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District news & updates
2 May 2022 Update
There are multiple opportunities for the public to provide input, including:

Attend a public listening session. Listening sessions will be approximately two hours long and will include introductory presentations followed by discussion with attendees. Dates and times for the sessions are listed below. To register for a listening session, click on the date below.
Session 1 – Thursday, April 14
Session 2 – Wednesday, April 20
Session 3 – Tuesday, May 3 6 – 8 pm
Session 4 – Wednesday, May 11 5 – 7 pm
Session 5 – Tuesday, May 17 1 – 3 pm
Session 6 – Thursday, May 19 9 – 11 am
 
Fill out a survey. For those unable to attend a listening session, or to share feedback anonymously, take this survey, which covers the same content as the listening sessions. The survey will be open until Friday, May 27, 2022.
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board launches public process on climate considerations
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board sent this bulletin at 03/22/2022 10:07 AM PDT
The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) is gathering feedback on how to implement its Climate Resolution, board resolution 2022-01. The resolution commits OWEB to add climate change considerations into funding and policy decisions.
 
 To gather feedback, OWEB is launching a public engagement process. OWEB will ask participants about the challenges and opportunities associated with including climate criteria in grant offerings.
 
 OWEB plans to use the feedback in a future rulemaking process to add climate-focused criteria to grant applications and evaluations. Rulemaking is tentatively slated to begin in September 2022.
 
Contact OWEB staff directly. To discuss the climate resolution directly with OWEB staff, or if you have any questions, please contact Eric Hartstein (hartstein@oweb.oregon.gov) or Jessi Kershner (jessi.kershner@oweb.oregon.gov).
Partnership with Farmers Conservation Alliance Update
Klamath Irrigation District has been coordinating closely with Farmers Conservation Alliance over the past 30 days prioritizing potential projects for this fall, updating our Watershed agreement, updating our mapping information, and sharing data which will lead to a more efficient water delivery system in time. Our primary focus is on modernizing the D Canal system, our resources are looking at both the watershed management and system improvement plan. Other elements of our partnership include requesting additional funding for our SCADA modernization efforts as costs have increased since the approval of our WaterSMART grant 50% cost share with Reclamation. We have discussed many of the District's critical needs and are enthusiastic funding may be found to address some concerns we have with the aging infrastructure.

Many thanks to our partners at Ducks Unlimited and Klamath Water Users Association for continued support on this important project.
Request(s) for Support
Klamath Falls is proposed as the place for a public, state-of-the -art community center to help us work toward a sustainable future. Most Federal and state resource agencies are officed in Klamath Falls and the history of issues have generally been focused in the upper watershed.

There are significant moneys coming into the Watershed for watershed restoration, energy, and social recovery. The projects supported by these funds need to be understood by citizens and stakeholders. Project proponents would share their project designs and discuss benefits through center hosted workshops, displays, videos, and field tours.
     
Learn More...Contact Ron Crete at racrete@gmail.com or 218-841-7101

Funding Opportunities
NRCS Oregon Accepting Proposals for 2022 Conservation Innovation Grants
Apply by May 13, 2022
PORTLAND, Ore., March 10, 2022  – The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Oregon announces up to $300,000 of funding is available for eligible individuals, local and state government, non-governmental organizations and tribes through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. Project proposals are due May 13, 2022. NRCS Oregon invites anyone interested in funding to attend a CIG webinar March 29 at 1 p.m. PST.
 
In conjunction with agricultural production, CIG is intended to encourage the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Projects must be within Oregon and may be area based or state-wide in scope.
 
The CIG proposal must involve Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) eligible producers and should demonstrate the use of innovative technologies or approaches to address a natural resource concern.
 
Resource concerns addressed must fall into one of the following sub-categories: energy, air quality and atmospheric change, water quality or quantity, plant health/vigor, soil quality, and wildlife habitat.
 
Projects may be between one and three years in duration. Applicants should plan their projects based on an estimated project start date of September 1, 2022. The maximum award amount for a single award in 2022 is $100,000.
 
Since 2009, the Oregon CIG program has awarded over one million dollars in competitive grants. Projects include designs, inventories, management practices or eco-market approaches on various landscapes. In 2021, NRCS Oregon awarded a total of $348,040 across five grants.
 
View the Oregon CIG grant announcement here on Grants.gov. Complete application packets must be received by 8:59 p.m., PST on May 13, 2022 through Grants.gov.
 
Questions? Contact Misty Beals at 541-523-7121, ext. 115 or misty.beals@usda.gov.

News Stories Recently Shared with K.I.D.
Around the Klamath Basin
Klamath Tribes warn of ESA violations over water allocation
April 25, 2022
By George Plaven
The Klamath Tribes are considering whether to sue the federal government over protections for two species of endangered sucker fish in Upper Klamath Lake.
 
