New federal law, guidelines, streamline title-transfer process. Ownership could aid districts in aquifer recharge.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Retired U.S. District Judge James A. Redden, who presided over the Northwest’s biggest salmon lawsuit and had served as an Oregon state representative, state treasurer an…
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has issued a new three-year operating plan for the Klamath River, dedicating more water for endangered salmon while avoiding a "worst case scenario" for farmers …
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators on Tuesday set new rules about how much water can be taken from the state's largest rivers, angering water agencies for restricting how much the…
Washington's mountain snowpack is slightly better than normal. Lower Yakima Valley farms have begun irrigation and anticipate having more water than last year.
As a cooperative extension specialist with the University of California-Davis, Sahap Kaan Kurtural leverages artificial intelligence to enable vineyard managers to optimize irrigation without …
Plans to tear down four hydroelectric dams in rugged country along the Oregon-California border to save salmon are generating excitement from environmentalists and tribes, and fear and anger a…
The Kennewick Irrigation District in Central Washington anticipates taking control soon of its conveyance system after the Bureau of Reclamation finalized rules for transferring ownership of w…
NASA, Google, environmental groups to make water data more accessible in 2021
Several farmers have begun an effort to bolster research at Washington State University's Wilke Research and Extension Farm by increasing the farm's endowment fund.
An environmentalist lawsuit threatens to complicate a planned boost in the amount of irrigation water diverted from behind 13 dams in Oregon’s Willamette River Basin.
The Pacific Northwest remains free of quagga, zebra mussels. Traffic outlook is uncertain in light of concerns about COVID-19, larger economy.
Low snowpack in Idaho’s central mountains has concerned hydrologists and irrigators since just after the start of the year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California mountains are blanketed in snow and much of the state has had plenty of rain in a remarkable March turnabout from the extremely dry first two months of the year.
Oregon’s water regulators exceeded their authority by shutting off wells within 500 feet of waterways in the Upper Klamath Basin last year, according to a judge.
Some groundwater users in south-central Idaho may face curtailment during the upcoming irrigation season if they are not covered by a state-approved mitigation plan.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Heavy snowfall continued in California’s Sierra Nevada early Monday after a weekend of travel disruptions on major routes through the range.
Agricultural producers in the Klamath Project have taken the water “takings” case to the highest court in the land.
Two Oregon landowners have filed a lawsuit seeking to block the Tumalo Irrigation District from replacing open canals with underground pipes to conserve water.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A low-pressure system moving inland through Southern California on Thursday was expected to draw subtropical moisture northwestward, bringing showers and a chance of thunder…
Scott Prose was hired Feb. 1 as the new assistant watermaster for the Oregon Water Resources Department's Southwest Region, focused specifically on hemp.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — People in Washington state remain sharply divided on whether four federal hydroelectric dams along the Snake River should be removed to help endangered salmon and orca re…
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A state judge has again rejected a decades-long bid to tap groundwater beneath vast rangelands in northeast Nevada and pipe it to fast-growing suburbs and glittering gambling …
As Klamath County became the first in Oregon to officially declare drought in 2020, hundreds of local farmers and ranchers are bracing for what could be one of the most difficult water years i…
NRCS remains concerned about Wood, Lost basins
Dry conditions are forecast to persist this spring and have Western wildfire forecasters worried.
Milepost 29 infrastructure adds capacity, flexibility to Idaho's annual Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer recharge efforts.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued her first emergency drought declaration of the year on March 2 in Klamath County, stating that extremely low water supply is causing natural and economic disaster…
The State Department of Water Resources now handles requests. Flood-control awareness, activity, up in recent years.
In a filing to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Feb. 28, the Klamath River Renewal Corp. estimates full dam removal will cost $446 million — within the project's $450 million budget.
A federal report released today rejects breaching four Lower Snake River dams in southeast Washington, finding it would raise transportation and production costs for farmers, while also increa…
Oregon's water well infrastructure is a messy and misunderstood system — one that impacts agriculture, the environment and people's drinking water.
Program has helped fund more than two dozen projects in past two years. Grant recipients, local partners, add to total investment, impact.
Washington dairies are asking a federal appeals court to strike down a 7-year-old order that has required Lower Yakima Valley dairies to take extra measures to keep manure from polluting groundwater.
Red-tape reduction: Idaho administrative-rules overhaul impacts ag, timber sectors.
Farmers and ranchers in the federally operated Klamath Project are struggling to plan for the upcoming irrigation season without knowing how much water will be allocated by the Bureau of Reclamation.
Washington ranch manager Michael Crowder is the new president-elect for the National Association of Conservation Districts. Crowder will be sworn in as president for a one-year term in February 2021.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's support for breaching four Snake River dams as a long-term goal has sparked a strong rebuke from the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association.
Irrigation managers have raised flows from the Owyhee Reservoir to midseason levels two months earlier than usual.
Idaho Water Users Association also issues Hall of Fame, statesman, employee, service awards.
Bill would provide more flexibility in recovering additional costs incurred serving small-scale customers such as homebuyers.
Eileen Rowan, a technical expert for the Soil and Water Conservation District in Idaho County, has been working with landowners to plan various projects aimed at clearing the water in the regi…
The water shortage is rippling across Jefferson County, affecting tractor dealers, fertilizer sellers and other local businesses
Defenders of an Oregon law that shields farmers from irrigation shutdowns argue it’s not being abused and shouldn’t be weakened.
Precipitation, reservoir carryover, bode well for irrigators.
Art Douglas, a fixture at the Spokane Ag Show, predicts a La Nina is on the way. That means normal to above normal precipitation for the Pacific Northwest.
Riverence Holdings has acquired Clear Springs Foods' trout business.
County commissioners are asking for drought funding from the federal government prior to a drought declaration.
In her first media interview, new Washington Department of Ecology director Laura Watson talks about working with farmers and ranchers, climate change resiliency and environmental protection a…
Tribal-treaty rights make salmon akin to a fourth branch of government in Washington, and fish recovery should guide farming near water, and rural and economic development, according to a bill…
Oregon Sen. Bill Hansell, R-Athena, recently introduced Senate Bill 1562, which calls for the state Department of Agriculture to form a new task force to address elevated levels of groundwater…
Study, planned draft impact statement contemplate raising dam. Officials assessing viable alternatives, possible flow-augmentation needs under Endangered Species Act.
The new rule replaces the controversial Obama-era regulation that greatly expanded federal jurisdiction over surface water.
Piping its canals will take seven years, but a Central Oregon irrigation district says the money and time needed to upgrade to 21st century technologies will save water and protect habitat.
While recent precipitation is “encouraging” to Klamath County, Ore., commissioners, it doesn't keep them from asking for drought funding.