In the Flow
District news & updates
17 April 2023 Update
In this Issue:
  • Upcoming Events
  • 2023 Irrigation Season UPDATE
  • Update from Farmers Conservation Alliance
  • News Stories Impacting Our Communities
  • Funding Opportunities and News / Press Releases
  • Recently published interactive Story Maps
Oregon State University Extension Center
OSU events outside the local area
Apr 19
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Apr 25
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm PDT Online

May 3 - Oct 11
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Central Point, OR

May 4
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Central Point, OR

May 10
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm PDT Online

May 17
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Central Point, OR

Jun 8
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT Online

Jun 30
Baker City, OR
Sep 12 -
Dec 12
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Central Point, OR
2023 Irrigation Season Outlook
On 13 March 2023, Reclamation announced that 215,000 acre-feet of water would be available to the Klamath Reclamation Project irrigators from Upper Klamath Lake. No water is anticipated to be available for irrigation prior to 1 May 2023.

In Reclamation contract priority, this ensures the Van Brimmer Ditch Company and Henley-Ankey water rights holders will be able to receive 50cfs of delivery while water is available. It further allows Klamath Irrigation District and Tulelake Irrigation District farmers information to update their annual farm plans.

Unfortunately, this amount is less than anticipated in a year of average precipitation and very good snow-pack. Reclamation's "B" contractors will need to wait a bit longer for Reclamation to analyze the available supply, communicate with its "A" contractors, and issue a 2023 drought a year of average precipitation and very good snowpack.

Klamath Irrigation District has initiated its 2023 water-up plan which requires another very slow and controlled water-up of the A Canal; we are anticipating this process to take in excess of three weeks. Once the A Canal is charged from water purchased from Klamath Drainage District, and irrigation water becomes available to charge the remaining 191 miles of canals, it is likely to take the District at least a week before any irrigation deliveries are available due to the constraints and limitations of the irrigation system.

This is also contingent upon any update in the Yurok litigation to take control of the Klamath Reclamation Project by undermining the results of the Klamath River Adjudication. This has been discussed in previous newsletters.

Another factor that is not currently assessed as an issue is the impact of the "flushing flow" from stored water in Upper Klamath Lake deemed necessary by the National Marine Fisheries Service to mitigate C.shasta parasites in the worms in the Klamath River which mostly effect the non-treated, and non-endangered Chinook salmon which make up less than 2% of the diet of the remaining 74 Southern Resident Killer Whale population. If the flushing flow threatens the elevation of Upper Klamath Lake from dropping below 4,142, the opinion expressed as the minimum for endangered C'waam sucker spawning, then this will negatively impact the District's ability to meet initial irrigation demands through 1 June 2023.

Klamath Irrigation District ditch rider schedules are posted on our website or available to pick up in the office.
Political Issues effecting Food Security
The Lord Providith...

In this issue of The Ag Mag, K.I.D.'s Executive Director provides a guest editorial...and an answer to the question asked in the last issue.

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Basin Ag News

Klamath County is ranked 5th in total agricultural farm gate value out of 36 counties and is first in total organic agricultural revenue for the State of Oregon. The stories in the 4th edition to this publication should be available here soon...

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Update from Farmers Conservation Alliance
In February and March, SHN Engineers & Geologists, Inc. (SHN) began preliminary design on a piped and pressurized D-System. This alternative, along with a gravity-fed piped alternative, will be included in draft System Improvement Plan which should be completed in the next few months.
The Watershed Plan Scoping Period ended on March 10, 2023. Throughout the Scoping Period, FCA maintained the mailing list and recorded the public’s comments. In the next months, FCA, with subcontractor, Parametrix, Inc., will begin drafting a Preliminary Draft Plan.

Keith Kueny, Energy and Resiliency Manager, met with the Nexus Team from University of California-Merced in Februrary. The Nexus Team is a team of researchers from UC-Merced that focus on environmental engineering challenges, including the development of canal covered solar. Canal solar would lay solar panels over the existing canal infrastructure. Benefits of canal solar include improved water quality and evaporation reduction, while also increasing energy production because of the cooling effects of water beneath the panels. Pairing with Turlock Irrigation District, the team will do the site design of Turlock’s solar covered canal system and use the opportunity to study the cooling effects of canal solar reducing evaporation. Team Nexus would like to study canal solar in the Klamath Basin and partner with the local districts if they are interested in a canal-covered solar project. The team estimates that 3,500 ft of canal would produce upwards of 2MWs of energy at a cost of $2,500,000 per MW.

