Irrigation cut off at some Klamath Project farms

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Updated: 8/05/2014 12:12 pm

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Irrigation water is being cut off at about a third of the farms on a federal irrigation project in the drought-parched upper Klamath Basin of Oregon and California.

A letter from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to irrigation districts says flows into the Klamath Reclamation Project's primary reservoir have been below preseason forecasts, forcing a reduction in releases to meet minimum levels for endangered fish.

Greg Addington of the Klamath Water Users Association said Tuesday the cutoff means no more water for 50,000 acres of the project. He says most of the farms produce hay, and farmers stand to lose up to half their crop.

He says he doesn't expect further cutoffs this year.

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