Tribal Chairman Don Gentry sent a letter April 14 to David Palumbo, acting director of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and Martha Williams, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, claiming the agencies are violating the Endangered Species Act after allotting limited water from the lake for irrigators in the Klamath Project.
 
The Klamath Project provides irrigation water for 170,000 acres of farmland straddling Southern Oregon and Northern California. Reclamation estimates it will release about 50,000 acre-feet of water from Upper Klamath Lake into the Project’s A Canal, based on current hydrologic conditions.
Oregon tribe opposes water release for farmers
April 24, 2022 
By Gillian Flaccus
A Native American tribe in Oregon said Tuesday it is assessing its legal options after learning the U.S. government plans to release water from a federally operated reservoir to downstream farmers along the Oregon-California border amid a historic drought.
 
This summer's water allocation plan, released by the Bureau of Reclamation last week, will send about 50,000 acre-feet of water to farmers in the Klamath Reclamation Project — less than 15% of what they would get in a normal year.

During drought, it's common for farmers across the West to pay higher water-related rates, assessments, fees and taxes than during wet years. This is because drought is costly for water suppliers, which often pass on their costs to irrigators.
Regional Information
'FAMILY FARM': Eastern Oregon operation gives the term a whole new meaning
April 28, 2022
By Sierra Dawn McClain
Inside the Pendleton Woolen Mills retail store, shoppers oohed and aahed while fingering vibrantly colored clothing and blankets.
 
“I love people’s reactions. That’s the most gratifying thing about this work,” said John Bishop, president of Pendleton Woolen Mills.
 
In the adjoining mill — run by generations of the same family since 1909 — skilled artisans worked alongside roaring machinery. Wool was carded, aligned into roving, wound onto spools, stretched and twisted into yarn on spinning frames and sent to looms to be woven into cloth.
 
Some of this wool came from the Cunningham Sheep Co., one of Oregon’s largest and oldest family-run farms, with thousands of sheep plus cattle, timber, wheat and hunting grounds.
Ranch benefits from enrolling acres in conservation program
April 27, 2022
By Sierra Dawn McClain
Farmers at Santiam Valley Ranch in Turner, a 400-acre farm southeast of Salem, say they've benefited from enrolling a portion of it in a USDA wetland conservation program.
 
Kathy Bridges and her husband, Ken Dunder, say what prompted them to enroll some of the farm's acreage in a conservation program in exchange for payment from USDA was that some of their acres had a wet soil profile and were difficult to farm.
 
"This land didn't want to be farmed. It would argue with you," Bridges said, motioning to a stretch of wetland meadow that used to be a field of beans and sweet corn.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declares drought in 4 more counties
April 26, 2022
By Emily Cureton Cook
A drought state of emergency blankets more than half of Oregon’s land area, according to declarations from Gov. Kate Brown. This week, the governor added four more counties east of the Cascades to the list of places facing severe water shortages.
 
Executive orders warn that extreme conditions are likely to hurt local growers and livestock, increase the potential for fire, shorten the growing season, and decrease water supplies. The emergency declarations allow people who use water to seek temporary relief measures, such as moving water rights, drilling emergency wells and applying for state and federal aid.
BEND, Ore. — For the second year in a row, Ekena Farms on Bear Creek Road in Bend won’t be planting hemp. At $1 a pound, the farm can’t grow enough to cover expenses. In its heyday, hemp sold for $40 a pound. Read more.
Seasonal Climate Forecast has been updated
Meteorologist Pete Parsons' Seasonal Climate Forecast has been updated. See his May-July prediction as a PDF or a PowerPoint document.

Employment opportunities shared by our neighbors
Medford Irrigation District - Ditch Rider/Relief Ditch Rider
This full-time position is being advertised on 27th April 2022 until filled. Applications/resumes should be submitted to the District office at 5045 Jacksonville Hwy, Central Point, OR 97502. To view the full job announcement, visit our website at: www.medfordid.org/employment
Farmers Conservation Alliance (FCA) – Communications Production Manager
To apply for the position of FCA Communications Production Manager, please submit an attached cover letter and resume to info@fcasolutions.org with “FCA Communications Production Manager” as the subject of the email. Please do not contact FCA staff directly about this position.
 
Applications should be addressed to:
Julie Davies O’Shea
Executive Director Farmers Conservation Alliance
102 State Street
Hood River, OR 97031
 
Position is open until filled

Owyhee Irrigation District – Dam Tender 
To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and application to:
Owyhee Irrigation District
422 Thunderegg Blvd.
Nyssa, Oregon 97913
 
Cover letter, resume, and application may also be submitted to brittany@owyheeirrigation.org

Swalley Irrigation District – Field Technician
To apply, go to the Swalley website https://www.swalley.com/job-openings and download the Field Tech Application and Job Description documents. 
Washington State Water Resources Association – Executive Director
To view and download the full job description please click here.
Please contact John O’Callaghan jocallaghan@scbid.org or 509-547-1735 for further information, and submit letters of application and CV/resume to the same.
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.