Water crisis looming on Klamath Project
by Lyle Ahrens, KOBI / KOTI TV May 13, 2020
Klamath Falls, Ore. – Water could soon be shut off to farmers in
the Klamath Basin, triggering major financial losses.
Klamath Project farmers began hiring, and ordering supplies
based on Bureau of Reclamation forecasts of 140,000 acre feet of
Gene Souza of the Klamath Irrigation District says that water
allocation has changed. “We’ve been told by Reclamation that
that supply has been reduced by about 60,000 acre feet, and so
we’re looking at 80,000 acre feet for the entire year.”
Souza believes the cutback will lead to an early shutoff of
water. “Based on the information that I have from Reclamation,
we could be seeing a cutoff for Klamath Irrigation District as
soon as June 15th.”
Souza believes an early shutoff could be financially devastating
to the Klamath Basin. “Hundreds of millions of dollars in
workers, in restaurants, in equipment, transportation, fuel,
everything that keeps this basin going is at risk right now.”
The K.I.D. board of directors is scheduled to meet Thursday.
Some assistance is available for land idling, and groundwater
pumping through the Klamath Project Drought Response Agency.
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