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State of emergency: More than 100 wells now dry in Klamath County

    A drought state of emergency has been declared for Klamath County.

    During the Klamath County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday, Nov. 8, the local Emergency Management declared a state of emergency due to the impact the drought has had on more than 100 domestic wells. Those wells are now dry.

    While a disaster declaration can only bring attention to this matter, a state and federal declaration for Klamath County will provide more resources to meet this disaster as well as the recovery to follow.

    Currently the county has a Domestic Well grant for owners who might have been experiencing troubles with their wells due to drought.

KBC NOTE: Wells have gone dry in the Modoc and Siskiyou Counties in the Klamath Project too. The Bureau of Reclamation withheld from farms our stored irrigation water in Klamath Lake far above the Endangered Species Act mandates for 2 species of suckers. That water supplies irrigation water to thousands of acres of Klamath Project farms, that then goes to our National Wildlife Refuges which the Bureau also dewatered, decimating habitat for 433 species of wildlife. More than 1000 miles of drain ditches and canals exist in the Klamath Reclamation Project supplying habitat and water for the most important stop on the Pacific Flyway for migrating birds. Dewatered. When our surface water is diverted to the ocean, our wells go dry, and farmers are penalized for depleting the aquifer. According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, our refuges provided habitat for more than 10,000 years. Until now.


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