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Fishing, environmental groups file suit in Eugene over Umpqua River dam

Gillian Flaccus | Associated Press | Nov. 11, 2020 A coalition of environmental and fishing groups are suing a water district in southern Oregon over an aging, privately owned dam that they say hinders the passage of struggling salmon populations in the pristine North Umpqua River. The lawsuit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Eugene, asks a judge to …

Savage Rapids return to Rogue

Savage Rapids return to Rogue By Mark Freeman Mail Tribune October 10, 2009   Crews breach dam; boats go through channel for the first time in 88 years   Savage Rapids Dam became Savage Rapids on Friday for the first time in 88 years when excavators and bulldozers restored the Rogue River to its historic channel through a demolished part …

Scientists test sediment behind dam

Scientists test sediment behind dam By Mark Freeman Mail Tribune July 15, 2009 GOLD HILL — A 7-foot tube of gooey muck stuck for decades behind 105-year-old Gold Ray Dam is splayed out Tuesday before geologist Bill Elliott, and the mud-loving kid inside the Southern Oregon University professor all but takes over. Elliott’s gloved hands pick and squeeze the clay, …

Our View: Water bill looms as accomplishment for ’09 Legislature

Our View: Water bill looms as accomplishment for ’09 Legislature By Editorial East Oregonian July 14, 2009   Gov. Ted Kulongoski has yet to sign House Bill 3369, but it looks like he will in the next week or two. That should be like the sound of running water to a parched pilgrim. It means relief is not far ahead. …

Oregon dam’s demise lets the Rogue River run

Oregon dam’s demise lets the Rogue River run By Kim Murphy Los Angeles Times October 10, 2009 Savage Rapids Dam, the cause of fights and lawsuits for years, is finally torn away, as across the U.S. the era of dam-building of the early 20th century has given way to a new era of dam breaching. Reporting from Grants Pass, Ore. …

Firm Cuts Back Request for McKenzie River

Firm Cuts Back Request for McKenzie River The Veneta company says it wants to take 10.4 million instead of 21 million gallons a day from the river BY CHRISTIAN WIHTOL The Register-Guard Friday, Jun 15, 2012 A Veneta company has cut in half its request for the amount of water it wants to withdraw from the McKenzie River for potential …

GPID transfers power right to instream water right for site of Savage Rapids Dam

GPID transfers power right to instream water right for site of Savage Rapids Dam By Amy Sienicki KDRV News Watch 12 August 14, 2009 GRANTS PASS, Ore. – The Grants Pass Irrigation District has agreed to transfer its power right for the site of the Savage Rapids Dam on the Rogue River to an instream water right. The transfer guarantees …

Bids go out for Gold Ray Dam removal

Bids go out for Gold Ray Dam removal By Mark Freeman Mail Tribune July 24, 2009 If a December 2010 deadline is missed, Jackson County could lose out on a $5 million grant Jackson County officials say they will know in four weeks whether Gold Ray Dam can be removed from the Rogue River by the end of 2010. The …

Rogue River Freed Of Savage Rapids Dam

Rogue River Freed Of Savage Rapids Dam By April Baer OPB News October 12, 2009 The weekend provided kayakers, salmon, and others the first opportunity to experience the Rogue River in a different way. For the first time in eighty-eight years, they can travel the Rogue without passing the Savage Rapids Dam. April Baer reports. Construction crews finished removing the …

WATER FIGHT: An effort to draw from the McKenzie River prompts objections

WATER FIGHT: An effort to draw from the McKenzie River prompts objections By Christian Wihtol Eugene Register Guard February 19, 2012 The McKenzie River appears inexhaustible as it tumbles wide, cold and fast from the Cascade Range on a winter’s day. Stand at the river’s edge near Vida and you’ll see up to 40,000 gallons flash by each second. But …

Making the river wild again

Making the river wild again By Opinion Mail Tribune July 03, 2009 A federal grant will help remove Gold Ray Dam, but the clock is ticking Jackson County leaders have a golden opportunity and a big challenge: Move quickly to take down Gold Ray Dam before the clock runs out on federal stimulus money awarded Tuesday to help pay for …

Bill Could Seal Crooked River Water Deal

Bill Could Seal Crooked River Water Deal OPB News ENVIRONMENT Aug. 02, 2012 CONTRIBUTED BY: DAVID NOGUERAS A 40-year-old stalemate over what do with excess water in the Prineville Reservoir might soon be coming to an end. Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley says he’ll introduce legislation this week that formalizes an agreement among stakeholders in business, agriculture, conservation and tribal government. …

Sediment tests aid removal of Gold Ray Dam

Sediment tests aid removal of Gold Ray Dam By Mark Freeman Mail Tribune August 07, 2009 GOLD HILL — Efforts to remove Gold Ray Dam from the Rogue River took a leap forward this week when preliminary results showed no troublesome levels of contaminants in the sediment behind the structure. In a report expected to reach Jackson County officials early …

