Category Archives: Water Resources Dept. (WRD)

Court rules in favor of Klamath Irrigation District, state water rights

A win for state water rights came earlier this month after the Marion County Circuit Court ruled that the Bureau of Reclamation cannot release water from Upper Klamath Lake for flows down the Klamath River. The Oregon Water Resources Department manages the water in Upper Klamath Lake and grants permits and licenses to various users […]
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Klamath Irrigation District scores victory in water rights case

A circuit judge in Oregon has sided with Klamath Basin farmers in a water rights case that could have future implications for water availability and deliveries in the region. The lawsuit, filed by the Klamath Irrigation District, concerns stored water in Upper Klamath Lake as part of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Klamath Project, serving more […]
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Oregon Court of Appeals Holds Hydroelectric Water Rights Do Not Automatically Convert to Permanent In-Stream Rights When Temporarily Leased for In-Stream Purposes

Under Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 543A.305, a “water right associated with [a] hydroelectric project” converts to a permanent in-stream water right “[f]ive years after the use of water under [the] hydroelectric water right ceases.” In WaterWatch v. Oregon Water Resources Department, 304 Or. App. 617 (2020) (hereinafter Warm Springs Hydro after intervenor respondent Warm Springs […]
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Drought affects parts of Oregon, Bend urges conservation

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown last week declared a drought emergency in seven counties. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the governor’s July 1 emergency drought declaration covers regions where agriculture relies on scant water: Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson in central Oregon, Douglas and Josephine counties in southern Oregon, and Gilliam and Wasco counties in the Columbia River […]
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Willamette Valley having cool and wet summer, but Central Oregon could become wildfire hot spot

This is what an Oregon summer is supposed to feel like. In terms of temperature and precipitation, this summer is sitting close to average, right in the middle of the pack, according to the National Weather Service in Portland. “I think people’s perception is that this has been a cooler summer,” National Weather Service meteorologist […]
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Deal on Wallowa Lake dam work draws near

The Wallowa Lake dam is getting closer to long-awaited repair and rejuvenation A memorandum of agreement (MOA) that will release funding to refurbish the Wallowa Lake Dam is on the Source: Deal on Wallowa Lake dam work draws near

Drought may leave Central Oregon irrigation districts out of water this year

Water limitations could shut down district diversions, watermaster says. Cool temperatures and consistent rainfall in recent weeks has provided some relief to Central Oregon farmers during the first stages of the growing season. But authorities warn that recent rain may not be enough to stave off water shortages later in the year. Source: Drought may […]
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Drought may leave Central Oregon irrigation districts out of water this year

Cool temperatures and consistent rainfall in recent weeks has provided some relief to Central Oregon farmers during the first stages of the growing season. Source: Drought may leave Central Oregon irrigation districts out of water this year

Land conservancy awarded $2.1M to help create Rainforest Reserve

An area of the northern Oregon Coast characterized by scientists the “Galapagos Islands of Oregon” moved a big step closer to permanent conservation Thursday, June 11, with announcement of a $2,128,079 grant awarded by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) to North Coast Land Conservancy (NCLC). Source: Land conservancy awarded $2.1M to help create Rainforest […]
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Falcon Cove Beach Water District ends moratorium

The Falcon Cove Beach Water District board unanimously voted Saturday to let a water moratorium expire. The vote came two weeks after Charles Dice, the water district’s system operator, announced that a water emergency would be extended for another six months while the district waited for a water rights permit from the state to begin […]
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