October 2020 WaterWorks

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Bryce Crawford – Potato Harvest at Sunrise

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Or you can read the October 2020 KWUA Newsletter in PDF format.

A Need for Perspective on C. shasta and the Klamath Project

By Mark Johnson, KWUA Deputy Director

Over the past 20 years, diversion of water for Klamath Project (Project) irrigation and wildlife refuge purposes has been regulated and curtailed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). A longstanding concern for the agricultural community has been that the Klamath Project is perceived as a knob that can be turned to “ do something” for ESAlisted species, and therefore that knob is turned. That approach is unfair and legally questionable. It is also of very questionable benefit to ESA listed species.

Recently, Ceratanova shasta ( C. shasta ) has become a significant regulatory justification for regulation of Project water supply; specifically, C. shasta management or mitigation has been the reason for sending additional volumes of water down the Klamath River. Based on what we know today, this approach is an extreme application of the paradigm of regulating the Project “ because you can, and regardless of whether regulating the Project will solve the problem. In 2020, the impacts were severe.

What is C. shasta and How Does it Get There?

C. shasta is a microscopic parasite of salmon. If a salmon ingests a sufficient amount of C. shasta spores, it can develop a gastrointestinal illness that can be fatal, with mortality of juvenile salmon being a dominant concern. is native to the Klamath River and other rivers, including the Williamson, Deschutes, and others. Spore concentrations in the Klamath River typically increase, and can reach levels of concern during the mid-May to June period.

The parasite has a complex life cycle that requires both salmonid and polychaete worm hosts to perpetuate the organism. The Klamath River provides nutrient-rich water and stable flows allowing the polychaete host to thrive in river substrates.

The stretch of the river of dominate concern is immediately downstream of Iron Gate Dam. Many parties assert that Iron Gate, and other hydropower dams (none of which are part of the Project), have resulted in dramatic increases in C. shasta concentrations because they have blocked flows of sediment that would otherwise disrupt the parasite host and life cycle. Another factor contributing to the problem is the timing of hatchery releases. Current Iron Gate hatchery practices seek to reduce natural and hatchery juvenile interaction by releasing hatchery fish after the majority of the natural salmon have vacated the area. As a result, hatchery fish are often exposed to high spore concentrations and elevated infection rates. Unfortunately, this enables the parasite to perpetuate its life cycle.

Chinook salmon with Cerato-myxa shasta infection. Photo by US Fish & Wildlife, 2009

There are three main genotypes of the C. shasta parasite that individually affect different salmonid species. Genotype I affects Chinook salmon, genotype II affects coho salmon, and genotype III affects steelhead and resident trout.

C. shasta Effects on Listed Species

The historic ESA-based justifications for requiring increased Klamath River flows pertain to coho salmon, which are listed as threatened under the ESA. However, the genotype of C. shasta that affects coho salmon (genotype II) has rarely reached concentrations of concern, and the majority of coho salmon out-migrate before spore levels begin to increase in the spring. Thus, currently, it is not ESA-listed coho salmon populations that are the driving factor for C. shasta-based regulation of Project water supplies.

Genotype II, which causes mortality in Chinook salmon, contributes the vast majority of the spores to the system. Chinook are not an ESA-listed species. However, for the first time in 2019, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) posited that ESA-based regulation of the Project is justified based on a species of whale: the southern resident distinct population segment of the killer whale, which is listed as endangered under the ESA. Klamath Chinook constitute a portion of the diet of the endangered killer whale and are at the bottom of the top ten priority Chinook stocks list for the killer whale. Thus, in essence, the Project is now tasked with saving whales via management of microscopic worms and a parasite of fish (Chinook) whose populations are affected by a myriad of in-river and in-ocean conditions and factors that are unrelated to the Klamath Project, based on that fish being a minute portion of the diet of an endangered whale species.

Understanding the Nature and Scope of the Problem for Chinook / Killer Whales

Chinook salmon with Cerato-myxa shasta infection. Photo by US Fish & Wildlife, 2009

Oregon State University (OSU) researchers conduct sentinel trials that expose juvenile hatchery Chinook and coho salmon to the Klamath River conditions at several index sites for 72 hours and then monitor the disease progression for approximately two months. These trials provide insight on the impacts to the salmon that are residing or out-migrating to the ocean during these exposure periods. Also, researchers collect juvenile Chinook and coho in screw traps for “prevalence of infection testing” or to determine “how many are sick.” They also collect weekly water samples at these index sites testing for C. shasta spores.

