Press Release Archive
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.
Oregon Water Resources Commission Upholds Order Against McKenzie River Water Speculators, June 4, 2014
The Oregon Water Resources Commission has upheld a final order denying the Willamette Water Company’s controversial application for a permit to withdraw 22 million gallons of water per day from the McKenzie River. The Commission’s decision affirms an Oregon Water Resources Department decision issued in March 2014 and the ruling of an administrative law judge in 2012 that the permit application be denied. WaterWatch sparked the review process by protesting the permit application in March of 2010.
Statement on Oregon Supreme Court Opinion in Noble v. ODFW, May 15, 2014
In a decision critical to native migratory fish across Oregon, the Oregon Supreme Court reaffirmed the importance of fish passage at dams across the state. The court’s decision in the case of Noble v. Department of Fish and Wildlife clarifies the conditions under which dams must include adequate fish passage.
Report Charts Path to More Secure Water Supply for Klamath Refuges, May 5, 2014
WaterWatch released a detailed report providing analysis of several legal options available to secure significantly improved water supplies for Lower Klamath and Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuges. In recent years, both of these Klamath Basin wildlife refuges have suffered chronic water shortages and catastrophic waterfowl disease outbreaks, sparked by lack of water. If implemented, the report recommendations could prevent future bird die-offs and restore essential wildlife habitat.
Klamath Advocates Go To Court Over Wildlife Mismanagement, April 24, 2014
WaterWatch and conservation allies ask federal court to require U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to obey the law, complete long-overdue Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Statement Regarding Signing of a Klamath Basin Water Agreement April 18, 2014
Although any amount of permanent water demand reduction is a welcome step in the right direction for the Klamath Basin, the claims that the agreement signed today will alone resolve the region’s water wars are simply false. Moreover, joining this water pact with the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) would wipe out its purported gains.
Statement Opposing Measure 26-156 April 1, 2014
As an organization that has worked since 1985 to protect and restore flows in Oregon’s rivers to sustain the native fish, wildlife, and people who depend on healthy rivers, WaterWatch of Oregon strongly opposes Measure 26-156.
Oregon Water Resources Department Denies Water Permit to Willamette Water Company
March 10, 2014
In a victory for the McKenzie River and WaterWatch, the Oregon Water Resources Department issued a final order denying the Willamette Water Company’s controversial application for a permit to withdraw 34 cubic feet per second (22 million gallons per day) from the McKenzie. The state’s decision follows the recommendation issued by an administrative law judge in April of 2012.
Statement Regarding Announcement of a Klamath Basin Water Agreement
March 5, 2014
WaterWatch encourages and supports the continued progress of negotiations between The Klamath Tribes and off-Project irrigators regarding upper basin water issues. However, it is clear that the amount of water demand reduction identified in the agreement announced today will provide only a fraction of the water necessary to achieve a sustainable level of farm and fisheries production in the severely over-allocated Klamath Basin.