Congress conducts hearing on Klamath River Basin drought impacts

Klamath River Basin

On March 8, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife heard about drought impacts and potential solutions to ecosystem and water supply challenges across the Klamath River Basin.  The hearing stemmed from some of the worst drought conditions faced in the West. Removal of aging dams, use of infrastructure funds, water shortage impacts on Tribes and farmers, and other issues were discussed.

Witnesses included:

  • Steve Guertin, Deputy Director for Program Management and Policy for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
  • Amy Cordalis, Counsel, Yurok Tribe, Principal, Ridges to Riffles Conservation Fund
  • Robert Super, Vice Chairman, Karuk Tribe
  • The Honorable Joe Davis, Chairman, Hoopa Valley Tribe
  • Tricia Hill, Former President, Klamath Water Users Association
  • The Honorable Geri Byrne, Chair, Board of Supervisors, Modoc County, California

PDFs of the witness statements are available on the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife website.  A video of the hearing is below:


Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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