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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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Cline Butte Water sold to Texas firm

June 6, 2017

Bend Bulletin

Cline Butte Water LLC, provider of water to 1,600 customers at Eagle Crest Resort near Redmond, has been sold to a Texas utility.

SouthWest Water Co., of Sugar Land, Texas, purchased the utility, and the affiliated company that provides wastewater treatment, Cline Butte Environmental LLC, from Oregon Resorts LLC for an undisclosed sum. The Oregon Public Utility Commission approved the purchase in May, according to PUC records.

The agreement calls for SouthWest to operate Cline […]

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Rescuers recover fish in Whychus Creek

8/23/2016 12:09:00 PM

By Jim Cornelius News Editor

A couple dozen volunteers and agency staff donned waders and hoisted nets along Whychus Creek Wednesday, August 17, in a large-scale fish recovery effort. The fish rescue was part of a recently launched stream restoration project along the northernmost mile of the Deschutes Land Trust’s Whychus Canyon Preserve.

The massive undertaking is recreating historic relic channels of the creek, which was channelized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers nearly 50 years […]

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River group sues PGE over dam operations

By Hilary Corrigan / The Bulletin Published Aug 17, 2016 at 12:03AM

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Portland General Electric plans to take several months to clarify its research in response to state concerns about the utility’s study of impacts to aquatic insects from its underwater withdrawal tower on the Deschutes River.Besides acting as a sort of canary in the coal mine for river ecosystems, the bugs feed birds and the fish that lure anglers for fishing — and have drawn attention as […]

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Apple funding wastewater treatment centre in Oregon

Nicky Cappella Fri 1 Jul 2016 2.43pm

Apple confirmed that it will fund a wastewater treatment facility in the tiny town of Prineville, Oregon which houses data centres for Apple and Facebook. The company recently broke ground on a second data centre in Prineville.

Apple agreed to pay for the treatment facility, which the city says may save as much as 5 million gallons of water per year. The company is already Prineville’s largest consumer of water, using 27 million […]

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Editorial: Water Rights in Jefferson County

March 30, 2016

Weekly Source

A lawsuit pertaining to the upper Deschutes River between Wickiup Reservoir and the City of Bend is ongoing. Last week, a federal judge denied the request of two major environmental groups to require immediate changes to water flow, which varies drastically with the irrigation season. The joint lawsuit, based on the federally-protected Oregon spotted frog, was filed by WaterWatch of Oregon and the Center for Biological Diversity. It names the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and […]

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Prineville reduces water loss

By Kailey Fisicaro / The Bulletin / @kaileyfisicaro Published Mar 25, 2016 at 12:03AM

Prineville is saving nearly 150 million gallons of water annually that used to go unaccounted for.

Prineville lost 172 million gallons of water in 2009, 27.9 percent of the total city water supply that year, according to Eric Klann, the city engineer and public works director. The water lost, called “unaccounted for water,” is pumped from city wells, but lost to leaks, tanks overflowing or customers […]

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Steve Duin: Rage, reconciliation and rural Oregon

The Oregonian

January 8, 2016

The ongoing Western tragedy, folks, is not an armed and angry posse holding a bird sanctuary hostage in the high desert of Harney County.

It’s the cynical abandonment of the ranchers, fishermen and Native American tribes so dependent on water in the Klamath Basin.

Bad things happen, we are often told, when good people do nothing.

Far worse is the fallout when thoughtful men and women do everything in their power to heal a diverse […]

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Apple is now Prineville’s top water user

By Dylan J. Darling / The Bulletin Published Nov 15, 2015 at 12:01AM

PRINEVILLE — Historically, city officials said, Prineville’s economy was centered around two “T’s:” timber from the mills, and tires, due to the presence of Les Schwab Tire Centers. The passage of Senate Bill 611, which removed a property tax provision for Internet providers, will allow the community to continue expanding its third “T:” technology, in the form of data centers from Apple and Facebook. State and local […]

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Prineville Reservoir’s last boat ramp closes due to low water

August 18, 2015

August Beginning this Friday, Aug. 21, the last developed boat ramp on Prineville Reservoir in central Oregon will be closed for the year to boat launching with trailers.

The ramp has become unsafe to launch boats because the water level has receded to the end of the ramp. The low water level on the reservoir prompted early closure of two other developed boat ramps mid-summer this year.

The reservoir has adequate water for other recreational watercraft, including […]

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