Tag Archives: Water Resources

Why we can always use more water here — Opinion

The sight that greets eastbound drivers on Highway 7 near its intersection with Hudspeth Lane might seem passing strange even to longtime Sumpter Valley residents. It’s a patch of deep blue at the base of the dark green forests that mantle the bulk of Black Mountain. That patch is Phillips Reservoir. Source: Why we can […]
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Plenty of water projected for Washington streams

Water will remain plentiful through summer in Washington streams and reservoirs given the season’s last streamflow forecast by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Decent winter snow and a cooler spring have left Washington state’s water supply in great shape for the summer and Yakima Basin reservoirs likely will remain full longer than normal. Source: Plenty […]
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County’s summer water supply is looking good

Reservoirs are full and there is an abundance of snowpack still in the mountains. The result is Douglas County’s water supply outlook for this summer is the best it’s been in years. Susan Douthit, who took over the Douglas County watermaster’s job last summer when Dave Williams retired, is enjoying her first year with abundant rain […]
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Heading into summer, Oregon’s water supply outlook holding steady

The heavy winter snow and cold, rainy spring combined to rout the drought. Oregon heads into the summer showing no sign of drought for the first time since 2011, according to the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The agency’s monthly water outlook report for June said the state will have adequate water for irrigation and […]
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Water discord: Upper Basin ranchers seek solution with Tribes

Rancher Randall Kizer believes many Upper Klamath Basin landowners and the Klamath Tribes both want what’s best for the land, from which both draw their heritage. The Tribes recent call for water has shut off access for the cattlemen to the Wood River, which meanders through their ranches. Many fear a severe economic impact from […]
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Worries over water call

Driving along Weed Road that connects to Loosley Road — named for Kizer’s great-grandfather — he points out the window of his pickup at the grass in his pastures. He expects the color to change from lush green to “crispy” brown by July if he cannot irrigate with water from the Wood River. Source: Worries […]
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Lawsuits challenge water rights decisions in Klamath, Boardman

Irrigators in the Klamath region have filed a lawsuit against Oregon water regulators, as have environmentalist who oppose a dairy. Several irrigators are challenging the agency’s order shutting down irrigation from Wood River and its tributaries in the Upper Klamath Basin due to a water call from the Klamath Tribes in April. Source: Lawsuits challenge […]
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Other views: Westland patrons have reasons to oppose central water project 

As the quiet majority, the Patrons of Westland have grave concerns about the management of Westland Irrigation District. What might we be concerned about? The last time there was a major water project in 1987, the senior water rights holders’ McKay allotment went from 3.5 acre feet to 2.3 acre feet and our cost went […]
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Water for agriculture is water put to good use — Guest Opinion

As a general agriculture organization, the Farm Bureau celebrates the rich diversity of ag products raised by farm and ranch families across our great state. All of Oregon’s 225-plus ag commodities — from alfalfa to apples, hay to hazelnuts, cattle to carrot seed — are valuable and vital to an industry that consistently ranks as […]
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Guest column: Water use by pot growers may impact neighbors

The county struggles with decisions whether to grant conditional use permits for growing and manufacture of marijuana. This is a highly charged political and legal issue, pitting rural Deschutes County against the city of Bend. While there has been significant discourse on odor, crime, bucolic ambiance, there has been little consideration of a critical factor. […]
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