Reconnect Klamath focuses on the shared values of our communities. In order to thrive, we must reconnect our ecologies, cultures, and economies from the mouth of the Klamath River to its headwaters in the cascades. This includes the equitable sharing of water resources, community led efforts to manage forests and wildfire, and developing our growing restoration economy.
One Basin, One Community
Klamath Basin farming, ranching, and Tribal communities remain burdened by water disputes, high unemployment, and artificial political boundaries. We support efforts by the Klamath’s diverse rural communities to collaborate and communicate on solutions to common problems. If we are to survive and thrive into the future, we have to do it together.
Clean Water is Good for Business
Whether you are a fishermen, a farmer, or outfitter, good water quality is key to your livelihood. The Klamath River suffers from poor water quality that too often leads to regulatory burdens for farmers and ranchers. That’s why Reconnect Klamath promotes cooperative efforts led by Tribes, local governments, non-profits, and irrigation districts to improve water quality through wetland restoration and irrigation modernization.
The Klamath once hosted prolific runs of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and lamprey. The Upper Basin is home to lakes with endemic species of suckers and rivers that were once world-famous trout fisheries. We support community efforts to restore habitat that in turn will support Tribal fisheries, commercial ocean fisheries, and a local recreational economy by keeping more water, and cleaner water, in the river system.
Wildlife that depend on the Klamath Refuges also need water to survive. Reconnect Klamath promotes a basin-wide view to allocating limited water resources to support migratory bird populations, native fish, and other wildlife.