Water

Water Klamath Falls

KBRT provides voluntary, incentive-based opportunities for agricultural landowners to provide water for instream flow.  KBRT’s programs believe that productive and sustainable agriculture is a core value of the Klamath Basin, and that ecologic needs can only be met while simultaneously supporting and balancing agricultural water needs.

The Basin is under constant stress related to water quantity and quality issues, most recently highlighted by the irrigation water shutoffs and fish kills. Almost every year there are struggles between agricultural and fisheries water needs. The key goals of most published recovery plans for the Klamath Basin are to increase instream flows, decrease stream diversions, and improve water quality.

Hydrologic models and the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement – a plan developed by the various stakeholders in the Basin to balance the Basin’s resources – call for an increase of 30,000 acre-feet of water to flow into Upper Klamath Lake each year.