Our Klamath Basin Water Crisis
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own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.
15-percent irrigation cutback sought
Irrigators throughout the
Klamath Reclamation Project are being asked to cut
water use by 15 percent this year due to low
expectations for water supplies.
And flows in the Klamath
River below Keno will be about half of what they
would be in an average water year.
If irrigators can
voluntarily reduce their demand for water,
mandatory reductions can be avoided, Reclamation
The U.S. Bureau of
Reclamation has classified the water year type as
"dry" for both Upper Klamath Lake and the Klamath
River. The classification is the second-lowest of
four labels for the lake and the lowest
designation for the river.
"This is a very dry year
and this is what we are going to have to deal
with," Lesley said.
"We really haven't seen
the forecast," Solem said, adding that a 15
percent reduction is "substantial."
"If such a reduction in
water demand can be undertaken and maintained
throughout the season, Reclamation is cautiously
optimistic that forced cutbacks can be avoided, "
according to a Bureau press release.
The remaining water users,
including those classified as "A" and "B" users,
are being asked to voluntarily reduce demand for
water. If the voluntary effort is successful, the
Bureau won't have to impose reductions on smaller
irrigation districts, such as Enterprise
Irrigation District, Malin Irrigation District and
Shasta View Improvement District.
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