Podcast: A drying lake in Oregon attracts the far right
Members of a fringe right-wing group erected a circus tent adorned with US flags in the countryside next to gates that stop the flow of water from Upper Klamath Lake into the irrigation channels for farmland. They threaten to open the gates.
Today, in episode 2 of our Drought Week series, we're heading to Upper Klamath Lake in southern Oregon. With water scarcity becoming a permanent part of life in the American West, battles have been brewing everywhere over what little is left. Even in long green areas like Beaver State.
We will speak to L.A. Times reporter Anita Chabria and Don Gentry, chairman of the Klamath tribes. The tribes get the first right to the water of Upper Klamath Lake, which they use to preserve a fish that is important to their culture. But the farmers are angry because they won't get any water this year. Now members of the extreme right are coming to take advantage of the tensions.
After this story, stay close and hear Nick Itkin talk about how he got into fencing and represented the United States in the Tokyo Olympics.
Host: Gustavo Arellano
Guests: L.A. Times Northern California reporter Anita Chabria, Klamath Tribes Chairman Don Gentry and fencer Nick Itkin
Racism, drought and history: young Indians fight back as the water disappears
Water crisis reaches boiling point on the Oregon-California route
As the drought hits California and Oregon, Klamath farmers are growing fish to quell a water war
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This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.
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