Water and River News Updates

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr 15, 2020 - Bend Bulletin - Guest column: $1 billion is too much to give irrigation districts in these times

Guest column: $1 billion is too much to give irrigation districts in these times

A recent guest column author argued that the solution for water shortages in the Deschutes River Basin is large canal piping projects for irrigation districts funded by the public, instead of much cheaper water market solutions. What he completely ignores is the cost of the large pipes, around $1 billion. In this economic crisis that is absurd, a pipe dream. It will cost too much and take too long. Climate change, threatened fish and wildlife, degraded rivers and farmers without water security compel us to act quickly to solve this problem.

 

Apr 11, 2020 - Bend Bulletin - Guest column: Don't forget the Middle Deschutes

Guest column: Don't forget the Middle Deschutes

“Frog, fish populations under threat in the Upper Deschutes,” reported on the dire shape of the Upper Deschutes river (The Bulletin, March 30). For decades, the Upper Deschutes has had unnaturally high flows in the summer when water is released from reservoirs to meet irrigation demands. Summer flows are three times the natural levels and have scoured the banks, widened the channel, and filled spawning beds with silt (as well as Mirror Pond). In the winter, the reservoirs are refilled, and the river is reduced to unnaturally low flows, exposing the riverbed to freezing temperatures, and killing fish, aquatic plants, insects, and amphibians.