Water Fight on the River

Water Fight on the River By Rebecca Randall Portland Tribune December 2, 2010 River conservation nonprofit WaterWatch contends that if the South Fork Water Board, which serves West Linn and Oregon City, is allowed to develop its water rights to the fullest extent that it could be harmful to fish in the Clackamas River. The group also protested five other …

Dam breaching celebrated on famed Rogue River

Dam breaching celebrated on famed Rogue River By Jeff Barnard Daily Courier/AP October 10, 2009 ROGUE RIVER, Ore. (AP) — The wild and scenic Rogue River has become even wilder with the demolition of a dam that had hindered passage of salmon and steelhead to their spawning grounds for 88 years. A flotilla of some 80 people in rafts, driftboats …

Fishy stimulus money

Fishy stimulus money By High Five “Today’s Must-Reads” Oregon Business Magazine July 06, 2009   The U.S. Commerce Secretary has announced that Oregon will be receiving $7.3 million in stimulus funds. The money is designated for tearing down a Rogue River dam and restoring a salmon habitat, among other things. The money is part of $167 million going to 50 …

Hayley Hutt: Ten years after fish kill, stalling threatens salmon

Hayley Hutt: Ten years after fish kill, stalling threatens salmon Redding Record Searchlight Op-Ed July 29, 2012 Two major events that could decide the fate of Klamath salmon recently occurred. First, the Department of Interior decided to analyze putting extra water into the Trinity River to avert a possible fish kill. Second, the California State Water Resources Control Board decided …

EDITORIAL: Protect flowing resource

EDITORIAL: Protect flowing resource State should deny speculative bid for McKenzie water Eugene Register Guard May 2, 2012 The Oregon Water Resources Commission should heed an administrative law judge who last week issued a proposed order saying the state should deny an application from the Willamette Water Co. for rights to withdraw more than 21 million gallons of water a …

Green News Roundup: Giving a Dam

Green News Roundup: Giving a Dam Mother Nature Network October 12, 2009 Oregon’s Savage Rapids Dam came down this weekend, ending an 88-year legacy of hindering salmon and steelhead on their annual march to spawn. The Rogue River is now able to flow freely, following a breaching that could foreshadow future dam removals aimed at protecting the Pacific Northwest’s spiraling …

Dissecting the Klamath

Dissecting the Klamath By Steve Pedery Fly Fisherman Magazine July 01, 2009 Dissecting-the-Klamath-Fly-Fisherman-Mag-July-09

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Oregon water regulators asked to limit ‘stockwatering exemption’

By MATEUSZ PERKOWSKI | Capital Press | Oct 8, 2020 Critics of large dairies are asking Oregon water regulators to limit new groundwater pumping by such operations within 257 square miles of Umatilla and Morrow counties. A coalition of environmental groups and others called Stand Up to Factory Farms has submitted a petition asking the Oregon Water Resources Department to restrict …

Removing dam was 21-year upriver fight for WaterWatch lawyer

Removing dam was 21-year upriver fight for WaterWatch lawyer By Paul Fattig Mail Tribune October 11, 2009   Bob Hunter acknowledges it may be time to remove the bumper sticker on the bow of his well-used driftboat. “Take Out Savage Rapids Dam,” it reads. Hunter, 55, of Eagle Point, is still getting used to the fact the dam is gone, …

Free at last: With dam breached, Rogue flows freely for first time in nearly a century

Free at last: With dam breached, Rogue flows freely for first time in nearly a century By Jeff Duewel Daily Courier October 10, 2009 By Friday just after lunch, the Rogue River was busy scouring a new channel through sediment piled upstream from the former Savage Rapids Dam, signalling the end of a long fight over the 88-year-old dam. At …

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Guest View: Fish need to feel the flow

by Brian Posewitz | June 13, 2020 | Register Guard The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers owns 13 reservoirs on major tributaries to the Willamette River, including well-known reservoirs such as Fern Ridge on the Long Tom, Lookout Point on the Middle Fork of the Willamette, Cougar on the South Fork of the McKenzie and Detroit on the North Fork …

Viewpoints: Klamath Pact Doesn’t Protect the River Fishery

Viewpoints: Klamath Pact Doesn’t Protect the River Fishery By John DeVoe Special to the Sacramento Bee October 2, 2010 John DeVoe, an attorney and executive director of WaterWatch of Oregon, is responding to the Sept. 25 Viewpoints article “Klamath restoration plan deserves congressional support” which stated: “The agreements would balance water use in the basin in a manner that gives …

$5 million made available for taking out Gold Ray Dam

$5 million made available for taking out Gold Ray Dam By Paul Fattig Mail Tribune July 01, 2009 The federal stimulus money has to be used by December 2010, even though Jackson County hasn’t decided the dam’s fate yet Uncle Sam has unleashed $5 million in federal stimulus funds to remove 105-year-old Gold Ray Dam on the Rogue River. Removing …

