Volume 2, Issue 8
July 2010 to December 2010
KWUA Mission Statement To preserve, protect and defend the water and power rights of the landowners of the Klamath Basin, while promoting wise management of ecosystem resources. Contact Us! Klamath Water Users Association 735 Commercial Street, Suite 3000 P.O. Box 1402 Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601 Phone (541)-883-6100 Fax (541)-883-8893 Visit us online at: www.kwua.org
KWUA Staff: Executive Director: Greg Addington Policy and Program Coordinator: Tara Jane Campbell Miranda
In this issue: Growing Pains: 2010 Growing Season
KWUA Leads Effort In Obtaining Funding ...
Avoiding Another 2010
Klamath Water And Power Drought Relief Programs
Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement Update
Water Quality Update TMDL
Bull Trout Preliminary Analysis BOR—New Faces: Klamath Basin Area Office
Takings Litigation Update
KWUA Tours, Outreach, Activates
KWUA Welcomes Stuntebeck & Carleton Changes in KWUA/KWAPA Office
Growing Pain: 2010 Growing Season Proves to Be One of the Most Challenging in Recent Memory As most any irrigator in the Klamath Reclamation Project can attest, 2010 proved to be a very trying year. Irrigators were informed on March 10th that irrigation deliveries from Upper Klamath Lake would be delayed indefinitely. Due to a combination of low inflow and continued high biological opinion (BO) flow requirements in the Klamath River throughout the winter, Upper Klamath Lake did not reach its biological opinion required minimum elevation in April of 4142.20. On March 18 th the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) projected that only an approximate 30% supply of surface water could be available (at some point) from the Klamath system for the entire growing season. Though the term drought is often used in describing 2010 in the Klamath Project, the more accurate description is a water shortage. It is true that overall precipitation and inflow to Upper Klamath Lake were well below average. However, it was the combination of below average winter inflow and a court ordered Biological Opinion flow requirement for the Klamath River that once again created the perfect storm for Klamath Project irrigators who rely on the Klamath system. Terminology aside, KWUA met with representatives from the Oregon State Water Resources Department and the Governor’s office to urge a “drought” declaration which would in effect create some additional operational flexibility related to the use of groundwater on the Oregon side of the Project. Klamath County Commissioners played a critical role by petitioning and advocating for the Governor to make a declaration. KWUA was also supported by a variety of stakeholder groups in its request. Similar meetings took place with federal officials from the Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Interior. On March 17th, Governor Kulongoski issued a Drought Declaration for
Klamath and surrounding counties stating that: “The water situation presents a real threat of economic loss to those who live and work in the Klamath Basin – and the state is going to do everything in its power to help,” said Governor Kulongoski. “By issuing a state declaration and requesting a federal disaster determination, we can begin to work on emergency water strategies now while the Federal government begins the required economic assessment of the impacts.” The Governor issued the order following a community meeting he held in the Klamath Basin where he heard about the water situation from a panel of agricultural interests put together by KWUA.
Along with other Project farmers, and irrigation district managers panelists (shown above) included: Willie Riggs- Director of Oregon State Extension Office, Bob Gasser– Co-Owner of Basin Fertilizer & Chemical Co. and Donnie Boyd--Co owner of Floyd A. Boyd Co. (Photo credit: Andrew Mariman— Heralds & News)
Limited Deliveries Begin Many irrigators and some districts did have early access to groundwater, but for others, the late start and limited supply was greatly needed. The Klamath Water and Power Agency (KWAPA), whose board members are Klamath Project farmers and ranchers, hastily began working on a program to reduce overall demand on the system (see KWAPA article on Pages 3-4). On May 11th Reclamation announced limited initial deliveries to Klamath
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(Cont’d) Growing Pain: 2010 Growing Season... Project contractors. The amount of water available meant that about 40,000 acres of the Project still went without water. Due to some late storms and cool weather, lake elevations held up longer than expected and in mid-July, Reclamation announced the availability of an additional 35 thousand acre-feet for delivery. By year’s end, the amount of surface water provided to the Klamath Project was roughly 40% of the amount needed. The use of groundwater was critical in avoiding a total disaster. Damage Done On a larger scale it may be assumed that Klamath Project irrigators avoided disaster in 2010. Generally speaking, irrigation (the combination of surface and extensive groundwater use) did occur. However, the problems and costs associated with this type of year are more difficult to measure. For example, many producers in the Klamath Project have contracts for potatoes, onions or other crops. If the contracts are not fulfilled, buyers will move elsewhere and it is unlikely the business relationship would return here to the Basin. Many Klamath Project irrigators traveled well outside the boundaries of the Project to find a secure supply of water in order to maintain their contracts. In some cases farmers traveled over 250 miles (roundtrip) to where their crops were planted. Forage and other permanent crops generally saw a decrease in yields which can also affect a producer’s ability to deliver to customers. Contracts Held by Klamath Basin Farmers
