U.S. Senate bill includes Klamath
Senate bill introduced Sunday in Washington, D.C. includes
an amendment with a number of measures pushed by Klamath
Water Users Association (KWUA) that are designed to assist
Klamath Project irrigators.
elements of an amendment to the bill include direction
provided to the U.S. Department of the Interior to develop a
plan and then make actions to reduce power costs for
irrigators in the Klamath Project.
amendment also includes eliminating contracts or permits for
conveyance of non-Klamath Project groundwater, a designation
of C-Flume Emergency and Extraordinary Operation and
Maintenance (EEOM) that could save millions of dollars for
project irrigators, and clear and permanent authorization
for locally supported water bank activities.
White, executive director of the KWUA, said in a press
release Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, both Oregon
Democrats, as well as U.S.Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Rep.
Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif., worked with KWUA for six months on
the elements of the amendment.
bill amendment also received support from U.S. Sens. Dianne
Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, both California Democrats, and
the leadership of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources
were anticipating seeing our provisions in this version of
the bill, but you never really know until it’s introduced,”
said Brad Kirby, president of KWUA, in a news release.
“These things don’t just happen, they take a tremendous
amount of time, effort, persistence, and hope.
is just one step toward a larger goal of securing the
viability of our family farms and ranches, but it is very
important and welcome, and solid foundation for the next
steps,” Kirby added.
actively engaged Republicans on the contents of the
amendment, according to a news release, which White said was
were extremely engaged in our issues last year and remain
that way with this version as well,” White said. “We are
Bill 1406 (should
not 1406) is a revitalized bipartisan energy and natural
resource package that passed the Senate in 2016, but failed
later that year.
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