Judge rules Bend water project can proceed

Judge rules Bend water project can proceed Lawsuit is over $24 million Bridge Creek pipe replacement By Tyler Leeds The Bulletin December 6, 2014 A federal judge on Friday allowed the city of Bend’s $24 million Bridge Creek pipeline project to proceed. Central Oregon LandWatch and WaterWatch of Oregon sued last year over the pipe-replacement project, arguing the U.S. Forest …

Klamath Basin proposal is bad for taxpayers: Guest opinion

Klamath Basin proposal is bad for taxpayers: Guest opinion By Jim McCarthy Oregonian December 6, 2014 The Klamath River Basin and its communities need a sustainable plan to address longstanding conflicts over water. Unfortunately, the controversial and expensive Klamath agreements – currently before Congress – will not resolve these conflicts. These co-joined agreements include hundreds of millions of dollars of …

Klamath objections included in committee records

Klamath objections included in committee records Not all written submissions were included in shorter printed report of June 3 hearing By Andrew Clevenger The Bulletin December 4, 2014 WASHINGTON — The Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee’s “Official Committee Record” of a June hearing on the Klamath Basin water-sharing deal includes objections raised by environmental groups and several tribes. The …

Questions persist despite Klamath agreements

Questions persist despite Klamath agreements by Jim McCarthy Salem Statesman Journal Op-Ed November 29, 2014 Contrary to the Statesman Journal’s Nov. 16 editorial, the Klamath Basin water agreements contain no assurances whatsoever of increased flows for Klamath River salmon. Moreover, claims that the agreements proposed in pending federal legislation will resolve the region’s water wars are simply false. These are …

Objections to Klamath deal omitted?

Objections to Klamath deal omitted? WaterWatch of Oregon, others want objections included in formal record By Andrew Clevenger The Bulletin November 27, 2014 WASHINGTON — Several Oregon groups that oppose the Klamath Basin deal pending in Congress are concerned their objections weren’t considered when members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved the legislation earlier this month. WaterWatch …

OSU researchers find Rogue, Calapooia river ecosystems recovered quickly after dams removed

OSU researchers find Rogue, Calapooia river ecosystems recovered quickly after dams removed By The Associated Press October 8, 2014 Rafters in 2009 approach the remains of the Savage Rapids Dam through 88 years of sediment build-up on the Rogue River. Scientists at Oregon State University have found that insect life quickly recovered after this dam and another on the Calapooia …

Low water exposes Emigrant Lake’s past

Low water exposes Emigrant Lake’s past By Mark Freeman Mail Tribune October 6, 2014 ASHLAND — As Jeff LaLande picks through the old spark plugs, brakes and other debris where Klamath Junction used to be, he thinks about those who worked at this highway service station inundated 54 years ago by Emigrant Lake. Travelers stopping by for a nickel Coke …

Watershed moment

Watershed moment The U.S. and Canada prepare to renegotiate the 50-year-old Columbia River Treaty. By Marshall Swearingen High Country News October 6, 2014 Salmon have not been able to pass into the upper half of the Columbia River basin since Grand Coulee Dam, above, was constructed in the 1930’s. Restoring salmon to the upper basin is just one of the …

Judge: Water for Klamath salmon legal — this time

Judge: Water for Klamath salmon legal — this time Tribes split on reaction to federal ruling By Juniper Rose and Jeff Barnard Times-Standard and Associated Press October 1, 2014 A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a federal water agency did not violate the law when it made special reservoir releases last year to help salmon in the Klamath River survive …

Feds release emergency water to Trinity, lower Klamath rivers after deadly parasite found in fish

Feds release emergency water to Trinity, lower Klamath rivers after deadly parasite found in fish The Times-Standard September 16, 2014 After several fish on the Lower Klamath River were confirmed on Monday to have contracted the deadly ich parasite that previously caused the massive fish die-off in 2002, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released emergency flows this morning to the …

Klamath bull trout in need of the most help

Klamath bull trout in need of the most help Saving the species in Klamath watersheds will require several mitigation actions By LACEY JARRELL Herald & News September 13, 2014 Comment deadline Dec. 3 The public has 90 days to comment on the revised bull trout recovery draft, and then another draft will be issued. The initial public comment period will …

Court petition halts district water shutoff

Court petition halts district water shutoff Irrigator group appeals; continues pumping water by Lacey Jarrell Herald & News September 6, 2014 Owners of a Klamath Project diversion canal, who were ordered to cease water deliveries, have filed a petition against the state and are still drawing irrigation water off the Klamath River. The Klamath Drainage District (KDD) filed the petition …

Rescue in the refuge

Rescue in the refuge 100 birds a day found ill or dead By LACEY JARRELL Herald & News September 2, 2014 Tracy Albro, a Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge biological technician, lifts dead ducks out of the water in Sump 1B, where the botulism outbreak first surfaced. (Photo by Lacey Jarrell) TULE LAKE — Waterfowl at the Tule Lake National …

