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.

Nicknamed the “water queen,” Pagel was considered a highly capable administrator of the agency that she led from 1992 to 2000 and a ferocious advocate for irrigators as a private lawyer.

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