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An extreme drought hit the Klamath River Basin of southern Oregon and northern California in 2001, and a remarkable water controversy soon followed. Hundreds of farmers, who for decades had reliably received irrigation water from the federal government's Klamath Project, were told, for the first time, that they would get none that year. Instead, the government would hold the water in Upper Klamath Lake and release it to flow down the Klamath River in an effort to ensure the survival of fish protected by the Endangered Species Act.

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Tulane Environmental Law Journal



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