Cattle ranchers and hay farmers are caught up in a water supply fight with American Indians, farmers and environmentalists in the Klamath Basin.
"Cattle numbers are down, and the country's drying up," he said. "My family's been there since the 1890s, and this is the first year we've been shut off. This isn't about drought. It's about politics.
"It's been estimated that with the diminished value of lands, the economic hit will be up to $500 million from this," said Nicholson, adding he spoke to one implement dealer in Klamath Falls whose seen his sales cut in half. "It's just the same as shutting down several big factories."
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