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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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 …

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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…

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…

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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. 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.

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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. …

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…