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11 November 2021 Update
To all those who have served or currently serve our country, we thank you for your service, bravery, and hard work. We greatly appreciate you and wish you the best on this Veterans Day.
2021 K.I.D. Zone 2 Election Results
The election for Director position representing Zone 2 was conducted by mail this year. The appointed judges for the election were sworn in and closed the polls at 2000 hrs (8 p.m. PDT) on 9 November 2021. The judges reported a good turnout of voters supporting both the incumbent and the nominee. The Board of Directors canvassed the votes on 11 November and declared Rodney Cheyne the incoming Director for Zone 2.

Rodney will take his oath of office during K.I.D.s Annual Meeting scheduled for 13 January 2022.
Rodney Cheyne and wife Nichelle.
Your maintenance crews at work!
Since our last update, your maintenance crews have been working on the outflow box of the Adams Siphon near Highway 39, just North of Merrill. The siphon outlet boxes were identified last year as a problem area. The team is replacing deteriorated concrete, restructuring the box, addressing seepage, and improving the efficiency of the flow control apparatus.

Other maintenance crews have been working in the suburbs of Klamath Falls with Enterprise Irrigation District and Klamath Country Service and Drainage District to install pipe into the 1-C drain system.

Others are working to rehab a check on the D System.

We have been experimenting with our prototype mower extension for the excavator, this fabrication has been a learning process and we are still discovering new problems to work around.
Partnership with Farmers Conservation Alliance October Update
Farmers Conservation Alliance assisted the Klamath Water Users Association to successfully secure $5M of federal funding for SCADA control and automation in the Klamath Basin. While the appropriations bills still need to be finalized and voted on, Senator Merkley has secured this congressionally-directed spending in the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations bill.

On October 22, Margi Hoffmann, FCA Director of Strategic Operations, and Amanda Schroeder met with the Bureau of Reclamation to discuss their thoughts on how to use this funding.
We developed an Oregon Water Resources Department feasibility study grant application on behalf of the Klamath Irrigation District. This grant would support technical data collection such as GIS mapping and water loss assessments, and development of a System Improvement Plan. David McKay, FCA Program Specialist, shared a draft grant proposal with Gene Souza, District Manager, for his review and followed up with a final draft and attachments for the District to submit on November 3.

Margi Hoffmann, FCA’s Director of Strategic Operations, has been working closely with Gene Souza on Section 106 compliance for the piping project included in one of the district’s current WaterSMART grants. Margi reached out to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to determine what, if any, additional materials are needed to get sign off by the agency to complete the consultation. The next step will be to meet with the Bureau of Reclamation to ask that they share the current cultural resource surveys with SHPO to formally begin the consultation process.

Also in October, Jed Jorgensen, Director of Energy Solutions, reviewed utility payment invoices from the summer to evaluate the performance of the District’s two 10kW solar photovoltaic installations. Based on the information provided by the District, it appears that the systems are operating within the ballpark of what would be expected. Modest performance improvements might be possible by optimizing cleaning of the systems before and during peak production (summer months) and by repairing a broken tracking system on one set of panels.
We are testing the capabilities of Constant Contact to determine the viability of transitioning to an electronic newsletter format.
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Regular post mail 1-2 times per year
Pick up info / letters / flyers from the K.I.D. office
K.I.D. website updated when new information is available
Electronic mail monthly (this medium)
REQUEST FOR SUPPORT
William E. Simpson II is a naturalist studying the wildlife in the area around the Klamath Dams. He is the author of two published books and more than 150 published articles on subjects related to wild horses, wildlife, wildfire, and public land management. Mr. Simpson has a commercial background in social media and Internet marketing and conducted ad design and distribution for some of America's largest Fortune 100 & 500 businesses.

Mr. Simpson has a plan, based upon a successful small-scale pilot, to launch an integrated marketing plan to educate a massive public audience, using Facebook targeted-ads with accompanying press releases, to expose the truth about the Klamath River dam removal project to change current public opinion.

Mr. Simpson, as an individual contractor, is requesting support in the way of donations from the community to counter the misinformation in the mass media related to the Klamath River watershed. Many are unaware of the malfeasance and misrepresentations which are being propagated.

