Recent Press Releases
Conservationists call on Gov. Kate Brown, Senators Wyden and Merkley to stop likely catastrophic waterfowl die-off at the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex, and hold the Bureau accountable for longstanding waste and abuse.
Recent Press Clips
Crooked River Restoration and Water, Letter to the Editor, Bend Source, Jan 16, 2019
LTE Submission: Bureau’s Failure Jeopardizes Crooked River Restoration
N.E. Oregon Makes Progress On Water Puzzle, Capital Press, Jan 3, 2019
WaterWatch of Oregon, a nonprofit state water watchdog, was involved in negotiations for the Columbia River water rights and mitigation. Kimberley Priestley, a senior policy analyst for the organization, said they appreciate farmers in the basin working within the confines of the law to find a path forward.
Vanport Flood’s legacy in Columbia River dams: Guest opinion, The Oregonian, May 30, 2018
On the 70th Anniversary of the Vanport flood, John DeVoe, discusses the impacts and implications of controlling and holding flood water further up the Columbia Basin and how this management is outlined by the Columbia Treaty which is currently being renegotiated.
Columbia River Treaty watchers hope to right 50 years of wrongs, Missoulian, April 16, 2018
Soon negotiations will begin between the United States and Canada on the Columbia River Treaty. Ecosystem considerations were not a part of the original Treaty. Now, we have an opportunity to modernize the Treaty by adding a third purpose, ecosystem function, as a primary purpose of the Treaty.
State should slam shut loophole that allowed dairy to tap aquifer, Statesman Journal, March 24, 2018
Brian Posewitz, a staff attorney for the water-protection group WaterWatch of Oregon, said, “in light of Lost Valley Farm’s use of the “stockwatering” exemption for what could be up to 30,000 cows, we hope to see widespread interest in closing this loophole in Oregon’s water permitting requirements. We believe the Oregon Water Resources Department, as stewards of the public water supply, should make this part of its legislative agenda for 2019.”
State officials let mega-dairy use loophole to tap endangered Oregon aquifer, Statesman Journal, March 22, 2018
Lost Valley Farm, the new mega-dairy in Eastern Oregon, has been using the “stockwatering” exemption in Oregon’s water laws, which has no limit as to the amount of water or number of animals, to provide drinking water to a highly concentrated herd of more than 10,000 dairy cows, with a plan to eventually have as many as 30,000 cows on that property. That could take about a million gallons of water per day from an already compromised aquifer in the Umatilla Basin.
New treaty must address ecosystem concerns, The Register-Guard, January 28, 2018
WaterWatch’s John DeVoe discusses in a Guest Opinion how to achieve healthier Columbia River through a modernized Columbia River Treaty which which prioritizes ecosystem concerns alongside flood management and hydropower.
Birds Take Backseat to Fish, Farms in the Klamath Basin, July 24, 2017
What Happens to Birds When Wildlife Refuges Dry Up, July 26, 2017
How Farming Inside Wildlife Refuges is Transforming Klamath Basin Agriculture, July 27, 2017
In a three part series, Jes Burns of OPB looks at the impacts of the management practices on the Klamath Wildlife Refuge.
Brown signs bill protecting salmon habitat from river mining, Oregonian, June 14, 2017
Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill Wednesday that protects thousands of miles of critical salmon habitat across much of western Oregon from suction dredge mining.
Draining Oregon: Lawmaker strips specific dollar amounts out of water fee bill, Oregonian, April 19, 2017
A House committee gave its blessing this week to a bill that would charge an annual fee to tens of thousands of Oregon water rights holders, but left specific fee dollar amounts to be undetermined.
Draining Oregon: Bill to fund $8.2 million in groundwater studies passes key hurdle, Oregonian, April 14, 2017
A proposal to fund $8.2 million in new groundwater studies for as many as five drainage basins across Oregon passed a key legislative hurdle this week.
Oregon Senate passes permanent dredging-ban bill, Mail Tribune, April 10, 2017
A permanent ban on suction dredging in Western Oregon’s wild salmon habitat championed by the late Democratic Sen. Alan Bates passed out of the Oregon Senate and is headed to a House committee.
Proposed Oregon mega-dairy wins key permit, Statesman Journal, March 31, 2017
A dairy with 30,000 animals proposed for Eastern Oregon has won state approval of its plan to manage the 187 million gallons of manure it will produce each year. A coalition of environmental groups now is trying to block a proposed water rights transfer that would provide the dairy with the water it needs to operate.
Draining Oregon: Lawmakers plan hearings on 3 water bills, Oregonian, March 21, 2017
Oregon lawmakers will hold a first hearing Wednesday on three bills designed to address the state’s long-standing inability to measure and study its groundwater supply, and how to pay for it.
Judge Orders More Water Releases From Klamath River Dams, OPB, February 8, 2017
In a ruling Wednesday, U.S. District Judge William Orrick ordered more water releases from dams on the Klamath River to flush out parasites causing deadly disease outbreaks in salmon.
Conservation Groups Sue To Get More Water To Klamath Wildlife Refuges, OPB, January 18, 2017
Three Oregon conservation groups say a new plan to manage National Wildlife Refuges in the Klamath Basin doesn’t do enough to protect habitat. The groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Medford to force the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to consider additional options.
Klamath dam removals heavily supported by community, Times-Standard, January 12, 2017
Close to 100 people showed up to speak for the removal of the four dams on the Klamath River at a public meeting put on by the California State Water Resource Control Board in Arcata.