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 …

Fish advocate: Rogue’s new route ‘pretty darn thrilling’

Fish advocate: Rogue’s new route ‘pretty darn thrilling’ By Mark Freeman Mail Tribune October 09, 2009 From a bird’s-eye perch atop a catwalk downstream from what once was Savage Rapids Dam, the man wild salmon advocates credit for getting the fish-killing span out of the Rogue River stood awed this morning. WaterWatch attorney Bob Hunter, who has spent most of …

Savage Rapids Dam deconstruction takes break for fish

Savage Rapids Dam deconstruction takes break for fish Associated Press June 22, 2009 GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – Workers taking apart a dam on the Rogue River in Southern Oregon say they’re at the end of the first part of the work. Now, they will give the spring and fall chinook salmon a chance to get past the Savage Rapids …

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Lawsuit targets shrinkage of Willamette Basin water for salmon

Environmental groups say the Army Corps of Engineers’ reallocation plan will hurt threatened fish species by Emily Green | March 20, 2020 | Street Roots  The Army Corps of Engineers has proposed a drastic cut to the volume of water stored among its 13 dams and reservoirs in the Willamette River Basin that goes to supporting fish flows. Environmentalists are …

Bills to protect environment derailed by finances

Bills to protect environment derailed by finances By Beth Casper and Stefanie Knowlton Statesman Journal June 15, 2009 Only a few proposals make it out of committee   Even with a Democratic majority and support from the governor, environmental legislation this session couldn’t contend with the state’s economic woes. A carbon cap-and-trade bill, Senate Bill 80, the core of the …

State should slam shut loophole that allowed dairy to tap aquifer

State should slam shut loophole that allowed dairy to tap aquifer Statesman Journal Editorial Board   March 24, 2018 Water is a finite natural resource. So Oregon taxpayers should never have to read that state officials have no idea how much water a commercial operation is taking out of an endangered aquifer.

Big rigs ripping out concrete

Big rigs ripping out concrete By Jeff Duewel Daily Courier June 09, 2009   A $6,000-a day hydraulic shear chewed through iron rebar and a hoe ram punched holes in concrete that held back the Rogue River for 88 years, as demolition of one side of Savage Rapids Dam entered full swing Tuesday morning. “We could probably be done next …

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Murmurs: Businesses Seek Relief From Tax Measures (See: Salmon Wars Continue)

By WW Staff | March 18, 2020 | Willamette Week   BUSINESSES SEEK TAX MEASURE RELIEF: Oregon business groups, facing crushing pressure from COVID-19 impacts, on March 17 proposed 14 steps the state could take to help. Among the biggest: “Delay implementation of the new corporate activities tax, at least for the first quarter of 2020, so those funds can be diverted …

Say goodbye to the Savage Rapids Dam

Say goodbye to the Savage Rapids Dam By Staff KATU June 09, 2009 Watch the video (external link) NEAR GRANTS PASS, Ore. – A big demolition project is under way in southern Oregon to try to get a river to flow free again. Savage Rapids Dam, located 107 miles from the ocean, is the first man-made obstacle that salmon and …

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State officials let mega-dairy use loophole to tap endangered Oregon aquifer

State officials let mega-dairy use loophole to tap endangered Oregon aquifer By: Tracy Loew, Statesman Journal   March 22, 2018 A year after it opened, Oregon’s second-largest dairy has not secured rights to the nearly 1 million gallons of water per day it needs for its thousands of cows and to process milk. Instead, Lost Valley Farm near Boardman moved ahead without the necessary permits, using …

Savage Rapids Dam demolition update

Savage Rapids Dam demolition update By Ron Brown News Watch 12 June 08, 2009   View Video (external link)   NEAR GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Contractors broke through the first section of the nearly 90-year old concrete Savage Rapids Dam Monday. According to the Bureau of Reclamation’s website, the concrete on the top half of the Rogue River dam is …

Audio: The Econews Report

Audio: The Econews Report By Greg King KHSU-FM 90.5, Econews Report June 04, 2009 Listen to Greg King’s interview with Bob Hunter  

Reservoir drainage begins

Reservoir drainage begins By Mark Freeman Mail Tribune October 02, 2009 Savage Rapids Dam removal enters its final stages, to the benefit of salmon and water-sports enthusiasts ROGUE RIVER — The beginning of the end for what’s left of Savage Rapids Dam and the lake behind it begins this morning as contractors make final preparations for restoring this portion of …

Demolition of Savage Rapids Dam begins

Demolition of Savage Rapids Dam begins By Mark Freeman Mail Tribune June 03, 2009   Jackhammers break away part of one concrete bay on Monday ROGUE RIVER — Construction crews this week are literally doing to Savage Rapids Dam what wild salmon advocates have been doing figuratively for decades — punching holes in the Rogue River’s biggest fish-killer. Workers unceremoniously …

’09 Legislature enters homestretch, and region is watching

’09 Legislature enters homestretch, and region is watching By Nick Budnick Bend Bulletin June 03, 2009 What’s left As the 2009 session nears its end, local officials and others are tracking several bills that could affect Central Oregon, including: • HB 3100: Metolius destination resort ban • HB 2227: Destination resort limits in Deschutes • HB 2228: Skyline Forest preservation …

