HERALD STAFFSat Jan 28th, 2017 6:51pm By Michael Doyle
McClatchy Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON — Northern California and Oregon farmers who lost irrigation water in 2001 for the sake of fish are plunging into a climactic courtroom battle for tens of millions of dollars in compensation.
Years in the making, the trial set to start Monday in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims near the White House involves a lot of money, but that’s not all. For other Westerners, too, it […]
Continue reading California, Oregon farmers lost water in 2001; now they want to be paid
AUBREY BETTENCOURT Executive Director, California Water Alliance 10:26 AM 01/13/2017
Within hours of the release of a potentially adverse federal court decision in late December, the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) extended by two months the open public comment period for consideration of its Bay-Delta Plan.
Elements of its plan include an uncompensated mandate to increase flows on several major California rivers by depriving long-established water-rights holders of access to their water. Now a federal court says the […]
Continue reading Court Decision May Mean California Owes Billions In Water Rights
BY MICHAEL DOYLE email@example.com
Northern California and Oregon irrigation districts have won a key round in a long-running legal battle as they seek compensation for their loss of water in the Klamath River Basin.
In a 53-page opinion, U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Marilyn Blank Horn concluded the federal government’s 2001 diversion of Klamath River Basin water amounted to a “physical taking” of the irrigation districts’ property. Horn’s ruling Wednesday rejected the government’s argument that the diversion instead amounted […]
Continue reading Farmers score in battle over diverting Klamath River water for endangered species
By THOMAS FULLER The New York Times WEED, Calif. — The water that gurgles from a spring on the edge of Weed, a Northern California logging town, is so pristine that for more than a century it has been piped directly to the wooden homes spread across hills and gullies.
To the residents of Weed, which sits in the foothills of Mount Shasta, a snow-capped dormant volcano, the spring water is a blessing during a time of severe and prolonged […]
Continue reading Get your own water, Oregon timber firm tells California town
By LACEY JARRELL Herald & News Staff Reporter May 27, 2016
who receive water diversions from Fort Creek are experiencing the season’s first water shutoffs.
According to Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) Watermaster Tyler Martin, OWRD received a letter from the Klamath Tribes calling on their water rights on May 13.
The letter requested the department investigate stream flows at 13 upper Basin water monitoring stations. Martin said the only waterway that has been regulated is Fort Creek in Fort […]
Continue reading Water shutoffs start in upper Basin
Release Date: MAY 4, 2016 PORTLAND, Ore. — Warming air temperature is predicted to change water temperature and water column mixing in Oregon’s Crater Lake over the next several decades, potentially impacting the clarity and health of the iconic lake, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report released today.
Researchers from the USGS, University of Trento in Italy and Crater Lake National Park analyzed how climate conditions currently affect the fundamental temperature characteristics and water-column mixing processes in Crater Lake, […]
Continue reading A Warming Climate Could Alter the Ecology of the Deepest Lake in the United States
May 4, 2016
“The run of salmon in the Klamath River this year is the heaviest it has ever known. There are millions of fish below the falls near Keno, and it is said that a man with a gaff could easily land a hundred of the salmon in an hour, in fact they could be caught as fast as a man could pull them in.”
—Klamath Falls Evening Herald front page on Sept. 24, 1908.
Flowing over 250 miles […]
Continue reading Undamming this major U.S. river is opening a world of possibility for native cultures and wildlife
By Guest Columnist Oregonian
on May 02, 2016 at 10:59 AM, updated May 02, 2016 at 12:09 PM By Michael Blumm and Viki Nadol
Until recently, Lake Abert, Oregon’s only saltwater lake, supplied habitat for some 3 million migratory shorebirds and supported a commercial brine shrimp fishery. Now the desert lake, located about 30 miles north of Lakeview, is dying from a lack of water.
The lake’s surface area — once 64 square miles — is now less than five […]
Continue reading The death of a unique Oregon lake (OPINION)
April 13, 2016
by Sherron Lumley
The Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement made history April 6, with diverse groups and some former enemies signing an accord for the removal of four dams on the Klamath River. Once decommissioned, the dams will be transferred from Pacific Power to the Klamath River Renewal Corporation, then demolished, following a process administered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The April 6 agreement is intended to result in the largest river restoration project in the […]
Continue reading Freeing the Klamath River
By The Oregonian Editorial Board
on April 09, 2016 The agreement by Oregon, California and the utility PacifiCorp to remove four dams on the Klamath River is good news in that it shows a clear commitment to address longstanding water shortages suffered by farmers and ranchers in the arid Klamath Basin. But the immediate effect of removing the dams will be to help migrating salmon, not farmers, and the real water brokering ahead must involve constituents in the two-state basin […]
Continue reading Editorial:Klamath dam removal a good first step toward fixing water woes