Klamath Tribes, farmers reach water settlement

KLAMATH FALLS (AP) — The Klamath Tribes and farmers have agreed to drop their state water rights battle pending approval of a federal agreement leading to removal of dams on the Klamath River.

The settlement filed Wednesday with the Oregon Department of Water Resources mirrors key elements of the dam removal plan, under which the tribes agree not to use their senior water right to stop water for irrigation, and the farmers agree not to contest the tribes' claims.

Greg Addington of the Klamath Water Users Association says it made no sense to spend time and money fighting out their claims in the state process known as adjudication when they had reached a settlement that just hasn't gone into effect yet.

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