The Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement was an epic water-sharing pact between irrigators, ranchers, dam owners and tribal fishermen along the Klamath River. It was only made possible by wrenching negotiations between ranchers and the Yurok, Karuk and Klamath tribes. It appeared that, against all odds, the disparate parties in Oregon’s Klamath Basin had united to repair the damage done by an extended drought and outmoded dams.

But then Congress failed to implement it, and helped set the stage for the lunacy currently unfolding in Burns.