Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

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U.S. to enter into Columbia River Treaty renegotiation

USBR

Spokesman-Review

Negotiations over the future of the Columbia River Treaty will start early next year between the United States and Canada. The 1964 treaty governs hydropower and flood control operations along the river. Though the treaty still is hailed as an example of international cooperation, the Northwest’s congressional delegation has been pressing the U.S. government to reopen treaty negotiations for several years.

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Washington lawmakers spar over water plan

Capital Press

Washington state Democrats recently outlined a plan to help fish while curtailing withdrawals from new rural wells, redistributing water in the wake of the state Supreme Court’s Hirst decision. But Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, said the plan isn't sufficient and he believes Republicans will hold firm until Democrats embrace a “good Hirst fix.”

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$6.3 million approved for Oregon water projects

Capital Press

Four water projects in Oregon have won nearly $6.3 million from state regulators, though only $5.1 million is available on hand to spend. The $1.2 million shortfall is expected to be covered by the sale of $15 million in lottery bonds in 2019, which was approved by Oregon lawmakers earlier this year.

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