In the Flow

14 August 2023 Update

In this edition:

  • 7 August Election Results
  • Notice of Director Opening
  • Upcoming Events
  • Irrigation Season Update
  • News and Political Issues Effecting the District

7 August 2023 Election Result Announcement: Ballot Measure #1

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The election results for the 7 AUG '23 Ballot Measure #1 are in.

Approximately 1/5 of Klamath Irrigation District registered voters provided their input on allowing the District to enter into a $3.75 Million repayment contract with the Federal government for installing a cut-off wall on the Upper C Canal.

The concrete cut-off wall is deemed by the District and Reclamation as the most cost effective solution to mitigate a moderate risk to Klamath County School properties; however, this option fails to address other priority issues for the District such as seepage, evaporation, bridge repair costs, crossing maintenance, pest management, and general public safety.

Many patrons expressed concerns about the District taking on further financial debt without any guarantee of water deliveries to be able to bring their farm product to market in order to repay the debt.

It is important to note that the District levies annual assessments on each acre of farmland for various items, including the 2016 C-Siphon modernization, Link River Dam operation and maintenance, and the operation and maintenance of over 400 miles of canals and drains. These costs have significantly increased over the past 2 years, resulting in a rate increase in 2023.

While many patrons encourage Klamath Irrigation District to modernize in an effort to better serve the entire Klamath Basin economy, this Ballot Measure #1 Upper C Canal project was not aimed at gaining water efficiency, nor economic benefit, but rather to address a crucial risk management need. Ultimately, the patrons have voted "NO" to additional debt without any guarantee of water deliveries. The water being denied is identified under Oregon State Law as the farmer's property and the delivery of this property is obligated, without discretion, under numerous contracts with the Federal government.

In light of this decision by the patrons of the District, the K.I.D. Board of Directors have directed its executive director to continue to work on finding solutions for the Upper C Canal which do not involve the District entering into further debt. The District will be exploring opportunities to find other funding sources which integrate the vision of modernization, water savings, and economic investment.


There are two positions on the Board of Directors of Klamath Irrigation District that will be open at the end of 2023. The open positions are for Division 3 (currently held by Grant W. Knoll) for a full term of three years, and Division 4 (currently held by David A. Hamel) for a full term of three years. The new terms of office will begin in January 2024.

Parties interested in running for election for either board position must file a Nominating Petition. To run for a board position, the candidate must be registered with Klamath Irrigation District to vote in a District election, must be a qualified elector in the open division, and must file a valid Nominating Petition by 5:00pm, Tuesday, 10 October 2023 at the District office. To inquire about qualifications and/or to pick up a Nominating Petition, please contact the KID office at 6640 KID Lane, Klamath Falls, Oregon: or telephone 541-882-6661.



(ORS 545.137 (3) – published or posted not less than 60 days prior to the scheduled election date)


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Klamath Water Users Protective Association

August Board of Directors Meeting

16 August 2023, 2pm in the KWUA Board Room.

September Board of Directors Meeting

13 August 2023, 2pm in the KWUA Board Room

Visit the KWUA website!

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SDAO News and Announcements

Special Districts Association of Oregon

Board of Directors and Management Staff Training

15 August 2023, in Redmond.

Register now!

15 September 2023, SDAO Member Scholarship Golf Tournament 

10 a.m. - Registration opens | 11 a.m.

More information on the tournament...

20 September 2023 Board Member Relations, Expectations and Ethics – Klamath Falls 

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Klamath Falls Downtown Association August's 3rd Thursday

August 17

@ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Enjoy local vendors, music and food located on Main Street, Klamath Falls.

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Mule Deer Management Plan Update

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ODFW is presenting information on various chapters in the Mule Deer Management Plan Update online and via webinars. Presentations are followed by a Q&A with biologists and a moderator asking questions submitted by the public.

Visit the Mule Deer Management Plan's webpage to read the draft chapters, learn more and submit your comments about the plan.

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Tulelake Butte Valley Fair

7-10 September 2023

Host to the annual family-friendly Tuelake-Butte Valley Fair the Thursday through Sunday after labor day each year.

Click here for the 2023 Exhibits Schedule of Events




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Klamath Irrigation District

September Board of Directors Meeting

14 September 2023, 1pm in the K.I.D. Board Room.

Visit the K.I.D. website to learn more.

