Tag Archives: Water Resources

Low flows, dry winter could spell trouble for Crooked River fish

Managers must balance water storage for irrigation against the needs of fish. It could be a tough winter for redband trout and other fish living in the Crooked River, thanks to a decision to hold more water in Prineville Reservoir Earlier this fall, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced that it planned to release 50 […]
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Mikkelsen, Tribes at odds over water talks; forms ‘coalition of the willing’

Department of Interior official Alan Mikkelsen — who spent the week in Klamath Falls and Medford — said he will return to the Basin next month to continue water talks, but that he has no plans to reach out to the Klamath Tribes based on their last interaction. Mikkelsen, senior adviser to Secretary of the […]
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Tense water year comes to a close

The 2018 water year in the Klamath Basin was as wild as a rollercoaster ride by some accounts, with a collective sigh of relief coming at the end of the season by many in the Ag community. While water orders continue through November for Tulelake Irrigation District, water in the Klamath Project was turned off […]
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Leaders weigh costs of Columbia Basin water project

The cost of bringing Columbia River water to the Odessa subarea is one of the stumbling blocks for progress, leaders said during the Columbia Basin Development League meeting in Moses Lake, Wash. Money remains the biggest stumbling block for getting water from the Columbia River delivered to farms in the Odessa subarea to replace declining […]
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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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Trump Orders Expedited Delivery of Western Water

Move may help boost Republican congressional candidates, likely to anger environmentalists. President Trump today signed an order directing his regulators to more efficiently deliver water in California and other Western states, in a move that could help Republican incumbents in tight congressional races. The order applies to state and federal water delivery projects in California, […]
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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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Critical Klamath Project relief money passes Congress

Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted 99-1 to pass the America’s Water and Infrastructure Act of 2018 (AWIA), which includes provisions that are vital to Klamath Project water users. The bill (S. 3021) passed in the House of Representatives by unanimous vote on Sept. 13 and now will be sent to the President for his signature, […]
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El Nino following bad-water year

Wimpy winter weather followed by a near-record dry spell this summer created one of the top 10 driest Rogue Valley water years on record, and the prospect of a warm and dry El Nino pattern doesn’t bode well for parched reservoirs. The 11.47 inches of rain measured at the Medford airport in the 12 months […]
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