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Bureau prepares to pick its idlers
Published February 2, 2005
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has more than
40,000 acres from which to chose the 25,000 acres
it plans to idle as part of this year's water
"This is what we have to select from," she said.
Announced in late December, the land idling
program had gotten little response - 25
applications - a week from its Jan. 27 deadline.
Officials had expected to get 400 to 500
applications for the program by then.
The water bank program, in place since 2003, is
required by the National Marine Fisheries Service
to boost flows down the Klamath River to aid
threatened coho salmon. The first water bank had
50,000 acre-feet, last year's 75,000 acre-feet and
this year's 100,000.
This year's average bid price turned in by
applicants was $159.80, Olsen said.
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