NFWF Awards More Than $350,000 in Project Support to Benefit Endangered Fish in Upper Klamath Lake

NFWF Awards More Than $350,000 in Project Support to Benefit Endangered Fish in Upper Klamath Lake

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced $350,939 in funding to improve the health and water quality of Upper Klamath Lake in Oregon to benefit two federally protected species of sucker and other native fish.

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Upper Klamath Lake recreational use health advisory lifted

Upper Klamath Lake recreational use health advisory lifted

Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of cyanotoxins (harmful algae toxins) in Upper Klamath Lake are below recreational guideline values for human exposure. However, officials advise recreational visitors to be alert to signs of cyanobacterial (harmful algae) blooms, because blooms can develop and disappear on any lake through the season.

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12th Annual Fall Harvest Tour, October 2

12th Annual Fall Harvest Tour, October 2

Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA) announces its 12th annual Fall Harvest Tour on October 2, 2019.  This tour is a valuable opportunity for irrigation community members to see first-hand the impact agriculture has on our local and regional economy. The theme of the tour is “Stewardship and Technology.”  Tour participants will see and hear how new technology is integrated into operations to allow farmers and ranchers to enhance their long-time stewardship of the land and water.

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Lower Klamath Lake NWR to begin receiving water from Klamath Project

Lower Klamath Lake NWR to begin receiving water from Klamath Project

On September 4th, Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge began receiving 50 cubic feet per second (cfs) of Klamath Project Supply through Ady Canal, operated by Klamath Drainage District.  This delivery, on top of water already being provided, comes at a critical time for fall waterfowl migration, and has become available through extensive coordination and efforts by Klamath Project irrigators.

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KWUA to co-host public meeting on irrigation power cost reduction

KWUA to co-host public meeting on irrigation power cost reduction

Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA) announces a public meeting on irrigation power cost reduction actions, to be held Tuesday, September 10, from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM at Klamath Community College Conference Center, Building 7, 7390 S. Sixth Street.

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Merkley tours sucker recovery program

Merkley tours sucker recovery program

Senator Jeff Merkley visited Klamath Falls on Monday to tour the rearing ponds at Gone Fishing and the floating net pens on Upper Klamath Lake.  This was Merkley’s first visit to tour the facilities following his Sucker Recovery Event held last fall. Following the summit, Merkley secured $3 million in federal funding for an expansion of the project.

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Levee Breach on Lakeshore Drive

Levee Breach on Lakeshore Drive

A breach was discovered by a homeowner in a levee between Lakeshore Drive and Klamath Lake late Tuesday afternoon, June 4. Responders, volunteers, and homeowners worked to fill the large crater with sandbags, concluding operations just before dark.

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PacifiCorp and Tribes applaud dam removal agreement with Kiewit

PacifiCorp and Tribes applaud dam removal agreement with Kiewit

Portland, OR – PacifiCorp has entered into a site access agreement with Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. to allow the firm to conduct initial surveying and other work connected to planned removal of four dams on the Klamath River.

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Kiewit wins contract to remove Klamath River dams

Kiewit wins contract to remove Klamath River dams

Klamath Basin – Yesterday, the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) took a major step toward dam removal and creating a free-flowing Klamath River by entering into a dam removal design-build contract with construction firm Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. of Fairfield, California. The initial award authorizes $18.1 million in preliminary services, with a further award for project implementation work to follow once design is finalized.   

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Reclamation begins flood control operations on Upper Klamath Lake

Reclamation begins flood control operations on Upper Klamath Lake

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. The Bureau of Reclamation announced the beginning of flood control operations on the Upper Klamath Lake with increased releases continuing today. The public is urged to take all necessary precautions, including avoiding high-water areas, on or near the Link or Klamath rivers (including below Keno and J.C. Boyle dams) while flows are elevated.

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Lawsuits challenge new water plan

Lawsuits challenge new water plan

Irrigation water users in the Klamath Project will challenge the new federal rules restricting irrigation water supply for the Project. The plan, adopted by federal agencies on April 2, will be in effect for five years, and includes new rules and limitations based on the Endangered Species Act.

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Klamath Irrigators file suit against federal government to protect vested water rights

Klamath Irrigators file suit against federal government to protect vested water rights

Klamath Falls, Oregon — The Klamath Irrigation District, in consultation with the Klamath Water Users Association, filed a lawsuit in federal court to protect vested water rights of families, farmers, and ranchers of the Klamath Basin. The current Federal practice of allocating water across the Klamath Basin is inconsistent with the Reclamation Act of 1902, violates Oregon State Law, and denies due process afforded by the U.S. Constitution.

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Reclamation hosts public meeting on Klamath Basin water conditions and operational plans

Reclamation hosts public meeting on Klamath Basin water conditions and operational plans

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation, in coordination with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service, will hold a public meeting on 2019 Klamath Basin water conditions and operational plans on Friday, March 22.

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