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Recent weather makes case for water storage
January 8, 2006
The siege of wet weather makes a strong case for off-stream storage - storage that's deep and less likely to lose the tremendous amounts of water through evaporation than large, shallow lakes do. It's also more likely to be able to deliver cold water, if needed to cool the Klamath River.
There's two acknowledgements we should make right away, though:
Water years begin in October, and we don't get many of them that start as well as this one. The Basin is already 2 1/2 inches over the average.
We need to take advantage of those kinds of years.
The answer is not just water storage but deep-water storage.
Basin interests have been pushing for water storage at Long Lake, a dry lake northwest of Klamath Falls, and attracted the interest of the Bureau of Reclamation to study it. It's been estimated it could hold 350,000 to 500,000 acre-feet, and could be as much as 200 feet deep.
There remain lots of questions to be answered be answered about it - scientific, political and financial.
The main thing is to keep the Long Lake possibility moving forward. If Long Lake is feasible for off-stream storage, the sooner water is flowing into it, the better.
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