Task force formed to address Klamath basin water issues

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SALEM, Ore. — Gov. Kitzhaber and members of congress have created a task force to find solutions to the water problems here in the Klamath Basin.

The task force will have representatives from Oregon and California state agencies, Indian tribes, farmers and ranchers, conservation groups, salmon fishermen and electric power producers.

The task force will work on assuring water for irrigation, restoring fish and wildlife habitat along rivers, and negotiating a settlement over water rights.