Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

Big unveiling

Walden introduces legislation to aid Klamath irrigators

U.S. Rep Greg Walden (R-Ore.) unveils the Klamath Infrastructure Improvement Act during a press conference at the South Portal building on Friday morning. BRITTANY HOSEA-SMALL

Herald and News


Herald and News

To an audience of Klamath Basin irrigators and residents, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., unveiled the Klamath Infrastructure Improvement Act — House Resolution 4239 — Friday morning. It is water legislation aimed at bringing down the costs of power for local irrigators to prices seen in similar Bureau of Reclamation projects. The House resolution is similar to Senate Bill 1460 passed by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.

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Wine could cost more with squeeze on wastewater

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Washington is proposing changes to how winery wastewater is handled. And that could mean consumers are in for some “bottle shock” when their favorite Washington wine gets more expensive. Very large wineries are already required to get state permits. But Washington may require the smaller tier wineries — those making more than 7,500 cases a year — to get permits now too.

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Idaho tops 100,000 acre-feet in fall recharge

Capital Press

An Idaho Department of Water Resources official said it’s been a record fall for the state’s aquifer recharge program, which has already injected more than 100,000 acre-feet of surplus surface water into the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer. Wes Hipke, who manages the recharge program, estimates the state is on track to recharge at least 280,000 acre-feet this season.

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