Tag Archives: Water Resources

Editorial: Prineville water contract finally a reality

It’s taken years and an act of Congress to bring water security to the city of Prineville. Thanks to action taken by the Prineville City Council on Oct. 22, the process is just about done. That day the council voted to sign a contract with the federal Bureau of Reclamation for water from the Crooked […]
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NW snowpack at center of ongoing debate

The snowpack that irrigates Northwest crops has been measured extensively, studied deeply and politicized thoroughly. Yet, it won’t easily reveal its past or the outlook for its future. Some scientists have reported astonishing snowpack declines over the past century but are hard-pressed to quantify much change in the Cascades over the past 40 years. Source: […]
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Project costs, regulations are top concerns with water

Led by staff from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, a conversation about the state’s vision for water use, management and conservation over the next 100 years came to Ontario on Monday.The talk, held at Treasure Valley Community College, included people from Malheur Harney and Lake counties, was well as TVCC students. It was one of […]
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Our view | Water questions in search of answers

In the West, few resources evoke more passion than water. The reason is obvious: Everything comes down to the quantity and quality of water. That’s well illustrated across Oregon. In the Klamath Falls region, the periodic shortage of water is well-known, as are the many demands placed on it. Source: Our view | Water questions […]
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Reservoirs off to good start for new year

As the 2019 irrigation season came to a close, and the new water year begins, one thing is certain: all four reservoirs in Malheur County are off to a good start for refilling. Three of the them are at more than 40 percent of capacity, with Warm Springs Reservoir already half full and Owyhee Reservoir […]
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New state water manager takes office in Pendleton

A new state water boss is coming to town. The Oregon Water Resources Department announced the hiring of Chris Kowitz as the North Central Region manger,  He will work out of the office at 116 S.E. Dorion Ave., Pendleton. Kowitz replacles Mike Ladd, who retired this year after 44 years with the department. Source: New […]
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Deschutes basin conservation plan under public scrutiny

Plan will raise water levels for fish and frogs. The Oregon spotted frog, steelhead trout, bull trout and other fish species that inhabit the Deschutes River and other local waterways could benefit from a proposed 30-year water conservation plan that seeks to balance the needs of farmers and wildlife, along with other water users in […]
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Canal piping coming between Redmond and Smith Rock

$30 million project will restore water flow to Deschutes River. A $30 million project to pipe a 5-mile section of the Pilot Butte Canal between Redmond and Smith Rock could allow authorities to increase the flow of water into the Deschutes River by 30%, a potential boon for threatened fish and frogs that inhabit the […]
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Fish rescue planned for Deschutes shallow channels

Volunteers will rescue fish as water flows from Wickiup Reservoir are dialed back. A rescue operation in the Upper Deschutes is planned for this weekend — but it’s not the kind involving distressed kayakers, boaters or swimmers. In need of help are trout, kokanee, sculpin and other fish that will soon be left high and […]
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Water year varies region to region

Q: I am new to the area and read in the Mail Tribune that the precipitation amount for the “season to date” was almost 22 inches. Where I lived previously, the water year started July 1 and ran through June 30. That’s obviously not the case here. When does the season start and end and […]
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