• Talent sells
The small city of Talent, Oregon, long has had available to it 28.4
acre feet of water, courtesy of the Talent Irrigation District. the
problem is, it hasn't been using that water, and has been paying $1,713
a year to hold on to them.
So it plans to sell.
Consultants have told the city that local agricultural interests may be
willing to pay $100,000 for the rights, and at a meeting in October,
prospective buyers were making their presence felt already.
The city also receives, and will maintain, other water from
the Talent Irrigation District, which it continues to use for general
municipal purposes. [see Medford Mail
Tribune, October 9]
nears city rights
7, 2006 | The
small Oregon coast city of Gearhart has jumped through most of its
requisite hoops and may obtain from the state long-hoped for water
rights by early May. The Daily Astorian has reported that
City Administrator Dennis McNally reported to other city officials
that nearly all water quality and other requirements have been met,
and word appeared positive from state officials. Gearhart has been
buying water from nearby Warrenton. Voters in 2004 easily passed
a bond to set up an internal city water system, but the city lacked
needed water rights, and a small group (of about 30 people) in the
city opposed the idea
draft for Klamath plan
12, 2006 | The
Bureau of Reclamation on February 9 said the availability of the
Third Draft of the multi-participant, basin-wide Conservation Implementation
Program for the Klamath Basin. The document is available
online or by calling 541 883-6935.
The document is the result of input by many interested parties and
has been discussed in six public meetings held in Chiloquin, Klamath
Falls, Yreka, Arcata, Klamath, and Weaverville. In addition to seeking
confirmation that the current program in the CIP reflects the needs
of the interested parties, Reclamation worked with the Basin's residents
to identify consensus activities that were immediately activated.
Typical activities implemented in 2005 included funding half of
the cost of a Water Master for Shasta/Scott rivers for 2 years,
continuation of the Salmon River gauge, support of the 5-year sucker
review, completion of the Natural Flow Study, and other activities.
The purpose of the CIP is to: (1) restore the Klamath River ecosystem,
(2) further the fulfillment of the Federal Government's tribal trust
responsibilities as they relate to natural resources from the Klamath
River ecosystem, (3) sustain agricultural, municipal, and industrial
water use while reducing water demand throughout the Klamath River
Basin, and (4) foster a lasting partnership between Government (Tribal,
Federal, State, County, and local) and private interests of the
Klamath Basin to advance the goals of the CIP.
Natural resource conflicts in the Klamath Basin have highlighted
the need for a Basin-wide forum to identify and implement solutions.
Moreover, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries
issued biological opinions on Klamath Project operations calling
for the formulation of a program to achieve or contribute to the
recovery of several threatened and endangered species. In spring
2006, Reclamation will hold a public meeting facilitated by an organization
development expert to discuss and determine a workable governance
structure. Reclamation will again seek participation by all interested
For additional information on the CIP or the public meetings, please
contact Ms. Rae Olsen, Reclamation Public Affairs Officer, Klamath
Basin Area Office, at 541-880-2543. See http://www.usbr.gov.
Reclamation Mid-Pacific Region, Sacramento, CA, MP-06-21.
water deal hatched
21 | One of the most valuable pieces of property in the Olympia,
Washington area is the old Olympia brewery at the neighboring city
of Tumwater. It was valuable not least because of the large water
rights the Olympia brewery controlled, and when that company shut
the plant down, the future of those water rights became one of the
region's big unanswered questions.
The buyer of the plant, All American Bottled Water, had need of
a considerable supply of water, but not nearly as much as its beer-making
predecessor had used.
For several weeks officials from Olympia, Tumwater and a third nearby
community, Lacey, met with officials from All American, and this
week released a tentative agreement. It still requires approval
from city councils and from state regulators.
agreement calls for joint purchase by the cities of all of the former
brewery's water rights, with an agreed guarantee to All American
to supply its water needs out of the overall supply. The cities
would pay $1,750 per acre foot of water. The state Department of
Ecology has estimated about 7,000 acre-feet may be available, but
All American suggested the amount may be smaller. The water would
be transferable in the future, and All American's right to it would
rely on its use of it; failure to use it over a protracted period
would lead to its forfeiture by the company.
The deall apparently puts to rest what had appeared to be a major
lawsuit in the making, when the city of Olympia on February 13 filed
to condemn All American's water right claims. [see the Olympia
Olympian, April 22]