Water board gets earful on pumping

Water board gets earful on pumping By Dylan Darling Capital Press November 04, 2005   KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Farmers and federal officials can’t expect pumping well water to be a long-term solution for the surface water crunch in the Klamath Basin, Oregon water officials said at a workshop here last week. But state permits for pumping in the parched …

Editorial: Final court for fish

Editorial: Final court for fish Sacramento Bee October 27, 2005   There is a worrisome trend about water and the West that may soon hit close to home: Judges are throwing out Bush administration plans to “restore” endangered fish populations because the plans flunk the test of sound, defensible science. One case involves the Columbia and Snake rivers, which once …

Salmon, ranchers win in deal

Salmon, ranchers win in deal By Joe Rojas-Burke Oregonian October 23, 2005   LOSTINE — Zigzagging between jagged Wallowa Mountain peaks, the Lostine River beckons salmon with some of the finest habitat in Oregon. But in dry summers, ranch irrigators reduce miles of the river to a trickle. Threatened chinook that fight 600 miles from the ocean past eight hydropower …

Power, water inextricably linked in Klamath

Power, water inextricably linked in Klamath By Tam Moore Capital Press October 21, 2005   KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – From a system built on gravity flow of water starting in 1905, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Klamath Project emerged a century later so tied to electricity that farmers predict if a discount electrical power deal goes away, the whole thing …

Court tosses Bush plan for Klamath water

Court tosses Bush plan for Klamath water By Michael Milstein Oregonian October 19, 2005   A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out the Bush administration plan to deliver irrigation water to Klamath Basin farmers, saying it does not do enough for threatened coho salmon in the Klamath River. The ruling probably will mean more water must be shifted from …

Water Plan for Klamath Is Rejected

Water Plan for Klamath Is Rejected By Eric Bailey Los Angeles Times October 19, 2005   SACRAMENTO — In a rebuke to the Bush administration on a key environmental battleground, a U.S. appellate court threw out the last vestiges of a federal plan for the Klamath River out of fears it diverted so much water to farms that endangered coho …