Recent press releases written and distributed by Mr. Simpson as a contracted service to Siskiyou County Water Users Assn. can be found at https://www.einpresswire.com/sources/u442873
 
Of note: Mr. Simpson has never been a member or affiliated with Siskiyou County Water Users Assn. Mr. Simpson can be contacted directly about his plan and donations. More about William and his contact information at: https://www.WildHorseFireBrigade.com
Employment opportunities shared by our neighbors
Swalley Irrigation District - Office Assistant
To apply, go to the Swalley website https://www.swalley.com/job-openings and download the Office Assistant Application and Job Description documents. 

Tualatin Valley Irrigation District – Maintenance/Pipeline Technician
Application deadline: Open until filled

Ochoco Irrigation District - Bookkeeper
Position is open until filled. Expected start date is January, 2022.
Application and Job Description are posted on the OID Website; www.Ochocoid.org

Tumalo Irrigation District - Maintenance/Ditch Rider
This full-time position is being advertised November 2021 until filled. Applications/ resume should be submitted to the District office at staff@tumalo.org To view full job announcement visit our website at: http://www.tumalo.org


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
News stories shared with K.I.D.
Klamath Basin
Migrating birds skip dry Klamath refuges, disrupting annual migration
November 2, 2021 Read more...
Editorial: Feds don't recognize farmers' water rights
Oct 21, 2021 Read More...
‘If the fish die, the people die’: Water wars in America’s West
10 Nov 2021 Read More
Regional Information
Biden administration leaves ESA 'habitat' undefined
October 28, 2021
The Biden administration moved Oct. 27 to undo Donald Trump’s Endangered Species Act reforms, proposing to give federal officials a free hand in designating habitat deemed critical for recovery of a species.
Adoption of Changes to Certain Minimum and Maximum Penalties for Alleged Violations
Oregon OSHA
Effective in January of 2021, the federal maximum penalty for a violation that is not classified as willful or repeat was increased to $13,653 and the maximum penalty for willful or repeated violations was increased to $136,532. In addition, this rulemaking includes several other clarifications and technical adjustments to the Oregon OSHA penalty rules. Read more...
The sentiment on financial health on U.S. farms and ranches remained weak in October, driven mainly by increasing input costs — particularly fertilizer prices. Read more
The Biden administration rolled out its vaccination rule for larger employers Thursday, providing a narrow exemption for some outdoor workers. Read more
The Prineville company, Krah USA LLC, is the first plant in the U.S. to manufacture large-diameter, high-density polyethylene pipes, technology developed by the German company, Krah Group. Read more
The package, HR 3684, includes investments in dams, waterways, flood prevention efforts, drought resilience, groundwater storage and conveyance, aquifer recharge projects and other water works. Read more
The TFG Special Report provides a useful summary of what the BIF contains. It remains current and accurate, since the bill was unchanged after passing the Senate. The key Western water provisions are summarized on pages 28 and 29 of the Report.  
Oregon expands historic transportation investment with 3% vehicle fee increase
Oregon Department of Transportation
Oregonians will see fees rise about 3% when they renew their vehicle tags, get a trip permit or apply for a vehicle title next year. The fee increase will take effect Jan. 1, 2022, and is the third of four scheduled fee changes under Oregon’s historic House Bill 2017 transportation investment package. The final fee increase will start in January 2024. Learn more...
Renew license, ID, vehicle tags before end of moratorium
Oregon Department of Transportation
The Oregon law enforcement moratorium for expired vehicle registration, driver licenses and ID cards will end Dec. 31. If you need to renew, do it as soon as you can – before an expected rush at the end of the year. Read more...
Cascades heading toward a future with little to no snowpack, new analysis suggests
November 3, 2021
Research scientist and co-author Alan Rhoades said the lab hopes to elevate snowpack loss as one of the American West’s foremost climate issues alongside things like sea level rise and the worsening wildfire season.
Nosepump allows cattle to pump their own water
November 2, 2021 
“We modified this so cattle could push a lever with their nose. This operates the piston pump by raising and lowering the piston in the cylinder, the same as a handle did,” he explains.
How businesses can help restore water and wildlife in Oregon’s rivers
November 1, 2021
By Genevieve Hubert 
In addition to water supply becoming less reliable over time, we also have the inflexible legal tangle that is Western water law — which varies state by state. Western water law is anchored by the principle of prior appropriations, meaning the first person to obtain a right (senior priority) is the last to be shut off in times of shortage, and they are entitled to every drop of their water before any goes to the next priority date in line. This continues until all water is used.
Several fertilizer producers recently reported bullish financial results to investors and predicted that global economic factors bode well for their continued strong performance — meaning prices will stay high. Read more...
Wild and scenic river bill could get a vote in 2022, Wyden says
November 10, 2021
By Michael Kohn
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said Tuesday that a plan to protect thousands of miles of rivers and streams in Oregon from development could become law next year. Read more...
Eastern Oregon ranchers cope with fallout from drought
November 7, 2021
Every day, cattle rancher Todd Nash has filled a 1,000-gallon tank with water from his home and hauled it to one of his herds grazing on land he rents nearby. Read more...
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries
 
