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KO-300 APR 02 2021

2.2.4.22 (WTR-4.00)

Gene Souza, Manager
Klamath Irrigation District
6640 KID Lane
Klamath Falls, OR 97603

Subject: Klamath Project Water Availability from Upper Klamath Lake and the Klamath River

Dear Mr. Souza:

This letter supplements the Bureau of Reclamation’s (Reclamation) letter dated March 12, 2021.
Reclamation is advising you that water currently remains unavailable from Upper Klamath Lake
(UKL) and the Klamath River for irrigation purposes within the Klamath Project (Project). Accordingly,
your district is directed to continue to delay diversions of water from UKL and the Klamath River until
informed otherwise. Reclamation now anticipates this delay to be at least through May 1, 2021, and
likely further in time.

Reclamation is still in the process of conferring with the Services and other affected stakeholders
regarding potential actions Reclamation can take to adaptively manage Project operations in response to
the severely dry conditions. Once this process is complete, Reclamation still anticipates releasing an
annual operations plan, consistent with recent practices. This document will provide further information
on the water supply available for irrigation purposes from UKL and the Klamath River. In the meantime,
Reclamation will keep you informed regarding the status of Project water availability as conditions
change.

In the meantime, and until further notice, Reclamation will consider any diversions of water from UKL
and the Klamath River to be outside the scope of Reclamation’s ESA compliance and therefore in
violation of federal law.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this letter, please contact me at jbottcher@usbr.gov or

(541) 883-6935.
Sincerely,
Jared Bottcher
Acting Area Manager

 

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