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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representatives Wally Herger and Greg Walden, in a joint press release, announced that President Bush has appointed Debra Crisp to the Klamath River Compact Commission.

Crisp, a resident of Merrill, Ore., has been the Executive Director of the Tulelake Growers Association since 1993.

“We applaud President Bush for appointing Deb Crisp as the Chairperson to the Klamath River Compact Commission,” Herger and Walden said in a joint statement.

“Deb is intimately familiar with the challenges faced by farmers, ranchers and community members in the Klamath River Basin and has worked hard to develop common-sense solutions to them. She brings tremendous experience and leadership to the Commission and understands that all involved are seeking solutions for certainty — the certainty of water for farmers, certainty of fish for tribes and fishermen, and economic certainty for the communities. We expect she will do a great job.”

The Klamath River Compact was ratified by the states of Oregon and California and consented to by the United States Congress in 1957.

The Compact Commission consists of one federal representative, one representative from the State of California, and one representative from the State of Oregon.

In her capacity as chair, Crisp will serve as the federal representative on the commission. She will direct the Commission in facilitating and promoting the integrated and comprehensive development, use, conservation and control of the water of the Klamath River Basin for domestic purposes, irrigation, protection of fish and wildlife, recreational usage, industrial purpose, including hydroelectric power production, and the use and control of the water for navigation and flood prevention.

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