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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.

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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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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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Walla Walla County commissioners move water bottling plan ahead

Walla Walla Union Bulletin

Andy Porter

Mar 20, 2018 A controversial request to allow water bottling on agricultural lands in Walla Walla County took a step ahead Monday. Walla Walla County commissioners voted unanimously to have the application by former county commissioner Perry Dozier move to the final docket of proposed amendments to the county’s Comprehensive Plan and development regulations. However, commissioners noted the application will not be part of the county’s Comprehensive Plan update due at the […]

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Guest column: Deschutes should not be damaged for personal profit

Most Central Oregon residents are aware that the Deschutes River is severely compromised. However, the public is not getting all the information needed to make intelligent choices about the Deschutes River.

Some 90 percent of the water withdrawn from the Deschutes River is for irrigation. By comparison, all industry and municipal withdrawals amount to 5 percent. In other words, if the only withdrawals were for cities like Bend, the Deschutes would still be a functioning river.

As […]

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