Klamath Basin irrigators look at another dry year

Apr 2, 2015 4:00 PM by News Staff

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) - With the snowpack extremely low, Klamath Basin irrigators are bracing for another dry growing season.

The Herald and News reports that farmers on the Klamath Reclamation project will learn next week just how much water will be available - but the outlook isn't good.

Federal maps show the Klamath Basin with 95 percent of normal precipitation, but only 7 percent of normal snowpack.

Low snowpack means reduced flows into rivers as the summer wears on.

Since 2001, farms on the project have had to share water with fish protected by the Endangered Species Act, leading to irrigation cutbacks in dry years.

Last year, the project got 61 percent of the water needed for full operations, and many expect even less this year.


Information from: Herald and News

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