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Many Of The West’s Estuaries Have Vanished: Here’s Why That Matters

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Aug. 21, 2019 4

Most of the West Coast’s estuary habitat has vanished, according to a new study, the most thorough of its kind. The mapping project found that, today, less than 15% of historic estuaries remain along the Washington, Oregon and California coastlines.

Estuaries form where fresh water from rivers and streams meets the salt water of the ocean. They take the form of salt marshes, tidal forests, beaches and steep river mouths. […]

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Pacific salmon will struggle with rising water temperatures, acidification

July 24, 2019

Earth.com

Researchers have identified four Pacific salmon populations in California, Oregon, and Idaho that are particularly vulnerable to climate change. The salmon inhabit a broad range of territory which makes them much more likely to be impacted by environmental changes.

Although Pacific salmon spend most of their lives in the ocean, they return to their native waterways to spawn, migrating as far inland as central Idaho.

The study, led by Lisa Crozier of the National […]

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Farmers view on junior water rights and the environment

Bend Bulletin

June 18, 2019

This is my 50th year farming in Madras. I’m the son of an Idaho farmer who came to the North Unit Irrigation District (NUID) in 1948. Father took the first delivery of water on the Agency Plains north of Madras in June of 1948 after the Willow Creek siphon was repaired. He was always concerned if NUID would have enough water to raise the crops in all years.

NUID is the […]

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Idaho, Oregon OK water certifications for hydroelectric dams

KIVI Boise May 29, 2019 AP

Idaho, Oregon OK water certifications for hydroelectric dams

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho and Oregon have completed key elements in a process that will allow the license renewal for a major hydroelectric project on the Snake River on the Idaho-Oregon border, an Idaho utility said Tuesday.

Idaho Power said the two states approved the company’s water quality certification for the Hells Canyon Complex on Friday. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will now review the certification.

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, Salem Statesman Journal

May 29, 2019

Billions of gallons of water have been hidden behind the Willamette River Basin’s 13 dams since they were constructed starting in the 1930s.

For 30 years, powerful interests including cities, farmers and industry have been slugging it out for access to that water, which has yet to be designated for a use. Fisheries and environmental groups […]

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Argument scheduled in water ‘Takings’ case

May 25, 2019 Klamath Water Users Association

A federal appeals court has set July 8, 2019 as the date for oral argument in a lawsuit of critical importance to Klamath Project irrigators that was filed 18 years ago.

“This hearing will provide local irrigators with an opportunity to explain why the federal government should be required to compensate Klamath Project farmers and ranchers when it reallocated irrigation water to threatened and endangered species in 2001,” said Nathan […]

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Trump administration withdraws support letter of Klamath Dam removal

Damon Arthur May 22, 2019

Redding Record Searchlight

 

The U.S. Department of the Interior has withdrawn its support for a proposal to remove four dams on the Klamath River near the California-Oregon border.

Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt wrote a letter last week to the secretary of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission asking her to rescind a previous Interior secretary’s letter in support of the Klamath River project.

“Accordingly […]

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‘Extreme draining’ of Oregon reservoir eliminates invasive species, helps endangered salmon

Turns out, if you want a river to act like it did before it was dammed, you just have to drain the reservoir the dam created.

Letting a river return to its natural course, even if only for a brief period, has other benefits, too. Invasive species disappear and endangered species, like the imperiled salmon of […]

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Idaho, Oregon reach agreement on hydro-project

By KEITH RIDLER Associated PressApr 24, 2019

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho and Oregon have reached an agreement on a hydroelectric project on the Snake River that requires an Idaho utility to spend about $312 million on water quality and habitat improvements.

Idaho Republican Gov. Brad Little and Oregon Democratic Gov. Kate Brown in separate news releases announced the agreement Monday.

“This long-awaited agreement supplies clean, affordable energy for Idahoans, improves water quality, and provides additional fish for recreational […]

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Columbia River Treaty deadline could shift downstream flood risk management

LEWISTON, Idaho — The way dams and storage reservoirs on the Columbia River and its tributaries are managed could change dramatically in a short five years if negotiators from the United States and Canada don’t strike a deal.

At issue is the Columbia River Treaty, a transboundary agreement that has governed flood risk management and hydropower production for more than five decades. The treaty is evergreen, meaning it doesn’t have […]

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