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Tough water season begins as headgates open
Water began flowing down the
A Canal Friday morning as the headgates were opened
for the start of the 2005 irrigation season.
It will take about two weeks
to get the system charged and ready for irrigation,
and most orders for irrigation water will begin
April 15, said Dave Solem, Klamath Irrigation
"We've had quite a few
people call in and generally tell us they will be
using water fairly early on just because it's been
so dry," he said.
The opening of the headgates
this year has special significance for the Bureau as
it celebrates 100 years in the Klamath Basin. The
Klamath Project was one of the first for the bureau,
noted Dave Sabo, Klamath Reclamation Project
The last report released by
the Conservation Service on March 14 called for
210,000 acre-feet of water, or 41 percent of
average, to flow into Upper Klamath Lake from April
through September. The actual inflow in the summer
of 2001, was measured at 231,000 acre-feet.
"Everything learned from the
'92 and '93 droughts have helped us to plan," Lesley
said. "We hope we are wiser in what we do this
The popular Link River Trail
along the river has been closed during construction
and is set to reopen this spring as Slayden
Construction of Stayton finishes work contracted
through the Bureau.
Monitoring of suckers along the ladder can begin now that construction is complete. Automatic sensors installed in the fish ladder will detect the suckers that have been tagged, and the ladder will be monitored visually, as well, Lesley said.
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