Visit the BOLI website for information about upcoming trainings.  
 
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

The Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant Program is currently accepting applications. Applications must be submitted electronically through the grant portal at https://usda-prs.grantsolutions.gov/usda by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, November 22, 2021. Approximately $650 million in funding is available for the PRS grants.

Klamath County Farm Service Agency is Accepting Emergency Conservation Program Applications
(Klamath Falls, Oregon), October 4, 2021 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Laura Hall today announced that Klamath County is accepting applications for the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) to address damages from drought. ECP signup will begin on October 4, 2021, and end on December 3, 2021.




Financial assistance available to Oregon farmers, ranchers and forest landowners
Release No.: 2021-10-004
Contact: Catherine Magee, Programs Lead - Catherine.Magee@usda.gov
Lauren Bennett, Public Affairs Officer - Lauren.Bennett2@usda.gov
Next application deadline November 19
PORTLANDOre., October 19, 2021 — Opportunities are available for Oregon farmers, ranchers and forest owners to perform voluntary conservation activities on their privately-owned land with financial assistance from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
 
NRCS Oregon announces a new sign-up deadline for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Applicants must apply by November 19, 2021 to be considered for the first round of fiscal year 2022 funding.
 
To apply for EQIP, contact your local USDA Service Center or apply online at farmers.gov.
The November 19 sign-up deadline applies to the following EQIP funding pools:
·   General EQIP: In Oregon, general EQIP dollars are only available to producers within a Conservation Implementation Strategy (CIS) area. CIS’s are locally-led projects developed by farmers and partners through the NRCS Local Work Group process. See a map of current CIS’s on the NRCS Oregon homepage and a list of current CIS’s here.
 
·   Organic EQIP: Offers assistance to USDA certified organic producers and to producers wishing to transition their operation to obtain an organic certification. Visit the Organic EQIP page here.
 
·   Seasonal High Tunnel EQIP: Offers assistance to install a seasonal high tunnel (hoop house) to extend seasonal crop production to strengthen local and regional food markets while reducing pesticide use and energy inputs. Visit the Seasonal High Tunnel EQIP page here.
 
·   On-Farm Energy EQIP: Assists producers to conserve energy on their farms through an on-farm energy audit and provides assistance to implement various recommended measures identified in an energy audit. Visit the On-Farm Energy EQIP page here.
 
·   Sage Grouse Initiative EQIP: Focuses on making measurable and significant progress toward treating threats to rangeland health including sage grouse habitat on private lands. Visit the Sage Grouse Initiative EQIP page here.
 
·   Animal Feeding Operation Initiative: Available to AFO producers statewide to address water quality and air quality resource concerns by developing a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan to manage manure and organic byproducts; and to implement conservation practices identified in that plan. Visit the Animal Feeding Operation Initiative page here.
 
·   Joint Chiefs Landscape Restoration Initiative: These projects focus on reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire on private forestlands and adjacent federal lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Visit the Joint Chiefs page here.
 
