Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Leading the way

Oregon carves a path for water transfers in the West

Heavy equipment works to remove the Pine Meadow Ranch Diversion Dam on Oregon’s Whychus Creek in 2012 as project leaders look on. The Converse family’s ranch benefited from the project by selling an unused share of its water rights in order to purchase irrigation improvements. DESCHUTES FOREST COLLABORATIVE

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Water Deeply

Water transfers are an important tool to make the most of limited water supplies, providing legal channels to lease and sell water that may be under-used. Oregon does this better than any other Western state. According to a recent study by Stanford University, Oregon has approved almost twice as many water transfers as Washington, the next most-active state. Every other Western state has approved fewer than 100 transfers in the same 30-year period.

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Canada unable to determine quality of watersheds

CBC News

Canada may be home to 20 percent of the world's freshwater, but there is no national system to collect or share information about the health and quality of Canada's watersheds, according to a new national assessment of Canada's rivers. The report by WWF-Canada warns that Canada's watersheds are facing serious threats from pollution, climate change and loss of habitat.

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Bureau of Reclamation mulls private investment

High Country News

Private investment in public works isn't a new idea. President Obama launched an initiative for public-private partnerships to boost infrastructure financing. President Trump is calling for more such collaborations to shore up the nation's aging water systems. Amid a wave of aging water infrastructure, the Bureau of Reclamation is considering private investment as a possible solution.

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