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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

President Obama's 2011 budget plan includes $30 million for for continuing conservation and restoration programs in the Klamath River Basin.

But the plan also makes cuts to Bureau of Land Management projects, and Sen. Jeff Merkley says he'll be fighting to get more funding for these projects.

"The timing of this (Klamath) funding is key to ensuring that the restoration efforts provide maximum benefits for our farmers, communities and ecosystems," said Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. "This money will help farmers who have critical water needs in what is forecasted to be a very dry year. But while the president's budget provides valuable funding ... there is room for improvement."

The proposed budget includes a significant cut to the Bureau of Land Management's conservation projects on federal lands in Oregon and California that used to be the property of railroads in western Oregon.

Read the full story at the Statesman Journal.

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