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Lawmakers introduce bill to block Trump rule limiting scope of federal water protections

Enrique Saenz May 14, 2020 Two Democratic lawmakers have introduced a bill to block the implementation of a Trump administration rule limiting the scope of bodies of water that fall under federal jurisdiction.

House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure chair Rep. Peter DeFazio, of Oregon, and Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Rep. Grace Napolitano, of California, submitted a bill to block the Navigable Waters Protection Rule finalized […]

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MERKLEY ANNOUNCES MAJOR WINS FOR OREGON IN 2020 WATER RESOURCES BILL

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, announced today that the Senate’s 2020 water resources legislation contains major victories for communities across Oregon.

Merkley has spent months working with community leaders all over the state developing detailed proposals to address local challenges. As a member of the EPW Committee, Merkley was involved in bipartisan negotiations to develop today’s legislation, and fought hard to include […]

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New digital market opens for West’s most valuable resource: water

By SIERRA DAWN McCLAIN Capital Press April 14, 2020

The market for water rights — often called the greatest asset in the West — has been patchy, complicated and expensive to access. A new program aims to change that.

A digital platform called Western Water Market debuted in February. It offers an online listing service where people can buy, sell or lease water rights. The online platform resembles the housing market listing service Zillow.

“It’s like Craigslist,” said […]

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GRANT COUNTY OR: ODA to change water quality management

My Eastern Oregon February 25, 2020

Some major changes are coming in the way the Oregon Department of Agriculture handles water quality concerns. The ODA historically addresses water quality issues on a complaint-driven basis, but that will all change according to Kyle Sullivan with the Grant Soil Water Conservation District. He wants to inform local landowners that the state agency will be taking a more proactive approach:

“They’re changing gears a little bit, and going to something they call […]

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Bottled water war: Washington, other states seek to curtail firms in tapping local groundwater

By Alex Brown / The Washington Post

Posted Feb 18, 2020 at 5:00 AM

OLYMPIA — Washington state, land of sprawling rainforests and glacier-fed rivers, might soon become the first in the nation to ban water bottling companies from tapping spring-fed sources.

The proposal is one of several efforts at the state and local level to fend off the fast-growing bottled water industry and protect local groundwater. Local activists throughout the country say bottling companies are taking their water virtually […]

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Snowstorms boost anemic snowpack in Oregon in just 2 weeks

Posted: January 16, 2020 3:39 AM YakTriNews.com by Associated Press, KAPP/KVEW Staff

 

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Widespread snowstorms have boosted Oregon’s previously anemic snow pack to almost normal levels statewide in just two weeks.

The biggest improvements in what is called “snow-water equivalent” are in the Hood, Sandy and Lower Deschutes basins.

Those areas were at 26% of normal on Dec. 30 and are now at 90% of normal.

Last year saw something similar unfold in Oregon.

Snowpack […]

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Water Crisis Puts Oregon Community At A Crossroads

NPR

January 1, 20205:00 AM ET

In a desert far from any city, farmers use groundwater to grow lush green hay. The hay fattens livestock all over the world. But there’s a big problem: The water is drying up. Now scientists warn it will take thousands of years for an aquifer in southeastern Oregon to recover, while residents there are already hurting.

At Marjorie and John Thelen’s house, the well ran dry in 2015.

“We’re not […]

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The fight to stop Nestlé from taking America’s water to sell in plastic bottles

The Guardian

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The network of clear streams comprising California’s Strawberry Creek run down the side of a steep, rocky mountain in a national forest two hours east of Los Angeles. Last year Nestlé siphoned 45m gallons of pristine spring water from the creek and bottled it under the Arrowhead Water label.

Though it’s on federal land, […]

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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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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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