVal
Posted at 1:02 PM, Apr 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-12 16:10:42-04

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A historic drought in a massive agricultural region straddling Northern California and southern Oregon could mean steep cuts to the water provided to hundreds of farmers to sustain endangered fish species.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation oversees water allocations in the Klamath Project. It's expected to announce this week how much water farmers will get this season, if any, after delaying the decision a month amid severe drought.

The Klamath and Yurok tribes have treaties guaranteeing the protection of their fisheries.

They want water for federally listed fish species, the sucker fish and coho salmon.