ENVIRONMENT-US: Free-Flowing Rivers Back in Vogue

ENVIRONMENT-US: Free-Flowing Rivers Back in Vogue By Matthew Berger Inter Press Service May 26, 2009 NE W YORK, May 26 (IPS) – It may come as no surprise that a dam impeding the flow of a major river would negatively impact fish populations, but it is only recently that benefits of free-flowing rivers in the U.S. Pacific Northwest are beginning …

Gold Ray Dam removal bids hit right note

Gold Ray Dam removal bids hit right note By Mark Freeman Mail Tribune September 14, 2009 Budgets, timetables on par with deadline to take out the structure   Five contractors have told Jackson County they can complete the necessary environmental assessments and remove Gold Ray Dam from the Rogue River within budget and in time to meet the county’s needs. …

Upper Klamath water rights issue settled

Upper Klamath water rights issue settled By John Driscoll The Times-Standard May 22, 2009 One of the most contested issues between irrigators and American Indian tribes in the Upper Klamath Basin has effectively been resolved, potentially simplifying talks on a much larger dam removal and restoration deal. On Thursday, Klamath water users and the Klamath Tribes announced a settlement of …

GPID flips switch on new pumps

GPID flips switch on new pumps By Jeff Duewel Grants Pass Daily Courier May 12, 2009   For the first time in 89 years, the Grants Pass Irrigation District has begun delivering water from something other than Savage Rapids Dam. Switches were flipped on six pumps Monday, pushing water into the Gravity, South Highline and Tokay canals, another milestone in …

Removal of Oregon Dam Allows Reopening of 500 Miles of Salmon Spawning Habitat

Removal of Oregon Dam Allows Reopening of 500 Miles of Salmon Spawning Habitat By Tom Alkire Bureau of National Affairs October 14, 2009 Source: Daily Environment Report: All Issues > 2009 > October > 10/14/2009 > News > Endangered Species: Removal of Oregon Dam Allows Reopening Of 500 Miles of Salmon Spawning Habitat   PORTLAND, Ore.—The Savage Rapids Dam on …

Removal of Rogue dam spells end of bitter battle

Removal of Rogue dam spells end of bitter battle By Jeff Barnard AP April 07, 2009   GRANTS PASS, Ore.—Within weeks, jackhammers will start knocking Savage Rapids Dam into rubble, and with it two decades of bitter battles over whether to keep what had become a crumbling symbol of a bygone era when rugged pioneers bent nature to their needs. …

Water fight brewing

Water fight brewing By Nick Budnick Bend Bulletin April 06, 2009 Diverting water from the Deschutes into Tumalo Reservoir would help meet future demand and make it ‘hugely cheaper’ to pump groundwater, say the plan’s backers. Opponents argue the proposal flies in the face of existing regulations. Challenging the widely held view that all the water in the Deschutes River …

The Klamath River: Will dam removal be enough to help fish?

The Klamath River: Will dam removal be enough to help fish? By Bob Hunter and Ani Kame’enui Oregonian September 09, 2009 In a few short weeks, Savage Rapids Dam on the Rogue River in southern Oregon will be no more. The demolition of this concrete barrier, long recognized as the biggest fish killer on the Rogue, will have immediate and …

Water-management bills debated

Water-management bills debated By Stefanie Knowlton Statesman Journal April 04, 2009 Proposed cuts to key department dampen discussion and plans Environmentalists to water providers debated the future of water in Oregon last week during public hearings, work sessions and budget talks. Looming over every water conversation were proposed 30 percent cuts to the Water Resources Department, which measures stream flows, …

Beginning of end for landmark dam

Beginning of end for landmark dam By Jeff Duewel Grants Pass Daily Courier April 03, 2009 The removal of Savage Rapids Dam begins in earnest next week, when Slayden Construction begins building a 26-foot-tall coffer dam to reroute the Rogue River away from demolition of the north side of the dam. The 88-year-old dam on the Rogue River has been …

Another Dam Bites the Dust

Another Dam Bites the Dust By Dennis Newman Natural Oregon April 02, 2009   Derided by environmentalists as a “fish killer”, next week marks the beginning of the end for Savage Rapids Dam on the Rogue River near Grants Pass. After it’s gone, almost 126 miles of the Rogue will be free flowing. It starts Tuesday with the construction of …

Legislative “Odd Couple” Tackles Water Issues

Legislative “Odd Couple” Tackles Water Issues By Chris Lehman Oregon Public Broadcasting March 26, 2009   One of Mark Twain’s many famous quotes is:  “Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting over.” Nowhere is that more true than in the west. The Oregon Legislature has spent the better part of its history untangling fights over water.  But this year, …

Stimulus spurs county on Gold Ray Dam removal

Stimulus spurs county on Gold Ray Dam removal By Mark Freeman Mail Tribune March 22, 2009   Jackson County officials plan to seek $5 million from the federal stimulus package to help fast-track the possible removal of 105-year-old Gold Ray Dam from the Rogue River as early as the summer of 2010. 100 years of history The history of Gold …

Rough debut for Columbia water bill

Rough debut for Columbia water bill By Mitch Lies Capital Press February 19, 2009   SALEM – It was, as John DeVoe of WaterWatch said, deja vu all over again in a House committee hearing Tuesday, Feb. 17, on a bill calling for summer water withdrawals from the Columbia River. Many of the same players who testified on a similar …