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In 2014 and 2015, it was reported that sampled out-migrating juvenile Chinook exhibited 80-90 percent infection rates. If not put in context, this information can be very misleading. First, sampling for infection generally does not occur at times of the year (late winter–early spring) when spore concentrations have not become elevated. Large numbers of juvenile Chinook emigrate before sampling takes place. Thus, in 2014, the percentage of total juveniles that incurred infection was 41 percent, and in 2015, it was 15 percent, based on U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) modeling. Second, infection does not equate to mortality. According to the OSU disease monitoring website, Iron Gate Hatchery Chinook exposed May 18-22 at the Beaver Creek index site experienced a 12.5 percent mortality rate over the course of the trial. The prevalence of infection during the exposure period was 84 percent for sampled Chinook, several miles downstream at the Kinsman Trap. The Iron Gate coho salmon incurred a 12.5 percent mortality at the Beaver Creek site during the May and June trials.

Costly Water Management Practices Imposed on the Project

Current Project water management practices call for annual “flushing” flows in the spring, with a goal of disturbing and disrupting spore production by the intermediate polychaete worm parasite-host which occupies rocks and sediments. Flushing is to occur even in years that it would not have occurred in natural conditions, using water stored in Upper Klamath Lake. In 2019, a flushing event utilized an amount equal to 20 percent of the Klamath Project supply for the year, over a 5-day period. Illustrating the uncertain nature of these measures, several weeks later, OSU water sampling indicated C. shasta spore concentrations were ten times higher than prior to this flow event.

Perspective is Sorely Needed

KWUA does not minimize the significance of the C. shasta problem. Salmon are an extremely important species for tribes and commercial and sport fisheries. But the ESA-based regulation of the Project cannot realistically be justified by salmon concerns. The parasite is having minimal, if any, effect on coho salmon, and Chinook salmon are not listed under the ESA. And, KWUA believes, only an extremely attenuated logic could support that the Project is having a negative effect on killer whale populations that will somehow, and appropriately, be re-dressed by imposing major water shortage on the Project. KWUA desires that fisheries and communities thrive. But constructive problem-solving must begin with a realistic understanding of facts, not a predisposition and preference for curtailing critical water supplies for farms and wildlife.

Fall Harvest “Tour” Through My Lens

By Chelsea Shearer, KWUA Executive Assistant

Chelsea Shearer, KWUA Photog At Large

2020 has proven to be a challenging year for everyone. It has affected our community as a whole, KWUA ’ s members, and the activities of KWUA. Harvest time in the Basin is my favorite time of the year, and it so happens that is also when we host KWUA ’ s Fall Harvest Tour. For the last eight years, I have had the pleasure to be able to host, coordinate with members, and execute KWUA ’ s yearly events. This year however was different, thanks to COVID19. Much like the water situation in the Basin, regulations forced upon our community made it impossible for KWUA to plan and host the events that showcase Basin agriculture.

I thought about doing a virtual tour, but let’s face it, no one wants to stare at a computer screen any longer than needed.

We thought about doing a scaled down tour conformed to the guidelines; but we would have turned down too many people, and diminished the event. In the end, staff and I decided we would postpone the tour as a whole.

Nonetheless, I want to share a different kind of Fall Harvest Tour, 2020 “through the eyes of others.”

Last week, we learned that a small group of California State Future Farmers of America (FFA) Officers were touring a few places in the Basin. Naturally, I volunteered to tagalong, to take pictures and bring some sort of harvest to the community. Many of you know that photography is my passion; when you’ve seen a random Honda or (and now) BMW sitting on a ditch bank, or pulled over on the side of the road with a big lens pointed at you, have no worry, it’s just me. I hope you enjoy this photo story, and a thank you to Mat Trotman of BaleyTrotman Farms, Marc Staunton with CalOre Produce, and Scott Seus with Seus Family Farms for allowing me to join them on this day.

Potatoes, mint, horseradish, garlic, and onions are staple crops in the Klamath Basin. Of course, there are many others, but on this perfect October day I had the pleasure of touring these particular crops.

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Baley-Trotman’s solar panels

The morning started by driving into the Trotman’s potato field, formally introducing my new car to a layer of Klamath Basin dust. Taking the wrong turn, I ended up on the ditch bank and had to ease her down the embankment to the field. It’s all good, she wasn’t nervous, but I was, although I knew Mat would pull me out if I got stuck. Did I mention that I had a news reporter named Alex along, who had never seen a Basin harvest? While I listened to Mat and Alex talk about this year ’ s harvest, the steps that BaleyTrotman Farms took to ensure they had a workable amount of water, and how they dealt with COVID19, the harvesters were in full swing of digging.

