Merkley, Wyden Announce Final Passage of Provisions that will Help Klamath Basin Farmers

Merkley, Wyden Announce Final Passage of Provisions that will Help Klamath Basin Farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced final passage of the Water Resources Development Act, which includes drought relief language to assist Klamath Basin farmers who have been hard-hit by drought in recent years. The language is essential for the irrigators to effectively use $10 million in drought relief funds that the lawmakers secured in 2018.

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Walden Applauds Senate Passage of Klamath Drought Relief in Water Package

Walden Applauds Senate Passage of Klamath Drought Relief in Water Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today applauded the Senate passage of a landmark water package that includes funding he helped secure for drought relief for Klamath Basin irrigators. Walden included a provision in the Water Resources Development Act that authorizes $10 million annually for four years to the Bureau of Reclamation to implement needed drought relief measures for the $181 million dollar agriculture economy in the Klamath Basin. That measure passed the House of Representatives in September with Walden’s support.

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Critical Klamath Project Relief Legislation Passes

Critical Klamath Project Relief Legislation Passes

Klamath Falls, OR – Today [10/10/18], the United States Senate voted 99-1 to pass the America’s Water and Infrastructure Act of 2018 (AWIA), which includes provisions that are vital to Klamath Project water users. The bill (S. 3021) passed in the House of Representatives by unanimous vote on September 13th and now will be sent to the President for his signature.

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Harvest Tour Showcases Klamath Ag

Harvest Tour Showcases Klamath Ag

On Thursday, September 27, 2018, the Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA) held their 11th Annual Fall Harvest Tour that included stops at; Gone Fishing, Klamath Project FF pumping station, Skyline Brewing, a horseradish field & processing shed, a mint harvest and Wong’s Potatoes.

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Walden Secures Drought Relief for Klamath Basin in Upcoming Legislation

Walden Secures Drought Relief for Klamath Basin in Upcoming Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today announced that he has secured drought relief for Klamath Basin irrigators in legislation that the House of Representatives will consider this week.  Walden included a provision in the Water Resources Development Act that authorizes $10 million annually for four years to the Bureau of Reclamation to implement needed drought relief measures for the $181 million dollar agriculture economy in the Klamath Basin.

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Tuning into Klamath Basin suckers

Tuning into Klamath Basin suckers

Chris Derrickson tilts his head slightly, listening to the faint bird-like ‘chirping’ sound through his earphones while standing in a slowly moving boat. He concentrates on a digital scanner as the chirp grows stronger, closing in on his target. But rather than look to the sky for a bird, Derrickson leans over, peering into the murky waters of Upper Klamath Lake.

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Judge Sides with Defendants in Klamath ESA Litigation

Judge Sides with Defendants in Klamath ESA Litigation

Klamath Falls, OR – Yesterday, a federal district court judge for the northern district of California denied a motion for preliminary injunction brought by the Klamath Tribes. The tribe’s request for preliminary injunction asked for higher lake levels in Upper Klamath Lake until a new ESA consultation is complete for two species of suckers that are listed as endangered. The preliminary injunction would have required an immediate halt to irrigation water deliveries in the Klamath Project.

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Judge Orrick denies Motion by Klamath Tribes, Orders Venue Moved to Oregon

Judge Orrick denies Motion by Klamath Tribes, Orders Venue Moved to Oregon

Judge William H. Orrick deny's a motion filed by the Klamath Tribes for preliminary injunction to protect sucker fish of Upper Klamath Lake. Orrick also orders a transfer of venue to a Federal Court in Oregon. At this time, it is unclear which Oregon Federal Court will receive the case. 

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US District Court Hearing Klamath Tribes vs Bureau of Reclamation [Full Video]

US District Court Hearing Klamath Tribes vs Bureau of Reclamation  [Full Video]

The Klamath Tribes sued federal agencies (Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service) alleging violations of the Endangered Species Act and seeking the imposition of “immediate, emergency measures” to protect two endangered sucker fish species in the Upper Klamath Lake.  

