Cy Phillips, citizen scientist

Cy Phillips, citizen scientist

Driving south along Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway on the western edge of Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge, 77-year-old Cy Phillips scans the landscape on a cold, cloudy March morning. He is looking for an old oak tree blown down during a recent storm.

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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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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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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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Lava Beds to host living history event

Lava Beds to host living history event

Tulelake, California— History will come alive on Saturday, May 11th, during the Lava Bed National Monument's annual Timeline Living History event.

This very special event highlights the storied history of the Tule Lake Basin.

Groups of local volunteers, including the Cascade Civil War Society and the Mount Mazama Mountain Men, will join National Park Service staff and other volunteers in portraying different time periods from the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Klamath Basin refuges accepting cooperative farming proposals

Klamath Basin refuges accepting cooperative farming proposals

Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex is seeking to contract with local producers for cooperative farming privileges on 3,501 acres at Lower Klamath NWR and 460 acres at Tule Lake NWR. All growers are welcome to apply and contracts are for crop share, meaning the resulting crop is shared by the cooperator and the refuge. Growers are responsible for all growing costs, and the refuge provides land.  

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Tule Lake National Monument Designated

Tule Lake National Monument Designated

Tulelake, Calif. — The National Park Service announces the redesignation of the Tule Lake Unit of WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument to the Tule Lake National Monument. This provision was passed as part of the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act (formerly known as the Natural Resources Management Act) which passed both houses of Congress in February and was signed into law on March 12, 2019 by President Donald Trump.

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Department of the Interior celebrates recover of the Gray Wolf with proposal to return management to states, tribes

Department of the Interior celebrates recover of the Gray Wolf with proposal to return management to states, tribes

The gray wolf, an iconic species of the American West, had all but disappeared from landscape in the lower 48 states by the early 20th century. Now it roams free in nine states and is stable and healthy throughout its current range. This constitutes one of the greatest comebacks for an animal in U.S. conservation history. Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is re-affirming the success of this recovery with a proposal to remove all gray wolves from protection under Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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Local Engineering Firm Enjoys Seamless Leadership Transitions

Local Engineering Firm Enjoys Seamless Leadership Transitions

Klamath Falls, Oregon – Anders Rasmussen, PE, has been named the Klamath Falls Office Principal of SHN, a consulting firm offering engineering, environmental, geology, planning, and surveying services.  He takes over from Steve Donovan, who has moved out of the region. 

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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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