KWAPA public meeting Jan 5, 2016 "...KWAPA shutdown strategy..."
KWAPA sorts through options A private agency may be one, H&N 12/24/15
KWAPA reinstates executive director Holly Cannon, H&N 7/30/15.
* "KWAPA Board of Directors will hold a special board meeting at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at the Klamath Water and Power Agency (KWAPA) office, 735 Commercial Street, Suite 4000. The purpose of the meeting will be to address organizational issues. The public is welcome to attend."
KWAPA’s future uncertain. Board members refuse to reinstate executive director, H&N 7/16/15. "After voting in favor of eliminating KWAPA’s executive director, KWAPA chairman Bair resigned his post as a KlD board member, therefore disqualifying himself from sitting on the KWAPA board...Heiney hinted that the KWAPA board does not have a solid plan for moving forward. He wants board members to reach out to the Bureau of Reclamation, which funds KWAPA, to start a discussion about how the rest of the year might play out."
"KWAPA Board of Directors will hold a special board meeting at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July14th at the Klamath Water and Power Agency (KWAPA) office, 735 Commercial Street, Suite 4000. The purpose of the meeting will be to address organizational issues. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, visit www.kwapa.org"
Irrigator support funds running out (KWAPA), H&N 7/9/15. "For several years, the program has compensated landowners for agreeing not to divert surface water to grow crops. The 2015 WUMP also included a program that reimbursed irrigators for energy costs to pump groundwater, plus $20 per acre-foot."
KWAPA July 7 AGENDA - groundwater pumping, domestic well mitigation, federal power, more...
Whistleblowers claim millions wasted in Klamath Project, Siskiyou Daily, followed by: Claim against Bureau of Reclamation gains traction as Interior Department probes drought funds’ use, H&N 7/2/15. "The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has opened an investigation into the expenditure of $48 million in taxpayer funds in the Upper Klamath Basin following a scathing whistleblower declaration. The controversy is centered on the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s interactions with the Klamath Water and Power Agency (KWAPA), an inter-governmental agency formed in 2008 by representatives of California and Oregon drainage districts within the Klamath Project."
(Klamath Project) Groundwater program is a go,
H&N, 4/21/15 "
Klamath Water and Power Agency (KWAPA) has funds
to help Klamath Project irrigators draw up to
40,000 acre-feet of groundwater this season...
The groundwater program will reimburse
irrigators for energy costs to pump groundwater,
plus $20 per acre-foot...OWRD recommends
irrigators only pump 15,000 acre feet this
irrigators pumped roughly 84,000 acre-feet last
year, causing the water table to fall up to 4
feet in some areas."
Water program gives (Klamath) irrigators more options. Changes include more land and better water control, H&N 2/11/15. "This year, “C” irrigators — those who hold annual water rental agreements — can also apply for WUMP. According to KWAPA Executive Director Hollie Cannon, any land that is covered by the adjudication final order of determination map, or an exception to the final order map, is eligible for WUMP."
KWAPA / Klamath Water and Power Agency public monthly meeting agenda for 10/7/14 Water demand management, groundwater and wells, federal power, WUMP / water users management plan
BOR, PacifiCorp reach agreement on reservoir releases H&N, posted to KBC 8/16/14. "According to KWAPA Executive Director Hollie Cannon, the combination of consecutive drought years and new rules in place to protect endangered fish in the Klamath watershed means irrigators are given less surface water, forcing them to turn to groundwater..."
(Klamath) Project irrigators in limbo over power costs, H&N 8/7/14. "Gary Derry, who is a member of the KWAPA and Shasta View Irrigation District boards, pointed out Shasta View’s power budget has increased from $36,000 in 2005 to $532,080 in 2014. This year’s figure is more than a half a million dollars despite at least $500,000 in energy improvements that have been made within the last five years, he said.... 'It’s absolutely outrageous.' Derry told the KWAPA board he has always believed the federal energy deliveries would be secured through political action. But from a KWAPA standpoint, Derry said, he thinks the board has hit a brick wall."
Plan stalls: PacifiCorp fee halts talks.
Power transition for local irrigators at
standstill, H&N, posted to KBC 7/3/14.
KWAPA public board meeting Agenda July 1, 2014. Discussion with PacifiCorp, Groundwater, well monitoring, On Project Plan, ....