While KWUA and KWAPA were successful in securing some federal funding to compensate producers who had no, or limited water, much of this benefit did not help local agricultural businesses and other retailers who saw significant decreases in their bottom line as a result of the instability this season. In addition, agricultural lenders look at the reliability of water with more scrutiny as they make decisions about operating loans and credit for local farm operators. Agriculture’s increased pumping was appropriate from a legal perspective and irrigators worked closely with the Oregon and California water resource agencies. However, that did not mean that the increased use of groundwater did not have some negative impacts within the Project area. Several domestic wells and some local municipal wells experienced problems. As a result, KWUA and KWAPA board members felt strongly that some funding should be sought that would help non agricultural groundwater users mitigate some of the costs that were incurred. KWUA devoted significant time and effort into lobbying for funding to help on all of these fronts. (WUQ)
KWUA Leads Effort In Obtaining Funding For The Basin The KWUA board of directors—each of whom were affected by the water shortage in some manner— felt strongly that if adequate surface water was not provided in 2010, that there should be a cost to the federal government for that decision. KWUA worked closely with Senator Merkley, Congressman Walden, the rest of the Congressional delegation as well as the Department of the Interior to secure funding for programs to help mitigate the impacts of the shortage. The clear message from the board and the association was that an adequate supply of surface water is our first and most important priority. But secondly, that any decision that results in a water shortage to the Klamath Project, must be compensated and mitigated. The support of many of the “competing” water interests in the Basin was critical in helping secure a supplemental appropriation from Congress. We want to thank those locally and around the watershed who provided support in this difficult year. We also acknowledge and thank the many irrigators, district staff, boards and others who worked to help their neighbors and find creative solutions. It was an amazing effort and we look
forward to solutions that can make this kind of crisis a relic of the past. Senator Jeff Merkley and his staff deserve special mention for their active leadership in securing the supplemental funding for Project irrigators. (WUQ)
Herald and News: September 17, 2010 (A1)
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Avoiding Another 2010 Winter Management of the Klamath System KWUA focus over the past several months has been directed at ensuring we do not see a repeat of the 2010 water year for Klamath Project irrigators. We have been meeting with several groups and agencies to discuss a more realistic approach for management of the Klamath Lake and River and working to create an overall priority amongst all interests in filling Upper Klamath Lake over the winter. Current conditions as of early January show that Upper Klamath Lake elevation is at 4140.90 feet, nearly two feet higher than at the same time one year ago.
Link River Dam
Recently PacifiCorp notified BOR that they would need to “spill” additional water at Iron Gate dam due to increased runoff between Link River and the Iron Gate facility. There are a variety of factors at play, including reaction time of the system and estimating storm events, but our goal is to make sure the flows at Link River Dam are cut back as far as possible during such events, thus enabling more rapid filling of the lake, and that any “excess” water could be diverted to the Lower Klamath area and put to beneficial use. This ultimately did occur, but we believe the process and decision making could have been more efficient. KWUA has increased its scrutiny regarding winter management of the system, gauge accuracy and the decision making process and will continue work with the Bureau of Reclamation, PacifiCorp and others to establish clear protocols for adjusting the system in a more real-time manner in order to take advantage of future storm and runoff events. (WUQ)
Klamath Water And Power (KWAPA): Drought Relief Programs & Status In addition to some modest funding that was in place at the beginning of the year for the Water User Mitigation Program (WUMP)—administered by KWAPA—the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) secured additional resources this past spring to assist Project irrigators based on the magnitude of the potential shortage. With those funds and the supplemental funding from Congress, KWAPA was able to administer more meaningful programs that focused on reducing the demand for surface water. 2010 Supplemental Ground Water Pumping Program: The 2010 Supplemental Ground Water Pumping Program, administered in March of 2010, was intended to assist owners of irrigation wells, located within the Project, who were willing to use groundwater for irrigation and forgo surface water for the 2010 season. This swap of groundwater for surface water allowed the limited surface water allocations to be spread to those without access to irrigation wells. For eligible wells, KWAPA reimbursed well owners for the actual cost of the electrical power used to operate well pumps plus an additional $10 per acre foot of water pumped for increased maintenance costs. Power and flow meter readings from each well were supplied to KWAPA on monthly bases (AprilNovember) in order to track Water and Power usage.
