The severe drought of 2001 in the Klamath Basin and shortage of water for irrigation presented a serious problem for the local farmers and ranchers. They protested the federal shutoff of irrigation water to the Klamath Reclamation Project. Protesters surrounded the headgate of the A-Canal in an effort to attract attention to the crisis. They opened the Canal’s headgate several times during the protests.
The newly formed Bucket Brigade proclaimed its mission to “promote individual and property rights that are vital to the safety, social and economic well-being of the United States.”
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