Letter from disillusioned Upper Klamath Water Users Association leader and KBRA/KHSA proponent regarding PacifiCorp and KBRA, 6/26/14. "I do not believe PC has bargained in good faith as implied in the KHSA. We have been working on the federal power delivery concept (Interconnect Study) for more then 4 years. We have spent 1000's of man hours and 100k"s of tax payer dollars to get to where we are today. The conclusion of 3/4 to 1 cent benefit which in the words of the consultant "is in the margin of error" is a poor result for all the work...."
PacifiCorp responds to KWAPA/Klamath Water and Power questions regarding KBRA-promised power rates, transitioning to federal power, consequences if people leave PacifiCorp, posted to KBC 7/1/14. "...Responses to specific KWAPA questions: 1. What is the cost for an irrigator to leave PAC energy? Answer: PacifiCorp does not intend to propose an exit fee for an irrigator to leave PAC energy. However, the OPUC and other customers will be concerned about shifting costs to other Oregon customers as a result of irrigators moving to federal power. As discussed above, the OPUC may impose a transition charge on irrigator loads switching to federal power. This transition charge could be as high as 6-8 cents/kwh...."
On Project Plan meetings June 24 and 25th, Comments Due. Project irrigators seek input on water usage plan; Creators of the plan hope it will move irrigators away from inconsistent water deliveries, H&N, posted to KBC 6/23/14. "The 2010 KBRA settlement and the related Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement seek to establish reliable water supplies and affordable power rates for irrigators, restore fish habitat, help the Klamath Tribes acquire the 92,000-acre Mazama Tree Farm and remove four dams on the Klamath River"KWAPA agrees to fund project. Data from agencies monitoring Klamath Project groundwater wells put into one online database, H&N 5/7/14. "Cannon explained that implementing a groundwater monitoring system to ensure sustainable use also is a condition of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. 'If the KBRA were to be approved today, we would be behind schedule because we need this information in place,' he said."
KBC NOTE: From the 2012 Tulelake Irrigation District groundwater management plan fact sheet, "The Plan is not a requirement of, and is not being developed for, the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) or the "on-Project Plan" of the KBRA...this groundwater management plan will not regulate groundwater within the plan area..."
Irrigators have payment options for water
supply, H&N, posted to KBC 3/31/14. "The
2014 Klamath Water and Power Agency (KWAPA)
on-project Water User Mitigation Plan (WUMP)
will pay irrigators the cost of electricity
to pump irrigation water plus $20 per
KWAPA 2014 WUMP program presented 2/10/14 to around 200 Klamath Project irrigators. The "purposed is to close gap between supply and demand." They are looking for willing sellers of their 2014 water rights. Bid process ends soon. Explains the block of water to divide may be zero.
KWAPA Power Point On Project Plan presented at public meetings presented January 2014. An on-Project plan is mandated in the proposed controversial KBRA to allocate water when we are not allowed our full deeded supply. The goal is to balance and manage water within the Klamath Project. Explains that Project will receive block of water to divide.
KWAPA meeting; Irrigation leaders convene to create an on-Project plan for this summer, H&N 1/29/14. "According to Greg Addington, executive director of the Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA), the goal of the “On-Project Plan” (OPP) is to establish blocks of water for irrigators that cannot be influenced by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) or other regulatory entities. If funded by Congress, the OPP could be in use as early as 2022. 'No involuntary shortages; that is the goal of this whole program,' he said. The long-term plan is an extension of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA), a 2010 settlement intended establish reliable water supplies and affordable power rates for irrigators and restore fish habitat, Addington said." “ 'You will know on March 1 how much water can be pulled out of the system,' said Dan Keppen, executive director of the Family Farm Alliance."
Klamath Project bid applicants for retiring 2014 water rights: Water Loopholes closed, new penalties in place; applicants must refrain from using surface water, H&N 1/23/14. PUBLIC MEETING 2/10/14 at 4pm
KWAPA - On Project Plan Newsletter 12/2013, "On behalf of Dan Keppen and KWAPA I would like to send you a copy of the final OPPortunities Newsletter," from Chelsea Shearer, Executive Assistant to Greg Addington, KWUA. "At the last OPPAC meeting considerable discussion centered on one potential demand management option still under consideration—the “Farmer Leaseback Program” or “Beginning Farmer Program”. If this option were implemented, KWAPA would use up front money to purchase land outright, and use these lands over the long-term to help provide a means of generating water savings through demand management activities."
