Tag Archives: Water Resources

NRCS report shows varied snow conditions in Oregon

Coming off a painful drought year in 2018, irrigation districts across Oregon are relying on ample rain and snow to refill overtaxed reservoirs and guarantee enough stored water for farms and ranches. A new report from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service shows that, while some areas are ahead of others, there is still some […]
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‘2nd half of winter’ important

The jet stream that brings storms to the Pacific Northwest and the Desert Southwest has been split, so storms have split, too, which has left an uneven distribution of snow across the West. As an example, snowpack in the Owyhee Basin was put at 120 percent of median while other basins, including some in Idaho, […]
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Tumalo piping project takes another step forward

Piping all the irrigation canals would return more water to Tumalo and Crescent creeks. Tumalo Irrigation District is moving forward on an ambitious project to pipe its entire network of canals, thanks to an influx of federal and state money. The Oregon Water Resources Department announced last month it awarded just under $5.3 million to […]
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Washington snowpack little below normal

At the start of the New Year, Washington’s statewide snowpack is 89 percent of normal and Yakima Basin reservoir storage is 91 percent of average. Government officials monitoring snowpack and reservoir storage say they are not concerned and that it’s too early to know if the status will improve or worsen. Source: Washington snowpack little […]
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How will climate change affect local rivers?

Changing climate could hurt late-summer flows. In addition to bringing longer wildfire seasons and warmer winters to Central Oregon, climate change stands to fundamentally alter the lifeblood of many of the region’s communities: its rivers. Some river experts predict that a declining snowpack could cause massive declines in river flows throughout the Deschutes basin during […]
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Water issues group making some headway

Klamath River stakeholders from the headwaters in Oregon to where it flows into the Pacific Ocean in Northern California gathered this week in Medford seeking common ground on solutions to water usage, among other topics. In what he describes as the most substantive meeting yet, Alan Mikkelsen said that some 65 people representing the Northern […]
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Guest column: $30M funding for irrigation modernization benefits Oregon’s farmers and rivers

For farmers in the Tumalo Irrigation District, 2018 started a new era for modernizing their infrastructure. Thanks to Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., a vocal advocate for irrigation modernization in Washington, and the vision of area farmers to collaboratively transform their water delivery system to benefit agriculture and the environment, TID has been awarded nearly $30 […]
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Low flows, dry winter could spell trouble for Crooked River fish

Managers must balance water storage for irrigation against the needs of fish. It could be a tough winter for redband trout and other fish living in the Crooked River, thanks to a decision to hold more water in Prineville Reservoir Earlier this fall, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced that it planned to release 50 […]
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Mikkelsen, Tribes at odds over water talks; forms ‘coalition of the willing’

Department of Interior official Alan Mikkelsen — who spent the week in Klamath Falls and Medford — said he will return to the Basin next month to continue water talks, but that he has no plans to reach out to the Klamath Tribes based on their last interaction. Mikkelsen, senior adviser to Secretary of the […]
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Tense water year comes to a close

The 2018 water year in the Klamath Basin was as wild as a rollercoaster ride by some accounts, with a collective sigh of relief coming at the end of the season by many in the Ag community. While water orders continue through November for Tulelake Irrigation District, water in the Klamath Project was turned off […]
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