The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to invest up to $11 million to assist agricultural producers in water conservation and water quality efforts in Oregon’s Upper Klamath basin over the next five years, according to a press release.
USDA will make available up to $4.5 million this year to help farmers and ranchers plan and install water conserving practices on their operations. 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.
The assistance will be targeted primarily to landowners who wish to participate in The Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement developed by the Klamath Tribes, U.S. Department of the Interior, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and agricultural irrigators in the basin.
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