Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017

Water & rights

These California and Oregon farmers in Klamath Basin lost irrigation water in 2001. Now, they want to be paid

The Klamath Irrigation District, in Klamath Falls, Oregon, and individual farmers have priced the lost irrigation water at $28,582,310. WIKIPEDIA



Oregon and Northern California farmers who lost irrigation water in 2001 for the sake of fish are plunging into a climactic courtroom battle for tens of millions of dollars in compensation. The trial involves a lot of money, but that's not all. For other Westerners, too, it can have broader implications, clarifying what the government may owe for water steered away from crops toward environmental protection.


Bills target Washington court's water ruling

Associated Press

Some Washington lawmakers are taking aim at a recent Supreme Court decision that put the onus on counties to determine whether water is legally available in certain rural areas before they issue building permits. One bill amends parts of the state law at the heart of the ruling. A competing bill supports the court decision and sets up a program to help counties find ways to meet the requirements.


Agency backs Boise River water storage study

Capital Press

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials hope to conduct a major feasibility study that would look at options for increasing water storage capacity on the Boise River system. The study would cost $5.5 million and look at different options for increasing the Treasure Valley water supply, including raising Arrowrock Dam 10 feet, Anderson Ranch Dam 6 feet or the Lucky Peak Dam pool 4 feet.