water wars

Water Rights For Bodies Of Water

Jul 29, 2014

Does a river or a lake have a water right? 

This question gets asked more often lately, as the drought makes lakes and rivers run low or dry, while nearby water users still get their water. 

A California court just ruled that the pumping of water out of the ground must be regulated to protect nearby rivers.   An environmental group filed the suit.

It's the first use of the "public trust doctrine" in this manner in the state. 

Klamath Water Settlements (Anew)

Dec 9, 2013
Gary Halvorson/Oregon State Archives

Water and timber, timber and water. 

The major environmental issues of our region usually involved one or the other. 

US Fish & Wildlife

For decades, farmers and ranchers have engaged in a bitter tug-of-war with fishermen and Indian tribes over scarce water supplies in the Klamath Basin. Now, government officials and stakeholders have announced the broad outlines of an agreement they say could finally bring peace to the region.