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Feds renew call to idle Basin land
February 14, 2005
With forecasts calling for dry weather and low
streamflows this summer, the federal government
has put out a second call for farmers in the Upper
Klamath Basin who are willing to let their land
remain idle this year.
The agency will also allow those who applied in
the first go-round a chance to change their bids
after hearing the latest water forecasts.
Idling 25,000 acres in or above the Klamath
Project would reduce demand for water by 50,000
acre-feet, officials said.
Applications for payments to use well water, and
new and revised applications for the land idling
program, are due at the Bureau's Klamath Falls
office by 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24.
In the water bank, the federal government pays
water users to reduce or supplement their use of
Project water. Eligibility for all the programs is
limited to field units that have been irrigated in
the recent past, officials said. Fields need have
at least 20 contiguous acres.
Participation is open to water users above Keno
Dam on the Klamath River and below Harpold Dam on
the Lost River, including non-Project users,
except federal land leasees.
Applications and other documents should be sent to
Phil Graf, Klamath Basin Area Office, 6600
Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR 97603. For more
information, contact Graf at 883-6935 or at
On the Net: www.usbr.gov/mp/kbao
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