Most new wells in Oregon are drilled where groundwater is already at risk of depletion, potentially aggravating conflicts among irrigators, according to state water regulators.
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The method proposed under House Bill 2018 would combine new satellite technology with expanded well monitoring and help from federal geologists to develop “water budgets” for major basins across the state.
Farmers in northeast Oregon have completed the second of three new water pipelines tapping into the Columbia River, part of an ambitious plan to boost the region's agricultural economy while simultaneously relieving pressure on badly stressed groundwater aquifers.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is calling for long-term monitoring of nitrates, bacteria and pesticides in the Walla Walla Basin to protect groundwater aquifers from future contamination.
State, federal and tribal agencies are teaming up to study declining groundwater levels in the Walla Walla Basin, part of a new long-term strategy to balance the region's water needs.
Critics of large dairies are asking Oregon water regulators to limit new groundwater pumping by such operations within Umatilla and Morrow counties.
Preliminary results of a five-year study in the Harney Basin of southeast Oregon show groundwater is being pumped faster than it can be replenished, and farms will likely need to start using less in order to stabilize shrinking aquifers.