2018 Klamath Project Drought Response Agency

On March 13, 2018, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed an executive order declaring a drought in Klamath County. In May 2018, following the drought declaration, funds were authorized in the federal budget for drought relief funding for farmers in the Klamath Reclamation Project ("Klamath Project"). The 2018 Klamath Project Drought Response Agency (KPDRA) was formed to establish a program to provide some compensation to water users who idled land or reimbursement to well owners who pumped groundwater in 2018 that normally would have been farmed and irrigated with water from Upper Klamath Lake in a fair and reasonable manner. The distribution of the drought relief funding to West-side Klamath Project farmers will depend upon the outcome of the available funding and the number of idled acres of land and wells pumped during 2018.

KPDRA is currently making water available through deliveries to the Tule Lake and Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuges and through other approved methods. The quantity of water KPDRA makes available will determine the amount of money that will be available to distribute. We will not know until the end of 2018 how much money will be available for distribution by KPDRA. KPDRA has approved two policies which establish criteria and rules to determine what idled land and what wells will qualify to share in the available funds. Links to those policies are located on this webpage or may be obtained from the offices of Tulelake Irrigation District and Klamath Irrigation District.

KPDRA has retained MBK Engineers, Inc. to assist it in processing applications to participate in this program. See the Contact Information section below.

In order to qualify to share in the available funds, each landowner or tenant that idled land that would have been irrigated with water from Upper Klamath Lake in 2018 if water had been available must complete and submit a "2018 LAND IDLING PROGRAM" application form. Each well owner who pumped groundwater in 2018 to irrigate agricultural land that would have been irrigated with water from Upper Klamath Lake in 2018 if water had been available must complete and submit a "2018 GROUNDWATER PROGRAM" application form. Those forms may be downloaded from this website from the links on this page or may be obtained from the offices of Tulelake Irrigation District and Klamath Irrigation District.

Before submitting a claim form, you must first read the applicable Land Idling Program or Groundwater Program policy to determine whether your land or your well qualifies to participate in this program. The Policies and the application forms are designed to guide you in completing your application. You may contact MBK Engineers at the telephone numbers and email addresses listed on the claim forms for assistance or with any questions. MBK will conduct workshops in Klamath Falls and Tulelake in October or the first week of November 2018 to assist you in completing the forms. The locations, dates and times of those workshops will be posted on this website and will be advertised in Klamath Basin media.

Please note that ALL CLAIM FORMS MUST BE RECEIVED AT A WORKSHOP, EMAILED OR FAXED TO MBK ENGINEERS, OR MAILED BY CERTIFIED MAIL TO MBK ENGINEERS NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 9, 2018.

Information on this website concerning this program will be updated and you are encouraged to visit this website regularly to view new information.

Key Dates:

  • 3/13/2018 - Drought declared in Klamath County by Governor Brown
  • 3/23/2018 - Omnibus Bill signed by President Trump which includes Drought Relief Funding
  • 6/13/2018 - Klamath Project Drought Response Agency formed
  • 6/21/2018 - 2018 Drought Plan published by the Klamath Basin Area Office
  • 8/22/2018 - Klamath Project Drought Response Agency signed contract with USBR
  • 9/7/2018 - Tulelake ID began deliveries to the Refuge pursuant to USBR contract
  • 10/23/2018 - Application Workshop,
    3:00-7:00pm
    Washington Federal Conference Center
    5215 South 6th Street,
    Klamath Falls, OR 97603
  • 10/24/2018 - Application Workshop,
    7:30-10:30am
    Tulelake-Butte Valley Fairgrounds
    800 Main Street,
    Tulelake, CA 96134
  • 11/7/2018 - Application Workshop,
    8:30am-5:00pm
    Walt Wilson Hall
    365 W. Front Street,
    Merrill, OR 97633

Contact Information:

  • For general inquiries or questions related to the groundwater pumping and/or land idling programs please contact Kyle Knutson or Angela Bezzone with MBK Engineers at:
  • (541) 363-1880
  • info@klamathwaterbank.com
  • 2018 KPDRA
    c/o MBK Engineers
    455 University Ave, Ste 100
    Sacramento, CA 95825