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Rapid Washington snowmelt fills streams
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Rapid Washington snowmelt fills streams

YAKIMA, Wash. — April was a month of rapid snowmelt in the Washington Cascades giving irrigators plenty of water, but it may not last into late summer in valleys with little or no reservoirs.

Pear orchards in certain parts of the...

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Engineering firm designing fix for ailing Malheur Siphon
Engineering firm designing fix for ailing Malheur Siphon

ONTARIO, Ore. — Part of the 80-year-old Malheur Siphon, which carries irrigation water to thousands of acres in Malheur County, is starting to fail.

As a result, the Owyhee Irrigation District has hired an engineering firm to assess the...

Pending Idaho Supreme Court ruling could ease Rangen water call burden

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HAGERMAN, Idaho — Officials with Idaho Ground Water Appropriators Inc. say they hope a forthcoming state Supreme Court ruling will ease their burden in the Rangen Inc. water call and provide a means for them to resolve other...

Marin County water use dropped significantly in last decade

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Residents of Marin County have been so good at conserving water in the last decade that water managers say there is no immediate need for a desalination plant.

The Marin Independent Journal reports Monday a...

EPA pays $1 million in response costs after mine wastewater spill

DENVER (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it is reimbursing states, tribes and local governments about $1 million for their costs after the agency accidentally triggered a massive wastewater spill from a Colorado...

Water outlook in Eastern Oregon continues to improve
Water outlook in Eastern Oregon continues to improve

ONTARIO, Ore. — Farmers who depend on the Owyhee Reservoir will receive more irrigation water in 2016 than they have the past two years combined.

As a result, they are planting more high-water — and more lucrative — crops...

Energy bill amendment to enable Klamath Basin water, power plans
Energy bill amendment to enable Klamath Basin water, power plans

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Proponents of certain water solutions in the Klamath Basin say an energy bill amendment that passed the U.S. Senate provides key support for improving facilities and other initiatives.

The amendment by Oregon Sens.

April heat did a number on Oregon’s snowpack
April heat did a number on Oregon’s snowpack

Wildly fluctuating April weather sent Oregon’s snowpack up, down and now, in some areas, melted out.

It’s still too early to project water trouble this summer — the return of cool weather could help retain snow or even...

March storms prompt SWP to boost allocations to 60 percent
March storms prompt SWP to boost allocations to 60 percent

SACRAMENTO — With runoff from the March storms filling Northern California reservoirs, the state Department of Water Resources has upped its anticipated deliveries to State Water Project customers to 60 percent of requested supplies.

In...

Senate panel sets Phoenix hearing on Colorado mine spill

PHOENIX (AP) — A congressional committee has planned a hearing to ask officials from the Environmental Protection Agency about a mine spill that fouled rivers in three Western states last summer.

The committee is investigating a 3 million...

Northern California mountains to get more snow

A late-season storm is expected to bring more snow to the southern Cascade range and the northern Sierra Nevada.

The National Weather Service says Friday’s system could impact travel through Donner and Carson passes and near Lassen...

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