An answer for farmers, finally, H&N by Cordy Starr, posted to KBC 6/22/12. "...in an article written about Hollie Cannon, an employee of the Klamath Water and Power agency, said if the KBRA is implemented and “If we are successful with the on project plan, there will be hardly any change for the on-project farmer. Under the KBRA, less water will be allocated to the project, compared to the wettest years now but the irrigators will have the choice to participate in programs that pay them to conserve water and use ground wells.”
Fighting drought is Hollie Cannon’s No. 1 goal, H&N 6/8/12. "The KBRA and a related water settlement aim to remove four Klamath River dams, provide reliable water supplies and affordable power for irrigators, restore fish habitat, and acquire a 92,000-acre tree farm for the Klamath Tribes." KBC Editor: When asked recently about the KBRA, KWAPA director Cannon said, "What you're giving up is water to get affordable power...I'd say 20-25%." When asked if the affordable power rate was guaranteed in the KBRA, Cannon replied, ""We can't guarantee it." ALSO, at another KWAPA meeting, MBK engineer stated that 'water certainty,' or a "reliable" water supply means that every spring the farmer will be told on a certain date how much water they will be allowed to use.
Farmers sued over drought funding; local agency (KWAPA): Walker Brothers farm didn’t qualify for $200,000, H&N 6/5/12. "Listed in the suit are William, John and Weston Walker and Tricia Hill doing business as Walker Brothers, a Merrill based potato and grain farming business." KBC EDITOR: Tricia Hill, listed in the lawsuit, is a member of Klamath Water Users Association / board of directors. KWUA formed KWAPA. Please note that H&N wrote no statement from Walkers in their article.
Plan in place to ease moderate drought, basin irrigation officials say idling will save 10,000 acre-feet of water this summer, H&N 5/31/12. "The first land idling period begins June 15 and the deadline to apply is Tuesday, June 5."
KWAPA public meeting 3/26/12
KWAPA public meeting 3/22/12
KWAPA / Klamath Water and Power Agency, Agenda, posted 3/12/12.
KWAPA / Klamath Water and Power Agency public meeting agenda 3/6/12: new officers, land idling, groundwater monitoring, On Project Plan (part of KBRA), ...
KWAPA meeting 2/15/12 regarding Klamath
Project water supply, groundwater and land idling.
Groundwater program begins signing up well owners for 2012 growing season, posted to KBC 1/26/12
2 public KWAPA meetings on Klamath On Project Plan, 12/9/11. KBC NOTE: The KBRA mandates an On Project plan.
Klamath Water and Power Agency / KWAPA, first OPP / On Project Plan newsletter 10/13/11. "How the OPP Changes the Status Quo...'Studies estimate that surface water alone should meet the project irrigation demand in at least 50 percent of the years...' "
Klamath Water and Power Agency/KWAPA meeting 8/31/11. Agenda HERE
KWAPA meeting Aug. 31, 2011 Agenda: Tulelake groundwater metering, KBRA, domestic well program, On Project Plan (of KBRA), ...
PUBLIC NOTICE: There will be an open public meeting held at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2011, at the KWAPA office located at 735 Commercial Street, Suite 4000, Klamath Falls, OR 97601. This meeting will be held to open sealed proposals received on March 4, 2011, by 12:00 p.m. for the Data Analyst Statement of Qualifications for the Groundwater Use Efficiency Analysis.
Klamath Water and Power Meeting Agenda for 11/02/10
Reclamation Announces Additional Funds for Langell Valley Irrigation District Contractors, BOR, posted to KBC 10/26/10
KWAPA Supplemental Land Idling Program for area served by Upper Klamath Lake and Klamath River, Application DEADLINE 10/15/10
Supplemental Land Idling Program for area served by Upper Klamath Lake and Klamath River, posted to KBC 10/5/10 Klamath Water And Power Agency/KWAPA, DEADLINE Oct. 15.KWAPA board OKs fund plan for Langell Valley, H&N 7/1/10
KWAPA public meeting 6/25/10, Langell Valley forbearance program
Water and Power Agency public meeting 9/18/09
Monday March 23, 2009. Klamath Water and Power Agency meeting. This is the group that will be allocating your water and power within or without the KBRA.