Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement

Document Details:

Title: Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement
Category: Formal Agreement
File: TWR_2016_0022_Klamath-Basin-Restoration-Agreement.pdf
Updated Date: 23.12.2016
Author(s)/Source(s): Paul S. Simmons, Somach Simmons & Dunn
Publication Date: 2016-Jan-15
Focal Topic: Water Allocation & Rights, Land Management & Irrigation, Salmon, Dam Removal, In-Stream Flow / Flow Regime, Water Quality, Contaminants
Location: Klamath Basin
Watershed Code: 180102

On December 31, 2015, the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) terminated because Congress had not enacted legislation necessary for its implementation. Two companion agreements — the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA) and the Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Settlement Agreement (UKBA) — did not by their terms expire, but their planned implementation is interrelated with the now terminated KBRA and they also cannot move forward without the same implementing legislation. This article describes, very generally, the context for the agreements and their major terms, the reasons legislation was necessary, and the state of affairs resulting from the inability to realize federal legislation by the end of 2015.