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USDA Continues to Support Oregon’s Upper Klamath Basin, Helps Landowners Conserve Water

Applications Due by May 30, 2014


Release No. 2014.5.011

David Ferguson, District Conservationist
541-883-6924 ext. 118,

Sara Magenheimer, State Public Affairs Officer

Klamath Falls, Ore. (May 2, 2014) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to invest up to $4.5 million this year to assist agricultural producers in water conservation and water quality efforts in Oregon’s Upper Klamath basin.  Interested landowners should submit their application to the local NRCS Service Center by May 30, 2014.

“Landowners, conservation partners and tribes have taken a proactive approach to water resource issues in the basin, and USDA has a great opportunity to support their efforts,” NRCS Chief Jason Weller said. “We have a suite of conservation activities to help private landowners voluntarily take steps to conserve the quantity and improve the quality of water.”

The $4.5 million is an intial investment of an NRCS five-year, $11 million strategy to assist landowners with efforts to address water resource issues in the Sprague, Williamson, and Wood River watersheds.   The goals of this targeted project in the Klamath Basin are two-fold: to help ensure the long-term viability and success of agriculture and to improve the overall availability of water for all users and the environment.

“This strategy strengthens our efforts to provide landowners the resources and assistance to keep their agricultural lands viable,” said Ron Alvarado, NRCS state conservationist in Oregon. 

NRCS is making this additional assistance available to assist farmers and ranchers located in the Sprague, Williamson and Wood River watersheds, who want to voluntarily install conservation measures that conserve water and establish and enhance riparian buffers.

For 2014, financial and technical assistance will be available for landowners to implement the conservation practices related to enhancement and management of riparian areas, conversion to dryland pasture, and other water use reductions on irrigated lands.

Landowners interested in this opportunity, need to submit their applications by May 30, 2014. NRCS will be holding local workshops for landowners in the Upper Klamath Lake Watershed to identify conservation options for their operation, receive application materials, and answer questions.  The workshops will include a light lunch at noon and are scheduled as follows:

May 12, Noon - 4 PM
Sprague River Community Center
23536 Sprague River Rd

May 14, Noon - 4 PM
Bly Fire Hall
60800 Hwy 140 East

May 13, Noon - 4 PM
Chiloquin Community Center
140 S. 1st Ave

May 15, Noon - 4 PM
Klamath County OSU Extension Office
6923 Washburn Way


Landowners can also visit the Klamath County NRCS Office to receive additional information. To ensure your application is completed and submitted on time please ensure you begin the application process prior to the May 30, 2014 deadline.

USDA Service Center, NRCS
2316 South 6th Street, Klamath Falls
541-883-6924 ext. 101, 118, or 122

For more information about NRCS and other programs please visit the NRCS website at



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