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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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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Simmons named Executive Director of KWUA

Simmons named Executive Director of KWUA

Klamath Falls, Ore. - The Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA) announced last night at their annual meeting, the selection of Paul Simmons as its new Executive Director. Simmons has worked for KWUA as its attorney for over two decades. The KWUA board of directors made its decision last week, after work by a committee that assisted the full board in the hiring effort.

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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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Local Stakeholders Announce Major Investments in Klamath Basin

Local Stakeholders Announce Major Investments in Klamath Basin

KLAMATH FALLS, OR – Oregon’s U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, joined by representatives from Klamath-area irrigation districts and tribes​, today announced significant investments in the Klamath Basin were included in the 2019 spending bills that recently were passed by Congress and signed by the president.

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Photo Story: Farm Expo Showcases Klamath Ag to Basin Fourth-Graders

Photo Story: Farm Expo Showcases Klamath Ag to Basin Fourth-Graders

550 Fourth grade students from all corners of the Klamath Basin attended the 2019 Farm Expo held Wednesday and Thursday at the Klamath County Event Center. Since the 1970’s, students have had an opportunity for hands on learning about many different aspects of Klamath Basin Agriculture, including; 4-H, FFA, potato farming, cattle ranching, goats, irrigation, timber, grain, hay, dairy, bees and many more.

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Amidst Uncertainty, Klamath Project Farmers Increase Water Delivery to Lower Klamath NWR

Amidst Uncertainty, Klamath Project Farmers Increase Water Delivery to Lower Klamath NWR

In the face of uncertainty about their own irrigation supplies this summer, farmers in the Klamath Project’s Tulelake Irrigation District are funding water deliveries to Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, a key breeding and feeding ground in the Pacific Flyway.

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KWUA Executive Director Scott White Resigning

KWUA Executive Director Scott White Resigning

Klamath Water Users Association Executive Director Scott White has notified the KWUA Board of Directors of his decision to resign from the position. Scott has performed in the job since February 2016 and guided the organization through difficult times.

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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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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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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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