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29 October 2021 Update
Klamath Irrigation District Zone 2 Election 2021
Klamath Irrigation district will hold an election for Directors of the Board on 9 November 2021.

The Election will be for one (1) of five (5) director positions which represent Division 2.

Division 2: Following the District boundaries. Generally South and east of Old Midland Road and Tingley Lane intersection, south of East-West line of Lost River Diversion Channel from Tingley Lane to Hwy 39 and North of Matney Way.

The following candidates are eligible for election.

Jerry A Enman – Incumbent
Rodney Cheyne – Candidate

This is a 3-year position.

The polling location for Division 2 will be the Klamath Irrigation District Office. The polling location will be open from 7:00am to 8:00pm on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, Members of Klamath Irrigation District, who are registered to vote, residing, and owning land in the specified divisions are eligible to vote for the director from that division. This election is being conducted through a mail-in ballot. Ballots were sent to registered voters on 20 October 2021. Ballots must be received by the District No Later than 8:00p.m. on 9 November 2021.
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Klamath Water Users Association's
October Newsletter
Table of Contents
KWUA 13th Annual Fall Harvest Tour
Remembering George Ranjus
What has KWUA been working on
KID Election Notice
D.C Report – TFG
In the Know

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Barnes/Agency Ranches Proposed Restoration Project
Extract from Klamath Water Users Association's September Newsletter.

"KWUA participated in a meeting on September 7 regarding the proposed Barnes/Agency Ranches restoration project. This project would expand the footprint of Upper Klamath Lake. In November of 2020, KWUA requested a technical analysis of the effects on the project on the availability of water for other uses. Although we were provided with a particular hydrologic analysis related to storage volumes and Upper Klamath Lake elevations under the project, we do not yet have an analysis of the water supply impacts of the potential project...Conservation organizations believe the project would have considerable value for waterfowl and reduced phosphorous loading to Upper Klamath Lake, which are good things, but KWUA cannot be expected to support the project with the current lack of key technical information."

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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
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:
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Klamath Basin

Bitter Harvest: Klamath Basin farmers take stock of their losses
October 16, 2021

Bill Meyer Show interview with William Simpson regarding Klamath dam removal
October 26, 2021

USDA Invests $15 Million in Klamath River Basin
2 August 2021

Regional Reporting

October 28, 2021
The Biden administration Wednesday moved 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. Read more

October 28, 2021
What are Oregonians hiring their next governor to do? Read more

Western states to receive drought resiliency funding
October 28, 2021
By Carol Ryan Dumas
Idaho, Washington state and California will be three of the recipients of a $21 million investment by USDA to help farmers and ranchers conserve water and build drought resiliency in their communities.

WAIT AND SEE: Western farmers hope to bounce back from an exceptionally dry year
October 28, 2021
By Brad Carlson
For the Boise River — and rivers like it around the West — 2022 could be a make-or-break year for irrigated agriculture. This year’s drought and high heat left most of the region’s rivers and reservoirs running low, and farmers have their fingers crossed that the winter will bring a lot of rain and a hefty snowpack in the mountains that will replenish them through next summer.

Vale Irrigation District employee dies when truck rolls
October 28, 2021
By Les Zaitz 
An employee of the Vale Oregon Irrigation District was killed Wednesday when a dump truck he was driving along a canal overturned and rolled, according to Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe.

NW onion shipments down
October 27, 2021
By Brad Carlson
Northwest onion shipments are down, dragged by lower yields. Prices are mixed, and favor big onions.

Grocer sues Oregon beef producer for $2.7M over outbreak
October 25, 2021
By Gerry O'Brien
Lawyers representing New Seasons Market have filed a $2.7 million lawsuit against a Redmond-based beef producer accusing the company of negligence for delivering beef tainted with E. coli in 2019, court records show.

How wildfire is introducing a new weather hazard to the Pacific Northwest
October 24, 2021
By Jes Burns
Parts of the Pacific Northwest are being hit hard by rain and wind this weekend thanks to a bomb cyclone offshore. The National Weather Service called it the “most impressive” cyclone event in the “recent history off the Pacific Northwest coast.”

October 26, 2021
Only 203 of Oregon's more than 40,000 state workers were put on leave due to the mandate, while more than 4,800 received religious or medical exemptions. Read more

October 26,2021
A powerful atmospheric river storm that swept through California set rainfall records and helped douse wildfires. But it remained to be seen how much of a dent it made in the state's drought. Read more

NASA launches tool that measures Western water loss
October 21, 2021
By Brittany Peterson and Suman Naishadham
NASA on Thursday launched an online platform with information on how much water evaporates into the atmosphere from plants, soils and other surfaces in the U.S. West, data it says could help water managers, farmers and state officials better manage resources in the parched region.

Northwest hay market is in for a bumpy ride
October 19, 2021

Washington State Farmer fined $304K over alleged water theft during drought
October 21, 2021

Flood Irrigation Forever: Farmers provide crucial habitat for migratory waterfowl, recharge aquifer
October 21, 2021

Annual reduction of Wickiup outflow shakes up Deschutes ecosystem
October 20, 2021


Farmers propose solutions to drought conditions in the western United States
October 19, 2021

Deschutes River Conservancy organizes yearly fall fish rescue, saving 100s of stranded fish
October 19, 2021


The Fight to Save the Salmon
October 18, 2021

Water Infrastructure and Resiliency: Industry Report and Investment Case
October 18, 2021

La Niña is coming. Here’s what that means for winter weather in the U.S.
October 15, 2021
By Rachel Treisman

Madras Pioneer | 10.13.2021
Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries
Visit the BOLI website for information about upcoming trainings.  

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 -
Lauren Bennett, Public Affairs Officer -
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
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 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.
Oregon Department of Agriculture - Organic Cost Share Reimbursement Program Now Accepting Applicants
USDA awards Oregon $109,250 for the Organic Certification Cost Share Program
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) allocated more than $6 million for the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) nationwide. Oregon was awarded $109,250 for the 2021 funding year. The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is a USDA-accredited certifying agent for organic crop production and handling/processing. The purpose of the OCCSP is to reimburse organic operations for specific organic certification costs. Oregon is fourth in the nation in the sales of certified organic commodities. 
“The past year has been difficult for Oregonians and the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification should not be a barrier for Oregon producers wanting to compete in the organic marketplace,” said Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Alexis Taylor. “Farms and businesses that produce, process, or package certified organic agricultural products are eligible for the 50 percent reimbursement of certification related costs. I encourage our Oregon organic growers, processors and producers to take advantage of this opportunity."
Congress authorizes the USDA to provide organic certification cost-share assistance to Oregon producers or handlers who have paid eligible costs from October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021. In addition, Oregon producers or handlers that receive certification or renew their certification from a USDA accredited certifier are eligible to receive reimbursement for 50% of eligible certification fees, up to a maximum of $500 per annual certification scope.
Completed applications and all necessary documents with proof of payment between October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021, must be submitted by November 1, 2021. Reimbursements will be made on a first-come, first-served basis until all available funds have been disbursed. For completed applications, please allow 3-4 weeks to receive your reimbursement.
ODA is now accepting OCCSP applications. For more information, please visit the ODA webpage or contact the OCCSP at or 503-986-6473.  
Contact: Gabrielle Ugalde
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.