With the lack of congressional action threatening to void the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, all 42 agencies that originally signed the pact have agreed to a two-year extension.
The agreement would have ended Monday without all the agencies — irrigation districts, Indian tribes, fishermen, conservation groups and government officials — signing the extension.
Congress needed to pass legislation that would implement certain parts of the agreement — such as salmon restoration programs and water-use agreements — that would ensure water for farmers as well as Klamath River flows to benefit endangered salmon.
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