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Klamath leaves five-year drought designation behind, H&N 10/26/16.

 

(Klamath) Basin water year looking dire, H&N 4/2/15. "As of Wednesday, Upper Klamath Lake was 94 percent full...Although the Basin has received above normal precipitation this winter, and much of the region will experience showers in the next week, the U.S. Drought Monitor categorizes the Basin as being in 'extreme drought.' "
 

Drought declared in Klamath, H&N 4/7/15

 

Basin snowpack at 37 percent of normal; No predictions for irrigation season, H&N 1/13/15
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The current storage is 283,000 acre-feet. Average storage is 275,000 acre-feet."

 

Ongoing California drought wreaks significant economic damage. Crop, job losses take heavy toll on state, H&N 7/16/14.

 

Klamath Project irrigation: Basin water outlook grim, Snowpack called ‘worst in the state,’ H&N 5/1/14

 

Water Forecast Improves; projections not enough to relieve Basin irrigators yet, H&N 3/5/14. "...reserves in Upper Klamath Lake have increased 10,000 acre-feet in the last month."
 

Snowpack is meager. Drought brings dismal measurements, but all hope is not yet lost, H&N 12/31/13
 

Snowpack is concerning irrigators, H&N 2/7/12

 

FEMA: Yreka disaster center to close Saturday 3/3/06 "The center at 1712 Fairlane Rd. is staffed by federal, state and local officials and by volunteer agencies to provide information and answer questions for Siskiyou County residents who registered for disaster assistance for damage suffered in the December-January flooding."

 

Snow levels at 143 percent, Pioneer Press, posted to KBC 2/19/06. (Although there were floods on the Klamath this year, 143% snow, extremely above average precipitation, the Dept of Interior mandatory water bank demands 100,000 acre feet, or 1/4 of our stored irrigation water this year from Klamath farmers. HERE for waterbank page. KBC)

According to the NRCS, Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Klamath Basin snowpack in 158 percent of normal.

Flood reports on the Klamath:

January 2 flood reports from Klamath, Redding, Eureka and Northern Ca.

USGS Real-Time Water Data for USGS 11502500 WILLIAMSON RIVER BLW SPRAGUE RIVER NR CHILOQUIN,OR
Current flood conditions, story and photos by Marcia Armstrong, Siskiyou Co Supervisor District 5, 1/1/06
More wet weather coming, H&N 1/1/06

Swamped, Times Standard, posted to KBC 1/1/06
Wicked weather hits
posted to KBC 1/1/06

County under ‘state of emergency', Siskiyou Daily News, posted to KBC 1/1/06
Break in rain eases worries,  Waters remain high on rivers, H&N 12/20/05
A brief reprieve; more rain is on the way, Times-Standard 12/30/05
State of emergency in Del Norte County, Eureka Reporter 12/30/05

Flood threat rises in county, H&N 12/29/05."In the winter of 1996-97 a similar string of weather - snow, snow, more snow and then rain - caused the first severe flooding on both rivers since 1964. The flooding was the worst during the first week of January." {BEWARE OF FISHKILLS!! In the highest water years, like 1996 floods, there were the worst fishkills, and low-water years there were no fish kills, according to Klamath Irrigator and sports-fisherman John Crawford. KBC}

 

 

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