Odds modestly favor above-average temperatures in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Northern California this winter, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center said Thursday.
The consortium hopes to launch the ecosystem market in 2022.
JOSEPH, Ore. — A fix for the aging Wallowa Lake Dam is on the horizon with $14 million from the state of Oregon and a series of stakeholder meetings on the calendar.
Pesticide levels in some key Oregon waterways have dropped to a fraction of their former concentrations due to changes voluntarily adopted by farmers, according to environmental regulators.
Meeting set Nov. 4 in SE Idaho
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Forecasters say a "flash drought" is intensifying across the southern United States.
The Washington Farm Bureau and the wood-products industry are seeking to intervene on the side of the Trump administration in a lawsuit filed by Washington over the state’s fish-consumption rule.
Good carry-over storage enables farmers to plan next year's crops
Some water lost
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the East Columbia Basin Irrigation District have reached an agreement that will ultimately allow landowners to replace their declining irrigation wells with …
Two more irrigation districts in Central Oregon are taking the first steps toward modernizing aging infrastructure to conserve water, reduce energy costs and protect endangered species in the …
ATLANTA (AP) — More than 45 million people across 14 Southern states are now in the midst of what’s being called a “flash drought” that’s cracking farm soil, drying up ponds and raising the ri…
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Environmental groups that have long pushed to bring down a huge Colorado River dam along the Arizona-Utah border are suing the federal government.
The Oregon Court of Appeals won’t resolve a dispute over the impact of Klamath basin wells on surface waters due to newly imposed regulations in the area.
MADRAS, Ore. — A habitat conservation plan aimed at protecting several species while shielding farmers from legal liability in Oregon’s Deschutes River Basin will be formally announced next week.
OLYMPIA — The drought this year was a lucky break for Whatcom County dairyman Hans Wolfisberg.
PROSSER, Wash. — Drive through the Yakima Valley and you’ll see many of Washington’s crops at their best.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued a new plan to lower water temperatures for endangered fish in the Upper Klamath and Lost River watersheds, though it could come at a s…
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Trump administration has delayed an Obama-era proposal that could allow the federal government to charge for water drawn from reservoirs it manages.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Government scientists found high levels of pollution that can be toxic to fish, aquatic insects and the birds that feed on them in a river that flows into Montana and Id…
ELKO, Nev. (AP) — Heavy rainfall in northeast Nevada set a record for the day in Elko with nearly twice as much precipitation in 24 hours as normally falls in the whole month of September.
Washington is now free of “severe” drought, though nearly one-third of the state remains in a “moderate” drought, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday.
SALEM — A newly revived committee in the Oregon House is taking a deep dive into water issues, potentially creating opportunities and worries for the state’s irrigators.
The state’s plan to manage and stabilize the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer is ahead of schedule, but more recharge capacity is needed.
Walla Walla River Basin farmers and other stakeholders will meet next month to create a new plan for the watershed.
Groundwater transfers from 2012 to 2018 have had a negligible cumulative effect on the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer and Snake River reaches.
The tropical Pacific Ocean probably won’t be particularly warm or cool this winter, climatologists said Thursday, depriving forecasters of their best clue to how much snow will pile up in the …
Officials see crop diversity, processing up close; McIntyre Farms honored
Barges loaded with wheat and other commodities must wait until a fix has been made.
A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit that alleges tile drains in California’s Central Valley discharge pollutants in violation of the Clean Water Act.
Population growth, water supply among issues
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation expects to finish a report by Thanksgiving taking aim at skyrocketing power costs for farmers and ranchers in the Klamath Basin.
Similar to year-earlier projection
The Curry County Planning Commission has rejected a local rancher's proposal to remove 10,000 cubic yards of gravel from the lower Pistol River in southwest Oregon to stop flooding and erosion…
FPI has honored 26 in south-central Idaho since 2015
Irrigators support capacity increase; municipalities, TU eye process
Better detection methods are uncovering the prevalence of bioaccumulative chemical compounds in the environment.
BEND, Ore. — Though preventing leaky canals from losing water doesn’t seem like a particularly controversial idea, irrigators in Central Oregon have found out otherwise.
Pole-and-willow structures help keep stream flowing longer
A Washington State University agricultural weather service is reorganizing staff and expanding weather stations following a vacanies in staffing.
Several Klamath Basin irrigators want the Oregon Court of Appeals to curtail water regulators’ authority to shut down groundwater pumping from aquifers that aren’t immediately next to surface waters.
Uri Shani invents option for farmers who use flood irrigation
Irrigators say this year’s drought in Central Washington has been far less than it might have been and far less than the 2015 drought because of mild temperatures and rain.
Clark Fork-Pend Oreille, Kootenai basins to be discussed
Washington's drought retreated slightly over the previous week, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday, and federal climatologists said they're less confident fall will be warmer than average.
NEWPORT, Ore. — People in blazers and strapped-on booties waded through the dark intake tunnel of a dam, flashlights in hand, stirring rust-colored silt into the water. Spiders and large black…
Removing four hydroelectric dams along the lower Klamath River in Southern Oregon and Northern California is expected to cost just under $434 million and could happen by 2022, according to a n…
CURRY, Idaho — Ninety-year-old Dick Tucker has spent most of his life farming near Curry, a tiny town just west of Twin Falls. But his story — and those of most farmers in the area — would hav…
Agriculture representatives say a recent study that calls for removing four dams from the Lower Snake River relies on outdated and flawed data.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed House Bill 2437, a measure to ease ditch-cleaning regulations for farmers, after previously indicating she might veto it.
A weak El Nino went away in July as sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean along the equator cooled to within a normal range, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reporte…
The impact of a new agreement between native tribes and the Canadian government to restore salmon to the upper reaches of the Columbia River will depend on how the fish are managed, says the d…
SPOKANE — The assessment the Spokane Conservation District charges landowners will increase next year.
A Washington State Conservation Commission staff investigation found no grounds to remove two more Thurston Conservation District supervisors who had clashed with two others who were ousted.
Grants can fund up to half a project's cost