Klamath River Basin: Reclamation Met Its Water Bank Obligations, but Information Provided to Water Bank Stakeholders Could Be Improved Page: 3 of 60
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Results in Brief 5
Reclamation Modified Its Water Bank Operations from Year to Year
as Its Obligations and Costs Increased 14
Reclamation Met Its Water Bank Obligations, but Information
Provided to Stakeholders Could Be Improved 17
The Water Bank Appears to Have Increased the Availability of Water
for River Flows by Reducing Irrigation Use, but the Extent of Its
Impacts is Unclear 25
Limited Information Is Available Regarding Alternative Approaches
for Achieving Water Bank Objectives 30
Recommendation for Executive Action 41
Agency Comments and Our Evaluation 41
Scope and Methodology
Information on Water Bank Applications and Contracts
Comments from the Department of the Interior
Comments from the Department of Commerce
GAO Contacts and Staff Acknowledgments
Tables Table 1: Reclamation's Water Bank Expenditures, Fiscal Years 2002
to 2004 16
Table 2: Number of Water Bank Applications and Contracts by Type
and by Year 45
Table 3: Volume Represented by Water Bank Applications and
Contracts by Type and Year 47
Table 4: Acres of Land Offered in Applications and Accepted under
Contracts by Type and Year 49
The Klamath River Basin
Reclamation's Klamath Project
2002 Augmented Klamath River Flows and Key Dates
2003 Augmented Klamath River Flows and Key Dates
GAO-05-283 Klamath Project Water Bank
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United States. Government Accountability Office. Klamath River Basin: Reclamation Met Its Water Bank Obligations, but Information Provided to Water Bank Stakeholders Could Be Improved, report, March 28, 2005; Washington D.C.. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc296292/m1/3/: accessed April 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.