KWUA to Host Public Information Meeting - April 7th Meeting at Fairgrounds Will Provide Overview of 2004 Klamath Project Operations
 
March 31, 2004

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release Contact: Dan Keppen
541-883-6100

The Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA) is hosting a public meeting next week in Klamath Falls to provide the local community with an update on Klamath Project operations, the 2004 Environmental Water Bank program, and other important water issues. Representatives from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) and the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) will be featured speakers at next Wednesday's event.

"The purpose of this meeting is to get information to local folks so that they can make informed management decisions this spring," said KWUA President Steve Kandra. "It's also a chance for local landowners to talk to USBR and OWRD officials and get real-time information from them."

KWUA representatives will provide brief overviews of the association's activities, followed by an update by OWRD's Barry Norris on Oregon's involvement with drought and groundwater management issues. The meeting's feature presentation will be made by USBR Klamath Area Manager Dave Sabo on 2004 Klamath Project operations and the water bank program. USBR's Christine Karas will also provide a brief update on her agency's Conservation Implementation Program. A question and answer period will follow.

"We welcome this opportunity to discuss the latest operations projections with the water user community," Sabo said.  "This event provides a worthwhile exchange of information."

The public meeting is being held in-lieu of KWUA's annual meeting, which is usually scheduled to coincide with the beginning of the Project irrigation season. However, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the water users association, which KWUA plans to mark with a celebratory annual meeting in July. On Wednesday, KWUA representatives will highlight the association's involvement with legal, technical, political and public relations issues in the Klamath Basin.

"Our presentations are intended to better familiarize people with KWUA and what the association is involved with," said Kandra.

KWUA Public Meeting Information

When: Wednesday, April 7, 2004
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Klamath County Fairgrounds
     
Blue Building
                 
3531 S. Sixth
                 
Klamath Falls, Oregon

A G E N D A

7:00 p.m. Welcome and Introductory Remarks (Steve Kandra, KWUA President)
7:05 p.m. Water User Updates
" Association Overview (Dan Keppen, KWUA Executive Director)
" Legal and Science Issues (Dave Solem, Klamath Irrigation District)
" Power (Lynn Long, Klamath Drainage District)
" Public Relations (Rob Crawford, Tulelake)
" Wrap Up (Keppen)
7:20 p.m. Drought Permits / Groundwater Pumping (Barry Norris, OWRD)
7:30 p.m. 2004 Klamath Project Operations & 2004 Water Bank (Dave Sabo, US Bureau of Reclamation) 
7:40 p.m.  Conservation Implementation Program (Chris Karas, USBR)
7:45 p.m.  Questions and Answers (Facilitated by Kandra)

MEDIA INFORMATION PACKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE WEDNESDAY BEFORE THE MEETING.

U.S. BUREAU OF RECLAMATION, OREGON WATER RESOURCES DEPARTMENT, AND KWUA REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE AVAILABLE TO MEET WITH THE PRESS AND THE PUBLIC IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING WEDNESDAY'S MEETING.

KWUA also encourages local irrigators to attend another meeting that will be sponsored by the Oregon Wheat Growers League next Tuesday, April 6, 2004, at the Klamath County Extension Auditorium, 3328 Vandenberg Road, Klamath Falls.


Dan Keppen
Executive Director
Klamath Water Users Association
2455 Patterson Street, Suite #3
Klamath Falls, OR  97603
541-883-6100
Fax:541-883-8893