16 December 2022 update from Klamath Irrigation District

Klamath Irrigation District wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and wish for Blessings in the New Year.

May you and your family experience the blessing of joy, peace, and goodwill towards our fellow man.

Our office will be closed between 22 and 26 December as we spend time celebrating our Blessings with our friends and families.

Obituary - Scott Cheyne | A sad farewell

Scott Cheyne acted as the District Manager for Klamath Irrigation District in 2018 and early 2019 after previously serving as the assistant manager for two years. The employees of the District enjoyed working with Scott and are saddened by this loss. Scott's approach to problem resolution set conditions for Klamath Irrigation District to focus on positive results. Our prayers are with the Cheyne family. Godspeed on your next journey Scott.

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UPDATED Interactive History Website:

A Brief History of the Klamath Irrigation District

and the Klamath Reclamation Project

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Weather Seasonal Climate Forecast for January - March 2023

Upcoming Events

K.I.D. Meeting of the Board of Directors

December 2022 meeting cancelled

Annual Meeting - 12 January 2023 at 10a.m. in the K.I.D. HQ.

The January meeting will immediately follow the Annual Meeting.

Visit our Website for more information

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Klamath Water Users Association Meeting of the Board of Directors

11 January 2022 at 2p.m. in the KWUA Conference Room.

Visit the KWUA Website.

Read KWUA's October Newsletter

Fill the Lake

KWUA’s mission is to preserve and enhance the viability of irrigated agriculture for our

membership in the Klamath Basin, for the benefit of current and future generations.

KWUA's 2023 Annual Assessment Addendum
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Oregon Water Resources Congress

OWRC/SDIS District Directors Training

January 18 in Hermiston

More info to come


OWRC Board Meeting

January 26 in Portland

More info to come


Tri-State Meeting

January 27 in Portland

More info to come

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EVENTS | Family Farm Alliance Annual Conference

The Annual Meeting and Conference is an opportunity for farmers and water professionals from throughout the west to focus on topics of critical concern. Each year, a wide variety of speakers address the issues that make a difference to irrigators.

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Endangered Species Act Law Conference

26-27 January 2023

30th Annual Endangered Species Act conference is a two-day seminar in which ESA practitioners, agency officials, and scientists provide the latest and most important information you’ll need for ESA compliance.

This conference will help attorneys, businesses, conservation organizations, and government staff to understand the complexities of the law.

The program will provide updates on federal litigation, legislative and regulatory changes, updates to the Section 7 consultation process and Section 4 listings, as well as ethical and litigation considerations. It will also offer practical insights and an opportunity to network with experts and colleagues.

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News Stories Recently Shared With K.I.D.

Press Release: Funding/Approval for KCC Well Drilling Program

For Immediate Release Date: December 9, 2022 Contact: Claire Lynn Email: claire.lynn@oregonlegislature.gov Leader Breese-Iverson and Representative Reschke Secure Funding for Klamath Community College Well Drilling Curriculum SALEM, OR - Today, the Joint Legislative Emergency Board approved $975,000 for Klamath Community College to invest in a water well drilling rig and well drilling curriculum.

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Food Security Concerns

Depend on Balanced Water Policy.

Policy Makers Must Understand the Importance of

Western Irrigated Agriculture.

Without balance among water uses, Western ranches and farms cannot continue to operate. Consumers will see shortages at the store, even higher prices, be forced to rely more heavily on increasingly unstable foreign sources, or all of these at the same time. And once the grocery shelves are bare, it will be too late.


It's all about water: Brian Olmstead works to manage Idaho agriculture's lifeblood

TWIN FALLS, Idaho - A leader in the world of Idaho water management, Brian Olmstead began his relationship with the wet stuff commanding syphon tubes on the family homestead in south-central Idaho.

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Illegal pot grows are making forests high on water contamination

Estimated read time: 3-4 minutes SALT LAKE CITY - Clandestine cannabis grows are messing with water quality in four separate national forests, harming potential drinking water supplies downstream of the illegal operations. The U.S. Forest Service has long suspected that these secretive "grows" are causing harm to wildlife, but the impacts are more insipid than that.

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More potato acreage, slightly lower prices expected in 2023

Potato plantings likely will increase next year as the industry rebuilds its supply. The additional production will likely reduce prices, assuming yields stay in line with long-term trends, said Pat Hatzenbuehler, University of Idaho Extension agricultural economics educator in Twin Falls.

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Organic livestock farmers, hit by rising prices, seek help

WHITINGHAM, Vt. - Organic dairy and other livestock farmers are seeking emergency federal aid as they grapple with skyrocketing organic feed costs, steep fuel and utility expenses as well as the consequences of drought in many parts of the country. Two dozen U.S. senators and representatives wrote to U.S.

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Wolf poached near Upper Klamath Lake

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - State and federal wildlife officials are investigating the poaching of a gray wolf near Upper Klamath Lake in south-central Oregon. The wolf, known as OR 103, was found dead Oct. 6. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the poacher.

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Arnold Irrigation District: Benefits of Modernization.mp4

This is "Arnold Irrigation District: Benefits of Modernization.mp4" by Farmers Conservation Alliance on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the...

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Drought blamed for 'shocking' fir tree mortality in Oregon

PORTLAND - Years of drought are taking a toll on Oregon's iconic fir trees. Aerial surveys led by the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon Department of Forestry found a record high mortality rate for fir trees in 2022, particularly in parts of central and southern Oregon that have endured the most severe drought.

