Reclamation agrees to reimburse Drought Response Agency

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — The federal government has agreed to reimburse the Drought Response Agency for water given to the Tulelake National Wildlife Refuge and the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge at a rate of $360 per cubic meter of water.

The Klamath Falls Herald and News reports the 2018 Klamath Project Drought Response Agency on Wednesday approved the terms and conditions of the reimbursement from the Bureau of Reclamation.

Legal counsel for the Drought Response Agency, Nathan Ratliff, says negotiations with Reclamation about the contract have been ongoing for months.

After the agency identifies the water that would go to the local refuges and it’s been made available to do so, it will start the process of asking for individuals to claim that they are eligible for funding.