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Water bank figures start to roll in
March 8, 2006 by HOLLY
OWENS, H&N Staff Writer
The final configuration of
the water bank, which will include 100,000 acre
feet, will be determined around April 1, according
to Rae Olsen, spokeswoman with the Klamath Basin
Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation.
In February, the Bureau received 193 applications.
About 25,000 acre-feet of
water will be stored between the Agency Lake Ranch,
which the bureau owns, and the adjacent Barnes
Ranch. About 15,000 acre feet of water will be
banked from national wildlife refuges like Lower
Klamath Lake. Bids from dry-land operation growers,
both on and off the Project, will save about 10,000
acre feet. The Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust, in the
Wood River Valley area, banked about 11,500 acre
feet. About 10,000 acre feet are banked up from a
new option this year - groundwater substitution.
Increasing reliance on
ground water during recent dry years has been
drawing down the water table. This was addressed in
a report from the U.S. Geological Survey released in
May. The report found that private wells used for
the water bank increased demand eightfold on the
local ground water. Wells dropped between 2 and 20
"Our goal is to minimize
groundwater use in wet years, and an example is this
year's ground water contract which will allow us to
purchase water only if and when we actually need it
to meet flow requirements," Olsen said.
Bids are in
Final selection for bids is subject to irrigation district approval and further analysis of applications
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