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Mail Tribune 100

Oct. 16, 1917

WORK OF DRAINING LOWER KLAMATH LAKE UNDER WAY

What is believed to have been the final wind-up of all necessary legal preparation for the reclamation of the marsh lands of the Lower Klamath lake has now been completed, and the lumber is now on the ground for the closing of the gates at the Klamath strait, which will eventually reclaim a tract of over 54,000 acres if the richest soil in this part of the state.

Lower Klamath lake is supplied with water from the Klamath river through the Klamath strait, and the installation of the gates at the Southern Pacific strait crossing will divert the water on down the river and reclaim the marshes.

The installation of the gates is a simple proposition, and could have been accomplished years ago except for legal complications which have handicapped in one way and another the directors of the Klamath drainage district, who have worked tirelessly to accomplish it. The Klamath drainage district tracts comprise about 20,600 acres of the marshes. There is also considerable government land there, in addition to a national bird reserve. The marsh land reclamation is one of the projects embraced in the United States reclamation project, and considerable work has been done by the service in the preparation of this move. There will be a charge of about $5.50 per acre against all the lands of the district for its drainage.

Although the final election of members of the drainage district does not come until the 31st of this month, the result is a foregone conclusion, and the gates are now being installed by the officials to stop the fall rains from flooding the lands, on which the water is unusually low.

It is claimed that the land which will eventually be reclaimed by this step will be capable of supporting as large a population as is now in Klamath county.