Tag Archives: Irrigators

Interior secretary meets with Klamath water users, tribes

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt spent the day in Klamath Falls Thursday to see for himself what could be done to help find a long- term solution to water disputes in the Klamath Basin. Since 2001, irrigators have experienced water shortages as the federal government has diverted water from the Klamath Project from agriculture to benefit […]
Read More »

Klamath water allocation short of demand for farmers, ranchers

As expected, irrigators in the Klamath Project are getting less water than they will likely need this summer thanks to a combination of dry weather and more water being kept in-stream to protect threatened coho salmon. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will provide approximately 140,000 acre-feet of water to farms and ranches from Upper Klamath […]
Read More »

Environmentalists and farmers lose lawsuits over Klamath refuges

Multiple environmental lawsuits over the management of five national wildlife refuges in the Klamath Basin have failed, but so has a complaint filed by agricultural groups. A federal judge has rejected challenges filed in 2017 against livestock grazing, pesticide usage and water management within the 200,000-acre Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Source: Environmentalists and […]
Read More »

Guest column: Don’t forget the Middle Deschutes

“Frog, fish populations under threat in the Upper Deschutes,” reported on the dire shape of the Upper Deschutes river (The Bulletin, March 30). For decades, the Upper Deschutes has had unnaturally high flows in the summer when water is released from reservoirs to meet irrigation demands. Summer flows are three times the natural levels and […]
Read More »

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 […]
Read More »

Oregon irrigators argue against curtailing legal tool

Defenders of an Oregon law that shields farmers from irrigation shutdowns argue it’s not being abused and shouldn’t be weakened.. Water regulators can order a farmer to stop irrigating to protect flows for the owner of senior water rights. Source: Oregon irrigators argue against curtailing legal tool | Oregon | capitalpress.com

Guest Column: Row together to find river solutions

French philosopher and novelist Jean-Paul Sartre said: “Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.” The agricultural community in Central Oregon — farmers, local businesses, and irrigation districts — along with dozens of partners, has spent the past decade collectively rowing the proverbial boat to improve the health of the Deschutes […]
Read More »

Guest column: Irrigators should pay for degrading the Deschutes River

The Fish and Wildlife Service will soon be reviewing a Habitat Management Plan for Oregon’s Deschutes River written by contractors on behalf of Central Oregon irrigators that will dictate the future of the river. Source: Guest column: Irrigators should pay for degrading the Deschutes River;

Editorial Healing the Deschutes is about more than piping

The Deschutes River can flow near Bend at a roiling 980,000 gallons a minute in the summer. But those spectacular summer flows can tell a misleading tale about the river. The changes that have been made to the river to provide irrigation — dams, reservoirs and canals — can degrade habitat. Source: Editorial Healing the […]
Read More »

Canal piping coming between Redmond and Smith Rock

$30 million project will restore water flow to Deschutes River. A $30 million project to pipe a 5-mile section of the Pilot Butte Canal between Redmond and Smith Rock could allow authorities to increase the flow of water into the Deschutes River by 30%, a potential boon for threatened fish and frogs that inhabit the […]
Read More »