Essay on Klamath Falls Crisis

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the paper is about the water crisis that is taking place right now in the Klamath Falls are of Oregon. It discusses the many problems that the different groups of interest are dealing with. The main group that I focused on was the view point of the farmers.      The Klamath Lake, along with other various rivers, lakes and canals that surround it, are the basis for almost 500 species of wildlife in southern Oregon and parts of northern California. It also serves as the most important factor in a farmer’s livelihood; their irrigation. The basis for the water crisis that is going to today in this region is that the current water levels and somewhat water quality are diminishing and reeking havoc on the area’s…show more content…
It seemed that most of the controversy in the water crisis was either about water rights issues or about the current water levels compared to the fish population, which in turn had effects on the endangered species of this area. Very rarely did anyone speak about the Native American’s wants or needs concerning the Klamath River water crisis. The Natives feel that they should have some say about what decisions are going to be made concerning the area since they have been in the Klamath are longer than any other group.      As little as the Native Americans were discussed, the needs of the commercial fisherman were even less than them. I don’t think more than one person out of all the guest lecturers and people we heard from on our class trip had discussed any of the feelings of the fisherman. I’m not quite certain which guest lecturer talked about their needs, but they did mention that the commercial fisherman felt that they had an economic right to fish the waters of the Klamath. Much like the Natives, fishing these waters is a way of life for these fisherman and they felt as if it was being taken away from them.      One of the groups of interest that we discussed in class one day completely slipped my mind from ever being involved in the water crisis. The political parties, both Democrat and Republican, are also somewhat involved in the issues at the Klamath Basin. The reason I

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