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Klamath Project Drought Response Agency is accepting applications for 2020 programs due May 15

Programs

2020 Activities

The Klamath Project Drought Response Agency (KPDRA) is accepting applications for 2020 drought relief programs to provide financial incentives and/or relief to local farmers who normally receive surface water through the Klamath Project from Upper Klamath Lake or the Klamath River. This program is available to qualified irrigators or districts who pump groundwater and/or the farmers of lands that are not irrigated during the 2020 season.

For groundwater pumping, subject to the availability of funds, the KPDRA will make an initial commitment to reimbursement for pumping-related energy costs, with the possibility of providing additional compensation if further funds become available. For unirrigated lands, the KPDRA will make a later determination regarding the amount of compensation based, in part, upon the funding available to it from the Bureau of Reclamation.

Due to drought conditions, the 2020 Klamath Project allocation is less than the amount needed for full irrigation. Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued a drought declaration for Klamath County on March 2, 2020. The KPDRA will work with local farmers, and interested organizations, including the Klamath Project Water Users, to increase supply and limit demand under voluntary agreements with local farmers.

The 2020 water year looks to be worse than 2018, the last time the KPDRA operated drought relief program. The KPDRA hopes to achieve participation in both programs at a level higher than that achieved in 2018, in an attempt to prevent or limit the potentially severe supply / demand imbalance caused by the water shortage.

KPDRA has retained MBK Engineers, Inc. to assist it in processing applications to participate in this program. See the Contact Information section for additional information.

Links to those policies are located on this webpage or may be obtained from the offices of Parks & Ratliff, Tulelake Irrigation District, Klamath Irrigation District, and Klamath Water Users Association office. Before submitting an application form, you must first read the applicable Program policy to determine whether your land or your well qualifies to participate in this program. The Policies and the application forms are designed to guide you in completing your application. You may contact MBK Engineers at the telephone number and email address listed on the claim forms for assistance or with any questions.

Please note that ALL APPLICATION FORMS MUST BE HAND DELIVERED TO PARKS & RATLIFF, EMAILED OR FAXED TO MBK ENGINEERS, OR MAILED BY TO THE KPDRA NO LATER THAN MAY 15, 2020.

Information on this website concerning this program will be updated and you are encouraged to visit this website regularly to view new information.

 

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