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Irrigation season to start by April 10
By Ty Beaver, Herald and News April 3, 2009
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will begin delivering water to the
Klamath Reclamation Project no later than April 10.
Sue Fry, the bureau’s manager for the Project, said favorable
conditions led to a sooner-than anticipated start to the
The Project’s irrigation season typically begins on or near April
1. The season was delayed because Upper Klamath Lake was below the
minimum levels required for endangered suckers.
Fry told those attending Klamath Water Users Association’s annual
meeting Thursday night that the delay was also in the best
interest of irrigators to ensure there would be enough water for
the entire irrigation season.
“I can only imagine it would be awful to start the season and have
to shut you off,” she said.
The April 10 start date indicates the day the bureau will begin
filling the system of canals and ditches that crisscross the
Project. The day irrigators can actually begin using the water
will depend on where they are located in the Project.
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