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Judge Does not Rule, Farmers and Ranchers Continue to Irrigate

Judge Does not Rule, Farmers and Ranchers Continue to Irrigate

This morning, Judge William Orrick of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California heard oral arguments in the lawsuit filed by the Klamath Tribes against the Bureau of Reclamation, seeking a preliminary injunction that would require immediate shut-off of Klamath Project water deliveries.

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20 Conservation and Agriculture Groups Send Letter to Zinke About Klamath Basin Wildlife Impact

20 Conservation and Agriculture Groups Send Letter to Zinke About Klamath Basin Wildlife Impact

Klamath Falls, Ore. — A coalition of California and Oregon conservation and agricultural groups – including the Family Farm Alliance - today sent a letter to U.S. Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke outlining concerns with recent litigation that seeks a preliminary injunction to stop all Klamath Irrigation Project diversions immediately and hold that water in Upper Klamath Lake (UKL).  

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KRRC Files for Comprehensive Plan for Removal of Four Hydroelectric Dams on the Klamath River

KRRC Files for Comprehensive Plan for Removal of Four Hydroelectric Dams on the Klamath River

KLAMATH RIVER REGION – The Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) announced today it has filed its “Definite Plan for the Lower Klamath Project” with the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission (FERC) for the proposed removal of four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River – J.C. Boyle, Copco No. 1, Copco No. 2, and Iron Gate….

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Water Users Fight Back in Klamath Project Shut-Off Litigation

Water Users Fight Back in Klamath Project Shut-Off Litigation

Klamath Falls, OR – Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA) yesterday filed its objections to the Klamath Tribes’ request for a court order that would immediately shut off Klamath Project irrigation water in order to maintain higher Upper Klamath Lake elevations for endangered suckers.

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Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document for Proposed Water Acquisition Activities

Reclamation Releases Draft Environmental Document for Proposed Water Acquisition Activities

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to disclose potential environmental effects and solicit public comment associated with Reclamation’s proposed water acquisition for National Wildlife Refuges within the Klamath Basin Refuge Complex.

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Reclamation Releases 2018 Klamath Project Operations and Drought Plans

Reclamation Releases 2018 Klamath Project Operations and Drought Plans

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation has released two plans for 2018 operations of the Klamath Project. The Operations and Drought plans are based on current reservoir storage and anticipated hydrologic conditions based on the June 1 Natural Resources Conservation Service inflow forecast.

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Merkley Announces Infrastructure Funding in Interior Appropriations Bill, Includes Elements for Klamath Basin

Merkley Announces Infrastructure Funding in Interior Appropriations Bill, Includes Elements for Klamath Basin

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley today announced that key provisions that will help Oregon’s rural communities are included in the U.S. Department of Interior Appropriations bill.

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Water Users Say Klamath Tribes Suit is in Wrong Court

Water Users Say Klamath Tribes Suit is in Wrong Court

Klamath Falls, OR - Klamath Water Users Association has told the federal District Court in San Francisco that the lawsuit filed by the Klamath Tribes seeking higher Upper Klamath Lake levels must be dismissed. In a motion filed on June 6, KWUA and Sunnyside Irrigation District and Ben DuVal, who have intervened, say that the San Francisco Court is not a proper venue under the law.

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Klamath Tribes Actions Will Hurt Basin, Fish Benefits Unlikely

Klamath Tribes Actions Will Hurt Basin, Fish Benefits Unlikely

Klamath Falls, OR – Yesterday, the Klamath Tribes filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Reclamation. under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), alleging that further protection is needed for endangered species in Upper Klamath Lake, the Lost River sucker and shortnose sucker. In the complaint, filed in the United States District Court, Northern District of California, in San Francisco. The Tribes ask for re- initiation of ESA consultation, and operations that result in higher lake levels until consultation is complete.

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Klamath Tribes File Lawsuit to Keep Endangered Fish From Extinction

Klamath Tribes File Lawsuit to Keep Endangered Fish From Extinction

Chiloquin, OR – The Klamath Tribes today filed a lawsuit under the federal Endangered Species Act to protect endangered C’waam and Koptu (Lost River and Shortnose suckers, respectively) through better management of water levels, water quality and habitat protection in Upper Klamath Lake.

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