Oregon's Water Resources Department today delivered what it calls "an historic document" to the Klamath County Circuit Court, completing the first phase of the ongoing process to determine senior water rights in the Klamath Basin.
According to the Klamath Falls Herald and News, the document's thousands of pages fill 11 stuffed binders and represent the next step in a process that began Dec. 23, 1975.
The agency's final order of determination was driven Wednesday night from its offices in Salem to the Klamath County Courthouse, setting in motion the final process for legally determining local water rights, the newspaper reported.
Details are in a press release here. For frequently asked questions about the process, click here. The water department's adjudication page is here.