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KWUA February Board Meeting in the KWUA Board Room.

9 February 2022 at 2p.m.

45 Years with K.I.D.
Scott Lineville (senior ditch rider) joined the staff at Klamath Irrigation District in January 1977. Over the past 45 years Scott has faithfully served our community. His knowledge of the district is extensive, he is a reliable source of information, and provides valuable mentorship for the management team. When work needs to be done, even in difficult situations, the district can rely on Scott to be one of the first to roll up his sleeves and get dirty.

Scott is a wildlife advocate and greatly appreciates the beauty of the Klamath Basin.

Thank you for 45 years and we look forward to many more.
Special Districts Association of Oregon Annual Meeting and Training Event.

100% Virtual
10-13 February 2022

Klamath Irrigation District February Board of Directors Meeting

17 February 2022 at 10a.m. in the K.I.D. conference room.


Family Farm Alliance
Annual Conference in Reno Nevada.

24-25 February


Klamath Water Users Association outlines technical deficiencies of the “Interim Operations Plan” for Reclamation’s operation of the Klamath Project.
1 FEB 2022

Reclamation’s current Endangered Species Act compliance for operation of the Project is covered by separate biological opinions (BiOp) issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in 2019 and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in 2020. These BiOps evaluated Reclamation’s proposed actions described in a biological assessment dated December 21, 2018, as modified by four separate amendments, dated February 15, 2019, March 22, 2019, October 11, 2019, and March 27, 2020.

Implementation of the IOP in 2020 and 2021 demonstrated that the assumed hydrologic outcomes of the IOP are routinely unachievable, with required river flows conflicting with required lake levels and as a result, anticipated irrigation supplies proving elusory. All indications so far are that 2022 will play out similarly, with the lake levels and river flows that diverge from the assumed hydrologic outcomes of the IOP, and irrigation supplies likely to be cut as a result. The IOP has proven effectively impossible to carry out. To simply extend it would be poor policy.

NOTICE: The Klamath Irrigation District is currently soliciting Requests for Proposal of Services to provide the District with a Watershed Plan Environmental-Analysis. 

Bids will be accepted through 4 March 2022. 

Klamath Irrigation District is preparing candidates to fill empty staff positions.

In 2021, K.I.D. management decided not to immediately replace staff who moved on to other opportunities. This was primarily a cost savings decision as there is plenty of maintenance to be done across 400 miles infrastructure which in some areas existed in 1878 and most everything in the District has remained essentially as originally designed and expanded upon between 1907 and 1912.

As we prepare for the 2022 irrigation season, it is critical we replace these losses in our staff to ensure we have adequate resources to operate and maintain the system. Some of you will be seeing new faces on your ditch banks hearing new voices answering water order calls, specifically in Poe Valley and the Klamath Valley.

We anticipate training new staff members this March.
Water Conditions Report
Seasonal Climate Forecast has been updated
Meteorologist Pete Parsons' Seasonal Climate Forecast has been updated. See his February-April prediction as a PDF or a PowerPoint document.
Oregon Water Conditions Report
High pressure system dominates region, may worsen drought
January 24, 2022
Over 88% of Oregon is classified as experiencing moderate (D1) to exceptional (D4) drought conditions according to the US Drought Monitor. Drought conditions in portions of eastern Oregon improved slightly, leading to a reduction in coverage of extreme drought (D3) over recent weeks.

See below for more information.

Counting every drop: January's Klamath Basin water tracker
January 19, 2022
Alex Schwartz  
The January 11 U.S. Drought Monitor map continues to place the entire Klamath Basin in some form of drought. But the maroon band of D4 (exceptional) drought in the Upper Basin has finally begun to wane after roughly five months: The area under that designation shrank to 17.52% down from 30.84% in early January.
 
Improvements mostly occurred in the southern portion of the Lost River Subbasin and in northeastern Siskiyou County, though those areas still remain in D3 (extreme) drought. Much of the Shasta Valley has improved to D2 (severe) drought.
 
Since December’s update, the Lower Basin has improved to a mix of D2, D1 (moderate) and D0 (abnormally dry) drought, with the lowest-intensity drought occurring along the coast and the lowest reaches of the Klamath River. An area of D3 near the Trinity Alps has also begun to shrink.
Public Awareness
OR-OSHA Proposes Permanent Rules for Heat and Smoke which will increase costs on the District and our Patrons
As anticipated, OR-OSHA proposed permanent rules for exposure to wildfire smoke and excessive heat on Monday the 31st of January.
These rules will affect the District in many ways and will have a fiscal impact. The severity of this impact includes increased personnel costs as tasks will take longer to complete, reduced timeliness on addressing routine and emergency operations and maintenance each year, and potentially increased costs for investment in air conditioning, work tents, fuel, and other consumables. 
Coinciding with the proposal of these rules is the start of a 45-day comment period where employers and employees have the opportunity to share thoughts and concerns on the proposed rules.
 