2010 Land Idling Program (#1) The 2010 Land Idling Program (formally known as the “Water Bank”), administered in March of 2010, was intended to decrease the demand for surface and ground water in the Klamath Reclamation Project and to assist Project irrigators during the 2010 drought year by providing financial assistance to those who agreed to not irrigate some or all of their land during the 2010 irrigation season. Applications, in the form of competitive bids, were received and reviewed by KWAPA and the Bureau of Reclamation. Each applicant was ranked based on the price of their water savings as determined by their specific crop and soil type. Overall, 157 applications and approximately 18,200 acres (4,600 California/4600 Oregon) were accepted into the Program. There was an average bid price of $180.00 per acre. Funds for the Program were distributed in November of 2010.
2010 Ground Water Pumping Program Results:
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(Cont’d) KWAPA: Drought Relief Programs and Status Supplemental Land Idling Program (#2)
To be eligible for the Supplemental Program:
In September of 2010, KWAPA administered the Supplemental Land Idling Program which was (made possible by the “Merkley Money”) for those lands that had been kept idled from November 2009 through October 31, 2010. For those idled acres the eligible land owner or lesee received $180.00 per acre. For lands that were irrigated late but within the specified July-September 2010 irrigation dates, eligible land owners/lesees received a pro-rated amount of $90.00 per acre.
Fallow Field: 2010 Growing Season
Overall, KWAPA received, reviewed and processed nearly 500 applications and although the Program will not be fully completed until early 2011 it is anticipated that 21,000 additional acres were eligible for an idling payment for the 2010 season. Domestic and Municipal Well Mitigation Program
Due to a combination of below-average precipitation, dry farm land, and use of the supplemental wells— a 25 to 30 foot drop in the elevation of ground water levels was experienced in some areas. Many domestic wells and some municipal wells in the Project and its surrounding areas are relatively shallow and/or the pumping systems did not utilize the full depth of the well. As a result of the drop in the ground water levels, some wells failed to provide adequate supplies of domestic/municipal water. In some instances, the use of agricultural wells was suspended to mitigate the impact on domestic wells. With the Supplemental Appropriation, advocacy from KWUA and support from the Bureau of Reclamation, KWAPA was able to create and administer a Domestic and Municipal Well Mitigation Program (DMWMP). The purpose of the DMWMP was to provide financial assistance to the owners of domestic and municipal wells, located in the designated boundaries, who experienced problems with their wells as a result of the reduction of ground water levels in 2010. The goal of the DMWMP was to eliminate future impacts to those wells by deepening the wells and/or the intake and pumping equipment so that future agricultural use of the ground water resource, if needed, will not conflict with the domestic/municipal use of the resource. KWAPA received 148 applications which were reviewed, prioritized, mapped and submitted to Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) and California Department of Water Resources (CDWR) for technical review and construction recommendation. Based on information provided by OWRD and CDWR, KWAPA will contract with the well owners to perform specified improvements as determined by OWRD, CDWR and/or KWAPA. Under the Program’s cost share agreement, KWAPA—as long as funds are available—will pay 75% of the actual cost of the work specified on each individual contract for eligible wells up to $10,000 per well. It is anticipated that the Program will be completed in February/March of 2011. Additional KWAPA Programs KWAPA was given the opportunity, through the Supplemental Appropriations, to develop various surface and ground water studies/programs that will allow for a broader understanding and improved management of water resources in the Klamath Project for future years. The following are studies/programs KWAPA will be administering in early 2011:
735 Commercial Street, Suite 4000 P.O. Box 1282 Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601 Phone (541) 850-2503 Fax (541)-883-8893 Visit them online at: www.kwua.org (Energy:KWAPA) www.kwapa.org Coming Soon!
