David N. Kennedy (1936-2007) was at the helm as the director of
the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) for 15 years,
the longest serving director to date, and a champion of the State
Water Project (SWP).
On the Klamath River, the Upper Klamath Basin’s aquatic
ecosystems are naturally very productive due to its
However, this high productivity makes the Basin’s lakes
vulnerable to water quality problems.
Nutrient loads in the Upper Klamath Basin are a primary driver of
water quality problems along the length of the Klamath River,
including algal blooms in the Klamath Hydroelectric Project
reservoirs. Municipal and industrial discharges of wastewater in
the Klamath Falls area add to the nutrient load.
The Klamath River Basin is one of the West’s most important and
The watershed, which bisects California and Oregon, is unusual.
Unlike many major western rivers, the Klamath does not originate
in snowcapped mountains but rather a high desert plateau. It’s
considered an “upside-down river” because of its unusual
Lois Krieger (1917–2014) was one of
the true pioneers of the California water world. She was the
first woman elected chair of the Metropolitan Water District of
Southern California’s board of directors, the first female
president of the Association of California Water Agencies and a
long-time champion of the wise development and use of water in