Water Rights

Water Rights
6:35 am
Wed August 20, 2014

North Idaho Set To Begin Negotiations Over Water Rights

Lake Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

The state of Idaho is preparing to establish water rights in the northern part of the state. It's a relatively water-abundant area, not prone to the sort of conflicts that have erupted elsewhere like Oregon's Klamath Basin. But as Jessica Robinson reports, the negotiations could have implications for flows across the border to Washington.

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Klamath Basin Water
7:18 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Could An Alliance Of Tribes And Farmers Solve Klamath’s Water Woes?

The Klamath Basin spans northern California and southern Oregon and has seen frequent water crises between the farming, ranching, tribal and environmental communities.
Credit Devan Schwartz / EarthFix

Much of the West is entering a second straight summer of drought. In Southern Oregon’s Klamath Basin, ranchers are once again watching their pastureland go dry for a lack of water. That has them preparing to sell their livestock earlier – and for lower prices – than they’d like.

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Klamath Basin Water
6:39 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Temporary Rules Protect Drinking Water For People And Cattle In The Klamath Basin

The Oregon Water Resources Commission has approved temporary rules that prioritize drinking water for people and cattle in the Klamath Basin.

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Klamath Basin Water
6:35 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Senate Will Discuss Klamath Water Conflict As Irrigation Shutoffs Continue

Cattle graze in a heavily irrigated pasture near the Wood River, an upper tributary of the Klamath. The State is ordering irrigators along the Sprague, Wood, and Williamson rivers to shut down.
Credit Amelia Templeton

This week, water regulators are ordering dozens of ranchers along Southern Oregon’s Williamson River to shut down their irrigation pumps.

It’s the latest round of shutoffs near the headwaters of the Klamath River. The state says it is necessary to protect treaty rights of tribes who live downstream. But the water shut-off jeopardizes a multimillion-dollar cattle ranching industry.

For EarthFix, Amelia Templeton reports.

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Water Rights
6:06 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Klamath Tribes Call In Their Water Rights

With drought conditions worsening in Southern Oregon, the Klamath Tribes for the first time are exercising their claim as the most senior water rights holder in the Klamath Basin.

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Klamath Wate Rights
6:50 am
Fri March 8, 2013

After 38 Years of Study, Oregon Backs Tribes’ Water Rights In The Klamath Basin

For the first time, the state of Oregon Thursday recognized that the Klamath tribes hold a senior claim to water in Klamath Lake and several of its tributaries. Amelia Templeton reports, it took the state almost forty years to sort through water rights in the high desert basin and issue an order.

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Klamath Water Rights
6:13 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Klamath Tribes and Farmers Consider Extending Water Agreement

A major water rights agreement in the Klamath Basin is set to expire in December 31st. Amelia Templeton from our EarthFix team reports that farmers, tribes, and power company PacifiCorp are getting behind an extension.

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