Gold Hill Irrigation District Pipeline Project Underway

Gold Hill Irrigation District Pipeline Project Underway KTVL-TV August 25, 2014 GOLD HILL, Ore. – Construction on improvements to the Gold Hill irrigation District’s Diversion Dam are underway. Crews are working to place a pipeline underground to replace nearly a century old technology. Water Watch, a non-profit organization, teamed up with the irrigation district to help get the river diversion …

Those without senior water rights left high and dry

Those without senior water rights left high and dry Landowners along small streams like Evans Creek are getting their irrigation water shut off based on Oregon’s water-rights law  By Mark Freeman Mail Tribune August 17, 2014 WIMER — For nearly four decades, Ed and Claudia Wagner have tended to their family orchard of about two dozen plum, prune, pear and …

Basin water allocation tightens

Basin water allocation tightens Reservoirs drawn down to their limits by Lacey Jarrell Herald & News August 6, 2014 The intense, but brief, rain events during recent thunderstorms have done little to improve the Basin’s water outlook. Marc Spilde, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Medford, said Monday night’s showers registered .12 inches at the Crater Lake-Klamath Regional …

Diseased fish found in Klamath River

Diseased fish found in Klamath River By LACEY JARRELL Herald & News August 5, 2014 More than three-quarters of juvenile chinook salmon recently surveyed in the Klamath River are diseased, according to a report by the California-Nevada Fish Health Center. The center has examined juvenile salmon from four reaches of the Klamath River since March. According to the report, the …

Sen. Ron Wyden tries new legislative route for stalled Oregon timber, Klamath Basin bills

Sen. Ron Wyden tries new legislative route for stalled Oregon timber, Klamath Basin bills by Jeff Mapes The Oregonian July 31, 2014 Sen. Ron Wyden announced a new legislative gambit Thursday aimed at unsticking two key Oregon bills — dealing with timber levels in western Oregon and water issues in the Klamath Basin — that have languished in the Senate …

Proposed water rule targets Klamath County

Proposed water rule targets Klamath County by Lyle Ahrens KOBI-TV July 31, 2014 A rule proposed by the state could place big limitations on the use of water wells serving Klamath Falls during a drought, and the rule would only apply to Klamath County. Klamath Falls City Manager Nathan Cherpeski believes a proposed ruling by the Oregon Water Resources Department …

Salmon get more water only if die-off starts

Salmon get more water only if die-off starts Though a biologist says that will be too late for those in the Trinity and Klamath rivers By Jeff Barnard The Associated Press July 31, 2014 GRANTS PASS — A federal agency said Wednesday it will release extra water into Northern California’s Klamath and Trinity rivers once salmon start dying from drought-related …

Drought Takes A Toll On Salmon

Drought Takes A Toll On Salmon by Lacey Jarrell Herald & News July 30, 2014 The effects of drought are trickling down to Klamath Basin fisheries. A recent survey of 90 miles of the Salmon River found 55 dead adult salmon and about 300 dead juveniles, according to Sara Borok, an environmental scientist for the California Department of Fish and …

Klamath River salmon to get fresh water after tribes pressure Bureau of Reclamation

Klamath River salmon to get fresh water after tribes pressure Bureau of Reclamation By The Associated Press August 22, 2014 The Trinity River flowing below the Lewiston Dam outside Lewiston, Calif. (Photo by Jeff Barnard) A federal agency has decided to boost releases of cool clean water into Northern California’s Klamath River to prevent a repeat of the 2002 fish …

Mining foes speak

Mining foes speak Public has 2 weeks to weigh in on strip mining in watershed by Adam Spencer The Triplicate June 30, 2014 The Oregon Water Resources Department is accepting public comment until July 8 on an application to use surface water for exploratory drilling in the North Fork Smith River watershed with the intent of operating a strip mine for nickel …

Not Much Refuge In Klamath Basin For Migratory Birds

Not Much Refuge In Klamath Basin For Migratory Birds By Devan Schwartz OPB June 10, 2014 Parched canal in the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge The nation’s original waterfowl refuge may be too dry this year to provide much hospitality for migratory birds arriving in the Klamath Basin. You could blame it on the region’s prolonged drought. But critics say …

A Thirst for Water: Salmon, steelhead struggle for life in Bear Creek

A Thirst for Water: Salmon, steelhead struggle for life in Bear Creek Salmon, steelhead struggle for life in parts of drought-stricken Bear Creek By Mark Freeman Mail Tribune June 8, 2014 Juvenile salmon and steelhead attempt to jump up small waterfalls and riffles to escape a warm and oxygen-depleted Bear Creek in Medford. Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch Tiny juvenile …