Currently, there are 4 Megawatts of available capacity on the Pacific Power (PAC) utility circuit that serves Klamath Irrigation District. PAC would be willing to hold that capacity in a partnership to develop canal solar because the utility would include the project in their distribution system plan.

We also met with Alexis Cooley, Project Officer Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ), regarding whether canopy solar would qualify for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program. ODEQ indicated that the fund could be used for canopy solar because of the water quality benefits of covering canals. New federal tax credits combined with a CWSRF forgivable loan could cover 70-80% of project costs, reducing the amount of additional financing needed for the project.

Brett Golden, FCA Director of Modernization, Amanda Schroeder, FCA Program Specialist, and BJ Westlund, FCA Government Relations Manager, joined irrigation community members and their partners for a brief listening session and A Canal site visit with Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Senator Jeff Merkley on March 18. Further, Brett joined irrigation communities; non-profit organizations; and local, state, federal, and tribal agency staff and/or elected officials for a Klamath workshop on March 21. We appreciated the opportunity to learn from community members during each of these two events.

Update from Family Farm Alliance
April 2023 "Monthly Briefing" Now Available!

It also spells disaster for many California communities hit with destructive flooding and damage to agricultural land that farmers say will be costly to address and could take months before they can farm again. And, further inland, severe winter...

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News Stories Impacting our Communities
Food Security is National Security!
Most commodity prices are expected to decrease in 2023

Following a year of unfavorable weather in many parts of the nation, Russia's invasion of Ukraine, an avian flu outbreak and the high commodity prices they created, this year will bring lower commodity prices, farm income and food price...

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Input costs weigh on NW wheat farmers heading into spring

As a late spring beckons, input costs are top of mind for Northwest wheat farmers. "Especially after last year's input prices increased so exorbitantly in a short period of time and with rising inflation," said Britany Hurst Marchant, Idaho Wheat ...

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Recreational Ocean Salmon Fishing: Opening mid-June in...

The Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC) has finalized the 2023 ocean salmon seasons. The decision effects ocean waters off Oregon. Columbia Basin hatchery coho salmon and Oregon Coast Natural coho mark bright spots with a third...

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CDFW Restoration Grant Awards

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Watershed Restoration Grants Branch Restoration Grant Awards - April 2023

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Last ride in Hell's Corner: Rafters savor final season...

It's last call for one of the West Coast's most unique whitewater rafting trips this summer. The Upper Klamath River, located southwest of Klamath Falls, has taken rafters on thrill rides for the past four decades thanks to a system of dams that...

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How to create more bee habitat on small farms

When it comes to bees on farmland, the more the better, according to a bee expert. During an online seminar on Wednesday, Andony Melathopoulos, assistant professor and pollinator health extension specialist at Oregon State University, taught...

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Funding Opportunities and News / Press Releases
How to Use Email Marketing Automation, Without...

I know - it's scary at first. Your customer relationships mean everything to your business, and you don't want to damage your relationships with...

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Best Practices for Small Business
Recent Story Map Projects
A Brief History of the Klamath Irrigation District

and the Klamath Reclamation Project

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Wetlands, Waterbirds, and Water

A visual journey through a century of change

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Stories from Klamath River Basin

Water Solutions Network

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Preparing the Klamath Basin for Dam Removal

A StoryMap Spotlighting Collaborative Efforts to Enhance Fish Passage in the Klamath River Basin in Honor of World Fish Migration Day 2020 with a moderate amount of misinformation.

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The Klamath River - A Tribal Perspective

The purpose of this story map is to explore the perception of damage that dams have done to the native culture and river's ecosystem.

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CDFW Restoration Grant Awards

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Watershed Restoration Grants Branch Restoration Grant Awards - April 2023

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Employment Opportunities
2023 Klamath County Job Fair

" All Events Are you looking for a job? Come down to our Job Fair! We have lots of potential employers that want to meet you! This could be your ticket to finding your dream job, you never know! The job fair will take place at the Klamath County...

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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.