Tag Archives: Water Supply

Irrigation For Farming Could Leave Many Of The World’s Streams And Rivers Dry 

Something odd is happening to streams and rivers on the high plains of Kansas and Colorado. Some have disappeared. “We would go and visit these streams, and in many cases it’s like a dirt bike channel. It’s no longer functioning as a stream,” says Joshuah Perkin, a biologist at Texas A&M University who studies the fish that […]
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Failing forestry: Oregon wanted to clearcut above their water supply. The plan’s on hold for now.

The first Roger Neugebauer heard about the Norriston Heights timber sale was two days before the end of the public comment period, which closed May 2. A neighbor emailed him and described the Oregon Department of Forestry’s plan to clearcut the 77-acre forest plot. Source: Failing forestry: Oregon wanted to clearcut above their water supply. […]
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Editorial: Close the gap on water in the Deschutes Basin

Farmers near Madras and Culver have had to again this year let some of their land fallow because of lack of water, as The Bulletin reported on Saturday. But there are possible solutions in the works to better meet the gap between supply and demand for water in the Deschutes Basin. Source: Editorial: Close the […]
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Reservoir depletion forces Madras farmers to leave fields fallow

Wickiup Reservoir is at 11% of capacity as irrigation season draws to a close. For the second year in a row, Madras farmer Phil Fine has left a quarter of his fields fallow amid water restrictions caused by low levels at Wikiup Reservoir. With a water crisis expected to continue another year, he doesn’t think […]
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Neighbors, farmers facing Leaburg canal conundrum

The 10-month-old drawdown of the canal is expected to last at least another year, raising questions about the future of the man-made waterway and threatening to leave homeowners, irrigators and even fish high and dry Jack Richardson’s farm along the McKenzie Highway grows organic blueberries, strawberries and sweet corn — but not lemons. Source: Neighbors, […]
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Western states oppose plan to charge for US reservoir water

Attorneys general from a dozen western states want the Trump administration to halt a proposal by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that they say usurps states’ authority over their own water. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said the Water Supply Rule proposed in the waning days of the Obama administration could allow the […]
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Retrofitting Options Emerge For An Oregon Dam At Risk Of Earthquake Failure

The primary water source for Oregon’s second-most populous county is held back by a dam that’s especially vulnerable to earthquakes. Now, officials are pushing retrofitting options. Nearly two dozen government officials met Wednesday to discuss different retrofitting options for one of the state’s most important and imperiled water sources. Scoggins Dam was built in the early 1970s […]
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Mapping the strain on our water supply

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story via the link below, state employees can access this Washington Post story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. Pockets in several U.S. states — and across the globe — […]
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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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