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Rice growers wrap up drought-diminished harvest
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Rice growers wrap up drought-diminished harvest
California rice farmers are wrapping up their harvest of a crop that's expected to be 23 percent smaller than last year's. Good yields on many of the acres that were planted will help make up at least a small part of the loss of revenue, as will sales of...

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Irrigators, state launch water improvements
Irrigators, state launch water improvements
The Methow Valley Irrigation District and Washington Department of Ecology are improving river flows for fish and the district and town of Twisp are more certain of water with a project that ends years of disputes.
Study predicts damage of Idaho water call
Study predicts damage of Idaho water call
University of Idaho researchers have analyzed how a water call by the Rangen, Inc., trout farm in Idaho's Magic Valley would influence the economy if curtailment were implemented.
Even normal rain won’t end Calif. drought, expert says
California will likely remain in a drought this winter even if most areas receive normal rainfall, according to an expert from the federal Climate Prediction Center. The center issued its annual winter outlook, which predicts warmer weather throughout...
$7.5 billion question faces California water users
$7.5 billion question faces California water users
Under California's proposed $7.5 billion water bond, it could take years before growers see any water from new storage projects, if they ever do. But farm groups say the measure would still provide a boost to existing water supplies.
Task force members differ over water diversions
Task force members differ over water diversions
Several representatives of farm and irrigation associations criticized the direction of a task force that’s studying how much water can be withdrawn from streams during periods of high seasonal flows, such as during the winter, without damaging...
Federal money will fund Idaho streamgages
Federal money will fund Idaho streamgages
An additional $141,000 in federal funding will be used by the U.S. Geological Survey to fully fund 10 streamgages in Idaho that are critical for delivering water for agriculture and other uses.
Calif. weather outlook still dry, but surprises may loom
Calif. weather outlook still dry, but surprises may loom
Forecasters still maintain that any El Nino that develops in California this winter will be weak, but a series of storms this week have suggested that occasional, pleasant surprises could be in store for the state.
Conference to address Columbia River issues
The Columbia River Basin Conference meets to discuss various uses on the Columbia River system Oct. 21-23 in Spokane.
Deschutes River reservoirs ready for refill
Managers plan to start refilling the Wickiup and Crane Prairie reservoirs next week by reducing the flow of the Deschutes River.
Colorado River water-conservation effort to begin
The projects are intended to demonstrate the viability of cooperative, voluntary projects to reduce demand for Colorado River water.