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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 wont be receiving any water to allocate, the Bocchis wont be able to operate the corn maze.

And because there wont be a corn maze, the Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank wont receive the two tons of food and $1,000 the Bocchis donated last year.

The Bocchis also wont be buying corn seed, wont be buying fuel for tractors and vehicles, wont be buying advertising to promote the event, wont be buying snacks to be sold at the maze and, more importantly, they said, they wont be providing a recreational opportunity for families and youth.

Its a trickle down through the entire community, Tom Bocchi said. Im just a little guy.

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