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Reclamation to host hydro meeting Friday

If You Go

What: Klamath Basin Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation's annual water meeting

Where: Exhibit No. 2 building, Klamath County Fairgrounds, 3531 S. Sixth St., Klamath Falls

When: 1 p.m. Friday


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The Bureau of Reclamation’s Klamath Basin Area Office is holding its annual hydrology meeting at 1 p.m. on Friday in the Exhibit No. 2 building at the Klamath County Fairgrounds.

The meeting is geared toward Klamath Project irrigators and irrigation districts representatives, but is open to anyone interested in the 2018 water year, including media and the public.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife, National Marine Fisheries Service, and Klamath Water Users Association will also be present.


“It’s a meeting with specific information for the Project irrigators,” said Laura Williams, public affairs specialist for the Klamath Basin Area Office of Reclamation.

Natural Resources Conservation Service releases a forecast every other month throughout the winter, and March 1 is the report Reclamation uses to estimate the upcoming water year, according to Williams.

“We’re just going to talk about the expected hydrology for the year,” Williams said. “Last year was such a cream puff of a year — it was really a nice water year — and this year we’re starting out with what seems like some additional challenges; nowhere near as heavy snowpack.


“But we have experiences with these kinds of years and we’re hoping that together as a water community we can find a way to survive the lower water year, that is if we don’t get a miracle March, which is what we all dream of,” Williams added.

With recent accumulations of snow in the mountains, snow pack has already increased to about 46 percent of average for the year compared with 28 percent of average in recent weeks, according to Scott White, executive director of the KWUA.

“The March 1 forecast — in my mind — is an indicator of what is going to be available for the 2018 season,” White said. “The April 1 forecast is really what locks in the allocation for the Project and the river as well.

“I think without a doubt, the snow has helped,” White added. “Hopefully it keeps coming ... it’s a bright sunny day, and beautiful, and I hope that that changes, and we continue to get these storms coming in. Any bit is going to help at this point.”




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