The city of Umatilla has finished a water reuse project piping non-contact cooling water from Amazon data centers into an irrigation canal for local farmers.
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Alice Parker waited a long time to see more water from the Columbia River delivered to farmers in Eastern Washington. On a recent June afternoon, she finally saw her dream transformed into reality.
We add our voice to those who support maintaining the Lower Snake River Dams.
Columbia County commissioners have approved rezoning 837 acres of high-value farmland for industrial use near Clatskanie in northwest Oregon, despite concerns over potential impacts to neighboring farms and salmon habitat.
Over the last decade, stakeholders have worked to increase streamflows and protect the amount of water that farmers need.
Phase I of the Astoria Food Hub is expected to be completed by September or October this year, said Jared Gardner, owner of Nehalem River Ranch and a central partner in the project. His team completed their purchase of the Mason, Ehrman & Co. building in April.
Drought plagues much of the West, but officials predict abundant water supplies this year for Pacific Northwest irrigators who rely on the Columbia River System.
Dams were a big part of salmon decline, but not all of it, a NOAA Fisheries spokesman says. "So they must be part of the solution." NOAA has looked at salmon recovery and the effects of dam breaching on fish and other aspects of the river system.