Mid-Pacific Region, Sacramento, Calif. March 10, 2009
The current lake level is approximately 1.0 foot below
the minimum elevation identified in the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Biological Opinion. This level is in place to
protect the habitat of endangered Lost River and shortnose
suckers in Upper Klamath Lake. At this time the Natural
Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) estimates that seasonal
inflow will be about 71 percent of average.
"Based on NRCS estimates and lake levels, Reclamation will need to adjust Project operations accordingly," said Susan Fry, Area Manager for Reclamation's Klamath Project. "It is critically important that when minimum lake levels are met, and Reclamation begins deliveries, irrigators conserve water at every opportunity. Conservation is the key to having an adequate supply of water for the entire irrigation season."
During this dry period, Reclamation is closely coordinating with the State of Oregon, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other Federal, State, and local organizations to examine all possible ways to fulfill its water supply obligations, which include the protection of fish and wildlife and associated habitats.
Reclamation will continue to update the website with the most current information regarding lake levels and estimated inflow. For additional information, please contact the Mid-Pacific Region Public Affairs Office at 916-978-5100 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the KBAO website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/kbao.