Water for Life was founded in 1990 by farmers and ranchers in Oregon's Klamath Basin to represent agricultural water users' concerns in legislative, legal and agency proceedings. As water issues and concerns began gaining more attention, the organization undertook the creation of a pro-agriculture group with the single-minded purpose of defending and promoting agricultural water rights. Their vision was of an organization devoted specifically to agricultural water issues and to approaching them from a producer perspective. Today, Water for Life, Inc is a growing organization that continues to uphold the founders' original intentions in fulfilling the role of advocate for the agricultural water user community. Over the years, many committed individuals, businesses and groups have helped Water for Life, Inc grow into an organization of influence, recognized for its high standards of excellence and professionalism. Our mission remains strongly focused on protecting agricultural water rights as private property rights in the context of environmental stewardship. Water for Life, Inc is a 501 ( c ) ( 6 ) non-profit organization that is funded by dedicated membership of charitable corporate, individual and associate donations. Many, but not all, of our members hold agricultural water rights, and represent a wide spectrum of commodity groups, including beef cattle, dairy cattle, hay, nurseries, potatoes, cranberries, onions, wheat, sheep and others. Members receive our quarterly newsletter and informational updates in addition to effective representation on water issues. Most importantly, our members are playing an active, integral role in protecting their water rights. Education: Water for Life seeks to educate the public and particularly the agricultural community on the development of administrative rules, legislation and policy affecting water right holders. Our staff and directors participate in various meetings, proceedings and events to inform people of the important role irrigated agriculture plays in the community and our economy as a whole.