Water and River News Updates

Collected and curated media Articles about the water and rivers in the western united states







Sep 02, 2020 - Bend Bulletin - Guest Column: Irrigator water shortages: Who is to blame?

Guest Column: Irrigator water shortages: Who is to blame?

As reported by The Bulletin on Aug. 28th, Lone Pine Irrigation District is the latest local district to run out of water to deliver to their patrons. This is terrible news; no one wants to see farmers losing their livelihoods. Water is a complicated topic in Central Oregon with many factors contributing to the shortage. Unfortunately, rather than addressing the real issues, Terry Smith, chairman of the board for LPID, places the blame on the Endangered Species Act.


Sep 01, 2020 - Sisters Nugget - City has a vision for Lazy Z land

City has a vision for Lazy Z land

To that end, the City has issued a request for proposal for a Lazy Z Master Plan (see sidebar) that will identify and evaluate effluent irrigation options for the portion of the property suitable for that purpose, and evaluate open space park concepts and a highway view corridor for the rest of the property.




Aug 21, 2020 - Bend Bulletin - Guest column: Farms are on the brink of collapse

Guest column: Farms are on the brink of collapse

Farmers in Jefferson County find themselves in an analogous position to other businesses in Bend, Portland and throughout the state. Lack of water for crops, this year and last, has caused them to leave 30% to 40% of their fields unplanted, much like a brick -and -mortar shop closing its doors for months on end.




Aug 18, 2020 - Bend Bulletin - Letters: Conserving water should pay

Letters: Conserving water should pay

Currently, irrigation districts are compensated with state and federal grants to pipe and improve their delivery systems and receive a portion of the conserved water to expand service. Conservation groups and natural resource agencies are compensated with donations and grants to get more water back into the stream and serve the requirements of the Endangered Species and Clean Water Acts.



Aug 11, 2020 - Sisters Nugget - A legacy of caring

A legacy of caring

The news that the Rimrock Ranch is going to remain what it is today and forever more, because it is now under the ownership of the Deschutes Land Trust, (DLT), is like hearing that apple pie is for breakfast and will help you live to 120.





Jul 21, 2020 - Sisters Nugget - Stream health

Stream health

I stood waders-deep in an urban stream, running my net back and forth through the water, squinting and studying the sparkling ripples that blinded me. I felt eyes on me; curious park-goers who hoped to interact with me in some way.