Upper Klamath Lake (photo: Bureau of Reclamation)

Two U.S. Congressmen propose $57 million aid proposal to help drought problems in Klamath Falls

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Two U.S. Congressmen from Oregon and California announced a ‘Klamath Basin Disaster Aid Proposal’ tonight in Washington D.C.

Southern Oregon Representative Cliff Bentz and northern California Representative Doug LaMalfa talked about the drought issues the Klamath basin is facing on the floor tonight.

They proposed an aid plan for $57,000,000.

The Bureau of Reclamation in the Klamath Project last week said the ‘A Canal’ will deliver no more water, affecting thousands of people and their livelihood.

“This trend means we will become more and more dependent on foreign countries to sell us food. Everyone agrees in principle we should grow food here at home. The pandemic, and more recently, the shipping crisis has shown us the global supply chain is not always dependable,” said Rep. Bentz.

The representatives say a bulk of the aid money would assist farmers through the USDA.

$5,000,000 in food aid would specifically go towards the tribes and tribal government.

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Mariah Mills
NBC5 News reporter Mariah Mills is a Medford native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor's Degree in journalism. She also minored in sociology. In school, she covered Oregon athletics for the student-run television station, Duck TV. When she's not reporting, she’s reading, hiking and rooting for her favorite teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks.