Tag Archives: Water Resources

Martha Pagel, former OWRD director, dies at 65

Martha Pagel, former director of the Oregon Water Resources Department and a respected water law attorney, has died of cancer at the age of 65. Nicknamed the “water queen,” Pagel was considered a highly capable administrator of the agency that she led from 1992 to 2000 and a ferocious advocate for irrigators as a private […]
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Umatilla County takes over Columbia River water interest from NOWA

An interest in Columbia River water that could potentially supply the former Umatilla Chemical Depot is changing hands from the Northeast Oregon Water Association to Umatilla County. “This is one of those projects that will be able to sustain economic development in Umatilla County for years to come,” commissioner John Shafer said. Source: Umatilla County […]
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Guest column: What it means to be a junior water right holder

This is my 50th year farming in Madras. I’m the son of an Idaho farmer who came to the North Unit Irrigation District (NUID) in 1948. Father took the first delivery of water on the Agency Plains north of Madras in June of 1948 after the Willow Creek siphon was repaired. He was always concerned […]
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Guest column: Collaboration on water is harder than picking a fight

Farmers and ranchers are often targeted by well-meaning individuals and groups who don’t quite appreciate or understand the hard work and collaboration required to drive local agricultural and water management endeavors. Case in point: Tod Heisler’s recent commentary (’Tis the season to waste water, May 19). Water connects us all — farms, cities and the […]
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Broken Water Main Poses Serious Health, Safety Risk To Warm Springs

Thousands of people living and working on Oregon’s largest tribal reservation won’t have running water and flushing toilets, again. On Friday, officials with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs warned of a shutdown that could last “up to a week or longer” due to a broken water main. Source: Broken Water Main Poses Serious Health, […]
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‘Watershed is saturated.’ Irrigation officials say flooding a growing concern as inflows surge. 

Flows along the Owyhee River below the dam have been increased as storage of irrigation water in the Owyhee Reservoir is nearing its maximum level, and Owyhee Irrigation District officials want a controlled fill and discharge downstream. Earlier this month, inflows into the reservoir, as measured by the U.S. Geological Survey gauge at Rome, had […]
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Infrastructure funding should include irrigation

As the focus on infrastructure retakes center stage in Washington, we hope lawmakers don’t overlook a prime opportunity to invest in western water and irrigation systems. Here in the West, our dams, irrigation systems, canals and other infrastructure — much of it more than a century old — are past due for modernization. This is […]
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Washington drought grows; Ecology has $2 million for relief

As drought spreads in Washington, the Department of Ecology is preparing to make $2 million available for drought-relief projects. A moderate drought covers more than one-third of the state, triple the area from two weeks ago, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday. Source: Washington drought grows; Ecology has $2 million for relief | Water | […]
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Warm, rainy spring cuts Central Oregon snowpack in half

Experts warn the rapid snowmelt could lead to an earlier fire season. Rapid snowmelt and a rainy April combined to melt off the central Cascades snowpack at a rapid rate, opening up mountain recreation areas for summer while also widening the swath of land susceptible for forest fire. Since late April warm weather has lowered […]
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Forecast: Water supplies across Oregon mixed

Oregon farmers and ranchers can expect mixed irrigation supplies heading into summer after months of fast-changing weather. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service released its statewide water outlook report for May, predicting near- to above-average stream flows in eastern and southern Oregon, and near- to below-average stream flows in central and western Oregon. Source: Forecast: […]
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