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How Oregon grass seed found its way to the World Cup

CANBY, Ore. - Like billions of people worldwide, Crystal Rose-Fricker has found herself glued to coverage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. But unlike most soccer fanatics, Rose-Fricker is paying close attention to one detail in particular - the quality of the playing surface.

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China's super trawlers are emptying the ocean to feed the country's insatiable appetite for seafood

Captain Lin Jianchang is a fisherman born and bred. Sitting on his small trawler mending nets, the 54-year-old says times are tough. "When I started to fish we could fill our boat completely in an hour, we couldn't move, there were fish everywhere," he says.

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Maintenance Upate

Klamath Irrigation District Maintenance Crews are diligently working to address various issues prior to the 2023 irrigation season.

F-4 Piping Project

This WaterSMART project in South Poe Valley continues with the installation of pipe, crossings, turnouts, and liners along nearly 1 mile of canal. This project is on shedule and on budget.

G-Siphon Inspection and repairs

An inspection of the G-Siphon under the Lost River Diversion Channel by Reclamation engineers occurred on 12 December. Many immediate actions were taken to address the concerns raised by the engineering team. The K.I.D. maintenance team is currently working to address a degraded gate seal prior to removing our lock-out-tag-out notices from Reclamation controlled facilities.

A Canal Headworks Maintenance and Fish Recovery

Stakeholders across the basin descended upon the A Canal Headworks to recover over 30 tons of fish which were seeking refuge in the A Canal forebay before we dewater the bay for routine maintenance.

Political Issues Impacting The District

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Klamath Water Users Association responds to the poor 2023 conditions.

"For over a month, we have been calling for timely action to reduce releases from Upper Klamath Lake, to aid in refilling the lake in the face of continued dry conditions. KWUA adamantly supports and will continue to advocate for such action."

"This experience reinforces how the operation of the Project has devolved into a competition for water solely for the sake of comparing relative allocations. Certainly, it is relevant to consider the implications of any action for fish populations, but that is not the current environment."

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Klamath Tribes Response to NMFS Comment Letter on Reclamation’s Klamath Project Winter Operations Strawman

Reclamation's "Strawman is a reasonable attempt to limit risk by holding some extra water back in UKL over the winter during a less biologically sensitive period

Hope is not a plan. Unless the hydrology improves dramatically, something that both the National Weather Service’s and NOAA’s own forecasts do not seem to anticipate, this spring will once again bring us conflict."

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Yurok and Karuk Tribes Decry Federal Proposal to Cut Klamath River Flows

Press release from the Yurok and Karuk tribes: Last week Tribal communities celebrated as Klamath dam removal plans were approved. This week, the celebration was cut short as the Bureau of Reclamation proposed a plan to cut Klamath River flows by 40%. "We are hurt and frustrated," said Yurok Vice Chairman Frankie Myers.

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Oregon lawmakers consider creating 'water czar' for high-level decisions

A new "water czar" would coordinate Oregon's projects and policies related to water resources under a bill that's being considered for next year's legislative session. Officially called the Interagency Water Officer, the official would lead water planning efforts in the governor's office and negotiate with federal agencies, state governments and tribes on water issues.

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Lawsuit Filed to Halt Removal of Northern CA Klamath River Hydroelectric Dams - California Globe

Last week California Governor Gavin Newsom announced final approval of a plan to remove four dams on the Klamath River in Northern California, along with Oregon Governor Kate Brown, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, Congressman Jared Huffman and leaders of the Yurok and Karuk tribes.

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EPA Rule Change Would Strengthen Tribal Water Rights

By Caleb Symons

Federal authorities have proposed a rule change aimed at ensuring that the Clean Water Act does not interfere with certain resources reserved for Native American tribes, such as fish and aquatic plants, with the Biden administration touting the move as part of its trust duty to tribal nations.

Proposed Rule attached | Read full article »

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Feds List Whitebark Pine As A Threatened Species Under ESA - Law360

By Tom Lotshaw (December 15, 2022, 2:49 PM EST) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it is listing the whitebark pine, an iconic tree of the mountain West, as a threatened species, after previously facing at least two separate lawsuits over the issue.... In the legal profession, information is the key to success.

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Klamath Basin Water Crisis Summary

SCWUA Calif taxpayer complaint against paying to destroy Klamath dams 121222

PRESS RELEASE Siskiyou County Water Users Association (SCWUA) filed California Taxpayer Complaint regarding $250M to destroy Klamath Dams in Wild and Scenic designated area December 12, 2022 Siskiyou County Water Users Association (SCWUA) announces filing of a Summons and Complaint in the Superior Court of California for Taxpayer Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief by Anthony Intiso.

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Dam celebration

Pending removal of Klamath River structures feted by Lee Juillerat, Herald and News, December 10, 2022 HORNBROOK, Calif. - The removal of four Klamath River dams, a two-year process that's planned to begin next spring with full removal in 2024, was celebrated by a series of speakers Thursday, Dec.

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Natural Flow Study | KBAO

Facilities - Klamath Basin Area Office - Interior Region 10 · California-Great Basin - Bureau of Reclamation

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La Pine Rural Fire Protection District - Fire Chief


Jackson Soil & Water Conservation District - Executive Director

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Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - Construction Projects Manager

Canby Utility Board - Finance Manager

Hubbard Fire District -

Fire Chief


Port of Columbia County - Property Manager

Clackamas County Water Environment Services - Wastewater Plant Operations Supervisor


The Dalles Irrigation District - Field Operations Supervisor

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Wallowa Lake Irrigation District - District Manager


Netarts Water District - Finance Operations Associate


Rockwood Water People's Utility District - Water Worker in Training/Water Worker 1

Port of Columbia County - Finance Manager


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