Tag Archives: Groundwater

SCOTUS Declines To Hear Klamath Basin Water Rights Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up a Klamath Basin water dispute that goes back nearly two decades. During a severe drought in 2001, the federal government dramatically reduced irrigation water to Klamath Basin farmers and ranchers to benefit threatened and endangered fish. The irrigators sued, saying their water from the federal irrigation […]
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OWRD cautions against expanding groundwater use in Harney Basin

Preliminary findings of a four-year study in the Harney Basin of southeast Oregon indicate groundwater is being lost faster than it can be replenished, and farms will likely need to start using less in an effort to stabilize shrinking aquifers. Source: OWRD cautions against expanding groundwater use in Harney Basin

Long-awaited West Project finally complete

Area farmers have cause for celebration after completion of a major water supply project known as the West Project. The project, which the Columbia Improvement District successfully tested on May 5, will add about 30,000 acres of irrigated cropland near Boardman to the Columbia Basin’s agricultural region. It is one of a package of three […]
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First of three new water pipelines crosses finish line in NE Oregon

A long-planned water project in northeast Oregon pioneered by generations of farmers to support the region’s agricultural economy is finally becoming reality. Construction of a new pipeline delivering water from the Columbia River to thousands of acres of farmland near Boardman is now complete, and two more pipelines are in the works stretching east of […]
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Supreme Court scales back scope of groundwater pollution ruling

Groundwater will be regulated less strictly under the U.S. Supreme Court’s new interpretation of the Clean Water Act compared to an earlier legal standard affecting several Western states. The nation’s highest court has rejected a more expansive understanding of groundwater as a channel for pollution that had been imposed by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court […]
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Clean Water Act Covers Groundwater Discharges, Supreme Court Rules

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Supreme Court rejects Trump administration’s view on key aspect of Clean Water Act

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story via the link below, state employees can access this Washington Post story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the Trump administration’s reading of a key part of the Clean […]
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Judge: Oregon Water Regulators Exceeded Authority

A judge has ruled that Oregon’s water regulators exceeded their authority by shutting off wells within 500 feet of waterways in the Upper Klamath Basin last year. Oregon’s water regulators exceeded their authority when they shut off wells within 500 feet of waterways in the Upper Klamath Basin last year, a judge has ruled. Marion […]
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Activists petition EPA to step in on groundwater ’emergency’ in Umatilla, Morrow counties

A coalition of activist groups, known as Stand Up to Factory Farms, filed a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday asking the agency to take emergency action to address nitrate levels in the Lower Umatilla Basin Groundwater Management Area. Source: Activists petition EPA to step in on groundwater ’emergency’ in Umatilla, Morrow counties […]
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Editorial: Harney County residents right to seek a new way

Water is precious in Oregon’s High Desert region, which runs across Eastern Oregon from Lake County into Idaho, and nowhere is that more true than in Harney County. Yet what little water there is in the county is being used far faster than it can be replaced. Now state and local officials, environmentalists and others […]
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