2010 Groundwater Pumping Utilization Data Collection The GIS Data Development Program The Model Surface and Groundwater Flow Interface Program GIS technology and Data collected from GIS Construction and Cost Estimates Program Cooperative Agreement & Coordination with Oregon Water Resource Department. More detailed program information and final stats will be available in the 2010 KWUA Annual report to be issued by March 2011. (WUQ)
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Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement Update The Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA), signed by multiple parties on February 18 th— still needs federal legislation and appropriation for full implementation. That said, there are several provisions of the KBRA that can be implemented prior to any Congressional action. For example, KWUA has continued to work with KWAPA to implement provisions of the irrigator power resources program that will bring an allocation of federal power to the Klamath producers for irrigation and drainage pumping. In addition, we continue to develop plans for implementing the renewable power provisions of the KBRA in order to benefit the region’s agriculture. KWAPA has also begun the process of creating an outline and scope of work for the development of the On-Project Water Plan. The Klamath Basin Coordinating Council (an advisory only group formed by the KBRA and made up of signatory parties) continues to meet monthly and discuss protocols for operations, decision making, and communications with the public and other logistical elements of the agreement. With the change in state leadership in Oregon and California and the seating of a new Congress, much work remains regarding educating people about what the KBRA does and does not do. With much misinformation about the agreement still circulating, and the challenges of the nation’s economy, there remains a lot of heavy lifting before we will see full implementation of the agreement. However, there are reasons to be optimistic and we believe that even now, Project irrigators have seen real benefit from the signing of the agreement. (WUQ) More information is available at: http://klamathrestoration.gov/ an official website of the Department of the Interior, and other federal and state agencies.
Water Quality Update River– TMDL Water Quality Update: Comments Submitted on Oregon/California Klamath/Lost River TMDL KWUA submitted formal comments on Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s (ODEQ) Oregon Klamath/Lost River TMDL on May 27th. Comments can be viewed on the KWUA website through a link on our homepage; www.kwua.org. Specific comments addressed the issue of irrigation districts being named as Designated Management Agencies (DMAs) with responsibility for creating plans to address water impairments within their boundaries.
the document, but early indications are that most of our initial comments were not addressed adequately. KWUA will continue our internal review process and discussions for both Oregon and California TMDLs and will provide a more detailed update in our 2010 annual report. (WUQ) To view the TMDL online, go to: http://www.deq.state.or.us/WQ/TMDLs/klamath.htm#upks
Another issue addressed related to the coordination of this TMDL with the one for Upper Klamath Lake, which KWUA and others earlier asserted was riddled with errors and generous assumptions. Comments can be viewed on the KWUA website through a link on our homepage; www.kwua.org. On December 21, The ODEQ released their final TMDL for the Klamath River in Oregon. KWUA is currently reviewing
Preliminary Analysis of Critical Habitat Designation for Bull Trout In 2005 the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) designated 3,828 miles of streams and 143,218 acres of lakes and reservoirs in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, and Montana as Critical Habitat under the Endangered Species Act for Bull trout. This rule was challenged by the Wild Rockies Inc. and Friends of the Wild Swan who alleged that the USFWS failed to designate adequate critical habitat. The USFWS provided notice to the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon for a voluntary remand of the 2005 rule. The request was granted with the stipulation that a new proposed rule be released for comment by December 31, 2009 and a final rule be submitted by September 30, 2010.
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(Cont’d) Bull Trout Critical Habitat Designation The final rule in 2005 designated no unoccupied habitat (e.g. Agency Lake and Upper Klamath Lake streams) because the Department Secretary concluded that it was not possible to make a determination to conserve land that was not occupied by bull trout. However, in the 2010 designation the USFWS found several habitats that they believe to be essential for restoring migratory bull trout and though unoccupied, those areas were included in the final designation for critical habitat. The 2010 final designation, as it relates to the Klamath River Basin Sub-Unit and Upper Klamath Lakes includes 101.4 miles of streams and 9,329.4 acres of Agency Lake. Combined KWUA comments submitted in 2003, 2005 and again in Spring of 2010, consisted of the following: Unoccupied Designations KWUA strongly objected to the inclusion of Agency Lake as critical habitat. KWUA argued 9329.5 acres for Agency Lake, are not occupied bull trout. No new evidence has been cited that justifies the inclusion of this unoccupied area
Photo can be found at:
http://www.fws.gov/pacific/bulltrout/Index.cfm Migratory Corridors The proposed rules do not justify the need to establish a migratory corridor between distinct populations of bull trout located on tributaries to Upper Klamath Lake. There is little or no evidence cited that the Agency Lake connection served as a migratory corridor used by bull trout historically, that populations are at greater risk without it, or that it is critically important to the conservation of the fish. It would be highly speculative, if not unscientific, to suggest the migratory corridor was only used during the winter.
