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Keppen resigns as director of Water Users
December 10, 2004
Dan Keppen, who has guided the Klamath Water Users
Association through often turbulent times the past
three years, will leave his job as the
association's executive director in January.
"It's been three years of white-knuckle driving,"
Keppen, 39, said of the high pressure job he took
in November 2001. "I want to ease out of this and
find another 'horse' to keep these guys going."
"My priority at this time is to focus on my family
and prepare for the next stage of my life," he
said. "We intend to stay in Klamath Falls as my
wife focuses on further developing her own
business ... We're not bailing out of the Basin."
Keppen said he has no immediate work plans, "But
something will work out."
"I have a very deep and personal loyalty to the
farming community here in the Basin, which makes
this decision especially difficult," he said.
"However, I fully intend to continue to be active
in the local community and will engage as
necessary to support the Klamath Basin, and
especially, Klamath Project agriculture."
He believes the group's efforts have been
He believes recent actions, such as the creation
of a coordinated watershed management program that
involves federal agencies and Oregon and
California officials, "give the irrigators a
chance to deal with long-term solutions."
Steve Kandra, the water users president, praised
Keppen in "regretfully" announcing his
"It is the intent of the Klamath Water Users
Association to provide our constituency with
seamless representation and anticipates having a
The Klamath Water Users Association is a nonprofit
corporation that has represented Klamath
Irrigation Project irrigators since 1953.
Association members include rural irrigation
districts and other public agencies, as well as
private irrigation companies operating in
California and Oregon.
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