- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) - Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams has admitted to defying requests to stop pumping groundwater to irrigate his upper Basin farm and says he is fine with whatever consequence he’s faced with.

The Herald and News reports (https://is.gd/5YFmwQ) the case against Mallams has been referred to the Oregon Water Resources Department.

Mallams has a 150-acre farm in Beatty that is part of the Sycan River Drainage. Mallams is a junior water user, which means his water access can be downsized if a senior water right makes a claim to that water, which is what the Klamath Project did.

Mallams ignored water regulation orders in July and August and admitted the OWRD tried to serve him papers.

A department spokeswoman says penalties may be assessed for each day the violation continued.

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

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