Primary Constituent Elements (PCEs) Agency Lake does not offer key constituent elements identified by USFWS to qualify for designation of bull trout critical habitat. Water temperature is higher than recommended for most of the year (36-59 degrees F). Predatory, non-native species are abundant. Water quality at times may not support life phase requirements. Economic Analysis The draft economic analysis does not address the potential economic impacts to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Klamath Project as a result of critical habitat designation. After review, KWUA does not feel as though its comments and concerns were adequately addressed in the final designation of critical habitat. The major concern remains that because of the Federal Nexus between Agencies, this designation could have a variety of negative impacts on irrigated agriculture in the region. The KWUA Board of Directors will continue their evaluation of this decision and its potential impacts. At the same time we will begin reviewing a range of possible options as we move forward. (WUQ) Map can be found at:http//.fws.gov/pacfic/bulltrout/index.cfm
To see KWUA’s full preliminary analysis of the USFWS Federal Register: October 18, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 200— please see the www.kwua.org- Science and Water tab.
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Bureau of Reclamation—New Faces at the Klamath Basin Area Office New Area Manager for Reclamation’s Klamath Project, Jason Philips
Ryan Madsen Named Reclamation’s Supervisory Engineer, KBAO
Released On: November 01, 2010 Mid-Pacific Region Sacramento, California Media Contact: Pete Lucero 916-978-5100 The Bureau of Reclamation's Mid-Pacific Region announces the selection of Jason Phillips as the Area Manager of the Klamath Basin Area Office located in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Phillips is scheduled to begin his new job in January 2011. Donald R. Glaser, Regional Directo r, Mid -Pacific region stated: "Jason Phillips' past experience and demonstrated skills managing complex water management programs make him extremely wellsuited to lead the Klamath Basin Area Office." As Area Manager, Phillips will direct and oversee program activities for the Klamath Project which provides irrigation water for about 240,000 acres as well as water for the Klamath National Wildlife Refuges. A key element of the Area Manager position will be continuing to lead the extensive restoration programs under way in the Klamath Basin. Phillips began his federal career working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Portland, Oregon, and later in Sacramento, California, as a project manager on flood control and ecosystem restoration projects, including the Sacramento -San Joaquin River Comprehensive Study. Phillips joined the Mid-Pacific Region in 2001 and has managed several critical water resources programs, including the Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation, the San Luis Drainage Feature Re-evaluation, federal CALFED Bay-Delta Program activities, and currently the San Joaquin River Restoration Program. Phillips holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Portland State University. Additional information and BOR Press Releases are available at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/kbao. NOTE: In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, any copyrighted material herein is distributed without profit or payment to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving this information for non-profit research and educational purposes only. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
Since May 2010, the Bureau of Reclamation’s (BOR) Engineering Division (formerly the Water and Land Division) has been under the supervision of two Acting Chiefs. To fill this position permanently, the BOR Area Office has selected Ryan Madsen as its new Supervisory Engineer for the Engineering Division. Madsen currently resides in the Wyoming Area Office as the Supervisory Civil Engineer where he coordinates Comprehensive and Periodic Facility Reviews. Madsen has worked on Value Engineering studies for the modification of both Glendo and Guernsey Dams on the North Platte River in Wyoming and coordinates the Review of Operation and Maintenance and the associated Facility Reviews for all of the irrigation districts associated with Reclamation in Wyoming. Madsen’s professional background includes experience working as the Safety of Dams Engineer with the Idaho Department of Water Resources, as the Assistant Water Master for the Blackfoot River and as a Deputy Water Master on the Snake River. Coming from an agricultural/ farming background, Madsen understands agriculture and irrigation systems. The Bureau of Reclamation anticipates Ryan Madsen to begin in the Klamath Basin Area Office early January 2011. (WUQ)
