Posts by Klamath Water User Association

KWUA Announces Projected Klamath Project Irrigation Allocation; Drought Response Agency Expects to Open Programs April 15

Klamath Water User Association

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 6, 2020 Contact Information: Paul Simmons, Executive Director (916)-769-6685 psimmons@somachlaw.com KWUA Announces Projected Klamath Project Irrigation Allocation;Drought Response Agency Expects to Open Programs April 15 In response to projected water supplies that may be less than half of typical Klamath Project demand, local water users have taken steps to incentivize management…

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Programs to Assist Klamath Basin Irrigators in Progress

Contact Information: Mark Johnson KWUA Deputy Director (541)883-6100 For Immediate Release March 30, 2020 USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has programs to assist growers planting cover crops on land that will not be irrigated in 2020, according to Klamath Water Users Association.  KWUA Deputy Director Mark Johnson said that applications are being taken now…

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Agreement Buys Time on New Klamath Project Ops Plan

Stipulation in Yurok Tribe’s Lawsuit Avoids Injunction Hearing and Risk March 30, 2020 For Immediate Release Contact: Paul Simmons, Executive Director  (916) 769-6685 psimmons@somachlaw.com A federal judge has approved a proposal to withdraw a legal action that could have potentially sent an additional 50,000 acre-feet (AF) of Upper Klamath Lake downstream, avoiding a potential “worst-case”…

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Supreme Court Review Requested in Water Takings Case

Contact Information: Tricia Hill (KWUA President) (541) 723-2600 For Immediate Release March 13, 2020 Producers in the Klamath Project have asked the United States Supreme Court to review decisions denying their claims that their water rights were illegally taken in 2001 under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The case, titled Baley v. United States, was…

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WaterWorks February 2020

2020 Water Year: Uncertainties Continue to Plague Klamath Agriculture As the 2020 growing season approaches, Klamath Project farmers and ranchers face an unreasonable set of uncertainties that affect their operations. KWUA’s dominant objective is to eliminate or reduce these challenges, but this year is unusually complicated. As always, there is the weather. Snowpack and rainfall…

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December 2019, Issue 10 Stranger Than Fiction: Consultant Discovers Error After Taking New Job, and Litigation Results Last month, the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) announced that it would re-initiate the process of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation for the Klamath Project.  The most recent ESA consultation produced an operations plan in April of this…

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