Tag Archives: Irrigators

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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Water issues group making some headway

Klamath River stakeholders from the headwaters in Oregon to where it flows into the Pacific Ocean in Northern California gathered this week in Medford seeking common ground on solutions to water usage, among other topics. In what he describes as the most substantive meeting yet, Alan Mikkelsen said that some 65 people representing the Northern […]
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Walden lauds Trump’s signing of major water legislation

Key provisions for water relief in the Klamath Basin are included in a major piece of legislation signed into law on Tuesday by President Donald Trump. Trump signed off on the Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 Tuesday afternoon in the Oval Office, with Congressman Greg Walden, a Hood River Republican, among those attending the signing. […]
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Editorial: Klamath Basin aid a small start

The federal government, which lured farmers to the basin with the promise of cheap land and plentiful water, should be obligated to do whatever it can to help preserve the farmers and ranchers now endangered by the impacts of environmental policy instituted by that government. Klamath Basin irrigators got a little help last week from […]
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Water for fish & wildlife, cash for irrigators

The Bureau of Reclamation has agreed to reimburse the Drought Response Agency for water given to the Tulelake National Wildlife Refuge and the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge at a rate of $360 per acre feet of water. The terms and conditions for the rate are part of a 13-page contract that the 2018 Klamath […]
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Collaboration, not litigation, for environmental groups, irrigation districts; Memo touts shared vision of Upper Deschutes

Memo touts shared vision of Upper Deschutes. Environmental organizations and irrigation districts hope a new agreement could help discussions about managing flows on the Deschutes River focus more on collaboration than litigation in the future. The Deschutes Basin Board of Control, which oversees eight irrigation districts that manage water within the Deschutes Basin, and six […]
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Cattle revenues dip 50 percent; irrigators share water concerns with commissioners

Several Upper Basin irrigators shared concerns with Klamath County Commissioners on Wednesday about the approximate 50 percent loss in cattle revenue in the region, a dive that irrigators link to a call on water by the Klamath Tribes, validated by Oregon Water Resources Department. The Klamath Tribes, which have a senior water right, made the […]
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