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
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…
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…
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.
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…
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — A drone soared over a blazing hot cornfield in northeastern Colorado on a recent morning, snapping images with an infrared camera to help researchers decide how much wate…
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Agriculture representatives say a recent study that calls for removing four dams from the Lower Snake River relies on outdated and flawed data.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
RITZVILLE, Wash. — Farmer Eli Stahl, two of his sons, two brothers and a nephew were harvesting hard red winter wheat on a recent July morning.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's governor signed a law on Wednesday that could delay a project to pump billions of gallons of water out from under the Mojave Desert.
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.
District patrons to vote on project Aug. 6
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.
Reservoir contains about one-third more water than usual
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A tribe and environmental groups have sued the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, looking to block the relicensing of three dams along the Idaho-Oregon border.
An estimated 300,000 gallons of liquid manure spilled at the Port of Tillamook Bay on the northern Oregon coast after equipment malfunctioned at the port's anaerobic digester.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's governor has signed a law that will redirect up to $130 million of state money meant to clean up the air to instead clean up the drinking water.
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…
Blueberry pickers had come to glean the berries left over after harvest and donate them to hungry families in Salem, Ore.
A proposal to streamline ditch-cleaning regulations got in just under the wire to win approval from Oregon lawmakers, though farmers will likely wait another year to use the program.
A cattle rancher on the southern Oregon coast is asking to remove 10,000 cubic yards of gravel from the lower Pistol River to stop flooding and erosion of surrounding farmland.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Area includes Spokane, Coeur d'Alene rivers, aquifers
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…
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…
Members of multi-stakeholder panel announced
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Idaho has announced a second application period for Conservation Innovation Grants.
Summer drought could “get bad” in Washington’s Okanogan Valley, but one irrigation district has some water rights to lease.
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.
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
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.