Tag Archives: Water Resources

Tribes oppose irrigators’ $50 million bond request

A federal lawsuit that could determine access to water in the Klamath Basin this summer has taken a new turn as parties argue whether the Klamath Tribes should post a $50 million bond to protect irrigators. According to parties intervening in the suit, at least $50 million is needed to cover financial losses for agricultural […]
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Officials mull irrigation shut-off date

‘Goal’ keep some water for next year. It will be a balancing act as irrigation district officials begin discussing a shut-off date for irrigation water in the Owyhee Project. The main issue is making sure farmers have enough water to finish this year’ crops while maintaining a good carryover to 2019 given the low snowpack […]
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Klamath farmers, ranchers get 2018 operations plan

It may be several months late, but farmers and ranchers in the Klamath Project finally know just how much water is available for the 2018 irrigation season — pending an injunction requested by the Klamath Tribes to protect endangered sucker fish in Upper Klamath Lake. Source: Klamath farmers, ranchers get 2018 operations plan | Oregon […]
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Reclamation releases 2018 Klamath Project operations and drought plans

The Bureau of Reclamation has released two plans for 2018 operations of the Klamath Project. The Operations and Drought plans are based on current reservoir storage and anticipated hydrologic conditions based on the June 1 Natural Resources Conservation Service inflow forecast. The Operations Plan outlines water deliveries during the 2018 spring-summer irrigation season for more […]
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Klamath Project gets long-awaited 2018 operations plan

The Bureau of Reclamation has released its 2018 operations and drought plans for the Klamath Project, serving 230,000 acres of irrigated farmland in southern Oregon and northern California. It may be several months late, but farmers and ranchers in the Klamath Project finally know just how much water is available for the 2018 irrigation season […]
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A fresh, past perspective on the Klamath ‘Water Wars’ | Editorials | 

Solutions to the water battles in the Basin? It’s complicated. To reiterate what Department of Interior advisor Alan Mikkelsen said this week, it may be the most complex set of water issues in the country. (See story in Thursday’s H&N). At least we’re number one in something! Source: A fresh, past perspective on the Klamath […]
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Mikkelsen visits Basin: Water solutions a long way off 

Alan Mikkelsen likens the Klamath Basin water negotiations to climbing Mount Everest. “We’ve just left Base Camp and have a long way to go,” the veteran water negotiator for the Department of Interior told the Herald and News in a sit-down interview Wednesday morning. “We may summit; we may get blown off the mountain. And […]
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Coquille River stream gauging services will continue for next year

In a recent Coos County Commission meeting, the board approved a funding agreement to continue paying its share of costs toward supporting three stream gauges on the Coquille River. In partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior, the county will contribute $11,940 to maintain the gauges in the river for the next federal fiscal […]
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Oregon water scare: Algae blooms happening more often

The words blasted to cellphones around Salem, Oregon were ominous: “Civil emergency. prepare for action.” Within half an hour, a second official alert clarified the subject wasn’t impending violence, but toxins from an algae bloom, detected in the city’s water supply. In both reservoirs and lakes used for recreation in communities around the country have […]
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Oregon forestry, water infrastructure funds advance

Out of committee, to full Senate. Senator Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., announced late last week that key provisions that will help Oregon’s rural communities are included in the U.S. Department of Interior Appropriations bill. “This bill does a lot for rural Oregon’s resources, including forest health, firefighting, water and wildlife,” Merkley said. Source: Oregon forestry, water infrastructure […]
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