Season 4, Episode 4 - Ben DuVal & Paul Simmons

Season 4, Episode 4 - Ben DuVal & Paul Simmons

Paul Simmons and Ben DuVal of the Klamath Water Users Association are our guests on Season 4, Episode 4 of Ask Klamath. In this episode of Ask Klamath we discuss the current status of irrigation water in the Klamath Basin, future projects of the KWUA and take your questions live.

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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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BOR Requests Comments on Klamath Project Draft Environmental Assessment

BOR Requests Comments on Klamath Project Draft Environmental Assessment

Klamath Falls, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation invites public review and comment on a draft Environmental Assessment titled, Implementation of Klamath Project Operating Procedures 2019-2024. The draft evaluates the proposed action for the Biological Assessment that was transmitted to the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Dec.21, 2018, as modified on Feb. 15, 2019.

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BOR Names Ernest A. Conant Mid-Pacific Regional Director

BOR Names Ernest A. Conant Mid-Pacific Regional Director

WASHINGTON – Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman today named Ernest A. Conant director of the Mid-Pacific Region. Conant has nearly 40 years of water law experience and previously served as senior partner of Young Wooldridge, LLP.

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Reclamation Finalizes Klamath Project Biological Assessment

Reclamation Finalizes Klamath Project Biological Assessment

Klamath Falls, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation completed the Final Biological Assessment on “The Effects of the Proposed Action to Operate the Klamath Project from April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2029 on Federally-Listed Threatened and Endangered Species.” The document was submitted Dec. 21, 2018 to the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Merkley Hosts Science Summit to Identify Solutions for Suckers [VIDEO]

Merkley Hosts Science Summit to Identify Solutions for Suckers [VIDEO]

KLAMATH FALLS, OR – Oregon’s U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley on Friday hosted a science summit, the Sucker Recovery Summit, to share updates on the health of the species and to discuss possible short-term options to help the Lost River (C'waam) and shortnose (Koptu) suckers survive until long-term solutions take effect.

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Greg Walden applauds signing of water bill that includes drought relief for Klamath farmers

Greg Walden applauds signing of water bill that includes drought relief for Klamath farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) attended a ceremony at the White House today for the signing of a landmark water package that includes drought relief for farmers in the Klamath Basin. Walden secured a key provision in the America’s Water Infrastructure Act, which President Trump signed into law today, that authorizes $10 million annually for four years to the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) to implement needed drought relief measures for the agriculture community in the Klamath Basin.

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Building Strong Leaders

Building Strong Leaders

Mazama High School FBLA students pilot group of Leadership Klamath Youth program

“I’ve got a question for you guys,” rancher Jason Chapman said as 12 Mazama High School students looked around his Poe Valley ranch.

“What percentage of the U.S. population is involved in agriculture?”

The students, who had spent the morning learning about agriculture in the Klamath Basin, responded thoughtfully. “Eighteen?” “Twelve?” But they weren’t even close.

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Drought Relief Funding Applications, Workshops

Drought Relief Funding Applications, Workshops

In March of this year, the Omnibus Bill was signed and included Drought Relief Funding for groundwater pumping and land idling. Klamath Project farmers who completed these tasks during the 2018 irrigation season may be eligible for the funding. Applications are now being accepted starting today through November 9, 2018

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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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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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