Fraction of Klamath users to get irrigation water

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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) -- A water shortage in Southern Oregon has farmers worried they'll be deprived of irrigation water by the Klamath Reclamation Project.

The Herald and News of Klamath Falls reports (http://bit.ly/wa1P7k ) water will be rationed to those in the Klamath and Tulelake irrigation districts.

Users with newer contracts, the so-called B users, are unlikely to receive surface water unless precipitation increases drastically.

The federal irrigation project regularly runs into problems due to scarce water in the basin that must be shared between farms and endangered fish.

In 2001 authorities had to shut off irrigation to have enough water for endangered salmon. When irrigation was restored in 2002, tens of thousands of adult salmon died in the Klamath River.

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Information from: Herald and News, http://www.heraldandnews.com