Grants Pass, OR -

A task force working on an agreement for sharing scarce water in the Klamath Basin is not done with its work, and is likely to need a few more weeks.

Participants report progress on the issues of securing low-cost power for irrigators and lowering the overall costs to be considered by Congress. But the thorniest issue -- finding ways to assure irrigation water for cattle ranchers in the upper basin while providing for protected fish sacred to the Klamath Tribes -- is proving the toughest.

The task force is to meet again Thursday in Klamath Falls.

It was created by the governor and members of Congress to look for solutions after drought and newly recognized water rights for the tribes forced irrigation shutoffs to ranchers on the tribes' former reservation.