BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation granting an emergency water right when crews are trying to clean up spills in Idaho waterways headed to lawmakers in the House on Monday.
An apple processor in Washington has agreed to pay nearly $200,000 in addition to upgrading its stormwater treatment protocols to settle an environmentalist lawsuit.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers is studying the possible construction of an $11.1 million network of weather stations to improve flood control across the Upper Missouri Rive…
The most important asset farmers own is not the land, said Peter Mohr, a natural resources attorney. "It's the water right."
SALEM — Oregon lawmakers will consider restricting a legal tool that allows farmers to prevent irrigation shutdowns, though the proposed bill is less drastic than legislation that failed last year.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's governor has restarted a project to build a giant, underground tunnel that would pump billions of gallons of water from the San Joaquin Delta to the sout…
Southwestern Idaho's snowpack is near normal after a 30 percentage-point boost. Many other basins are also in good shape.
Snowpacks in Oregon and Washington have rebounded significantly over the last two weeks thanks to recent winter storms that have dumped several feet of fresh mountain snow.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An environmental group is suing the federal government to try to keep livestock away from Southwestern waterways that are home to threatened and endangered species.
Tri-Cities residents in Washington share their thoughts on the four dams in the Lower Snake River for a study by Gov. Jay Inslee's office.
Karen Edwards has retired from the Idaho Water Users Association after more than 43 years on the job. She will be honored at the upcoming association conference in Boise.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service released a draft watershed plan and environmental assessment for the East Fork Irrigation District modernization project on Jan. 8. A public mee…
A new study finds that the costs to farmers and the region’s economy if the four dams on the lower Snake River were removed would average roughly $76 million a year.
FSMA, farmers' desire to stay field-focused, among factors
An upcoming conference will allow farmers to take a deep dive into soil health and the benefits of direct-seed farming, an industry leader says.
River advocates say it is important for farmers, ranchers and other industry representatives to attend meetings about the Washington governor’s study on dams on the Lower Snake River.
PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. (AP) — December storms gave California a promising snowpack despite a slow start, state water authorities said Thursday after conducting measurements to determine how …
The Washington Department of Ecology plans to regulate fine sediment, an undertaking the agency took on to settle an environmental lawsuit that alleged the state's protection of salmon is lax.
McMINNVILLE, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has levied a fine of $26,574 against Organic Valley, a dairy cooperative, for spilling milk into a creek, polluting water and…
Early season snowfall is lagging again across Oregon heading into the new year, potentially foreshadowing another dry and difficult summer ahead for farmers and ranchers. But as 2019 proved, t…
Low snowpack in Washington so far this year recalls conditions leading up to the drought of 2015. Yakima Basin reservoirs are significantly behind in recharging.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Drought has yet to give up its hold over parts of the southwestern United States despite a series of storms that have brought rain and snow to the region in recent weeks.
Voluntary readiness reviews help producers comply on inspection
A federal appeals court has ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to finalize a long-overdue plan to lower water temperatures for endangered fish in the Columbia and Snake rivers.
The Idaho Water Resource Board is on track to meet its goal of adding 660,000 acre-feet of water annually to the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer.
Gov. Jay Inslee has named Laura Watson director of the Washington State Department of Ecology Dec. 20. She replaces Maia Bellon, who resigned earlier this month.
Eastern Washington farmers doubt that public subsidies would offset higher transportation and irrigation costs caused by breaching four Lower Snake River dams, according to a preliminary study…
Farmers and ranchers have until Feb. 18 to provide feedback on proposed changes to one of the USDA's most widely accessed conservation programs.
Dry November put snow-water equivalents behind averages
Formal rights-adjudication process likely for Bear River Basin
AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. — Washington’s agriculture department is bird-dogging federal agencies as they write an environmental impact statement that could determine the fate of four dams on the l…
A hose split and spilled liquid manure that eventually drained into a creek, killing federally protected fish and leading to a $6,750 fine against a Whatcom County farmer in northwest Washingt…
SPOKANE — State Rep. Tom Dent remembers being 5 years old and watching water fill a newly finished canal in Othello, Wash., for the first time.
Stakeholders need to begin talking about the possible impacts to Northwest communities if four dams on the Snake River are removed, says the leader of a group that advocates their removal.
Maia Bellon, the director of Washington’s Department of Ecology, has announced her plans to step down at the end of the year.
Northwest agricultural transportation advocates are backing a new advertising campaign to combat environmentalists’ “simplistic messages” about removing four dams on the Snake River.
All Washington conservation districts would elect supervisors during the same week in March under a proposal due to be presented Thursday to the state conservation commission.
Growing up in the farming region of Brittany, France, where his father ran an engineering center, Olivier Jerphagnon experienced the dual cultures of ag and technology, which influenced his in…
Idaho Water Resource Board is evaluating potential recharge sites in the upper Snake River valley.
A dry start to the fall season is raising some concerns among state water managers about the possibility of drought returning to Oregon.
Much of S. Idaho supply would be adequate even if snowpack lags averages
Federal agencies are headed back to the drawing board on water management plans for the Klamath Project after the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says it received "erroneous data" from an outside source.
Cascade Mountain water reservoirs serving the Yakima Basin are refilling but still below average after a moderate summer drought that caused some crop losses. Winter snowpack outlook is uncertain.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has released two draft reports seeking to curb rising power costs for farmers and ranchers in the Klamath Project.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has denied an appeal by Klamath Basin farmers and ranchers whose water deliveries were halted by the Bureau of Reclamation in 2001.
Marketing key as tight-margin environment persists
Climate change imperils orcas in Puget Sound and to save them Washington should restructure its economy and eliminate carbon emissions by 2050, according to a task force report finalized Nov. …
Would designate over 1.1 million acres in Malheur County as wilderness
The public comment period has been extended by 15 days for the Deschutes River Habitat Conservation Plan, a potentially landmark document that will impact how water is used in the Deschutes Ri…
The snowpack that irrigates Northwest crops has been measured extensively, studied deeply and politicized thoroughly.
A Seattle attorney believes his Whooshh salmon cannon can move salmon upriver over dams far faster, cheaper and with less mortality than fish ladders or trucking. It could restore migration pa…
MOSES LAKE, Wash. — Landowners in Eastern Washington seeking to replace declining wells should start now if they want to bring Columbia River water to their farms, irrigation district represen…
Ag-industry input sought
MOSES LAKE, Wash. — Alan Mikkelsen likes maps.
Cattle and farming operation will pay a fine and restore river bed and banks.