Category Archives: Water Resources Dept.

OWRD approves emergency rules for Klamath Basin

With Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declaring a drought emergency in Klamath County, the state Water Resources Commission has approved temporary rules granting a preference to water rights for human consumption, such as drinking, cooking and sanitation. Source: OWRD approves emergency rules for Klamath Basin

Hard lessons from the Lost Valley factory farming fiasco: Guest opinion

Only after Oregon threatened to close down Lost Valley Farm following months of violations did the disturbing problems at the 15,000-cow operation come fully to light. Dairy cows standing in hoof-deep slurry of feces and urine. Lagoons holding tens of millions of gallons of cattle manure and wastewater repeatedly over-flowing. Source: Hard lessons from the […]
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Commission to discuss temporary water right rule

A meeting to discuss a request for temporary water right rules in Klamath County for both humans and livestock will be conducted Friday by the Oregon Water Resources Commission, according to a news release. Source: Commission to discuss temporary water right rule

Column: State has ability to fairly resolve water dispute

The subject of our litigation was a simple case of the Oregon Water Resources Department using bad data, ignoring common sense, and not following the prior appropriation doctrine. On March 21, the Capital Press and the Herald and News reported “OWRD on track to overspend litigation budget.” In the article, Tom Byler, director of Oregon […]
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Water Resources Dept. has only itself to blame for its high legal costs | Guest Commentary |

On March 21, the Capital Press and the Herald and News reported “OWRD on track to overspend litigation budget.” In the article, Tom Byler, Director of Oregon Water Resources Department, said: “Since the lawsuits are generally initiated against OWRD, the agency doesn’t have control over the costs.” Mr. Byler’s comments deserve a response because, in […]
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Lost Valley mega-dairy allowed by state officials to tap restricted aquifier

A year after it opened, Oregon’s second-largest dairy has not secured rights to the nearly 1 million gallons of water per day it needs for its thousands of cows and to process milk. Instead, Lost Valley Farm near Boardman moved ahead without the necessary permits, using a loophole in Oregon law to pull water out of an underground aquifer that’s been off […]
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Agency may be awash in red ink from water litigation

Oregon’s water regulators are rapidly spending the $835,000 they have available for litigation and may go nearly $1.3 million over budget in the 2017-2019 biennium. A request for more litigation funds was recently turned down by Oregon lawmakers, which means the Oregon Water Resources Department will probably ask the Legislature’s Emergency Board for money later […]
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State agency wants to boost dam inspection authority

Laws governing dam safety in Oregon have become outdated, prompting state regulators to seek upgraded authority to inspect and order repairs to the structures. In the next legislative session, the Oregon Water Resources Department plans to ask lawmakers to revise dam safety statutes that were originally written nearly 90 years ago. Source: State agency wants […]
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Oregon agency may be awash in red ink from water litigation

Oregon’s water regulators are rapidly spending the $835,000 they have available for litigation and may go nearly $1.3 million over budget in the 2017-2019 biennium. A request for more litigation funds was recently turned down by Oregon lawmakers, which means the Oregon Water Resources Department will probably ask the Legislature’s Emergency Board for money later […]
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Milton-Freewater gets new watermaster

Milton-Freewater’s new assistant watermaster is on the way. The Oregon Water Resources Department announced it hired Robert Nuvolini as the new assistant watermaster to cover the Milton-Freewater and Walla Walla sub-basin areas. He replaces Dan Koch. Source: Milton-Freewater gets new watermaster – Local News – East Oregonian