Guest Editorial in Missoula, Montana
Michael Gale (Missoulian, Sept. 17) seems to think that events in Oregon’s Klamath Basin illustrate the danger of entering into a Flathead Reservation compact. Actually, the reverse is true.
Part of the problem is that Gale doesn’t really appear to know what happened on the Klamath. What actually happened is that the state of Oregon determined that the Klamath Tribes have a “time immemorial” right to in-stream flows on Klamath tributaries, which entitles them [...]
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September 16, 2013
The Hoopa Valley Tribe applauds a recent decision by a federal judge to allow the federal Bureau of Reclamation to open the Lewiston dam and release Trinity River water needed to avoid a replay of the 2002 fish kill in the Klamath River.
The lifting of the restraining order holding back these flows, which was requested as part of a lawsuit by the Westlands Water District and San Lois & Delta-Mendota Water Authority, is good news [...]
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Tony Barboza | 9/9/13 On a June morning, Scott White and a colleague from his agency, the state Water Resources Department, park their pickup near a green pasture and barn outside Bly, Ore. A rancher, his wife and son meet the government men at the gate, their faces tight with barely suppressed anger. Low snowpack and stream flows prompted Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber to declare a drought emergency in the Klamath Basin in April, and the watermasters are here [...]
Continue reading Drought Driving New Water Deals in the West, Part One
Video: Clean Water or Clearcuts for Oregon? Amy Kober of American Rivers in Water Currents on August 27, 2013
Big decisions are looming for management of 2.8 million acres of Oregon’s public forestlands – an area covering the size of more than eight Crater Lake National Parks. Because legislation concerning management of the so-called O&C lands could end up undermining some of our nation’s bedrock environmental laws [...]
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Rob Manning / OPB
“And it worked pretty close to 100 years. By those standards, it was a premiere fish ladder back in the day,” Shibahara says.
When PGE relicensed its Clackamas dams recently, it agreed to abandon the ladder, and build a new fish staircase.
“It’s a whole lot easier to go up something with lower steps, instead of a ladder that’s near vertical,” Shibahara explains.
PGE aims to help fish get past the dam’s [...]
Continue reading Helping Fish Find Their Way Up The Clackamas
Cassandra Profita / OPB
Water intake for Lake Oswego
Studies by the U.S. Geological Survey have found 63 different pesticides and herbicides in the Clackamas River Basin. And testing shows some of those chemicals are winding up in the drinking water communities take from the river.
Sam Doane sits on the Clackamas River Basin Council, which looks out for water quality. So he knows about potential sources of pollution in the water. He’s [...]
Continue reading Clackamas Watershed Collects Pollutants And Drinking Water
Article | August 8, 2013 – 1:00am | By Camilla Mortensen
Clean drinking water is a logging issue in Oregon, where so many of our watersheds are on forest lands. In the furor over the DeFazio forest bill — or more properly the O&C Trust, Conservation and Jobs Act — river advocates say that the need to protect water for fish, wildlife and humans gets lost as people argue over county payments, timber jobs and board feet.
Continue reading DeFazio Bill Bad For Clean Water?
The Bureau of Reclamation announced that it will release water from the Trinity River reservoirs to supplement flows in the Klamath River.
The additional water is meant to help prevent a fish kill and support salmon runs.
Pete Lucero is with the Bureau of Reclamation. He says water from the Trinity River reservoirs has gone to help the Klamath River before.
“We’re looking at perhaps making releases from the Trinity system as early as August 13 because it takes [...]
Continue reading Water From A Trinity Reservoir Will Be Released Into The Klamath River
Three floors under the closed Blue Heron paper mill, just above the Willamette’s summer waterline, ground and storm water trickle out of the darkness toward the river. The stream, carrying metals and other pollutants absorbed from the mill’s galvanized roofs and old piping, needs to be treated before it returns to the ecosystem. Jeffrey Pettey and his company, Gullywasher, are building a 6-foot wall of compost to do just that. The Blue Heron mill shut down in 2011 after [...]
Continue reading Blue Heron Paper Mill cleanup uses compost, gardens to treat contaminated water
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A Klamath Falls judge denied a request Tuesday to keep the state of Oregon from shutting off irrigation water in the upper Klamath Basin.
That leaves intact a state decision recognizing the senior water rights of the Klamath Tribes.
The water-rights decision came down this spring, as drought began to sap the water supplies in the high-desert basin.
The tribes have used their water rights to protect threatened fish, and state workers have been shutting [...]
Continue reading Judge upholds Klamath Tribes’ water rights