Tag Archives: Water Resources

Wickiup Reservoir at lowest level since early 1990s

Reservoir levels prompt concern from farmers, irrigation districts Water levels at Central Oregon’s largest reservoir are lower than they’ve been in 27 years. And with no rain in the forecast, those water levels likely aren’t done dropping. “I’ve never seen a season last this long without measurable rain,” said Gary Harris, a farmer living in […]
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Billions of gallons of water would quench our wildfires

Q: How much water would it take to put out our Southern Oregon wildfires? Are we talking millions, billions or trillions of gallons? A: We broke out pen, paper and a calculator to get a ballpark estimate to your question. The figure we came up with was about 5.5 billion gallons of water. For the […]
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Mikkelsen continues water talks; details remain vague

Twenty years ago, if someone had asked Alan Mikkelsen if he would climb Mount Everest, he said he might have packed his backpack. But not now, Mikkelsen, who serves as the senior advisor to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on water and western resources, told the Herald and News on Monday afternoon. In […]
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Reservoir levels scraping bottom

Drought, hot summer weather and continued draw-down for irrigation needs have Emigrant, Hyatt and Howard Prairie lakes headed toward their lowest levels since 2014, leading to recreation closures and threatening to inflict future water headaches. Emigrant and Hyatt lakes — which like Howard Prairie are actually reservoirs — are forecast to drop below 10 percent […]
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Irrigation districts partner on strategic vision for Deschutes Basin

The Deschutes Basin Board of Control and nonprofit Coalition for the Deschutes have jointly developed and signed a memorandum that outlines a shared vision for the Upper Deschutes River. Balancing water for farms and fish is a constant challenge in the Upper Deschutes River, though a new agreement between irrigation districts and river advocates seeks […]
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Klamath, Trinity benefit from fire

More water goes to rivers. One of the unintended consequences of the devastation of Carr Fire in Shasta County is that it has been providing more water to Klamath and Trinity river fish in a time when river conditions have been looking tenuous. Hoopa Valley Tribe’s Fisheries Director Mike Orcutt said the dam-controlling U.S. Bureau […]
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Cattle revenues dip 50 percent; irrigators share water concerns with commissioners

Several Upper Basin irrigators shared concerns with Klamath County Commissioners on Wednesday about the approximate 50 percent loss in cattle revenue in the region, a dive that irrigators link to a call on water by the Klamath Tribes, validated by Oregon Water Resources Department. The Klamath Tribes, which have a senior water right, made the […]
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The Oregon Water Resources Department will be increasing mandated water restrictions in Douglas County for property owners with stream or river water rights. Source: STATE INCREASING MANDATED WATER RESTRICTIONS IN COUNTY

Klamath Tribes’ Water Case Gets Its Day In Court, But No Ruling Yet

A federal judge heard arguments in a case filed by the Klamath Tribes of southern Oregon seeking greater protections for endangered sucker fish in Upper Klamath Lake. San Francisco District Judge William Orrick listened to the arguments Friday in a lawsuit that requests an injunction to hold more water in the lake for shortnose and […]
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Tribes oppose irrigators’ $50 million bond request

A federal lawsuit that could determine access to water in the Klamath Basin this summer has taken a new turn as parties argue whether the Klamath Tribes should post a $50 million bond to protect irrigators. According to parties intervening in the suit, at least $50 million is needed to cover financial losses for agricultural […]
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