Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Fight for rights

Method behind Washington water rule sparks debate

Marlene and Dale Klein talk about plans to develop their property during a visit May 16 to their land off Helmick Road east of Sedro-Woolley. SCOTT TERRELL

Herald

Skagit Valley Herald

With frequent rain and the third largest river on the West Coast snaking through the area, it’s difficult for many to imagine Washington's Skagit County facing water issues. Yet because of restricted water access, hundreds of homes are without a reliable source of water and thousands of rural properties cannot be developed using traditional wells. As the impacts of lost water access stack up, some continue to question the methods behind the Skagit River instream flow rule.

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Crater Lake park struggles with water shortage

The Bulletin

Even after one of the wettest winters in living memory, Oregon’s only national park is running short on water as it heads toward its high season. Ordinarily, Crater Lake National Park’s main water supply is Annie Creek, a tributary in southern Oregon. However, after the Klamath Tribes placed a water call in April, the park has resorted to trucking in water from California

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U.S. water agency pivots, courts private investors

Circle of Blue

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials face a conundrum: Its assets (dams and canals) are aging. Maintenance costs are rising. Rural water projects approved decades ago are billions of dollars away from completion. The Republican-led Congress does not want to increase spending. So the agency is taking a different path: public-private partnerships, or P3s.

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