Category Archives: Water Resources Dept.

Tumalo piping project takes another step forward

Piping all the irrigation canals would return more water to Tumalo and Crescent creeks. Tumalo Irrigation District is moving forward on an ambitious project to pipe its entire network of canals, thanks to an influx of federal and state money. The Oregon Water Resources Department announced last month it awarded just under $5.3 million to […]
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Water recharge project could break ground in early 2019

It was a crisis more than 60 years in the making. The Umatilla Basin is home to some of the state’s most productive farmland, famously growing more than 200 different crops including wheat, corn, potatoes and watermelon. Irrigation pivots dominate the countryside, transforming scrubby desert into lush, green fields. Source: Water recharge project could break […]
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N.E. Oregon makes progress on water puzzle

It was a crisis more than 60 years in the making. The Umatilla Basin in northeast Oregon is home to some of the state’s most productive farmland, famously growing more than 200 different crops including wheat, corn, potatoes and watermelon. Irrigation pivots dominate the countryside, transforming scrubby desert into lush, green fields. Source: N.E. Oregon […]
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$5.3 million awarded to 7 Oregon water projects

Seven Oregon water infrastructure projects have won $5.3 million in grant funding from the Oregon Water Resources Commission, which postponed deciding on an eighth project until next year. Source: $5.3 million awarded to 7 Oregon water projects

Column: Oregon state agencies out of control

Oregon state agencies are definitely expanding their heavy-handed powers, and modeling is just a prime example. No one should be surprised at the continued overreach of some Oregon state agencies. The expanding use of computer modeling to “prove” points that actual, on-the-ground science does not prove, was predictable. The recent modeling study commissioned by Oregon […]
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Wickiup Reservoir at lowest level since early 1990s

Reservoir levels prompt concern from farmers, irrigation districts Water levels at Central Oregon’s largest reservoir are lower than they’ve been in 27 years. And with no rain in the forecast, those water levels likely aren’t done dropping. “I’ve never seen a season last this long without measurable rain,” said Gary Harris, a farmer living in […]
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Washington Is Abnormally Dry This Year, Oregon Even More So

The U.S. Drought Monitor says the entire state of Washington is abnormally dry. In Oregon, nearly 90 percent of the state is facing moderate to severe drought. “What we’re experiencing is part of what the entire Western United States is experiencing,” Kristin Johnson-Waggoner said. She’s a communications manager with the Water Resources Program in Washington […]
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Cattle revenues dip 50 percent; irrigators share water concerns with commissioners

Several Upper Basin irrigators shared concerns with Klamath County Commissioners on Wednesday about the approximate 50 percent loss in cattle revenue in the region, a dive that irrigators link to a call on water by the Klamath Tribes, validated by Oregon Water Resources Department. The Klamath Tribes, which have a senior water right, made the […]
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Water restrictions set for rural property owners in Douglas County

The Oregon Water Resources Department is increasing water restrictions for rural property owners who what water rights in the county. Farmers in the area say this is done every year, but this time the regulations are coming three weeks earlier than normal. Source: Water restrictions set for rural property owners in Douglas County | KATU

Douglas County Announces Water Restrictions As Drought Conditions Continue To Plague Oregon

As drought conditions continue statewide, Douglas County is taking further action to save water. Source: Douglas County Announces Water Restrictions As Drought Conditions Continue To Plague Oregon