Low snow and rainfall causes water shortage in Klamath Falls



KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — It will be another tight water year for farmers on the Klamath Reclamation project.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on Thursday released its operations plan for the project, which straddles the Oregon-California border south of Klamath Falls.

The water stored in Upper Klamath Lake will provide about two-thirds of what they need for full irrigation, so they are instituting measures to pump groundwater and keep some land out of production.

Snow pack peaked at 68 percent of average, and rainfall was about half or normal this year.