As Klamath Project irrigators brace for a year with little to no water, farm groups are calling for additional funding to help communities weather the extreme drought and avoid economic devastation.
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The Klamath Water Users Association filed a motion April 19 to reopen a lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, seeking clarity on legal issues that will affect future irrigation water availability in the Klamath Project.
Oregon regulators have approved lower electric rates for Pacific Power customers in 2021, thanks in part to cheaper fuel costs and tax credits from investments in wind and solar energy, according to the utility.
Klamath farmers are planning a rally and tractor convoy May 29 to raise awareness of the ongoing water crisis. The planned two-hour convoy will start at 10 a.m., winding through the extensive project area and back down Main Street in Klamath Falls.
Klamath Project water users on Sunday and Monday staged a protest at the Link River Dam, demanding that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation follow Oregon water law in managing water from the Upper Klamath Lake.
The Klamath Water Users Association estimates the Klamath Project will receive approximately 140,000 acre-feet of water from Upper Klamath Lake, compared to 325,000 acre-feet in 2019.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has issued a new three-year operating plan for the Klamath River, dedicating more water for endangered salmon while avoiding a "worst case scenario" for farmers and ranchers.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation expects to finish a report by Thanksgiving taking aim at skyrocketing power costs for farmers and ranchers in the Klamath Basin.