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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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Apple pledges $9 million for Oregon water storage

By Associated Press

December 19, 2018

PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Apple has pledged to spend nearly $9 million to help the city of Prineville build an underground water storage facility to help meet the demands of the company’s two data storage centers there.

Apple is Prineville’s largest water user and takes huge volumes of water to cool their facilities, where computers are in constant danger of overheating, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Wednesday.

It’s Apple’s second water conservation project in Prineville. […]

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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Some 90 percent of the water withdrawn from the Deschutes River is for irrigation.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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Dam spill could boost OTEC bills

JAYSON JACOBY

THE BAKER CITY HERALD

April 4, 2018

A court ruling requiring officials to pass more water through the spillways of eight federal dams to aid migrating salmon and steelhead, rather than using the water to produce electricity, could increase monthly bills for Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative customers for part of the year.

The decision Monday by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affects four dams on the lower Snake River in Washington and […]

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Study to help shape future of Deschutes River

BEND, Ore. – The Deschutes River is a vital part of life here in Central Oregon.

From recreational activities to agricultural benefits to environmental impacts, the water that flows through the river sustains life.

A study is being done to determine just how best to conserve the river, and now organizations are coming together to protect it.

The $1.5 million study of the river has been going on for over two years.

The idea behind the study is to take […]

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What can a common fish tell us about Deschutes River pollution?

A3-inch fish that has slowly infiltrated the Deschutes Basin over the past few decades could prove key to understanding the impact of pollution in Central Oregon’s waterways.

“They’re beloved, they’re widespread, they’re easy to relate to and they can tell us a lot about water quality,” said Ann Petersen, a biology professor at Oregon State University-Cascades.

Building off work that began during her time at the University of Oregon, Petersen spearheaded The […]

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Major dam project could empty Detroit Lake for years, in fish recovery plan

A project intended to improve conditions for endangered fish could mean essentially emptying Detroit Lake for one or two years.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to build a 300-foot tower and floating screen at Detroit Dam to improve water temperature and fish passage for salmon and steelhead in the North Santiam River.

But the $100 to $250 million project has sparked alarm over the potential impact to water supply in Salem and […]

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Westland Water Users hope to educate, not miss future opportunities

A group of Westland Irrigation District patrons is mounting a public information campaign after missing out on Columbia River water supplies. George PlavenEast Oregonian

November 4, 2017 9:07PM

A group of Westland Irrigation District patrons is mounting its own public information campaign to provide greater knowledge and transparency of water law in the Umatilla Basin.

The effort comes in the middle of a lawsuit filed against Westland by other district members who claim they are being cheated out of […]

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Cline Butte Water sold to Texas firm

June 6, 2017

Bend Bulletin

Cline Butte Water LLC, provider of water to 1,600 customers at Eagle Crest Resort near Redmond, has been sold to a Texas utility.

SouthWest Water Co., of Sugar Land, Texas, purchased the utility, and the affiliated company that provides wastewater treatment, Cline Butte Environmental LLC, from Oregon Resorts LLC for an undisclosed sum. The Oregon Public Utility Commission approved the purchase in May, according to PUC records.

The agreement calls for SouthWest to operate Cline […]

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Rescuers recover fish in Whychus Creek

8/23/2016 12:09:00 PM

By Jim Cornelius News Editor

A couple dozen volunteers and agency staff donned waders and hoisted nets along Whychus Creek Wednesday, August 17, in a large-scale fish recovery effort. The fish rescue was part of a recently launched stream restoration project along the northernmost mile of the Deschutes Land Trust’s Whychus Canyon Preserve.

The massive undertaking is recreating historic relic channels of the creek, which was channelized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers nearly 50 years […]

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