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Use and Abuse of Watersheds in Southern Oregon In southern Oregon watershed dynamics and use are significant to its surroundings as many issues and problems have come from misuse of streams rivers and lakes Upper Klamath Lake is one of the largest in the region and is the setting for the Upper Klamath Lake watershed There are many things to consider for this area as human interference and the surrounding conditions affect those downstream as well as the ecosystem and wildlife in the watershed itself It is because of the problems and issues in the area that makes it stick out more than most of the surrounding watersheds In it there are several threatened species as well as some that are even endangered Unregulated irrigation practices have caused problems for the surrounding ecosystem as well as surrounding farmers It is because of these factors that the Upper Klamath Lake watershed should be given more attention from the policymakers and state agencies in Oregon If these issues in question continue then the people wildlife and the land itself could face some truly serious problems that will not be able to be fixed The Upper Klamath Lake Watershed Southern Oregon is the home of the Klamath Basin which rests right above and a little bit below the California border It covers a great deal of land over 8000 square miles in Klamath County and is the home of the Upper Klamath Lake There are three river systems that contribute discharge to the lake including the Sprague Williamson and Wood Rivers Upper Klamath Lake itself is very shallow and covers a lot of land itself It takes up over 90000 acres with an average depth of only 79 feet Upper Klamath Lake watershed HUC 18010203 resides in the Klamath Basin along with eleven other cataloging units including the Williamson Sprague Lost Butte Upper Klamath Shasta Scott Lower Klamath Salmon Trinity and South Fork
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