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Integrating Climate Adaptation Planning and Watershed Assessments to Improve Community-Engaged Watershed Management: A Case Study from the Klamath Basin, Oregon

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Title Integrating Climate Adaptation Planning and Watershed Assessments to Improve Community-Engaged Watershed Management: A Case Study from the Klamath Basin, Oregon
Names Rosenthal, Ethan
Vynne, Stacy
Bierly, Ken
Fisk, Terry
Addington, Greg
Jackson, Nathan
Other Date 24-May-2011 (iso8601)
Note Presented at The Oregon Water Conference, May 24-25, 2011, Corvallis, OR.
Abstract The Klamath Basin is rich in history, culture, and biological diversity. Upper Klamath Lake is fed primarily by the Williamson and Sprague rivers. Below the lake’s outlet, the Klamath River begins a 263 mile journey, cutting through both the Cascade and Coast mountain ranges to the Pacific Ocean. The Basin drains 15,571 square miles and encompasses parts of three Oregon and five California counties. The Klamath Basin provides a habitat for numerous fish and wildlife species, energy generation for local communities, an irrigation source for the extensive agricultural systems, recreational opportunities for locals and visitors, and plays a strong role in the cultural traditions of many Native American communities living in the region. The Klamath Basin has faced ongoing catastrophic droughts, competition for water resources, and loss of key habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife. While major strides have been made to improve management and reduce competition over water resources, climate change will bring even greater stress with increased temperatures, loss of snowpack, and reduced stream flow. This panel will discuss how watershed partnerships, state agencies, and local stakeholders can use climate change adaptation assessment and watershed assessment processes to inform stakeholder discussions and management efforts in the region. Lessons learned from Klamath Basin efforts will be presented to demonstrate how local climate projections can be used in conjunction with watershed assessments to improve watershed management in other areas of the state and across the country.
Genre Presentation
Identifier http://hdl.handle.net/1957/22883

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