Klamath Irrigation District shuts down water deliveries

Klamath Project Map

Stories have been flying over the last 24 hours about the Klamath Irrigation District, first reporting that the District would defy federal orders and continue to deliver water to farmers along the Oregon-California border, but then updated to say that the District will comply.

The latest is that following threats from the government to withhold $20 million in emergency drought relief, the District has shut its canal that diverts it Upper Klamath Lake water allocation.

The District sent the Bureau of Reclamation a letter dated August 23, asking for the legal basis for shutting down its water entitlement.  “The Board of Directors will reconvene on Friday, August 26, 2022 to consider the information provided, if any, and provide me with further guidance on how to protect the District from Reclamation’s unlawful and arbitrary decisions that are causing so much harm to so many,” wrote Gene Souza, the District’s manager.

Image:  Map of the Klamath Project (public domain).


Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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