Press Release Archive
WaterWatch of Oregon Issues Warning to Protect Deschutes River, August 13, 2015
WaterWatch announced its intention to challenge the Central Oregon Irrigation District, North Unit Irrigation District, Tumalo Irrigation District, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation over harm caused by their water use operations in the Upper Deschutes River. The conservationists allege that managing the Deschutes more like an irrigation ditch than a river has caused significant damage to river health. The challenge deals specifically with the stretch of the Deschutes between Wickiup Reservoir and the City of Bend.
Top Priority Dam Removal Nears Completion in Rogue River Basin, August 10, 2015
This week, work crews will start demolition work on Fielder Dam on Evans Creek that will restore access for native fish on a key spawning tributary of the Rogue River. Earlier, workers completed demolition on Wimer Dam, several miles upstream of Fielder Dam.
Columbia River Treaty: State Department to Include Ecosystem Function in Negotiating Position, June 4, 2015
Northwest conservation groups and the fishing community praised the U.S. State Department for including ecosystem function in the nation’s negotiation position as it prepares to negotiate the Columbia River Treaty with Canada.
Tumalo Creek Ruling Protects Streams Throughout Oregon, May 4, 2015
The Oregon Department of Water Resources dealt a blow to a scheme to use scarce Tumalo Creek water to create water-skiing ponds for a luxury home development in Central Oregon’s High Desert near Bend. The Department’s denial of a key water transfer application was a victory for those who cherish Oregon’s rivers and streams.
Major Grant Awarded to Top Priority Rogue Basin Dam Removal Project, April 28, 2015
Funding means salmon and steelhead will regain access to 70 miles of habitat on Evans Creek, a key Rogue River spawning tributary.
Judge Affirms Ruling Favoring Wildlife on Klamath Refuges, April 16, 2015
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service given August 2016 deadline to complete plan to ensure refuge’s commercial agribusiness program doesn’t harm wildlife.
Statement Regarding the 2015 Klamath Project Operations Plan, April 8, 2015
Yet again, the Bureau of Reclamation’s plan provides no water for wetlands on Tule Lake and Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuges, setting the refuges’ waterfowl on a path to disaster.
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.