The Bureau of Reclamation is
soliciting bids for the 2004 Pilot Water Bank.
The Water Bank’s purpose is to comply with the
2002 NOAA Fisheries Biological Opinion on
Klamath Project Operations. In 2004, the
Biological Opinion calls for a water bank of
As in 2003, the Water Bank will include
forbearance of surface water use and
substitution of groundwater use for surface
water use. However, participation in 2004 is
open to all users of surface water above Keno
Dam, including non-Project users, but
excluding Federal lease lands. The 2004 Water
Bank program allows for greater flexibility in
land use practices.
Selection will be performed through a
bidding process. The price bid per acre,
combined with estimated water savings based on
crop and soil types, will be used to rank
applications by price per acre-foot of water.
Reclamation will select applications
reflecting the lowest cost per acre-foot.
Bid and application materials are being
mailed to those who applied for the 2003 Water
Bank. An application information sheet and a
final bid and application form are available
from Reclamation’s Klamath Basin Area Office
at 6600 Washburn Way in Klamath Falls and
online at: www.usbr.gov/mp/kbao.
The application period for the Water Bank
will begin on Monday, January 19, 2004. All
applications must be received in the Klamath
Basin Area Office no later than 4 p.m.,
Friday, February 6, 2004.
For further information or questions
contact Phil Graf at 541-883-6935 or via
e-mail at email@example.com, or Gary Baker at
the same number or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reclamation is the largest wholesale water
supplier and the second largest producer of
hydroelectric power in the United States, with
operations and facilities in the 17 Western
States. Its facilities also provide
substantial flood control, recreation, and
fish and wildlife benefits.