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Study Long Lake proposal
10/24/03 The Klamath Water Foundation is a
non-profit organization whose goal is to unite local
agricultural, business and community interests in
order to sustain traditional livelihoods and protect
our local communities, their economy and the
We are funded by broad-based community support.
Foundation board members are well-known business
leaders, agricultural producers, scientists and
educators. Our principal mission is to secure and
sustain reliable guarantees of water supply for
irrigation in the Klamath Basin.
In pursuit of that mission, we wish to go on record
as supporting continued detailed study and
construction of additional deep-water storage in the
Upper Klamath Basin. We believe that study of the
Long Lake reservoir site and similar storage
alternatives should be conducted to determine the
most productive and economically feasible options.
We do not believe that further permanent reductions
in irrigated agricultural acreage are either
necessary nor desirable, nor even capable of
providing desired water supply security for all
Basin interests. Nor do we believe that current
proposals for reduced summer irrigation diversions
above Upper Klamath Lake can substitute for real,
year round, deep-water storage capable of retaining
normally abundant spring runoff for later use.
It has become abundantly clear that Upper Klamath
Lake's present water storage capacity of
approximately 500,000 acre-feet is inadequate to
support both Klamath Project irrigation water
security and all desired environmental purposes.
More of the lake's annual net inflow, which averages
about 1.3 million acre-feet, should be captured and
stored for later use.
We believe that most technically feasible
alternative and the most politically acceptable
solution to all Klamath Basin interests will be
deep-water facilities, which both minimize
evaporative losses and provide long-term storage
Lynan Lea Baghott
KWF Board of Directors
Thursday May 07, 2009 09:14 AM Pacific
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