Klamath Project Districts Prepare Package of Conservation
Klamath Project irrigation districts, local improvement districts and
private ditch companies have developed an ambitious list of projects
intended to supplement the on-farm conservation efforts currently being
implemented by individual Project landowners. The Klamath Water Users
Association (KWUA) recently prepared a report that compiles 45 conservation
projects proposed by the local agencies that serve water to Klamath Project
irrigators. The report, entitled "Proposed Water Conservation Supply
Enhancement, Water Quality Improvement, Measurement and Monitoring Projects"
summarizes proposals prepared by 11 local water delivery agencies, totaling
over $54 million (summary table on p. 3).
"This document represents the continued commitment of Klamath Project
irrigators to proactively address future conservation challenges," said KWUA
Executive Director Dan Keppen. "The farmers and ranchers that form
the backbone of Klamath Project districts are among the most proactive
conservationists in the country."
Last year, KWUA was awarded the 2003 Agriculture Progress Award for
"Leadership in Conservation" by the State of Oregon. Tulelake Irrigation
District was also recently presented with the prestigious F. Gordon Johnston
Award in recognition for their innovative canal-lining project, which
eliminates water losses near Newell, California.
The KWUA report was prepared to summarize proposed projects that satisfy
the intent of congressional language included in the Fiscal Year 2004
appropriations bill for water and related resources. This report will also
be used as a basis to pursue additional funding opportunities that may arise
in the future.
The conference report for the FY 2004 Energy and Water appropriations
bill authorizes the Secretary of the Army to establish a program to provide
environmental assistance to non-federal interests in the Upper Klamath
Basin, including the counties of Klamath (Oregon) and Modoc and Siskiyou
(California). Authorizing provisions that replicate language included by
Rep. John Doolittle (CA) in the House version of the Water Resources
Development Act (WRDA) were also included in the conference report.
Doolittle forwarded this effort for the benefit of Upper Basin water users;
these programs are intended to allow irrigation districts and other local
public entities an opportunity to obtain cost-share funding from a
conservation program that will not compete with individual irrigators
applying for U.S. Department of Agriculture Klamath Basin conservation
funding provided by the 2002 Farm Bill.
"Helping resolve the water management crisis in the Klamath Basin is one
of my top priorities," Doolittle said last fall. "It is an honor to
represent a community that, despite misguided government priorities,
continues to lead the world in water use efficiency and conservation
implementation. It is my hope these funds will continue that trend and
will be a tremendous benefit to local farmers."
Congress authorized $25,000,000 to carry out this program. Assistance
under this section may be in the form of design and construction
assistance to improve the efficiency and use of existing water supplies
in the Upper Klamath Basin through water and wastewater and ecosystem
restoration projects, programs, and infrastructure. The federal share of the
project costs under each partnership agreement entered into under this
program is 75 percent, in the form of grants or reimbursements of project
costs. KWUA is looking elsewhere to assist local districts, where necessary,
with the remaining 25 percent cost share.
If you have any questions the latest KWUA document, please do not
hesitate to contact KWUA at (541)-883-6100 or at
KID Part of "Overwhelming Response" to Water 2025 Challenge Grants
Klamath Irrigation District (KID) recently learned that they are not the
only organization interested in modernizing its irrigation delivery system.
U.S. Interior Secretary Gale Norton this week announced that the West-wide
response to the 2004 Water 2025 Secretarial Challenge Grant program has been
For this year's $4 million program, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
(Reclamation) received more than 100 proposals representing over $98 million
in water delivery system improvements across the West. Of that, the federal
share request is more than $25 million, with the rest made up by matching
funds from non-federal sources such as irrigation and water districts.
"This response underscores the significance of Water 2025 to Western
water users and proves the success of the Challenge Grant concept," Norton
said. "It demonstrates a widespread eagerness to work collaboratively to
improve the way water is managed across the West and address local needs."
KID staff prepared a very extensive application that proposes sharing
costs with Reclamation to install a polyurethane lining in the C Canal
flume, a familiar landmark to residents traveling on Highway 39 south of
Klamath Falls. The 4,200 foot long elevated concrete structure is 85 years
old and delivers water to up to 30,000 acres of farmland. The new lining is
expected to prevent leaks that may save up to 2,000 acre-feet of water per
"What we’re hoping to do is prevent leaks and extend the life of the
structure, which we believe meets the purpose of the Challenge Grant
program," said KID general manager Dave Solem.
