- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) - State officials have denied allegations in a petition filed by Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams contesting an irrigation shut-off notice.

The Herald and News reports (https://is.gd/bAdUhd ) the Oregon Water Resources Department filed its response Friday, claiming that Mallams doesn’t have legal grounds to support his call for a judgment against the notice.

Mallams had asked for judicial review of the shut-off notices on Aug. 31. The notices issued by the department in July and August ordered Mallams to stop pumping groundwater to irrigate his upper Basin farm.

Other water users in the Upper Klamath Basin were also given orders after the Klamath Project made a claim to the water based on its priority water right.

Mallams says his water permit supersedes claims of the Klamath Project, which the department denies.

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Information from: Herald and News, https://www.heraldandnews.com

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