Tag Archives: Water Resources

Emotions run high as water dips lower

While visibly there is water sitting in the A canal, Bureau of Reclamation’s Klamath Basin Area Office-directed water flows from the canal’s headgates have been significantly reduced as of Monday morning, a move that essentially has shut off potential for deliveries until June 1. Reclamation’s Klamath Basin Area Office issued a notice to Klamath Project […]
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Guest column: Who should pay for irrigation canal piping?

Central Oregon irrigation districts have spent hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars piping their canals. They plan to spend hundreds of millions more. An example is Tumalo Irrigation District’s next piping plan which will cover 68.8 miles, take 11 years to implement, and is expected to cost $42,689,000, all paid by taxpayers. There are benefits […]
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Klamath River: dispute between farms, Indian tribes, courts over water in Northern California and Oregon

Can an uneasy truce hold off another water rebellion on California’s northern border? Years after Vice President Dick Cheney ordered water deliveries to Klamath Basin farmers, resulting in a massive fish kill, a new crisis looms involving salmon, Indian tribes and agriculture. The last time water was this scarce in the Klamath Basin, a rugged […]
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Guest column: Attack on irrigation water was not fair

In the April 10 guest column entitled, “Deschutes should not be damaged for personal profit,” George Wuerthner suggested that Central Oregon’s water woes would be solved if the state would only force farm and ranch families to stop using water for agriculture. “In other words, if the only withdrawals were for cities like Bend, the […]
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Farmers in many parts of Oregon brace for low water year

A wetter-than-usual April was not enough to improve the water supply outlook for Oregon heading into summer. Despite a mercifully wet April, water shortages remain likely for farmers and ranchers across much of Oregon, especially in southern and eastern portions of the state that are dealing with the onset of drought. Gov. Kate Brown has […]
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Summer water watch: streamflows low, reservoirs key

Rogue River Basin irrigators who don’t rely on stored reservoir water are in for a dry summer, with streamflows forecast to be as low as one-third of average, thanks to a dry winter, poor snowpack and an expected drier-than-normal summer. Despite a wet April, with precipitation at 116 percent of average in the Rogue Basin, […]
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Lower John Day Working Group receives state partnership award

The Lower John Day Working Group, one of four pilot projects for place-based water resources planning, has received a Partnership Award from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. A local effort to study water resources in the Lower John Day Basin of north-central Oregon is garnering statewide recognition. The Lower John Day Working Group is one […]
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Judge Upholds Use Of Klamath Water For Salmon Above Early Crop Irrigation

Klamath Basin farmers will likely have to wait several more weeks to start irrigating crops like garlic and onions, while water is held back for salmon. A federal judge has denied a request by Klamath Basin farmers to get their irrigation season underway. The farmers had asked for a reversal of an earlier court decision […]
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Negotiator confident common ground can be found on Columbia River Treaty

Negotiators on the Columbia River Treaty with Canada are slated to begin work later this year. The U.S. and Canada are slated to enter negotiations on the Columbia River Treaty later this year. Jill Smail, chief negotiator for the U.S., provided an update April 25 on the process during a town hall in Spokane. Smail […]
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BOR: Leak ‘standard,’ but ‘unfortunate’

Bureau of Reclamation officials are calling a water leak from the A canal headgates a standard operational incident, although an unfortunate one, in regards to water delivery to Klamath Reclamation Project irrigators. While local irrigation districts await a decision from a San Francisco district court on the possibility and amount of water delivery, Klamath Irrigation […]
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