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PHOENIX (AP) — A top Arizona Democrat is accusing the Republican House speaker of risking the collapse of a drought plan for the Colorado River by pushing legislation that has angered the Gila…

A bill to improve water management and supply in the Yakima Basin passed the U.S. Senate, Feb. 12, less than a week after a companion bill was introduced in the House.

Irrigators in Oregon’s Umatilla Basin wouldn’t risk losing their groundwater rights by drawing replacement water from the Columbia river under a pilot project being considered by lawmakers.

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. Brad Little has signed into law legislation to end years of litigation and help finalize a settlement agreement involving water rights in heavily populated southwester…

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom named new leaders Tuesday to top posts in water, transportation and education policy, his latest moves to set the state government on a f…

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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Officials say recent snowstorms have helped replenish mountain snowpack levels in Montana that were below normal because of the warm start to winter.

Summary: A bill to improve water management and supply in the Yakima Basin has been introduced in the U.S. House while a companion measure moves in the Senate.

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to end years of litigation and help finalize a settlement agreement involving water rights in heavily populated southwestern Idaho is headed to the governor's d…

SALEM — A proposal to allow Oregon farmers to clean more sediment from ditches without a permit has encountered opposition from environmentalists who warn of unintended consequences.

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PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona delivered one of the final puzzle pieces for a Colorado River drought plan, agreeing Thursday to join six other states and Mexico in voluntarily taking less water from t…

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Long after the landscape surrounding Al Garre’s North Portland property was transformed, the farmer has continued to struggle with shifts in the regulatory terrain.

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PHOENIX (AP) — A multi-state agreement to conserve Colorado River water took an important step forward Tuesday as a key legislative panel signed off in Arizona, the last of seven states that m…

Plenty of rainfall through the end of last year and during January has boosted California’s water supplies to 105 percent of normal, painting a completely different picture from a year ago.

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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Oregon water regulators may scale back the number of wells subject to pumping shutdowns in the Upper Klamath Basin but some irrigators remain uneasy about the proposal.

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Western states are watching with interest as Arizona comes up against a deadline to approve a plan to ensure a key reservoir doesn't become unusable for the farmers, ci…

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A deep well used to monitor radioactive and other contamination in a giant Idaho aquifer is back in service after a three-year absence, a contractor for the U.S. Department…

JOSEPH, Ore. — With $16 million earmarked in Gov. Kate Brown’s budget to rebuild the Wallowa Lake Dam, irrigators are preparing for its reconstruction in August 2020.

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There is no “obvious indication” a long-anticipated El Nino will form this winter after all, according to a seasonal outlook issued Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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The weather has yet to be influenced this winter by a warmer Pacific Ocean and likely won’t be impacted in a major way, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports.

U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., is starting over with his Kennewick irrigation transfer bill in the new Congress since it passed the House last month but was not voted on in the Senate.

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Washington ports may have to spend hundreds of millions of dollars if the Port of Tacoma and a cargo-handling company lose a lawsuit alleging that letting rain that falls on a dock drain into …

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The Umatilla Basin is nearly ready to break ground on two of three new water pipelines that will run from the Columbia River into four critical groundwater areas, part of a proposal to recharg…

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Odds are high that the Pacific Northwest will be warmer than average the next three months, and current drought conditions are expected to persist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrat…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Although he believes "We made some pretty good progress earlier this year," Rep. Greg Walden said he remains focused on efforts to reduce catastrophic forest fires and the r…

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Ranchers in Idaho have filed six lawsuits against the U.S. Forest Service seeking to confirm their rights to divert and convey water from federal property.

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A federal judge in Washington on Monday reinstated the Obama administration’s Clean Water Rule nationwide, a ruling that conflicts with other federal court orders that bar enforcing the rule i…