Klamath project farmers facing irrigation cutbacks

Apr 8, 2015 12:38 PM by News Staff

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) - Farmers on a federal irrigation project straddling the Oregon-California border are slated to get 65 percent of full deliveries this growing season, due to the lack of mountain snowpack that feeds reservoirs.

The allocation announced Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is a little more than last year, but represents the fourth straight year of drought for parts of the West.

Greg Addington of the Klamath Water Users Association told the Herald and News in Klamath Falls that the cutbacks will hurt some farmers.

The allocation means no water at all for local wildlife refuges.

Dry years have spelled tough times for Klamath farmers since 2001, when the Endangered Species Act forced major irrigation cutbacks to leave water for protected sucker fish and salmon.


Information from: Herald and News

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