Mat also led us to the potato shed to check out the farm s solar panels that were installed to help become more energy efficient, and save some money off the bottom line as potato sheds use energy to keep the air circulation and temperature controlled. We also took a peek into the potato shed as they were filling it; Alex and Mat climbed to the top of the heap and “surfed” down.

We also met up with Marc Staunton and a group of California State FFA officers along with some members of the Tulelake FFA program. FFA is a dynamic youth organization that prepares its members with leadership skills, personal growth, and career success through agriculture education.

Marc Staunton & FFA Kids
Marc Staunton with FFA Group

Marc discussed the process of CalOre’s processing plant and spoke to the different practices of fresh market versus chipping potatoes, and conventional versus organic practices. These FFA officers had not seen a packaging plant before and had many questions that Marc handled like a champ. It was heartwarming to me to witness these young future farmers ask the “ questions ” right that will ultimately broaden their understanding about ag from the ground to the dinner plate. Their enthusiasm for knowledge will carry forward to the next generation of families and businesses.

Scott and Spencer Seus
Scott and Spencer Seus

After CalOre Produce, we continued on with the FFA group to meet Scott and Spencer Seus, who hosted us at their onion field where we learned about how they produce dehydrated onions which are used for onion powder, onion salt, soups, and more. They are generally too hot to eat as compared to a regular onion, but that didn’t stop Alex from accepting the dare I presented to him. From here we dashed off to see Seus Family Farms horseradish trim shed before the FFA group departed for home.

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Cesar Sandoval, Tulelake FFA Student

Seus Family Farms employee, Tulelake Highschool Senior and FFA student, Cesar Sandoval, gave the tour of the trim shed and the process. Cesar was introduced to FFA during his senior year and wishes he would have joined earlier. Between the skills he will learn in FFA and the work skills afforded to him with Seus Family Farms, his future college career in agriculture is bright. Cesar continued to explained to the FFA officers the horseradish processing routine from start to finish. Scott rounded out the talk with a visit into the cold storage and the infamous, “try the horseradish, it’s just like gum” taste test.

Chelsea Shearer harvesting mint
From 2014 when I was a Mint harvest driver for about 10 minutes

Our final stop was to the Seus’s organic mint field that was awaiting the harvesters. Each fall, their crew harvests the mint fields with the utmost care to maximize the amount of pure, whole-leaf product. Their tea leaf is handled in bulk and shipped from the farm to processors that remove any remaining stem, soil or foreign material. Each tea leaf is subject to rigorous testing in order to ensure only the purest, most perfect tea makes it to market. Seus’s tea leaf is packaged and sold by fine tea purveyors across the United States and around the world, with a large portion sold in the scrupulous European tea market.

We finished up the day reminiscing about a day six years ago that I shared with Scott as I was learning about the crops in the Basin. To this day, it has been a highlight of my time here with KWUA. Way back then, Scott teased me that if things didn’t work out at KWUA, I had a job driving the harvester next to Spencer who was just eight then. Well I’m still here and Spencer’s about a foot taller than me now and I’m pretty sure he could out-drive me any day of the week.

I look forward to joining members of the community on a “real” KWUA Harvest Tour in 2021. In the meantime, please don’t forget where your food comes from.

mint harvesters in field
Waiting to harvest mint

All photos in this article were taken by Chelsea Shearer.

Klamath Project Districts and Water Users Worked Wonders in 2020

By Paul Simmons, KWUA Executive Director

In 2020, the available irrigation water supply for the Klamath Project was the second-lowest ever in the 115 years since Project deliveries began. And it was far and away the worst and most demanding in terms of water management challenges. But district managers and directors, and irrigators, pulled off the impossible, making the best of an extremely bad situation.

Why So Difficult?

In April of 2001, Project water users were informed that there would be zero water available from Upper Klamath Lake for irrigation. There are few management alternatives to deal with zero.

In April of 2020, Project water users were informed that there would be about 140,000 acre-feet available – that is about 30 percent of full demand for irrigation and the wildlife refuges served through the irrigation delivery system. In May, after plans had been made and were under implementation, water users learned there would be drastically less water. Then in June, the originally-announced volume was confirmed as being available.

