Tag Archives: Water Resources

Lawsuit may complicate boost in available Oregon dam water

An environmentalist lawsuit threatens to complicate a planned boost in the amount of irrigation water diverted from behind 13 dams in Oregon’s Willamette River Basin. The legal challenge marks the latest snag in a process of allocating water from the flood control reservoirs that’s dragged on for about 30 years. Source: Lawsuit may complicate boost […]
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Klamath ‘takings’ case filed with U.S. Supreme Court

Agricultural producers in the Klamath Project have taken the water “takings” case to the highest court in the land. The case, titled Baley v. United States, was filed 19 years ago when the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation re-allocated irrigation water to threatened and endangered species. A favorable outcome would mean upwards of $30 million collectively […]
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Water: New fed report shows what to expect this spring, summer

The just-release U.S. Department of Agriculture report about Oregon’s snowpack and water basins should help outline water availability this spring and summer in our state. According to the report, February saw a wide variation in precipitation and snow accumulation across Oregon. Source: Water: New fed report shows what to expect this spring, summer | News […]
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Guest column: North Unit and COID farmers partner to get more water in the Deschutes River

In 1989, I moved with my family to Madras to farm full time on 350 acres. At the time, sustainable farming wasn’t yet in the agriculture lexicon, and water conservation practices were only beginning to modernize. As new farmers and North Unit Irrigation District patrons, we were eager to find ways to be more efficient […]
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Wallowa County irrigation system nearly complete

A nearly complete $4 million-plus irrigation pipeline will give irrigators in the Upper Wallowa Valley a more efficient and less expensive way to water crops, livestock and pasture when the tap is opened May 1. The pipeline will replace longtime irrigation ditches that can lose 25% of the water through seepage into the ground, according […]
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Mountain snowpack well above average in most places

February brought only one major snowstorm to Northeastern Oregon, but that one was sufficient to keep the region’s mountain snowpack well above average in most places. The same storm, during February’s first week, had less beneficial effects in the form of record flooding in parts of Umatilla and Union counties. Source: Mountain snowpack well above […]
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Overflow delays water project meeting

A massive crowd filled two rooms and a long hallway inside the Klamath County Government Center Tuesday evening. The flood of people came to the Klamath County Planning Commission meeting to hear discussion and provide comments about the Class D Recycled Water Project proposed by the South Suburban Sanitary District. Source: Overflow delays water project […]
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Clashing views on proposed recycled water project 

A proposed recycled water project in Klamath Falls may be either hugely beneficial or a major disaster, depending on whom you ask. A class D recycled water project is being proposed by Klamath Falls’ South Suburban Sanitary District in order to help meet new regulations put in place by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. […]
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Piping system coming to Klamath Project

With the help of $430,354 in federal funding for two major water efficiency projects, Klamath Irrigation District is making preliminary steps toward implementing an irrigation pipeline. The irrigation district is one of 54 recipients of a total of $40.99 million in WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficient Grants from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Oregon groups […]
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Diverse group of CO water users band together for conservation

Mike Britton, general manager for the North Unit Irrigation District, didn’t want to use a cliche when speaking earlier this month in Madras to a group of farmers about the water crisis hitting farmers in Jefferson County. But the phrase “it takes a village” just seemed too appropriate to pass up. Source: Diverse group of […]
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