This comment period provides the opportunity for you to give feedback via:
The comment period for each rule closes at 5:00pm on March 18th. If you feel these rules are going to severely impact your ability to receive cost effective services, we strongly encourage you to provide comment. Learn more
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board - Oregon Plan Biennial Report
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
OWEB is excited to announce that the 2019-2021 Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds Biennial Report is now available. The report was developed with agency partners and highlights key investments and accomplishments across the state over the past two years; coordinated actions among Oregon Plan partners and agencies; and recommendations from the OWEB Board about future work.
 
The executive summary provides an overview of the report, while the full report offers a greater level of detail.
 
If you have questions about the 2019-2021 Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds Biennial Report, please contact Eric Hartstein at eric.hartstein@oweb.oregon.gov.
News stories recently shared with K.I.D.
New Oregon director appointed for USDA Rural Development
Margi Hoffmann previously worked with the nonprofit Farmers Conservation Alliance where she spent the last five years assisting irrigation districts, including Klamath Irrigation District, with plans to modernize infrastructure to save water.

The District leadership wish Margi the best and look forward to finding opportunities to engage in future partnerships in her new role.

Oregon lawmakers take aim at explosion of illegal pot farms
Seven years after Oregon voters legalized the regulated production and use of recreational marijuana, the state Legislature is set to consider a raft of measures to crack down on an explosion of illegal pot farms
By ANDREW SELSKY - Associated Press

DEQ announces new leadership in Water Quality Program and Eastern Region
Date: Feb. 1, 2022
Jennifer Wigal is the new Water Quality Administrator, replacing Justin Green, who left DEQ to pursue other interests; and Shannon Davis is the Eastern Region Administrator, replacing Linda Hayes-Gorman, who is retiring from the agency.

How Pipes Might Save Western Farms
January 21, 2022
By Britany Robinson
Many Oregon farmers rely on outdated irrigation systems that cause water losses they can no longer afford — and irrigation districts are racing to bring the infrastructure up to date.
 
Oregon's Water Future: The Hot Topics for 2022
January 12, 2022
By Olivier Jamin
As drought conditions intensify throughout the western United States, water allocation and procurement continue to be contentious issues. While the problem is easily identified—demand keeps increasing, but supply is diminishing—its solutions are complex.
 
Oregon is unique for the multitude of interests served by the state's water resources: fish and wildlife, Tribal, municipal and industrial, agricultural, recreational, flood control, and hydropower are among the uses that rely on water. All of these create real challenges for water allocation and use but also some opportunities for innovation. Below we take a look at some of the hot topics we will be tracking for Oregon in 2022.

Funding Opportunities
Oregon Disaster Assistance Program (ODAP)
REMINDER: On December 13, 2021, the Oregon Legislature approved SB 892, which established the framework for a unique forgivable disaster loan program for Oregon’s farmers and ranchers recovering from natural disasters in 2021. The forgivable loan program intends to provide direct assistance payments to producers where there are gaps in federal funding or act as bridge loan for when the USDA Farm Service Agency disaster program begins. View the flyer for more information.
Job Opportunities
Ochoco Irrigation District - Ditch Rider
Ochoco Irrigation District is actively recruiting for the position of Ditch Rider 1.
 
Position is open until filled. Expected start date is early March, 2022.
Application and Job Description are posted on the OID Website; Ochocoid.org
Or can be picked up in person by contacting the main office at (541)447-6449.

Tumalo Irrigation District – Field Supervisor

This full-time position is being advertised January 2022 until filled. Applications/ resume with cover letter should be submitted to the District office at staff@tumalo.org To view full job announcement visit our website at: http://www.tumalo.org

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.
The Klamath Irrigation District is a quasi-municipal corporation (special purpose local government) formed and operating pursuant to Oregon Revised Statute Chapter 545. The District was established by "Order Declaring Result of Election"​ entered in the Circuit Court of the State of Oregon for the County of Klamath on 10 December 1917 and subsequently absorbed the responsibilities of the Klamath Water Users Association established in 1905. The District is governed by a five member board of directors which is elected by patrons of the District.

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