Tag Archives: Water Supply

Water toxins: Salem asks feds for research, limits on algal blooms

Salem’s public works director asked the federal government Friday to consider further research into the health effects of toxic algal blooms, adopt firm consumption limits through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and develop effective treatment methods to combat the water contaminants. Source: Water toxins: Salem asks feds for research, limits on algal blooms

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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‘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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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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Douglas County completely drought-free for first time in almost a year ahead of summer

After several substantial winter and early spring storms, Douglas County is completely drought-free for the first time in almost a year, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The monitor — a service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and several other agencies — reported no areas of drought in its weekly update on April 9. […]
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Fishing season in full swing in Central Oregon

Many high Cascade lakes are now accessible and fishing well. Significant late-winter snowfall and early-spring rain should make for a promising trout fishing season this year on Central Oregon lakes and rivers. “I think it’s going to benefit fish, and it’s going to help out water supply,” said Brett Hodgson, a Bend-based fisheries biologist for […]
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Editorial: Willamette reallocation bears close monitoring

Somehow, in a valley that gets an average of 55-plus inches of rain a year, farmers could find themselves facing a water shortage at some point in the future. We should add that any shortages would be courtesy of the federal and state governments. Currently underway is a government effort to divvy up the water […]
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Klamath Project water delivery set at 92%

Bureau of Reclamation will deliver at least 322,000 acre-feet of water — or a 92% allocation — from Upper Klamath Lake to the Klamath Project this summer and fall. The official number was announced last week by Jeff Nettleton, manager of the agency’s Klamath Basin Area Office, at the Klamath Water Users Association’s annual meeting. […]
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