Linda Poole

NCAT Regenerative Grazing Specialist
Are there any Western rivers left where there is enough water to provide reliably and fully for the health and security of people AND nature? Where there is sufficient water for maintaining the land, wildlife, fisheries, farmers, ranchers, and municipalities as they would like? Sadly, I don't know of one.

As we face these drier, hotter times, the gut wrenching story of water deficits and conflicts of the Klamath Basin is being repeated across the West. In this situation, answers are not easy, and the easy answers are rarely right. But there are paths to resilience and healing that can cut through the chaos and conflict. If you want to see how conflict can move toward consensus, find a quiet time to watch the series of statements by people who have worked toward positive change in the Klamath Basin:

In these video portraits, storyteller Nic Askew states:
Conflict is universal. I imagine each conflict to be reflective of all others, in the deepest of all respects.

We fight for something. And it is that something I hold a deep seated curiosity for.

The Klamath Conflict is notorious. A long running conflict over water. It is now my challenge to unravel what my camera has seen.

Learn more about the transformative consensus work of Bob Chadwick at or buy his book. It's money well spent as we learn to work together to create abundance in challenging times.

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