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New Klamath water agency to meet

New group includes irrigation district reps

By Ty Beaver, Herald and News August 20, 2008

A governing body organized under the proposed Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement will have its first official meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Klamath Irrigation District headquarters, 6640 KID Lane. It is open to the public.

The Klamath Water and Power Agency, or KWAPA, is the intergovernmental agency called for in the agreement. According to an email sent by Klamath Falls attorney Bill Ganong, the meeting will focus on electing officials, adoption of by-laws and other organizational matters.

The restoration agreement is a 256-page document developed by fishing, farming, tribal, environmental and governmental stakeholders.

Along with removal of four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River, it seeks stabilized power rates and water supply for irrigators and the use of public funds to buy private land for the Klamath Tribes.

KWAPA will be comprised of representatives of the irrigation districts within the Project, said Greg Addington, executive director of Klamath Water Users Association. It will manage and allocate water resources in the Klamath Reclamation Project and manage energy resources for irrigation.
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