Tag Archives: Water Supply

Broken pipes, broken promises

The water crisis on the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation can be traced to decades of patchwork repairs, neglect and broken promises. This summer, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents were once again advised not to drink water from their taps without boiling it first, after ancient water pipes broke for the […]
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Editorial: The Deschutes River’s beauty hides problems

There was a time in Central Oregon when progress was measured by jobs, by if the railroad would come through town and by developing canals to move water out of the Deschutes River and on to farmland. Jobs still very much matter. The railroad now plays a lesser role. The view of the river has […]
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Drought may leave Central Oregon irrigation districts out of water this year

Water limitations could shut down district diversions, watermaster says. Cool temperatures and consistent rainfall in recent weeks has provided some relief to Central Oregon farmers during the first stages of the growing season. But authorities warn that recent rain may not be enough to stave off water shortages later in the year. Source: Drought may […]
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Bureau of Reclamation confirms water supply to Klamath Project

Farmers and ranchers in the Klamath Project are breathing a sigh of relief after the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced Tuesday it will not further reduce this year’s water allotment, which is already less than half of demand. The bureau will deliver 140,000 acre-feet of water from Upper Klamath Lake to the project, as regulators […]
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Reclamation secures 2020 water supply for Klamath Project

The Bureau of Reclamation confirmed the 2020 water supply for the Klamath Project. The Klamath Project delivers irrigation water to approximately 230,000 acres in southern Oregon and northern California, according to a news release. On June 2, the Natural Resource Conservation Service forecast for Upper Klamath Lake inflows increased from the May 1 forecast. Based […]
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Commentary: Klamath political attention comes from both sides of the aisle

Capital Press is to be commended for its continued, professional reporting on the importance of our family farmers and ranchers, what they do for our Nation and the many challenges they face on a daily basis. Your coverage of the recent “Shut Down and Fed Up” water rally held in Klamath County on May 29 […]
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Falcon Cove Beach Water District ends moratorium

The Falcon Cove Beach Water District board unanimously voted Saturday to let a water moratorium expire. The vote came two weeks after Charles Dice, the water district’s system operator, announced that a water emergency would be extended for another six months while the district waited for a water rights permit from the state to begin […]
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Below average summer streamflows expected in parts of Oregon

Despite ample rain in May, most streams and rivers in Oregon are expected to run below average for the summer, setting the stage for water shortages in some regions. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service released its final water supply outlook report for 2020, calling for lower streamflows through September, particularly in the areas of […]
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Howard Prairie Lake is so low that fish are in danger

Howard Prairie Lake could drop to its lowest level in more than 60 years this summer, prompting state fish managers to mull an open season on the reservoir’s rainbow trout before they potentially go belly up. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as early as this week could suspend the trout bag limits indefinitely […]
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Editorial: Standing up for Klamath farmers

Sometimes, you just have to take a stand. After all of the talk, all of the lawsuits, all of the promises, sometimes you need to stand up and say with a clear and unwavering voice, “This is wrong.” That, in essence, was what the thousands of farmers, ranchers, loggers and others from around the West […]
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