Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Down to the wire

Washington budget deal may address water rights

Northwest News

Northwest News Network

It’s do-or-die week in Olympia. If Washington lawmakers don’t pass a budget and send it to the governor for his signature before midnight on Friday the state government will go into partial shutdown. Besides the state's operating budget, another issue that could be part of the final package of bills to pass includes a “fix” to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hirst water rights case to allow property owners to dig an exempt well so that they can build a home.


Change coming to Oregon irrigation districts

The Bulletin

In July, three of Central Oregon’s irrigation districts will take a step toward modernization to develop new plans aimed at helping farmers conserve water and energy. The Tumalo, Swalley and Central Oregon irrigation districts will host public meetings, each of which are focused on watershed planning within the individual district.


Trump urged to renegotiate Columbia River Treaty

A letter signed by seven members of the House of Representatives was delivered to the White House, urging President Donald Trump to renegotiate the Columbia River Treaty as soon as possible. The bipartisan request seeks to revise what the letter calls an "outdated" set of conditions. The U.S. and Canada could cancel most of its provisions after September 2024 with minimum notice of 10 years.