Stakeholders tout Klamath basin deal

Stakeholders tout Klamath basin deal Comprehensive agreement shares burden of water shortage, repairing ecosystem By Andrew Clevenger The Bulletin June 4, 2014 WASHINGTON — The water-sharing deal for the Klamath River Basin under consideration by the U.S. Senate could be a model for other Western states facing water shortages, stakeholders said Tuesday. After decades of winner-takes-all litigation over competing water …

Basin water bill goes before Senate

Basin water bill goes before Senate Legislation introduced to make agreements reality By LACEY JARRELL Herald & News May 22, 2014 The much-anticipated Klamath Basin water bill aimed at resolving decades-old water disputes in the Basin was introduced in the U.S. Senate Wednesday. The proposed law was introduced Wednesday by Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and California Sens. …

Senators introduce Klamath Basin agreement bill

Senators introduce Klamath Basin agreement bill Legislation formalizes stakeholder agreement on water usage By Andrew Clevenger The Bulletin May 22, 2014 WASHINGTON — Lawmakers from Oregon and California introduced legislation in the Senate on Wednesday that formalizes the Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement struck last month. Under the deal, users above Upper Klamath Lake agree to reduce their water consumption, …

Elk Creek lands will open as park

Elk Creek lands will open as park Elk Creek lands will become park with swimming holes, seven miles of trails By Mark Freeman Mail Tribune May 14, 2014 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers natural resource specialist Justin Stegall walks across a newly constructed bridge into the Elk Creek project area Tuesday. About seven miles of trails will officially open to …

To prevent another Formosa disaster, block new nickel mines

To prevent another Formosa disaster, block new nickel mines By Tim Palmer Medford Mail Tribune Guest Opinion May 13, 2014 Making the news, Rep. Peter DeFazio on April 17 toured the remains of the Formosa copper mine in the South Umpqua watershed near Riddle, south of Roseburg. The mine was operated by a Canadian company from 1989-1993 and then abandoned. …

Lack of bird refuges plan spurs lawsuit

Lack of bird refuges plan spurs lawsuit By LACEY JARRELL Klamath Falls Herald & News April 25, 2014 Three conservation groups filed a lawsuit Thursday against the federal wildlife agency tasked with developing new management tools for Klamath Basin wildlife refuges. According to a news release, the three groups — the Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon Wild and WaterWatch of …

Two groups weigh in against accord

Two groups weigh in against accord By LEE JUILLERAT Klamath Falls Herald & News April 19, 2014 Two groups expressed opposition to the Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement signed Friday during ceremonies at Collier Memorial State Park. In a press release, Hoopa Indian Tribe leaders said they oppose the agreement because it is linked to the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement …

Say ‘No’ on water district measure: Editorial endorsement

Say ‘No’ on water district measure: Editorial endorsement By The Oregonian Editorial Board April 12, 2014 The quote assigned to Mark Twain, though there is no proof he ever said it, now more than ever seems true: Whiskey’s for drinking, water’s for fighting. The water war in Portland this year is over who runs the city’s water and sewer bureaus …

EPA introduces stream and wetlands rule

EPA introduces stream and wetlands rule Proposal seeks to clarify definitions under Clean Water Act By Andrew Clevenger The Bulletin March 26, 2014 WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled Tuesday its proposed new rule that seeks to clarify the definition of public waters protected under the federal Clean Water Act. The new rule would include many streams and wetlands, …

Protecting the McKenzie

Protecting the McKenzie State was right to reject bid for water rights Eugene Register Guard Editorial March 18, 2014 The McKenzie River is one of Oregon’s most beloved waterways. Few, if any, of the state’s many rivers are as popular with tourists, fishermen, boaters, hikers and the nonstop flow of drive-by gawkers who cruise past portions of its glorious 90-mile …

State rejects water rights bid

State rejects water rights bid The Willamette Water Co. had sought to be able to take 22 million gallons a day from the McKenzie River By Christian Wihtol The Register-Guard MARCH 15, 2014 Capping a McKenzie River water rights dispute that has dragged on for more than five years, the State Water Resources Department formally has rejected a Lane County …

Bend begins water project

Bend begins water project A section of new Bridge Creek pipeline will soon be installed By Hillary Borrud The Bulletin March 14, 2014 Protester Allie Morgan holds a sign during the Bend water project pipeline groundbreaking. (Andy Tullis/The Bulletin) Bend officials said Thursday they hope future generations will appreciate the controversial Bridge Creek water project, in the same way they …

Controversial McKenzie Water Permit Denied

Controversial McKenzie Water Permit Denied BY CAMILLA MORTENSEN EUGENE WEEKLY MARCH 13, 2014 Though speculating on water is illegal, WaterWatch of Oregon says Willamette Water Company was looking to do just that back in 2008 when it applied for a permit to withdraw 22 million gallons per day from the McKenzie River. On March 7, the Oregon Water Resources Department …