PGE nears deal on dams

PGE nears deal on dams By Jim Kadera Oregonian November 28, 2005   ESTACADA –Under an agreement nearing completion after years of study and negotiation, Oregon’s largest utility would spend an estimated $200 million on environmental improvements in exchange for a 45-year relicensing of four dams on the Clackamas River. The spending would rival amounts that PacifiCorp will pay for …

Court Says River Plan Cheats Salmon

Court Says River Plan Cheats Salmon By Dean E. Murphy New York Times November 19, 2005   In a setback for the Bush administration, a federal appeals court in San Francisco rejected a federal plan to distribute water to farmers from the troubled Klamath River region in Oregon and California, ruling that more water must remain in the river for …

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 …