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By HOLLY DILLEMUTH Herald and News December 7, 2017

Ordering irrigation water in the Klamath Project is about to get easier, thanks to a joint senior project by two Oregon Tech students in coordination with members of the Klamath Irrigation District (KID) planning committee.

Committee members Ry Kliewer and Josh DuBose have been working with Tech seniors Sara Musgrave and Nathan Banavong on a prototype for a water delivery system. Musgrave and Banavong are tasked with getting the […]

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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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O’Rourke: ‘The Klamath River is extremely sick’

POSTED: 09/25/17, 10:58 AM PDT

Press release from the Yurok Tribe:

The extremely elevated levels of a liver-damaging toxin in the Lower Klamath River is a symptom of a pervasive problem that has far-reaching implications.

“The Klamath River is extremely sick,” said Thomas P. O’Rourke Sr., Chairman of the Yurok Tribe. “Algae are a clear indicator of poor water quality, which negatively affects the salmon population and the ecosystem as a whole. It’s […]

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SW Oregon River Gets Special Protections With Designation

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – State officials have given a southwest Oregon river a special designation that could end an effort to build a nickel mine nearby.

The Statesman Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/2t26zW5) that Oregon’s Environmental Quality Commission voted 5-0 Thursday to designate the North Fork Smith River as an Outstanding Resource Waters.

The designation is part of the Clean Water Act that allows states to protect pristine waterbodies.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality took public comments and supported the designation.

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Shortage forces Crater Lake to haul water

May 5, 2017

By Lee Juillerat for the Mail Tribune Despite an above-average snowpack, Crater Lake National Park is experiencing a water shortage.

Tanker trucks will begin hauling water to the park early next week after the Klamath Tribes called their water claim on the Wood River system, where the park normally gets its water supply. The tribes, which hold the most senior water right, called the claim to keep water in the streams after analyses showed flows in the […]

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Tribal chairman defends water call

CHILOQUIN —Don Gentry, chairman of the Klamath Tribal Council, isn’t shy about defending the water claims made by the Tribes to divert water on the Williamson and Sprague River systems in mid-April, nor in explaining the justification behind them.

The Klamath Tribes made the request for water to provide for maintenance of the streams and riparian areas and the lakes to provide for fish and other resources valuable to the Tribes, according to Gentry.

He sat down with the Herald […]

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California, Oregon farmers lost water in 2001; now they want to be paid

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 […]

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Court Decision May Mean California Owes Billions In Water Rights

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 […]

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Farmers score in battle over diverting Klamath River water for endangered species

BY MICHAEL DOYLE mdoyle@mcclatchydc.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 […]

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