Klamath Project Drought Response Agency continues to provide
programs to assist Klamath Project farmers in this uncertain
irrigation water season, according to a news release.
This week, the KPDRA is initiating a program to provide
financial assistance to farmers who irrigated between March 1
and May 12, 2020, but will not be able to irrigate for the
remainder of this season due to the unexpected reduction in
water supply to the Klamath Project. As has been widely
reported, the amount of water available from Upper Klamath Lake
was reduced from 140,000 acre feet, roughly enough water to
irrigate 50,000 acres, to approximately 80,000 acre feet. Many
Project farmers planted crops and irrigated their land between
March 1 and May 12 in good faith reliance on the original
allocation of water from the Lake. Many of those farmers will
not be able to continue irrigating those crops and will suffer
significant financial injury.
This Limited Irrigation Program augments the existing programs
which reimburse the energy cost for providing well water to the
Project, provide financial assistance to farmers who will
receive no irrigation water this year, and provide financial
assistance to farmers who winter flooded, but will not be able
to irrigate from March 1 through the remainder of the season.
Klamath Project farmers are encouraged to
file applications for financial assistance under the new Limited
Irrigation Drought Program and the other KPDRA Drought Response
Programs. Applications and information about all of the Drought
Response Programs are available at www.klamathwaterbank.com,
by calling 541-630-0752, or by emailing email@example.com.
The deadline for filing applications is June 10, 2020.
The Klamath Project Drought Response Agency was formed in 2018
to respond to severe restrictions on irrigation water delivery
to Klamath Reclamation Project farmers. It receives and
distributes funds provided by the United States to help mitigate
the financial distress caused by United States’ restrictions on
irrigation water deliveries. The DRA distributes those funds to
increase the supply of water to farmers by reimbursing well pump
energy costs. It also provides financial assistance to Klamath
Project farmers who use water from Upper Klamath Lake or the
Klamath River for irrigation.
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