Conference Organized by PERC
Klamath Falls, Oregon
June 8, 2004
The Klamath Basin conflict between endangered fish and farmers stems from a failure to establish who actually owns the water. The establishment and clarification of ownership rights may help resolve matters. The Property and Environment Research Center hosted a June 8 conference in Klamath Falls to address these issues.
I . Solutions for the Klamath Basin
by Jane S. Shaw
We used to hear the expression Let George do it to describe the very human tendency to leave the solution of a problem to someone else. Today, we tend to let the federal government be George. ... But decades of government intervention have shown that the federal government isnt up to the task.
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II. Property Rights for Klamath Water
by James L. Huffman, J.D.
The problem we face in the Klamath Basin, as in every environmental controversy, is the allocation of scarce resources. We have a limited supply of water, but potential uses for that water exceed the available supply. This issue is crucial not only for those associated with the Basin, but also for the world at large.
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