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  “The only thing separating us from the headgates is a chain link fence,” Nielsen said, adding that he’s in regular contact with Bundy. “It’s good access, all right.”   Nielsen and Knoll are both landowners who receive irrigation water from the project.  


Story by Associated Press - Story Source
Published on Thursday May 27, 2021 - 5:19 AM
 
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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Two farmers with ties to anti-government activist Ammon Bundy have purchased land by a shut-off irrigation canal in Oregon that would normally deliver water to a massive federal irrigation project along the California-Oregon border and have set up a protest encampment there, Jefferson Public Radio reports.

The move comes after federal regulators shut off all water deliveries from the project's main "A Canal" due to extreme drought and the need to balance the water demands of farmers with threatened and endangered fish species in the Upper Klamath Lake and Klamath River.

The last time water was substantially cut off to farmers, in 2001, demonstrators forced open the canal's head gates three times before federal marshals arrived and stayed all summer. They also held a "bucket brigade" that attracted national media attention and stirred calls by some in the Republican Party for a re-examination of the Endangered Species Act...