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KID forms drought response agency

  • Klamath Irrigation District voted 4-0 Thursday afternoon to form the 2018 Klamath Project Response Agency Intergovernmental Cooperative and Joint Exercises of Powers Agreement, a third-party entity that will be tasked with distributing $10.3 million in drought relief funding for eligible Klamath Project irrigators.

    The entity will be made up of seven board members with representatives from Klamath Irrigation District, Tulelake Irrigation District and Klamath Drainage District, with at-large members selected by districts and with input from Van Brimmer Irrigation District, according to Nathan Reitmann, legal counsel for KID.

    KID board members on Thursday afternoon appointed board member Jerry Enman to sit on the new entity’s board of directors.

    No particulars are currently known when funds — known as the Consolidated Appropriations Act — may become available to Klamath Project irrigators.

    “There’s been all sorts of discussions about how to actually get that money from the Bureau and get it distributed to landowners who need it,” Reitmann said. “And those discussions have been going at a snail’s pace, but continue to be worked on. The hope is that it’s going to be possible to create what we’re calling an intergovernmental entity that’s going to consist of various districts who would form the entity and they would have joint powers, and that entity would be responsible for administrating whatever program is created from those funds. And the first step in doing that, even though we don’t have a program in place, even though we don’t know precisely how we’re going to get the money, is to create the entity. And so we’ve got a proposed intergovernmental agreement to do that.”

    KID’s action comes on the heels of a draft operations plan released by Reclamation’s Klamath Basin Area Office that outlines estimated plans to deliver approximately 197,981 acre feet of water, based on June 1 forecasts.

    Klamath Water Users Association and the Klamath Tribes have each issued comments on the draft plan, with the final operations plan planned for release early next week, according to Williams.

    Klamath Project supply could be impacted by hydrologic conditions as well as a potential need to refill PacifiCorp reservoirs following transfers in April and May, according to the draft plan. Reclamation may be required to reduce the amount or rate of Project deliveries based on criteria established in the 2013 biological opinion.

    Reclamation estimates an additional volume of 8,000 acre feet of water from the Project will be necessary to support the Yurok Tribe’s Boat Dance in late August, as required under the proposed action analyzed in the 2013 biological opinion.

    Reclamation also plans to release a drought plan early next week following the final operations plan that outlines specifies water allocation.

    Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on May 25 requested Reclamation provide drought relief funding for Klamath County, according to a June 7 letter addressed to irrigation districts part of Klamath Water User’s Association.

    Brown submitted a similar request to Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman by California Gov. Jerry Brown on June 6.

    “Once the Commissioner makes a determination that the assistance is merited, Reclamation can begin to execute the contracts and formally provide drought relief assistance,” said Jeff Nettleton, manager for Reclamation’s Klamath Basin Area Office. “Now that requests have been received by both governors, the Klamath Area (Basin) Office is working directly with the Reclamation Policy Office and the Commissioner’s Office on the approval of the drought relief requests.”



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