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Trickling interest in water bank
January 19, 2005 by
Dylan Darling, Herald and News
Applications for land idling are due at the end of
the month, and so far response has been light.
In all, the Bureau needs to idle 28,000 acres of
land in and near the Klamath Reclamation Project
as part of the federally required water bank. The
idled land would make up 50,000 acre-feet of the
100,000 acre-foot bank, which is used to maintain
higher flows for threatened coho salmon on the
Land idling applications are due by 4 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 27. The Klamath Reclamation
Project's irrigation season typically runs from
mid-April to mid-October.
This will be the third year of the water bank
program. In its first year, 2003, there were 450
applications for land idling, he said. Last year
there were 500 applications.
The application load could be lighter so far this
year because they are due a couple of months
sooner than they were in previous years, he said.
Land idling applications were due in March the
first two years.
Application forms were sent to all those who
applied for the program in 2003 and 2004, as well
as to others who showed interest in it.
Application is open to all surface water users
above Keno Dam, including non-Project users,
except those using federal lease land and lands
under temporary surplus water contracts.
If spring is dry and people change their minds
about applying for the idling program, it will be
too late, he said.
The Bureau doesn't have plans for what to do if it
doesn't get the anticipated 28,000 acres idled, he
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