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Klamath Basin water shortage has a trickle-down effect
Herald and News by Lee Juillerat 6/16/10
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- The ripple effects are beginning to show.
Decisions by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to trim allocations of irrigation water will affect more than the 1,000-plus farmers and ranchers that depend on water from the Klamath Irrigation Project.
Tom and Jenise Bocchi depend on irrigation provided through the Enterprise Irrigation District to provide small amounts of water to raise corn for their Old Fort Amaizen Corn Maze. Because Enterprise won’t be receiving any water to allocate, the Bocchis won’t be able to operate the corn maze.
And because there won’t be a corn maze, the Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank won’t receive the two tons of food and $1,000 the Bocchis donated last year.
The Bocchis also won’t be buying corn seed, won’t be buying fuel for tractors and vehicles, won’t be buying advertising to promote the event, won’t be buying snacks to be sold at the maze and, more importantly, they said, they won’t be providing a recreational opportunity for families and youth.
“It’s a trickle down through the entire community,” Tom Bocchi said. “I’m just a little guy.”
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