October Newsletter Fill the lake, For Everyone’s Sake Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA) has urged, and continues to urge, that the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) fill Upper Klamath Lake this fall and winter. We know this message is understood. We wait to see whether it will be acted upon. The reason for water storage is…

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Inglorious End to 2022 Klamath Project Operations the Interim Operations Plan The Klamath Project is designed to deliver water to over 200,000 acres of irrigated land. In a typical year, irrigation begins by April and continues through late October. A single year’s agricultural production from that land averages 840 million pounds of potatoes, enough cereal…

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KWUA August Newsletter

KWUA and the Klamath Tribes jointly oppose the extension of the Interim Operations Plan On July 22, the Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA) and the Klamath Tribes issued a joint letter, signed by Chairman Clayton Dumont, Jr., Klamath Tribes, and Ben DuVal, President KWUA, expressing their shared objection to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s (Reclamation)…

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KWUA Water Works, June 2022, Issue 34

INTERIM OPERATIONS PLAN: CAN’T EXPIRE  SOON ENOUGH In a ten-page letter to Ernest Conant, Regional Director for the  Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), Klamath Water Users  Association (KWUA) expressed its strong objection to the  potential extension of the Interim Operations Plan (IOP) that  was adopted for the Klamath Project in 2020. KWUA  Executive Director Paul Simmons…

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WaterWorks- April Newsletter

FAILED FEDERAL WATER POLICY WILL SHUT DOWN KLAMATH BASIN FOOD PRODUCTION FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR Reprint of KWUA April 11, 2022 Press Release The federal government announced [on April 11]today that it will deprive highly fertile farms and ranches in the Klamath Basin of irrigation water necessary to produce food this year. The decision…

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KWUA Water Works, March 2022, Issue 32

Photo of cows in a feed lot taken by Dayle Robinette

2022 Klamath Project Operations Plan to Be Released During the week of April 4, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) will issue its 2022 Operations Plan for the Klamath Project. The Operations Plan prescribes volumes of water that Reclamation determines will be available for irrigation and wildlife refuges and Klamath River flows during the “spring-summer”…

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KWUA Water Works, February 2022, Issue 31

KWUA logo with Klamath Basin sunset

DEFICIENCIES OF INTERIM OPERATIONS PLAN Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA) has prepared a  comprehensive description of the shortcomings of the  Interim Operations Plan (IOP) that currently drives Klamath  Project operations. Adopted in April of 2020, the IOP has  resulted in dramatic harm to agriculture and wildlife in both  2020 and 2021, with no corresponding benefit…

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KWUA Water Works: December 2021 Edition

THE YEAR IN REVIEW: ACUTE PAIN FOR FARMS, NO GAIN FOR FISH (AGAIN) The title of the lead article in the May 2021 edition of this newsletter was “Worst Day in the History of the Klamath Project.” That statement of fact applies for all of 2021, more powerfully now than it did then. In April,…

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KWUA Water Works, October, 2021

2021 KWUA Fall Harvest Tour

Klamath Water Users Association Hosts the 13th Annual Fall Harvest Tour By Chelsea ShearerThe annual highlight for me in my position at KWUA is the Fall Harvest Tour. We meet new people, show off the industry and ingenuity of the agricultural community, and help tour participants understand the marvels and challenges of agriculture and its…

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The New Shiny Object in the Klamath Basin: “Downsize” the Klamath Project,  Send Me and My Community Packing – That Will Fix It By: Tricia Hill Patience is a virtue.  For farmers, it is an occupational requirement.  As the days grow shorter, we spend our fall making decisions to protect plants we have not even…

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