(NATS) WATER BEGAN FLOWING THROUGH CANALS TO KLAMATH PROJECT FARMERS A WEEK AGO, BUT UNTIL THURSDAY NIGHT, IT WAS UNCLEAR JUST HOW MUCH WATER THEY’D BE GETTING.
THERESE O’ROURKE BRADFORD / US BOR: “If you are drawing water from the Upper Klamath Lake,
we’re at 100% supply. If you’re drawing water out of Gerber, we’re at 100% supply. And Clear
Lake is at about 83%.” THE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE AT THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE KLAMATH WATER USERS ASSOCIATION. SCOTT WHITE / KWUA: “Just seeing the snow
in the mountains this year and hearing the good news of a good water year, and even an
average water year I think is just a huge relief.”
THERESE O’ROURKE BRADFORD: “It’s a welcome change from the last several years. We’ve
had 4 official years of drought, and some other years of pretty low water.”
SOME OF THOSE DRY YEARS RESULTED IN A LATE START, AND AN EARLY END TO IRRIGATION SEASON.
“Mountain snowpack levels are likely to provide for an adequate supply of irrigation water
for Klamath Project farmers this summer. But many farmers are concerned about what could
happen during a drought year if there are no water settlements in place. In Klamath
Falls, Lyle Ahrens, NBC2 News.”