Recent Press Releases
Judge’s Ruling Favors Wildlife on Klamath Refuges, March 5, 2015
A U.S. Magistrate Judge today issued a preliminary finding ordering the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to complete the long overdue “Comprehensive Conservation Plan” for Lower Klamath and Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuges.
WaterWatch of Oregon Announces Hire of Brian Posewitz, February 19, 2015
We are thrilled to announce longtime general litigation and water attorney Brian Posewitz has joined the organization as a staff attorney, starting in February 2015.
Appeals Court Delivers Victory for Clackamas River Salmon and Steelhead, December 31, 2014
Opinion requires state of Oregon to maintain flows needed for imperiled fish.
Merkley, Walden Deliver Crooked River Victory for Central Oregon, December 12, 2014
Bipartisan agreement will deliver greater water security and economic growth for Central Oregon.
Foreign Owned Mining Company Renews Push for Controversial Mine in Wild and Scenic Smith River Headwaters, December 9, 2014
Local communities vowed continued opposition after Red Flat Nickel Corporation filed a petition with the Oregon Water Resources Department asking the agency to reconsider denial of the company’s application to withdraw water for the Cleopatra test drilling project in a pristine Smith River tributary.
Recent Press Clips
Lake Abert Dries Up, OPB, March 19, 2015
WaterWatch staff attorney Lisa Brown discusses our work to rescue Lake Abert on the Oregon Field Guide.
Water settlement comes into question, Herald & News, March 5, 2015
Three Basin tribes have begun a mediation process that could end in termination of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA).
Feds must create conservation plans for Lower Klamath, Tule Lake wildlife refuges, Oregonian, March 5, 2015
Federal fish and wildlife managers must complete a plan to ensure commercial activities at two Northwest federal wildlife refuges do not harm wildlife, a U.S. magistrate judge has ruled.
Government Whistleblowers Say Klamath Irrigators Misusing Federal Funds, OPB, February 18, 2015
Two government biologists say millions of dollars in federal funds intended to secure water for fish in the Klamath Basin were instead used to directly compensate local farmers and ranchers.
ODFW commission picks Curt Melcher to run agency, Oregonian, February 13, 2015
Curt Melcher, a longtime Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife employee who has led the agency on a temporary basis for the past five months, will be its next director.
Nine-month construction delay on West Linn water treatment plant angers neighbors, surprises project managers, Oregonian, February 12, 2015
Neighbors in West Linn’s Robinwood neighborhood surprised to learn construction work on the water treatment plant near their homes will continue much longer than they expected.
Oregon Court of Appeals sides with salmon in lawsuit over Clackamas River water use, Associated Press, January 5, 2015
The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled that the state Water Resources Department failed to limit the amount of water cities and water districts can draw from the lower Clackamas River so that there would be enough water left in the river for threatened and endangered salmon.
Central Oregon LandWatch mulls an appeal, Bulletin, December 8, 2014
A federal judge on Friday dismissed objections to a city of Bend water project west of town, but the plaintiffs are still considering whether to appeal to the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
WaterWatch Guest Opinion: Klamath Basin proposal is bad for taxpayers, Oregonian, December 6, 2014
The Klamath River Basin and its communities need a sustainable plan to address longstanding conflicts over water. Unfortunately, the controversial and expensive Klamath agreements – currently before Congress – will not resolve these conflicts.
Judge rules Bend water project can proceed, Bulletin, December 6, 2014
A federal judge on Friday allowed the city of Bend’s $24 million Bridge Creek pipeline project to proceed.
Klamath objections included in committee records, Bulletin, December 4, 2014
WaterWatch of Oregon, the Hoopa Valley Tribe, and Oregon Wild recently raised concerns when the written testimony they submitted for a June 3 hearing on the Klamath deal was not part of the committee’s printed report for the hearing. A spokesman for WaterWatch said the organization was not satisfied with the explanation involving differences between the printed report and the official record.
Questions persist despite Klamath agreements, Statesman Journal Op-Ed, November 29, 2014
WaterWatch urges Sens. Wyden and Merkley to include science-based flow assurances for fish, measurable salmon and steelhead restoration standards and additional water demand reduction in their Klamath legislation, in order to reduce the significant risk of another disaster for Klamath salmon runs and Oregon’s coastal fishing communities.
Objections to Klamath deal omitted?, Bulletin, November 27, 2014
WaterWatch and other Oregon groups that oppose the Klamath Basin deal pending in Congress are concerned their objections weren’t considered when members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved the legislation earlier this month.