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Corps takes another look at stored Willamette River Basin water

Eric MortensonCapital Press

Published on November 15, 2017

Willamette Valley farmers and ranchers would have rights to about 250,000 acre-feet of irrigation water annually under a reallocation plan suggested by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Oregon Water Resources Department.

The proposal is the latest attempt to decide who gets access to the water stored behind 13 federal dams in the basin. For agriculture, even in the wet Willamette Valley, water availability in spring and summer is […]

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Oregon Appeals Court nixes bid by Greg Demers to secure big water rights on the McKenzie River

Eugene Register Guard

By Christian Wihtol

November 16, 2017

The Oregon Court of ­Appeals has thrown cold ­water on a Lane County company’s attempt to siphon millions of gallons of water daily from the McKenzie River.

The appeals panel, in a ruling Wednesday, said the state Water Resources Commission was correct in ­denying the application by Willamette Water Co. to draw 22 million gallons of water a day from the McKenzie.

The judges said the ­company […]

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Walden unveils irrigator legislation

November 12, 2017

Herald and News

By HOLLY DILLEMUTH

To an audience of Klamath Basin irrigators and residents, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., unveiled the Klamath Infrastructure Improvement Act — House Resolution 4239 — Friday morning.

It is water legislation aimed at bringing down the costs of power for local irrigators to prices seen in similar Bureau of Reclamation projects.

Since the expiration of two separate power agreements in 2006, many irrigators […]

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Westland Water Users hope to educate, not miss future opportunities

A group of Westland Irrigation District patrons is mounting a public information campaign after missing out on Columbia River water supplies. George PlavenEast Oregonian

November 4, 2017 9:07PM

A group of Westland Irrigation District patrons is mounting its own public information campaign to provide greater knowledge and transparency of water law in the Umatilla Basin.

The effort comes in the middle of a lawsuit filed against Westland by other district members who claim they are being cheated out of […]

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Governor calls off Nestlé water exchange

Citing legal issues and costs, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown asked state officials Friday to quash a water exchange with Cascade Locks that would make possible a Nestlé water bottling plant.

Brown sent a letter Oct. 27 to Curt Melcher, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife director, asking the agency to withdraw a 2010 water exchange application between ODFW and the City of Cascade Locks.

The proposal — introduced about […]

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Water is the main issue for Representative Bentz

October 31, 2017

ONTARIO, Oregon – Oregon Rep. Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario) wants to be selected to take over retiring Sen. Ted Ferrioli’s (R-John Day) seat in the Senate. He feels he could be more effective for rural Oregon in that role, but plans to run for reelection for his current seat in the 60thDistrict if he’s not selected to fill […]

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Oregon Governor Wants To Cancel Water Transfer For Nestle

By CASSANDRA PROFITA , Earth Fix

October 27, 2017

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has asked the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to withdraw its application for a water rights transfer with the city of Cascade Locks.

The transfer is a key part of Nestle’s plans to build at $50 million water bottling plant in Cascade Locks

Last year, Hood River County passed a ballot measure banning all commercial water bottling. It was an attempt to block Nestle […]

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EPA DISTRIBUTES FUNDING FOR WATER QUALITY MONITORING IN OREGON, WASHINGTON, OHIO

From the EPA:

SEATTLE and CHICAGO, OCT 17, 2017 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $43M to water systems in Oregon, Washington, and Ohio.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality was awarded nearly $2 million to protect water quality through a Nonpoint Source Program Clean Water Act (Section 319) cooperative agreement. This grant is given to states to implement environmental programs that address nonpoint source pollution in surface and groundwater in order to meet and […]

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Environmental Groups Sue Oregon Over Industrial Water Pollution

Environmental groups are suing Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality over its regulation of stormwater pollution from over 900 industrial sites like lumber yards, scrap metal yards and truck depots.

Columbia Riverkeeper and the Northwest Environmental Defense Center claim the state’s permit for stormwater pollution allows for pollution levels that violate the Clean Water Act and […]

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Plans for Nestle water bottling plant in Cascade Locks moves forward despite ban

October 18, 2017

CASCADE LOCKS, OR

Plans for a Nestle water bottling plant in Cascade Locks continue to move forward, in spite of a voter-approved ballot measure prohibiting such a plant in Hood River County.

In May, 2016, voters in Hood River County passed a measure that banned large water bottling operations, which many thought signaled an end to Nestle’s ambitions for the Columbia River Gorge, but despite the vote, the city of Cascade Locks has been […]

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