Short water year for Klamath irrigation project

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Updated: 4/09 11:41 pm

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Farmers on the Klamath Reclamation Project straddling the Oregon-California border are facing irrigation cutbacks for the third year in a row due to an ongoing drought.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation operations plan released Wednesday shows only 61 percent of the water needed for full irrigation is available to the 1,200 farms on the project.

Greg Addington of the Klamath Water Users Association says even with contracts paying farmers to leave their land idle and groundwater pumping, they will have a tough time meeting all the demand for water this year.

The Klamath Basin has long struggled to meet all the demands for water. Conflicts hit their peak in 2001, when irrigation was shut off to the bulk of the project to conserve water for endangered fish.

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