Tag Archives: Groundwater

OWRD to Host open house in Chiloquin, December 17

The Oregon Water Resources Department is holding an open house on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at the Chiloquin Community Center [140 S. 1st Street, Chiloquin, Oregon] from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The purpose of the open house is primarily to exchange information and engage water users in a conversation about the management of groundwater […]
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OWRD to host groundwater management open house

The Oregon Water Resources Department will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Chiloquin Community Center on management of groundwater rights in the basin, according to a news release. There will also be informational booths on other aspects of water quantity management. Source: OWRD to host groundwater […]
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Communities weigh in on Oregon’s 100-year water vision

Faced with climate change, a growing population and aging infrastructure, the state of Oregon is reaching out to local communities for ideas to ensure clean and abundant water supplies over Source: Communities weigh in on Oregon’s 100-year water vision

Appeals court dismisses Klamath groundwater dispute

The Oregon Court of Appeals won’t resolve a dispute over the impact of Klamath basin wells on surface waters due to newly imposed regulations in the area. The appellate court has dismissed the case because it’s moot and unworthy of review after the Oregon water regulators adopted different rules governing surface water interference from wells […]
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Irrigation For Farming Could Leave Many Of The World’s Streams And Rivers Dry 

Something odd is happening to streams and rivers on the high plains of Kansas and Colorado. Some have disappeared. “We would go and visit these streams, and in many cases it’s like a dirt bike channel. It’s no longer functioning as a stream,” says Joshuah Perkin, a biologist at Texas A&M University who studies the fish that […]
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Oregon Water Resources Commission approves water rules

Oregon Water Resources Commission members in Salem Friday unanimously voted to approve new, short-term rules affecting how the state agency will manage groundwater for water right holders in the Upper Basin. The rules, slated to last through 2021, are intended to give the state agency time to develop long-term rules, but allow the state to […]
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Is cannabis drying up Deschutes County wells?

-Rural residents, state officials disagree on the impact growing operations have on water- Charles Cook and Suezan Hill-Cook didn’t think much of a medical marijuana growing operation when it set up shop next to their quiet home northeast of Redmond in 2015. Source: Is cannabis drying up Deschutes County wells?

Bill would protect Umatilla groundwater rights

Irrigators in Oregon’s Umatilla Basin wouldn’t risk losing their groundwater rights by drawing replacement water from the Columbia river under a pilot project being considered by lawmakers. Source: Bill would protect Umatilla groundwater rights

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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6 Years, 2 Missed Deadlines, And Still Yakima Valley’s Water Needs Cleaned Up

The Yakima Valley used to be known for it’s cold, refreshing drinking water. But decades of intensive agricultural production have left residents — especially those working the farms — with a tainted water source. Source: 6 Years, 2 Missed Deadlines, And Still Yakima Valley’s Water Needs Cleaned Up