The next big phase of the Klamath River Dam removal started this week. It’s the largest dam removal in U.S. history and is expected to last through 2024.
After a bleak start to winter, Mother Nature hit Oregon mountain ranges with a foot of snow or greater last week — and much more could be on the way. The blizzards could boost Oregon’s snowpack to above normal for this time of the year, but much more snow will be needed before April.
Snow levels are well below last year at this time when snowpack in the region was 107% of normal. Poor snow also impacts agriculture because farmers and ranchers rely on snowmelt in the Cascades to water their fields during the growing season.
The Oregon Court of Appeals has determined state regulators are authorized to transfer water storage rights under certain circumstances, effectively overturning a government policy established five years ago.
‘Something we can all celebrate’: $6.6 million in federal funds going to two Deschutes River restoration projects
The U.S. Department of the Interior announced this week more than $51 million in funding from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda for 18 projects in eight states to restore and protect aquatic ecosystems, including two Central Oregon projects totaling $6.6 million focused on the Deschutes River.
The Deschutes River Conservancy announced Wednesday the allocation of $12.2 million in grant funding from the Oregon Water Resources Department for four pivotal water conservation projects around Central Oregon’s Deschutes Basin.
The city of Bend joined national class-action lawsuits against manufacturers 3M Co. and DuPont de Nemours after a small amount of forever chemicals was found in a well that supplies drinking water to Bend residents.
The headwater spring of the Metolius River, which produces the crystal-clear water beloved by both fish and swimming enthusiasts, is experiencing its lowest discharge rates in two decades of record-keeping.
Interior Department directs $4.4 million to Lower Crooked River, Ochoco Preserve restoration projects
The Department of the Interior this week announced $51 million provided by the two-year-old Infrastructure Law for 30 new Environmental Water Resource Projects in 11 states through the Bureau of Reclamation, including multi-million dollar projects in Oregon, Idaho and Washington that will aid fish protection and restoration.