Tag Archives: Irrigators

Editorial: Plan good for river, frogs and people

The new habitat conservation plan for the Deschutes River that is being unveiled this week probably isn’t perfect. Some groups are upset, for example, because it’s not a permanent answer to all the river’s problems. But it should do what it’s expected to do, provide relief for the threatened Oregon spotted frog in Central Oregon […]
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Deschutes Basin plan will aid threatened species

A habitat conservation plan aimed at protecting several species while shielding farmers from legal liability in Oregon’s Deschutes River basin will be formally announced next week. The federal government is expected to publish a draft of the plan on Oct. 4 and invite public comment on measures proposed to conserve the Oregon spotted frog and […]
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Reservoir depletion forces Madras farmers to leave fields fallow

Wickiup Reservoir is at 11% of capacity as irrigation season draws to a close. For the second year in a row, Madras farmer Phil Fine has left a quarter of his fields fallow amid water restrictions caused by low levels at Wikiup Reservoir. With a water crisis expected to continue another year, he doesn’t think […]
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Meeting scheduled to discuss lowering Klamath irrigation power costs

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation expects to finish a report by Thanksgiving taking aim at skyrocketing power costs for farmers and ranchers in the Klamath Project. Regulators will share preliminary results of the congressionally directed study at a public meeting Sept. 10 in Klamath Falls, co-hosted by the Klamath Water Users Association. Source: Meeting scheduled […]
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Irrigation aggravation

Though preventing leaky canals from losing water doesn’t seem like a particularly controversial idea, irrigators in Central Oregon have found out otherwise. The plan appears to be a quintessential “win-win” for agriculture and the environment: Replacing open canals with piping will save 40% of the water that would otherwise seep into the ground, enhancing the […]
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Neighbors, farmers facing Leaburg canal conundrum

The 10-month-old drawdown of the canal is expected to last at least another year, raising questions about the future of the man-made waterway and threatening to leave homeowners, irrigators and even fish high and dry Jack Richardson’s farm along the McKenzie Highway grows organic blueberries, strawberries and sweet corn — but not lemons. Source: Neighbors, […]
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Late snow helps Central Oregon’s rivers, but problems remain

Despite snow, drought and low reservoirs still a problem. The end of winter was one for the history books throughout Central Oregon, thanks to the snowiest February ever in Bend and elsewhere. Still, a single month, no matter how snow-filled, can’t completely turn around a years-long drought. As much as the late snow helped, Central […]
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Irrigators dissatisfied with Oregon water storage fix

Farm and irrigation advocates worry that a partial fix to Oregon water storage law may lead to new complications farther down the road. Last year, a review by state attorneys determined the Oregon Water Resources Department lacks the authority to transfer water storage rights. Source: Irrigators dissatisfied with Oregon water storage fix | Water | […]
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Public Rights vs. Private Rights with water

An article in the Nov. 9 Bulletin reported that due to low water reserves, the Bureau of Reclamation that controls water release from Prineville Reservoir might limit flows in the Crooked River to preserve water for irrigators to the detriment of fish and the Crooked River’s aquatic ecosystem. A number of other recent commentaries have […]
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Brown’s budget includes $16 million for Wallowa Lake dam

Wallowa County irrigators and fish managers got an early Christmas present when they learned Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s proposed budget includes $16 million to repair and replace Wallowa Lake Dam. The 102-year-old dam was deemed in need of repair almost 40 years ago in the wake of the Teton Dam failure in Idaho. Since then […]
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