Takings Case Update TAKINGS LITIGATION UPDATE – By William Ganong In October 2001, the irrigation, drainage, and improvement districts within the Klamath Reclamation Project, that divert irrigation water from Upper Klamath Lake and the Klamath River, filed suit against the United States in the Federal Court of Claims in Washington D.C. for taking of the irrigation water appurtenant to the land within those districts during the 2001 irrigation season. The lawsuit languished in the Court of Claims until it was transferred to a new trial judge who ultimately ruled that neither the districts nor the landowners served by the districts had any legal basis for suit against the United States for the taking of the water or for breach of the Contracts between the districts and the United States. The plaintiffs appealed that decision to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In March 2008, the U. S. Appeals Court requested that the Oregon Supreme Court answer three questions about the application of Oregon law to the facts of the suit. In March 2010, the Oregon Supreme Court answered the questions, generally finding that that the right to use water for irrigation in Oregon is appurtenant to the land irrigated; that the landowner has an equitable property interest in the water right; and that while
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(Cont’d) Takings Case Update the Klamath River Adjudication will determine who holds legal title to the water right, irrigators claiming an equitable interest in the water need not file or have that interest determined in the Klamath River Adjudication. On November 18, 2010, the U. S. Court of Appeals held oral argument generally focused on the Oregon Supreme Court Opinion. You may listen to the oral argument on the Court of Appeals’ website at http://oralarguments.cafc.uscourts.gov/Audiomp3/20075115.MP3. The oral argument, which was scheduled for one-half an hour, lasted approximately 1½ hours. The three judges on the panel were actively involved in the argument during the entire time. The Court may either affirm the trial court’s decision dismissing the suit or it may remand all or portions of the decision back to the trial court for additional proceedings. Plaintiffs anticipate that the Court of Appeals will remand the decision, and the proceedings in the trial court will then resume. As the case was dismissed by the trial court at a procedurally early stage and substantial work will be required prior to trial of the issues in the case. Therefore, it is likely it will be several more years before trial of the facts occurs. Nevertheless, the developments during the past several years have been positive for plaintiffs and strengthened their resolve to prosecute this matter to a final determination that the use of the water by the plaintiffs is a property right, and that the plaintiffs are entitled to compensation when the United States takes the water for another use.
Tours, Outreach and Activities One of the best outreach opportunities KWUA offers is on-the-ground tours of the Klamath Reclamation Project. Each year KWUA conducts several tours for a range of individuals ranging from local residents, businesses, along with state and federal representatives. While interests vary as to why people tour the Klamath Project, it is undeniable that everyone leaves having taken in breathtaking beauty and new-found respect for the challenges and benefits of farming in the Klamath Basin.
KWUA 2010 Fall Harvest Tour:
On Thursday, the Klamath Water Users Association, or KWUA, took 35 people from government, education, media and other sectors of the community to seven sites associated with agriculture during its third annual farm tour. “The purpose is to show people the agricultural operations happening in their backyard and teach them about the importance of agriculture in the economy,” said Belinda Stewart, program and outreach coordinator at KWUA. “It’s great to get out and talk to farmers on the ground, and let them talk to people who may not otherwise see agriculture as it’s happening.” Agriculture is worth $600 million annually in the Klamath Basin, the second-largest industry in the area behind wood products, said Willie Riggs, director of Oregon State University’s Klamath Falls office. He added that including Northern California, the local agriculture economy is worth close to $1 billion per year.
Touring the farm— Water Users tour gives insight into Basin agriculture By Sara Hottman H&N Staff Reporter September 23, 2010 A group of city slickers last week had the opportunity to do what few of their cohorts will ever experience: taste a slice of a horseradish tuber freshly pulled from the ground; see a butchered pig hanging by its hind legs; smell fresh mint being distilled.
Stops on the tour included: Oregon State University’s Klamath Falls extension office Eco Solar, Balin Farms in Klamath Falls Staunton Farms, Tulelake, Calif. Winema Lodge, Tulelake, Calif. “ Seus Family Farms, Tulelake, Calif. Three M Mint, Tulelake, Calif. Diamond S Meat Company, Klamath Falls NOTE: In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, any copyrighted material herein is distributed without profit or payment to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving this information for non-profit research and educational purposes only. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
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(Cont’d) Tours, Outreach and Activities 73rd annual Klamath Basin Potato Festival: “Potatoes—Can You Dig It ?”
