Disclaimer of Liability
The data presented by and available through this web site consists of information from a variety of private, local, state, and federal agencies and non-governmental organizations, which is integrated into a single web location (i.e., portal) for the Klamath Basin, southern Oregon and northern California. This website is provided as a public service by Klamath County, Oregon, as a cooperative effort with these private, local, state, and federal agencies and non-governmental organizations (the "Participants"). Neither the Participants nor any other entity providing access to information through this web site, nor any of the Participant's employees, Consultants or Subcontractors, make any warranty, express or implied, including the fitness of the information for a particular purpose, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, usefulness of any information, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe on privately owned rights. The user of this application assumes all responsibility and risk for the use of the information for any decision made as a result of this information, available from this server and the Internet in general. The user alone is responsible for the application and interpretation of this information and is responsible for use consistent with an appropriate level of caution.
This is a DEMONSTRATION application initiated by Klamath County, Oregon, with the express purpose of applying and evaluating new and emerging technologies in an effort to share information pertaining to water supply, natural resource and social and economic issues associated with water and resources management in the Klamath Basin. The vision is a common base of information to guide discussion, debate and resolution of the complex economic, social, and resource management issues within the Basin. The development of this demonstration application is guided by a formal document which identifies various future tools and applications. Those interested in participating may contact the Klamath County Public Works Department (lhickey @ co.klamath.or.us).
The user formally acknowledges that this is a DEMONSTRATION application and acknowledges and accepts the Disclaimer of Liability upon entering or using components of this application.
About the Basin
The Klamath Basin, an area comprising more than 5,600 square miles within south-central
Oregon and northern California, is drained by the Klamath River, which pierces both the
Cascades and the Coastal mountain range before emptying into the Pacific Ocean in
California. The water features within the basin are considerable and varied. The shallow,
turbid water of Upper Klamath Lake contrasts dramatically with the clear, turquoise water
of Crater Lake, which located in the northern portion of the basin. Without question, water
is the single most valuable resource of the Klamath Basin and because of its' importance,
water is at the center of Klamath Basin resource issues.
Agriculture, which is in part possible because of the Klamath Project constructed in
the early 1900's by the Bureau of Reclamation, relies on water. Water is also integral
to the natural resources of the basin. Because the Klamath Basin is often "water short"
there is considerable potential for and a history of conflict related to water within the
Klamath Basin. Resolving the Klamath prepared by the
Oregon Water Resources Department, presents an excellent summary of the resource,
social, and economic issues associated with water in the Klamath Basin.
Water and those resources dependent upon water within the Klamath Basin are the foci of
this Decision Support System (DSS). By sharing and integrating water and resource data
through this DSS, the hope is that the potential for future conflicts involving water can
be understood and resolved and the local community can make timely decisions affecting
their daily lives.