|Summary of Proposed
Prepared by Klamath Project Water Users
Enterprise Irrigation District
- Klamath Community College Piping Project
- EID #1 Pump Station #2
- Gauging System
Klamath Drainage District
Rangeland Drain Improvement Project
Straits Drain Water Quality Enhancement
Eastside Water Recirculation
O’Connor Pump Discharge Modification
Road and Canal Improvement Project
Refuge Flow Measurement Weir
North Canal Flow Measurement Weir
North Canal Efficiency Enhancement
Water Control Structure Restoration Project
Remote Monitoring and Control – ADY and North Canals
Klamath Irrigation District
Canal Measurement and Operation Modernization
Canal Flume Conservation Improvement / Rehab
Miller Hill Pumping Plant Efficiency Upgrade
South Suburban Canal Conservation & Safety
Adams Pumping Plant Efficiency Upgrade
Olene Flume Water Conservation Upgrade
A Canal Tunnel Resurfacing & Flow Improvement
E Canal Water Conservation Piping
N. Poe Valley Pump Relocate / Efficiency Upgrade
A-3 Canal Water Conservation Lining
Lateral Canal Measurement Upgrade
A Canal Lining
Nuss Lake Storage
Summary of Proposed Conservation Projects
Prepared by Klamath Project Water Users
Klamath Hills District Improvement Company
Pump Flow Measurement Upgrade
Langell Valley Irrigation District
High Line Pipe Project & Reregulation Reservoirs
Pine Grove Irrigation District
- Reeder Road Piping Project
- Campbell Ranch Piping Project
- Gauging System
Shasta View Irrigation District
- Replacement of Pressurized Distribution System
Tulelake Irrigation District
Van Brimmer Ditch Company
Westside Improvement District
- Drainage Treatment
- Canal Lining
- Pump #26 Update
- Diversion Headgates
Malin Irrigation District
- Canal Lining and Installation of Piping Systems to Reduce Seepage
along 20,000 lf of Open Channel
- New Flow Meters
Klamath Noted in Earth Day List: Top 5 "Human Costs" of Enviro Extremism
Pointing to the 2001 Klamath water crisis as a supporting argument,
Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) yesterday released its Earth Day List of
Top 5 "Human Costs" of Environmental Extremism. According to PLF, the
top five human costs of environmental extremism are:
- Separating people from nature.
- Cutting people off from water to give to fish.
- Extinguishing hundreds of thousands of jobs.
- Diminishing the American dream of home ownership, and
- Blocking forest fire prevention that saves lives and homes.
As an example of how water has been reallocated away from people and
given to fish, PLF points to the 2001 Klamath Project water curtailment,
where stored water originally intended for agriculture was reallocated to
meet the purported needs of sucker fish and salmon protected by the
Endangered Species Act (ESA).
"People and fish have one very vital thing in common-they both need water
to survive," PLF stated in its press release. "But increasingly,
environmental activists are putting the speculative needs of fish over the
actual needs of people."
"Organizations with an extreme view of environmental protection have
violated the trust of the American people who care about our environment,
but are not willing to stand by while human values are disregarded," added
M. David Stirling, Vice President of PLF. "This Earth Day, PLF is exposing
how inflexible environmental laws and overregulation put species first and
USDA to Release $7.3 Million in Klamath Basin Conservation Funding
U.S. Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) yesterday announced that the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) would release $7.3 million in conservation
funding to assist farmers and ranchers in the Klamath Basin. The funding
represents a portion of the $50 million fund for the Klamath Basin made
available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
authorized in the 2002 Farm Bill. Yesterday’s release of funding follows an
earlier release of $11.7 million out of the EQIP program that was delivered
in January 2004.
"Given the degree to which federal policies have been responsible for
much of the Klamath Basin water crisis, it’s fitting that the federal
government should assist in implementing local conservation projects that
will help resolve the crisis in the long-term," said Walden. "By channeling
funds directly to the producers on the ground who know best how to improve
water quality and water quantity, the EQIP program is playing a critical
role in sustaining agriculture in the Basin and supporting the important
goal of species protection."
Eligible producers will receive financial and technical assistance from
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to improve the
efficiency of irrigation systems and implement additional projects designed
to improve ground and surface water conservation.
"USDA is working to assist farmers and ranchers in the Klamath Basin,"
USDA Secretary Ann Veneman said. "The additional funds will help more
producers accelerate implementation of practical, common sense conservation
practices on the ground."
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Tuesday, May 4 and Wednesday, May 5, 2004 – Upper Klamath Basin Water
Quality Coordination Workshop. 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mt. Mazama Room,
Student Union Building, Oregon Institute of Technology. Klamath Falls, OR.
Wednesday, May 12, 2004 – KWUA Executive Committee Meeting. 6:00 p.m.
KWUA Office, 2455 Patterson Street, Suite 3, Klamath Falls, Oregon.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Tuesday, May 18, 2004 – KWUA Power Committee Meeting. 7:00 p.m. KWUA
Office, 2455 Patterson Street, Suite 3, Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Friday, May 20, 2004 – Trinity River Tour. 7:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Hosted by the Association of California Water Agencies, the tour will start
and finish in Redding, California. Contact John Chandler at (916)-441-4545
for further information.