Changing information was but one part of a complex problem. First, the total was drastically less than the need. Approximately 100 square miles of farmland went completely dry. Some other land received extremely minimal water delivery, and no one had enough. Farm families were injured, farm operations will be lost, and local businesses were damaged, some irreparably. Additionally, as longstanding supply relationships were lost. Recent years have seen the return or arrival of more young farmers, who unfortunately tend to be at greatest risk. Unirrigated lands raise concerns for noxious weed and pest infestation and wind erosion of soils, exacerbating concerns for respiratory health. Lack of water in canals, on fields, and on wildlife refuges further injured the environment.

Second, no farm operator actually knew, at the beginning of the year, how much water he or she would have for the year. Third, everyone in the Project – districts, managers, and irrigators – faced unprecedented management challenges. Fourth, this crisis occurred in the midst of a pandemic, and in a growing season plagued by wildfires whose smokes retarded plant growth and quality, and required extra health safety precautions.

It is wrong to assume that every irrigator realized an equal reduction compared to the amount of water that they need. Although the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) has identified legal priorities for water delivery, those priorities are not aligned with the most efficient use of water and curtailment strategies for such extreme conditions have never been needed. Further, the infrastructure was not designed to operate in the water supply conditions that occurred.

Doing the Most with the Least

Think Apollo 13. That was life in the Project, all season long.

To the extent they had water, irrigation districts were forced to change the way they operate their systems. Infrastructure constructed for a design condition were operated completely differently. Because of the interrelated nature of their systems, managers of districts had to coordinate constantly.

Bail wagon gathering hay

They, and district boards, had to interact differently with their patrons, who had to adapt on the fly to modified approaches for water ordering and delivery. To an unprecedented extent, water was run uphill the Project ’ literally to maximize its use. Although the Project’s overall water use efficiency has always been very high, districts and managers found new, sub-Project efficiency measures that strained the capabilities of their systems.

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(KWUA ’ s 2020 Annual Report, to be released in December, will include a section detailing specific, extraordinary circumstances and measures that characterized district operations in 2020.)

At the farm level, farmers and ranchers who did receive some water had an equivalent array of challenges. They made and revised farm plans constantly through the month of May. They had to adopt changed practices that are not beneficial to crop production. They worked with their neighbors and districts.

It is not satisfactory to say “it could have been worse.” But water managers and water users deserve credit. They did more, with a pittance, than anyone would have imagined.

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Washington D.C. Report

For months, senior Trump Administration officials and the Oregon/California congressional delegations have worked closely with KWUA leadership to advance remedies addressing the water shortage crisis the Klamath Basin is facing. Those efforts have resulted in the House of Representatives passing – and the President expected to sign – S.3758, legislation that will ensure Reclamation has the authority to utilize federal funds for water banking and land idling in times of drought in the Klamath Basin.

On COVID relief funding, despite the on-and-off-again nature of relief negotiations between House Democrats and the White House, the prospects for agreement between congressional Democrats and Republicans before the November election remain dim: the two parties are well over $1 trillion apart and have serious disagreements over funding for state and local governments and liability protections for businesses.

Senate Republicans were expected to bring a “skinny” COVID relief bill – an estimated $500 billion – to the Floor the week of October 19. The “skinny” bill – which is expected to include funding for federal unemployment benefits and another round of assistance under the Paycheck Protection Program – is not, as of this writing, likely to be considered by the House.

Senate Republicans were expected to bring a “skinny” COVID relief bill – an estimated $500 billion – to the Floor the week of October 19. The “skinny” bill – which is expected to include funding for federal unemployment benefits and another round of assistance under the Paycheck Protection Program – is not, as of this writing, likely to be considered by the House.

Senate Republicans were expected to bring a “skinny” COVID relief bill – an estimated $500 billion – to the Floor the week of October 19. The “skinny” bill – which is expected to include funding for federal unemployment benefits and another round of assistance under the Paycheck Protection Program – is not, as of this writing, likely to be considered by the House.

Informal negotiations continue between the House and Senate on Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) legislation, which authorizes Army Corps projects, with plans for a jointly agreed upon bill passing soon after the election. Of note, the House bill includes several provisions addressing climate change. Separately, Senate action on bipartisan transportation and water legislation is expected to be voted on sometime after the election as well.

Announcing KWUA’s 2021 Sponsorship Drive

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KWUA invites you to join us as a sponsor of our 2021 community events. This is a valuable opportunity for irrigation interests and community members to see first-hand the impact agriculture has on our local and regional economies, as well as get to know one another. With your cooperation as a partner, KWUA could reach more members of the community and maintain the high standards set by past events.