Going for the green

Going for the green by Bennett Hall Gazette-Times October 31, 2009 Green jobs by the numbers Green jobs in Oregon: 51,402 Share of total employment: 3 percent Average wage: $22.61 per hour Expected growth, 2008-2010: 14 percent Additional jobs: 7,409 Source: Oregon Employment Department What makes a job green? The Oregon Employment Department defines a green job as one that …

Savage Rapids Dam will not be standing for long

Savage Rapids Dam will not be standing for long By Jeff Duewel Daily Courier October 09, 2009 Water was set to pour over ground once covered by Savage Rapids Dam this morning, the first time in 88 years the Rogue River will flow without passing through or over the structure. But by today’s print deadline, water had not yet run …

Stimulus money to fund possible Gold Ray Dam removal

Stimulus money to fund possible Gold Ray Dam removal By Ron Brown & Associated Press KDRV News Watch 12 July 01, 2009   GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Jackson County officials announced Tuesday that they’ve received $5 million to complete studies on the pros and cons of removing the Rogue River’s Gold Ray Dam, a defunct hydroelectric dam built in 1905 …

The Return of a Wild River

The Return of a Wild River By The Oregonian Editorial Board The Oregonian October 13, 2009   It took more than 20 years to get rid of the Savage Rapids Dam on the Rogue River even after it became clear that the squat concrete structure did far more harm than good. Now that the dam’s finally been breached the river, …

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Announces $167 Million in Recovery Act Funding for 50 Coastal Restoration Projects

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Announces $167 Million in Recovery Act Funding for 50 Coastal Restoration Projects National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration June 30, 2009 Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced today 50 habitat restoration projects that will restore damaged wetlands, shellfish beds, coral reefs and reopen fish passages that boost the health and resiliency of our nation’s coastal and Great Lakes …

88 years later, dam makes way

88 years later, dam makes way By Mark Freeman Mail Tribune October 09, 2009 Demolition crews breach Savage Rapids Dam today If all goes as planned, the Rogue River will flow through its historic channel at Savage Rapids today when the dam that has blocked the river there for 88 years is breached. Demolition crews are scheduled this morning to …

Stimulus money pays for Rogue River dam removal

Stimulus money pays for Rogue River dam removal Associated Press June 30, 2009 GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – Federal stimulus money will pay for removal of another dam from the Rogue River in southwestern Oregon, adding to a string of dam removals designed to help salmon and steelhead. Commerce Sec. Gary Locke announced Tuesday that $5 million will go to …

Conservation groups to file lawsuit over Klamath River water flow

Conservation groups to file lawsuit over Klamath River water flow By The Associated Press April 4, 2013 GRANTS PASS — Two conservation groups warned federal agencies Thursday they plan to sue to get more water devoted to protected salmon in the Klamath River. Oregon Wild and WaterWatch of Oregon filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue. They object to …

Today the Rogue River runs free again at former dam site

Today the Rogue River runs free again at former dam site By Matthew Preusch Oregonian October 09, 2009 When crews remove a temporary coffer dam on the Rogue River east of Grants Pass today, the river will flow freely again for the first time in nearly a century. The coffer dam held back the Rogue this summer while crews knocked …

Savage Rapids Lesson: Removing Dams No Easy Task

Savage Rapids Lesson: Removing Dams No Easy Task By Jessica Robinson OPB News/Jefferson Public Radio June 24, 2009 After two decades of conflict, crews are finally jackhammering the Savage Rapids Dam into oblivion. The southern Oregon dam on the Rogue River doesn’t even produce electricity. Yet, removing it proved complicated and controversial. Efforts to return other rivers to free-flowing channels …

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Debate Over Canal Piping Heats Up

Conservationist urges irrigation districts to focus on water markets by Michael Kohn | April 10, 2020 | Bend Bulletin For decades, Rob Rastovich relied on flood irrigation to water the hay fields on his family-owned ranch outside Bend. The system was archaic and wasted large amounts of water, which ran off the edge of his 200-acre ranch. Today his system is …

Aquifer recharge bill advances to Ways and Means Committee

Aquifer recharge bill advances to Ways and Means Committee By Mitch Lies Capital Press June 23, 2009 SALEM – A legislative committee on Monday, June 22, moved a multi-part bill that could improve groundwater supplies in the Umatilla Basin and help the state develop a statewide water management plan. “This is a piece of work I think will have a …

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Klamath Advocates Condemn Destruction of the “Everglades of the West”

Klamath Advocates Condemn Bureau of Reclamation’s Willful Destruction of the “Everglades of the West” Conservationists Call on Gov. Kate Brown, Senators Wyden and Merkley to Stop Likely Catastrophic Waterfowl Die-Off, Hold Bureau Accountable for Longstanding Waste and Abuse Contacts: Jim McCarthy, WaterWatch of Oregon, (541) 708-0731 Bob Sallinger, Audubon Society of Portland, (503) 380-9728 Steve Pedery, Oregon Wild, (503) 283-6342 March …