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More aid for Klamath farmers

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Friday, April 30, 2010

The federal government will provide an additional $2 million in drought aid for the upper Klamath Basin.

The funds will be used for pumping water from wells and paying farmers to let their fields go unseeded, reducing demand for surface water.

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., praised Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and the farmers on the irrigation project for their work to approve the additional funding.

“While there’s no substitute for the water to keep farming, this money will go a long way to help water users make it through the season without losing their farms and livelihoods,” Merkley said.

Read the full story at The Register-Guard.

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