KWUA hosts two public events each year. Prior to the irrigation season starting, KWUA hosts an Annual Meeting. This event hosts approximately 150 participants, including community leaders, businesses, state and federal agency personnel, elected officials, and Klamath Basin farming and ranching operators. Historically, during this meeting, KWUA has announced the Klamath Reclamation Project’s yearly water supply and provided presentations from informed leaders related to issues facing patrons of the Klamath Project.

Our second event is targeted more toward the general public: the KWUA Fall Harvest Tour showcases Basin agriculture and gives participants a glimpse of the important relationship between agriculture and local businesses. Our past tours have been well attended and are quite popular. Community leaders, businesses, local FFA groups, state and federal agency personnel, and elected officials take the tour.

This tour provides first-hand exposure to a variety of activities and processes related to irrigated agriculture, including the history and mechanics of the Klamath Project.

KWUA Sponsors

This year KWUA is offering donors with a variety of sponsorship levels that fit any budget to give a wide exposure to your business during both events and throughout the year. ’ We hope that you will consider partnering with us and making KWUA s Annual Meeting and Fall Harvest Tour as good as, or better than, years past.

Considering the beneficial impacts that the KWUA Annual Meeting and Fall Harvest Tour have had on the community and the positive feedback we receive each year, KWUA believes that both are vitally important events that bring participants from divergent backgrounds to a better understanding of the importance of agriculture within the Klamath Basin.

If you are interested in becoming a 2021 sponsor, please contact Chelsea in our office for more details at 541.883.6100 or Chelsea@kwua.org .

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What has KWUA been working on…

KWUA’s Board of Directors strives to keep member districts and their patrons, and other interested parties, informed. Board members help with the dissemination of information received at our monthly Board meetings, and staff produces a monthly newsletter.

The KWUA Board convened on October 14, 2020. Below is a recap of ongoing activities. If you would like more in-depth information, we encourage you to contact your respective district board member towards the end of this newsletter.

Operations Committee

Overall Project Supply /Operations

Board members and Reclamation (via Zoom) discussed the details of the end of year operations at length. Reclamation committed to report to district managers quickly regarding several considerations related to the final availability of all surface supply sources.

Hydro Team

In litigation filed by the Yurok Tribe, the parties entered into a stipulation staying the case in March of 2020. The stipulation states the Tribe’s intention to convene a “hydro-team” envisioned to work similarly to an informal and well process to that used for the 2012-2013 biological opinions. That group has been meeting each week for about four weeks. The group includes technical experts who have agreed to develop alternative Project operations scenarios for evaluation in the re initiated ESA consultation that is currently underway, reserving parties ’ positions on regulatory and other issues on which there is disagreement. To date, Gene Souza and Brad Kirby have participated in some or all of the hydro team calls. Gene Souza reported that hydro team participants appear to agree on limitations of the hydrologic model used for planning, but that there is also a somewhat contradictory desire by some to have model results be a driver of operations. He also stated the importance of basing alternatives on demonstrated water need as well as legal requirements.

Drought Response Agency Report

The next meeting of the Klamath Project Drought Response Agency (DRA) Board of Directors will be on October 28. In the meantime, the DRA has “ earned ” the full $8.3 million under its 2020 contract with Reclamation. KWUA will continue to seek additional funding from Congress. It is realistic to expect that, in future years, because of recent clarifying legislation passed in Congress, the DRA and potential program participants will know “up front ” and much better, the total amount of funding that will be available in a year. It will remain necessary to secure appropriations each year in the budget and appropriations process.

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Litigation Status

Paul Simmons updated the board on the status of various litigation matters. Substantive discussion and strategies were reserved to executive session.

ReInitiated ESA Consultation

The written Executive Director report described the most recent development in the process for ESA reconsultation. Supplementing this report, Reclamation has hired Kearns & West, a mediation/facilitation firm, that wants to interview some key parties involved; they will also be subcontracting with Rich Wilson, who has been involved as a facilitator in the Coalition of the Willing. KWUA sent the facilitators copies of key KWUA documents related to the ESA consultation process.

Refuge Activities

The board directed Mr. Simmons to make inquiry as to what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) may be considering related to additional water transfers, and to arrange discussions with Reclamation, USFWS, and the Oregon Water Resources Department, and report back.