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Oregon Water Resources Congress


Elmer G McDaniels Golf Tournament

October 4 – Sisters, OR

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OWRC Water Law Seminar

October 5 – Sisters, OR

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OWRC Board Meeting

October 6 – Sisters, OR

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Visit the OWRC website to learn more.

2023 Irrigation Season Update

In this chart, the inflows and outflows to the Klamath Basin for WY2023 (1 October - 30 September) are displayed as of 13 August 2023.

The salmon-colored vertical lines show daily releases of water to the Klamath River. The black vertical lines show water from the Klamath River returned back to former lakes and wetlands by day since 1 October 2022.

The light blue line is the total net inflow to Upper Klamath Lake calculated each day which is 864,813.7 acre-feet (or 281,800,778,234 gallons).

The dark blue line is an estimation of how much water would have been available to the Klamath River at the natural Keno reef under natural conditions assuming Lower Klamath Lake was at the natural reef elevation on 1 October 2021 (after 2 years of very dry conditions...this is optimistic and gives benefit to any argument about LKL conditions after 2 consecutive years of drought). This chart assumes that the WY2022 deficiencies would have required flows between October and December 2022 to refill the LKL to a level where it would spill into the Klamath River canyon over the natural reef. Note flows to the Klamath River would have been curtailed by the environmental conditions until 1 January 2023 if the Klamath Reclamation Project were not operating. This also shows that around 6 July 2023, more water has been unnaturally released over the Keno dam than nature would have allowed as evaporation on LKL would have required the flows to refill the evaporated amount and that the Link River and the Keno reef would be dry right now but for the Klamath Reclamation Project. Note that the evaporation on LKL continues with these higher temperatures and is estimated by the Yellow line.

The multicolored line shows how much water has been released over the Keno reef. (559,545 acre feet)

The grey line shows Klamath Reclamation Project returning water to the former lakes and marshlands at a rate that is similar to the natural evaporation rates for LKL.

Click here for Klamath current conditions 8_14_2023.pdf

The chart above calculates the daily and overall return of water to the former lakes and marshlands by the Klamath Reclamation Project since 1 March 2023. As of 13 August 2023, only 194,298 acre-feet of water have been returned.

The blue color shows water through the A Canal (which on a year such as 2023 would typically deliver 223,000 acre-feet to the former lakes and marshlands). Only 107,322 acre-feet have been delivered so far this year.

The orange color shows other points of diversion across the Klamath basin. In total, for 2023, an average water year, historically the project has routinely returned over 360,000 acre-feet of water to farms and refuges. No water is anticipated to be delivered to the Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuges as per Reclamation's 2023 drought plan.

Many farmers with contracts under the Warren Act have been issued letters of curtailment as they were only allowed 0.6 acre-feet of water per acre for crops that demand over 2 acre-feet of water. Some of these farmers have opted to turn on their ground water-wells which had been off this irrigation season, allowing the groundwater water aquifer to rest. Unfortunately, Reclamation's plan now taxes the ground groundwater reserves in an average water year.

The yellow color shows the district manager's best guess on deliveries under Reclamation's 2023 drought plan with the Klamath Reclamation Project returning less water to the former lakes and marshlands than would have naturally evaporated. This will be the fourth straight year of Reclamation's unnatural diversion of water over the Keno Reef away from the refuges.

The chart also shows that on 23 August 2023, Reclamation is anticipated to be in conflict with its 2023 Drought Plan with only 208,304 acre-feet of water returned to the former lakes and marshes and over 140,000 acre-feet of water already over-delivered to the Klamath River above what natural conditions would have allowed.

Discussions of dam removal flow this fall and winter indicate minimum flows are desired to allow for in-stream work. Given a strong El-Nino cycle is anticipated, this means our water will be delivered in the form of rain (not large amounts of snow) this winter. This means that storage in Upper Klamath Lake will need to be able to be flexible enough to retain a great deal of water between December and April to offset the anticipated low snowpack. Unfortunately, Reclamation's 2023 drought plan contradicts this weather pattern and water management planning. In plain terms, this means that farmers will again be denied their property by the federal government in 2023, and the excess water from the flood control management this winter will be a loss for farmers, wildlife refuges, birds, ecosystems, and the endangered fish which have habitat in the Tulelake and Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuges.

District managers have been in communication with Reclamation officials to identify what steps Reclamation anticipates to take to mitigate the continued failure of the Interim Operations Plan and the 2020-2023 operations plans. No answers to these questions are currently available from the attorneys in the Department of the Interior other than a new consultation has begun and the local area office has less than 45 days to write a new plan.

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