Shrinking snowpack produces another cutback in water estimates for Klamath farmers


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KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon — Farmers on a federal irrigation project straddling the Oregon-California border will get less than half the water they would expect in a plentiful year.

Greg Addington, executive director of the Klamath Water Users Association, says they were notified this week by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation that the mountain snowpack is rapidly declining and estimates of water availability have dropped.

A month ago, the drought was expected to result in 60 percent of full water deliveries this summer. Now, that will be about 45 percent.

Addington tells the Klamath Falls Herald and News ( ) that 11 of the project's 15 irrigation districts have already shut down.

In drought years, Endangered Species Act demands for protected sucker fish and salmon mean less water for farms on the project.

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