East Side Discussions

The 2020 water year forced Project water users to confront some difficult issues, externally and internally. These included use or potential use of water from the “ east side ” of the Project (Clear Lake and Gerber Reservoir) on the west side of the Project. The issue has arisen periodically, typically in difficult circumstances for all involved. The board supports constructive dialogue among affected districts to develop common understandings of facts and positions and potential agreement about going forward. The board anticipates that Klamath Irrigation District (KID) and Tulelake Irrigation District (TID) would be involved in this sort of discussion. There is a general sense that KWUA should also be involved in some manner, but the specific nature of involvement was deferred to the next board meeting. KWUA staff was instructed to develop a proposal or alternatives.

Regional Conservation Partnership Grant Application

Written reports of the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director have summarized activities of a Tule Lake/ Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuges working group that has been organized and led by Ducks Unlimited (DU). In the recent few months, that group has focused on potential development of an application for a grant under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The projects or elements for cost– share funding under the grant application are currently presumed to include work on extension and improvement of North Canal, additional wildlife habitat enhancement efforts on private land, and a degree of funding for on farm projects in the nature of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. After discussion, the board concluded that KWUA will continue to participate with the group developing the grant application, with conditions intended to ensure that there is no adverse impact to irrigation from any of the proposed projects.

Barnes / Agency Ranches Restoration

KWUA will have a meeting/video with the USFWS on October 27 regarding proposed Barnes and Agency Ranches Restoration. Details are being provided to the board.

KWUA Deputy Director Report

Additional Science Expertise

KWUA has received proposals from three firms interested in providing technical fisheries expertise. Mark Johnson reported that interviews had been deferred until November.

Sucker Hatchery

Project KWUA submitted comments to the the USFWS on the draft Environmental Assessment for the proposed Klamath Falls National Fish Hatchery. KWUA ’ s comments are supportive of the proposed project, while emphasizing that Klamath Drainage District (which would receive hatchery effluent in its system) must be protected against increased costs, and operational or regulatory consequences.

October 21 Sustainable Northwest District Energy Tour

The Sustainable Northwest energy and irrigation efficiency tour of the Project will occur on October 21. Mark Johnson will send out an updated agenda, including sites within districts that will be included in the tour.

Business Sponsorships

KWUA is making outreach to business and community sponsors for sponsorship of events. Some sponsorship levels have been established at amounts higher than past years and we are seeking to increase the number of sponsors, whatever level the sponsor may choose. Copies of the solicitation letter were made available, and board members were asked to email KWUA staff with potential sponsors by October 19, and to help with follow up where needed.

Other items

Tricia Hill, Ben DuVal, and Paul Simmons planned to attend a meeting with Yurok Tribal Council members on October 15, in Klamath, California. Other, related issues were deferred to executive session.

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UPCOMING MEETINGS– Meeting may change based on the Governor’s gathering limitations

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  • Klamath Irrigation District will hold its monthly Board of Directors meeting on November 12 @ 10 am
  • Tulelake Irrigation District will hold its monthly Board of Directors meeting on November 9 @ 8 pm
  • Klamath Project Drought Response Agency will hold its monthly Board of Directors meeting on October 29 @ 2pm in the KWUA boardroom
  • KWUA will hold its monthly Board of Directors meeting on November 11 @ 2 pm
  • Klamath Drainage District will hold its monthly Board of Directors meeting on November 19 @ 1:30 pm
  • Poe Valley Irrigation District will hold it’s annual Board of Directors meeting on October 29 @ 1:30 pm
  • Pioneer Irrigation District will hold it’s monthly Board of Directors meeting on November 9 @ 6pm
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Current 2020 Board Members

  • Position 1– Tulelake ID: Brad Kirby & Kraig Beasly
  • Position 2– Klamath ID: Jerry Enman & Gene Souza
  • Position 3– Klamath Drainage District: Luther Horsley & Tracey Liskey
  • Position 4– At-Large: Gary Wright & Mike Byrne
  • Position 5– SVID/MID: Rob Unruh & Ryan Hartman
  • Position 6– Poe Valley: Luke Robison & Jason Chapman
  • Position 7– Van Brimmer & Sunnyside: Marc Staunton & Mike McKoen
  • Position 8– Ady & Pioneer: Curt Mullis & Jason Flowers
  • Position 9– Klamath Basin ID: Ryan Kliewer & George Ranjus
  • Position 10– At-Large: Tricia Hill & Mat Trotman
  • Position 11– At-Large: Ben Duval & Bob Gasser
  • Staff
  • Executive Director: Paul Simmons Deputy Director: Mark Johnson
  • Executive Assistant: Chelsea Shearer
  • KWUA Officers ~ President: Tricia Hill, Vice President: Ben DuVal, Treasurer: Gary Wright, Secretary: Jerry Enman