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Judge urges state to act on Upper Klamath Lake water distribution

SALEM — Marion County Judge Claudia M. Burton on Monday ruled in favor of the Klamath Irrigation District (KID) by urging the Oregon Water Resources Department to make a determination on the distribution of water in Upper Klamath Lake.

The case stems from a request by KID earlier this year of the state water agency to regulate the water in the lake, a request that KID officials and legal counsel said was not acknowledged.

“The response […]

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Environmental group to use North Coast microplastics data to push for water quality standards

After years of surveys and beach cleanups, microplastics data collected at Fort Stevens State Park and Crescent Beach near Ecola State Park will be at the forefront of an environmental group’s push to influence state policy.

The Center for Biological Diversity, a West Coast nonprofit, is submitting data from several Oregon beaches to the state Department of Environmental Quality in an attempt to list the nearby water as contaminated.

“If the beach is contaminated, there’s good reason to believe the […]

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Water war along California-Oregon border pits growers against tribes

TULELAKE, Calif. — As one of the tensest fights for water in the West closes in, residents in this town along the rural California-Oregon border are moving out.

The sidewalks are emptier. The downtown is a ghostly strip of vacant storefronts, struggling lunch spots and liquor stores. The highway nearby is flanked by abandoned silos and crumbling produce warehouses.

The Klamath River has run low, and the economic fallout of a water […]

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Health Advisory Issued For Upper Klamath Lake Due To Algae Bloom

Oregon’s problems with blue-green algae have spread to another lake. State officials have issued a health advisory for Upper Klamath Lake. It’s in southern Oregon, west of Klamath Falls.

Toxins from blue-green algae can be harmful to humans and animals.

In the affected areas of Klamath Lake, visitors should avoid swimming and activities such as water skiing or power boating. Toxins are not absorbed through the skin, but people with skin sensitivities may experience a puffy red rash at the […]

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State identifies dozens of systems at risk for toxic algae blooms

The Oregon Health Authority has identified 41 water systems in the state at risk for toxic algae blooms similar to those responsible for Salem’s drinking water advisory.

The systems include cities, businesses, schools and various water districts that draw from surface waters with a history of algae blooms.

Most draw from the same Oregon river basins: the Rogue, Umpqua, Clackamas, McKenzie, Santiam and upper Willamette.

The state’s increased focus on algal toxins comes in […]

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Talks to revise the Columbia River Treaty with Canada to begin Tuesday

MAY 28, 2018, BY

Fox Q13

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Talks are scheduled to begin this week in Washington, D.C., to modernize the document that coordinates flood control and hydropower generation in the United States and Canada along the 1,200-mile Columbia River.

Northwest politicians have been pushing for years to renegotiate the Columbia River Treaty between the two countries. The lawmakers are particularly keen to eliminate a so-called “Canadian […]

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Below Mt. Shasta, a fight burbles over bottled water

Jane Braxton Little High Country News

May 28, 2018

Mount Shasta reigns over Siskiyou County, a commanding presence even when cloaked in clouds. The snow on its flanks percolates into a vast underground aquifer of volcanic tunnels and bubbling springs. Steeped in legend and celebrated for its purity, Shasta water is almost as mysterious as its namesake California mountain. Little is known about how much is actually stored there or how it moves through […]

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Aquifer falling, central Washington farmers ask: Where will the water come from?

By Nicholas Deshais nickd@spokesman.com(509) 459-5440

ODESSA, Wash. – Clark Kagele’s truck stops next to a tangle of shattered concrete and broken pipe. An old, defunct well.

For a few decades, 600 feet was deep enough. Not anymore.

On his 2,000 acres, Kagele grows wheat but also alfalfa for the herd, canola for cooking oil, timothy hay for discerning horse- and cattle-owners in Japan and South Korea, potatoes and, for the first time, sunflowers for […]

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NW Natural Advances Water Strategy with Plans to Acquire Two Water Utilities in Washington State

PORTLAND, Ore., May 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NW Natural Water, a subsidiary of NW Natural (NYSE:NWN), today announced that it has entered into agreements to acquire two water utilities in Washington state.

Both are located on Whidbey Island near Seattle in Puget Sound. Lehman Enterprises, Inc. serves about 900 customers and Sea View Water LLC serves just under 200 customers.

The assets and operations of Lehman and Sea View will be combined under a newly-formed subsidiary of NW […]

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Can an uneasy truce hold off another water rebellion on California’s northern border? Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/article210634429.html#storylink=cpy

BY RYAN SABALOW AND DALE KASLER

rsabalow@sacbee.com

May 11, 2018 11:20 AM

Sacramento Bee

The last time water was this scarce in the Klamath Basin, a rugged agricultural area straddling the California-Oregon border, farmers clashed with U.S. marshals and opened locked canal gates with blowtorches so they could irrigate. Nearly 10,000 agriculture activists from around the U.S. later converged on the region to hold symbolic “bucket brigade” protests.

Months of unrest ended after then-Vice President Dick […]

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