“Klamath Basin Potato Festival Oct 15&16”— Merrill, Oregon Photo Credit: Darcy Hill— http://www.golddustfarms.com/
“KBRA=JOBS” “Klamath Tribes Support Healthy Agriculture”
Between October 15 & 16, 2010—the Annual Klamath Basin Potato Festival took place in Merrill Oregon, where hundreds of friends, family and neighbors gathered for the two day event consisting of a parade down main street, local retail booths, free baked potatoes and a free BBQ. The BBQ featured a fresh spin on Fish „N‟ Chips: local potatoes were roasted with fresh Salmon provided by Klamath River tribal members to show their support for Basin Agriculture. (WUQ) If you would like to participate in tours by hosting a tour stop or helping to plan the Fall Harvest Tour, please contact Tara Jane Campbell Miranda at (541) 883-6100. If you know of a group coming to Klamath Falls that may benefit from a tour of the Klamath Project, we are always happy to help when time allows.
KWUA Welcomes Mark Stuntebeck and Greg Carleton
Klamath Water Users would like to welcome Mark Stuntebeck as Klamath Irrigation District’s (KID) new manager. Mark was born and raised in K-Falls, graduated from Klamath Union High School and Oregon State University, with a Bachelors of Science degree in Forestry Management. Mark has worked at KID for over 25 years, mostly as Assistant Manager. Mark is fifty-two years old, married to wife Dorothy with one 22 year old daughter. His major interests include fishing, hunting, and investing. Representing Klamath Irrigation District, Greg Carleton has been selected to sit as an Alternate on the Klamath Water Users Association Board of Directors for Position 2 (Klamath Irrigation District and Warren Act Contractors). He is a native of the Klamath Basin and a partner in Carleton Farms with his cousin Jim. Together they raise a variety of crops including potatoes, alfalfa, grain and cattle. (WUQ)
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Changes in the KWUA/KWAPA Offices In the fall of 2010, KWUA staffer Belinda Stewart became Belinda Scalas and moved to the Rogue Valley. She is now employed on Congressman Greg Walden’s staff in Medford, Oregon. Tara Jane Campbell now Tara Jane Campbell Miranda began the process of transitioning from working for both KWUA and KWAPA into the full time Policy and Program Coordinator for KWUA. KWUA wishes to thank Belinda for her great work with the Association and we wish her and her new husband Dan the best in their new life. At the same time, we are grateful to have a very talented replacement in Tara Jane, who’s ready to step into a bigger role. She has, been and will continue to be, a great asset to the Project irrigation community. KWAPA Executive Director Hollie Cannon, was joined this summer by Cathy Waters as the KWAPA Bookkeeper and Grants Compliance Coordinator, along with Jan Million as Administrative Assistant and Julie Matthews as KWAPA’s Executive Assistant. Though separate but related, KWUA and KWAPA look forward to sharing our new office space, working with new staff and tackling the issues that matter most to those we serve in the Klamath Reclamations Project. (WUQ) Contact Us! Klamath Water Users Association 735 Commercial Street, Suite 3000 P.O. Box 1402 Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601 Phone (541)-883-6100 Fax (541)-883-8893 Visit us online at: www.kwua.org OR Visit our Facebook page!
KWUA Staff, 2011 Tara Jane Campbell Miranda and Greg Addington
Contact Them! Klamath Water and Power Agency 735 Commercial Street, Suite 4000 P.O. Box 1282 Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601 Phone (541)-850-2503 Fax (541)-883-8893 Visit them online at: www.kwua.org ~Engery:KWAPA
www.kwapa.org Coming Soon!
KWAPA Staff, 2011 Jan Million, Hollie Cannon, Julie Matthews and Cathy Waters
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2010 KWUA Board Members (**President, * Vice President) Position
Position 1 (TID)
Position 2 (KID/ Warren Act)
Position 3 (KDD/ Klamath Hills/ Midland ID)
Position 4 At Large
Position 5 (Shasta View and Malin ID)
Position 6 (Enterprise/ Poe Valley/ Pine Grove ID)
Position 7 (Sunnyside/ Van Brimmer/ Westside ID)
Position 8 (Ady/ Pioneer/ Plevna/ Keno ID)
Position 9 (KBID)
Position 10 (At Large)
Position 11 At Large
** Elections to take place in February 2011