·   Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) EQIP projects: There are currently 17 active RCPP projects throughout Oregon. These are typically 5-year projects with specific goals within regions and watersheds. Visit the Oregon RCPP webpage to learn more about RCPP funding opportunities and program eligibility. To apply for RCPP and see what is available in your area, call your local USDA Service Center or lead partner for the RCPP Project.
 
·   National Water Quality Initiative: NRCS works closely with conservation partners to select priority watersheds where on-farm conservation investments will deliver the greatest water quality improvements. Fiscal year 2022 funding is available for the Lost River watershed in Klamath County. Visit the National Water Quality Initiative page here.
 
·   National Air Quality Initiative: In Oregon, NAQI funding is available to farmers in Hood River County to help orchard producers reduce the use of high-emission, diesel-fuel smudge pots which are commonly used to protect crops from damaging spring frosts. NRCS is providing a financial incentive to help growers remove smudge pots from their operations, so they can be replaced with cleaner, more efficient systems. Visit the National Air Quality Initiative page here.
 
To learn more about EQIP funding opportunities in Oregon and for more information about program eligibility, visit the Oregon EQIP webpage.
To search EQIP funding opportunities specific to each county, visit the NRCS Oregon website at www.or.nrcs.usda.gov and click the “What’s Available in My County?” icon.
Interested applicants can also contact their local USDA Service Center to inquire about EQIP opportunities in their county and to apply for assistance.
 
 
The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board is pleased to announce an offering for Organizational Collaboration Grant applications.
The purpose of these grants is to support new or expanded strategic collaborations to build resilient, sustainable, local organizations that achieve ecological outcomes and engage local communities. 
The revised Organizational Collaboration grant offering will focus funding specifically toward organizations pursuing operational changes that address gaps in capacity and improve delivery of actions to protect and restore native fish and wildlife habitats and water quality and stream flows.
Eligible activities include:
·   Mergers/consolidations.
·   Development of formal alliances, such as an arrangement between two or more organizations to work together on a mutually beneficial project while retaining organizational independence.
·   Development of action networks, including a network of organizations that seek complete alignment to achieve specific objectives.
 
Application Information
The Organizational Collaboration grant application is available through OWEB’s Online Grant Application system.
The maximum request is $75,000.
All partnerships interested in submitting a grant application are required to participate in a pre-application consultation with OWEB staff.
Consultations will occur beginning in October and can be scheduled by contacting Courtney Shaff, OWEB (971-345-7012).
Applications are due by February 24, 2022 at 5pm.


Dry Well Resources
Resource availability under these programs may vary over time. For general drought assistance, see the Federal Financial Assistance Programs handout.

·         Oregon Water Resources Department: The Oregon Legislature approved House Bill 2145, which establishes a funding program for well abandonments and household water well repairs or replacements. Authorization for this program does not go into effect until 2022. Submit a Dry Well Report Form to be notified when funding is available. Contact: Bryn Hudson, bryn.hudson@oregon.gov / (503) 302-7584

·         US Department of Agriculture Rural Development Single Family Housing Repair Loans & Grants: https://go.usa.gov/x6QaV Loans to low income homeowners of up to $40,000 to repair or improve homes, including private water wells. Grants up to $10,000 to low income seniors (age 62 or older) to remove health and safety hazards. Contact: Brett Dixon, bret.dixon@usda.gov / (541) 801-2681

·         Farm Service Agency Emergency Conservation Program: https://go.usa.gov/xFrmBThis program provides emergency funding and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers which may in some cases include replacing a well. Contact: Sarah Hanlon, sarah.hanlon@usda.gov / (503) 404-1116

·         Rural Community Assistance Corporation: May offer low interest Household Water Well System Loans (www.rcac.org/lending/household-water-well-loans/) up to $18,000 to construct, refurbish, or replace individual water well systems. Contact: Deborah Almazan, dalmazan@rcac.org / (725) 221-0474
The mission of Klamath Irrigation District is to acquire, maintain, assure, and deliver an adequate water supply for beneficial use on qualified land with the Klamath Project. We represent our Patrons before government agencies, the legislature, Congress, and in such forms as appropriate for the perfection and protection of their water rights. 

We defend the District from actions which would diminish our effectiveness and function. 

We further promote the conservation of water, soil, and other natural resources.