Opposition from multiple environmental groups has failed to stop the Oregon House from approving a bill aimed at simplifying the state’s ditch-cleaning regulations.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The director of the Idaho Department of Water Resources is exercising new authority given to him by lawmakers earlier this year by issuing an order potentially cutting off …
DENVER (AP) — A welcome surge of melting snow is pouring out of the Rocky Mountains and into the drought-stricken rivers of the southwestern U.S., fending off a water shortage but threatening …
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A three-year fight over a proposed water bottling plant near Kalispell continues on several fronts.
A northwest Washington dairy will test whether cow manure can be economically purified into water clean enough to put into a river to help salmon.
Above-normal precipitation in May across southern Idaho added to an already good water year.
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued the Trump administration for the 39th time last week, in this case to retain water-quality standards that the Washington Farm Bureau and other tra…
While parts of western Washington are already grappling with severe drought heading into the summer, Oregon appears to be in better shape — for now.
More transitory than typical gullies
Dam owners would be subject to civil penalties for failing to maintain the structures under an overhaul of Oregon’s dam safety laws that’s passed the Legislature.
Irrigation districts and individual farmers who get water directly from rivers and are junior water right holders are planning for less water this summer. It shouldn’t be as bad as the drought…
A drought covering all or parts of nine Western Washington counties worsened in the past week from “moderate” to “severe,” the U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday.
Warmer, wetter conditions compared to averages expected into early fall
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Workers at an Idaho nuclear facility have made significant progress in efforts to remove high-level liquid radioactive waste stored in tanks above a massive aquifer, offici…
The Washington Department of Ecology began taking applications Tuesday from irrigation districts, conservation districts and other public bodies to relieve drought hardships.
The Washington State Conservation Commission will review how conservation district supervisors are elected in response to concerns about unaccountable special-purpose districts.
Court remands the rule to EPA and Army Corps of Engineers for further proceedings.
For the fifth straight year, 93 irrigators in the Chehalis Basin in southwest Washington have had their water rights curtailed to protect fish.
A key group of Oregon lawmakers has recommended spending $700,000 to implement new regulations allowing farmers to clean more sediment from ditches with less red tape.
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Atlantic Richfield wants to build a second treatment plant to lower the level of acidic, metal-laden water that has collected in a former mining pit in Butte that was close…
The Greater Wenatchee and Kennewick irrigation districts and some in Idaho and Oregon may benefit from a new federal law and policy allowing faster transfer of irrigation infrastructure to loc…
A lawsuit alleging insufficient regulation of dairy pollution in Oregon’s Tillamook Bay cannot proceed for procedural and jurisdictional reasons, according to a state judge.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho and Oregon have completed key elements in a process that will allow an Idaho utility to renew its license for a major hydroelectric project on the Snake River on the …
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is not recommending to drain Detroit Lake as part of a project to aid fish passage and survival at the dam east of Salem.
Flood-control releases, soaking rains challenge managers
Would ease process to work on federal property
The Port of Columbia County in northwest Oregon is heading back to the drawing board as it works to rezone 837 acres of high-value farmland for industrial development.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a drought emergency Monday in 24 watersheds, making public agencies in about half the state eligible for drought-relief grants.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Two Republican members of Congress from eastern Washington are urging Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to veto funding to study the impacts if four dams on the Snake River are …
BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) — Federal, state and tribal water managers are marking completion of a long-negotiated plan for 40 million people and vast irrigated farms to share crucial Colorado Riv…
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has expanded a drought emergency to nearly half the state because of worsened, poor water supply conditions and warmer and drier weather predic…
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A dam that diverts river water to Washington state's Lake Whatcom will be removed next year as part of a project that aims to restore salmon habitat.
As drought spreads in Washington, the Department of Ecology is preparing to make $2 million available for drought-relief projects.
The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed with the Washington Farm Bureau and other industry groups that the Obama EPA was wrong to reject water-quality standards developed by the state D…
Three workshops in Washington state next week will help farmers adhere to produce safety guidelines under the federal Food Safety Modernization Act.
Oregon farmers and ranchers can expect mixed irrigation supplies heading into summer, after months of erratic and fast-changing weather.
Milner outflow shutoff affects aquifer recharge
Irrigation districts in the Yakima Basin, Wenatchee River and Okanogan and Methow rivers likely will deal with shortened water supply in late summer because of drought or near-drought conditions.
Precipitation and snowpack across most of the state this winter have been normal to above normal.
The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board awarded four grants to the Malheur and Owyhee watershed districts to improve grazing practices and improve local sage grouse habitat.
Farmers and foresters in Oregon’s Willamette Basin would be expected to reduce mercury pollution by 88% under proposed rules drafted by state environmental regulators.
Some 4,500 acres of farms and residences in East Wenatchee, Wash., were without irrigation water for four days during a critical time of year for thinning and other sprays.
The Klamath River Renewal Corporation has chosen Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., of Fairfield, Calif., to remove four dams on the Klamath River in Oregon and California.
The El Nino that was too late and too weak to have much influence last winter may stick around and grow stronger by next winter, according to the Climate Prediction Center.
The Idaho Water Resource Board is accepting applications for grants to be used for flood damage, management and prevention.
Agency targets several project types
The early forecast shows a shortfall to senior water rights in the upcoming irrigation season, but it’s too early to know whether that will occur.
Erosion hits some areas
Bureau of Reclamation will deliver at least 322,000 acre-feet of water — or a 92% allocation — from Upper Klamath Lake to the Klamath Project this summer and fall.
Wells farther than 500 feet from waterways won’t be subject to pumping shutdowns in Oregon’s Upper Klamath basin for two irrigation seasons under new regulations.
Locations for many of basin's water uses not known
The Swalley Irrigation District in Central Oregon has received $11.2 million in federal funding to convert 16.6 miles of open canals to more efficient, water-saving pipes.
Sediment basin began operating recently
OLYMPIA — Pilot projects to remove river gravel to keep farmland from washing away have surfaced in legislation to help orcas, raising concerns from environmental groups that make passing the …
A tentative plan to reallocate 1.59 million acre-feet of stored water in the Willamette Basin will impact farms and shape development for decades to come.