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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.

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Snow swamped mountains across the U.S. West last winter, leaving enough to thrill skiers into the summer, swelling rivers and streams when it melted, and largely making…

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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.

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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…

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials plan to create an environmental study that will look at raising one of three Boise River dams to capture more water for irrigation and flood control.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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.

Martha Pagel, former director of the Oregon Water Resources Department and a respected water law attorney, has died of cancer at the age of 65.

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SPOKANE — More work needs to be done to determine the cost and impact on the region’s power grid in the next 30 to 50 years if four dams on the Snake River are removed, experts say.

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GRAND COULEE DAM, Wash. (AP) — When workers started pulling apart the three largest hydroelectric units in North America — capable of supplying more than enough power for all of Seattle — they…

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The Pacific Ocean along the equator cooled in June and is expected to be at normal temperatures in a month or two, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Thursday.

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An irrigation district serving farmland and residents in Kennewick and Richland, Wash., says the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is threatening its water supply. The bureau says it is working with …

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A Central Washington farmer accused of illegally irrigating 530 acres will continue to challenge a six-figure fine levied against him by the Department of Ecology, his lawyer said Monday.

Allocations for junior water right holders on the Yakima River dropped another 5% to 67% of full entitlement which will cause losses in apples and other crops.

The Anheuser-Busch Foundation has donated $100,000 to the University of Idaho and Montana State University for research aimed at helping barley farmers use less water and increase profitability.

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More than 150 Washington wineries will pay new fees and presumably have higher operating costs because the state Department of Ecology says that while they have not polluted groundwater, they could.

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A Washington state audit criticizes a small Eastern Washington irrigation district for borrowing $40,000 at 6% interest from three of its commissioners to replace a pipe.

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The Washington Department of Ecology has appointed public employees to represent agriculture on committees that will chart the future allocation of water in seven river basins, upsetting the W…

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Already the state most affected by drought, Washington has the highest chance in the continental U.S. for a warmer-than-average summer, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration pred…

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.

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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…

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While parts of western Washington are already grappling with severe drought heading into the summer, Oregon appears to be in better shape — for now.

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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…

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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.

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The Washington Department of Ecology began taking applications Tuesday from irrigation districts, conservation districts and other public bodies to relieve drought hardships.