Tag Archives: Water Resources

Frogs, Fish And Farmers Feel Out Compromise On Deschutes River

With Central Oregon’s booming population growth, water is an increasingly important resource. And on the Upper Deschutes River, scarce water has become a big problem for wildlife and river habitat. On a crisp fall day, a team of volunteers waded upstream in the Deschutes River in pursuit of fish. Instead of fishing rods, they carried an […]
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Editorial: Water effort requires broader input 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is nearing the end of the public comment period in a process that could have big implications for how water from 13 dams in the Willamette Valley is stored and allocated. The bad news thus far is that, considering the importance of the topic, relatively few comments have been […]
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Irrigators protest Hood River instream water rights

A proposal to develop new instream water rights to protect flows in Oregon’s Hood River Basin have met with protests from irrigators. Several farm groups have filed protests against the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s proposal to obtain instream water rights in the Hood River Basin. Fourteen of the agency’s applications for instream water […]
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KBID supports appeal to Takings decision 

The Klamath Basin Improvement District voted Monday to support an appeal of the so-called “Takings” case decision handed down by U.S. Federal Judge Marian Blank Horn in late September. Source: KBID supports appeal to Takings decision | Local News | heraldandnews.com

Valley dams water allocation input due Dec. 22

Mike Brinkley shifted from one information panel to the next several times Monday afternoon during an open house outlining the proposed reallocation of water stored and released from the 13 dams managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Willamette Valley. Included among those are Foster and Green Peter dams near Sweet Home. […]
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How Climate Change Is Impacting the American West Right Now 

Many studies have modeled future impacts from climate change, but scientists have shown that warming trends are already affecting water and ecosystems in the West. We are nowliving in a time that’s the warmest in the history of modern civilization, according to the latest Climate Science Special Report, part of the National Climate Assessment. Global annual […]
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Agriculture the most important use of water — Opinion

Agriculture should not be seen as just another use of water. It produces the food we all eat. When it comes to farming in the West, all you have to do is add water. With water, the West has blossomed. Take a look at the vast Columbia Basin in Washington and the Snake River valley […]
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Corps takes another look at stored Willamette River Basin water

How much water does Willamette Valley agriculture want? More than was suggested in a proposed reallocation of the river basin’s stored water, the Oregon Farm Bureau says. Willamette Valley farmers and ranchers would have rights to about 250,000 acre-feet of irrigation water annually under a reallocation plan suggested by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers […]
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Federal court won’t rehear Bridge Creek lawsuit

LandWatch can only appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. A federal appeals court will not rehear a lawsuit two environmental groups filed against the U.S. Forest Service and the City of Bend over Bend’s Bridge Creek water pipeline. Central Oregon LandWatch and WaterWatch of Oregon asked for a rehearing in October, arguing that federal judges […]
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Guest column: Oregon land-use laws need reform

If you are a regular reader of The Bulletin’s letters, guest opinions and articles, you have noticed that many of them offer lifestyle advice and self-help tips aimed at making us, in the writer’s view, better citizens. Often an impending crisis, such as global warming, CO2 emissions, river health, traffic congestion or a housing crisis, […]
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