THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) — Two Pacific Northwest tribes on Monday demanded the removal of three major hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River to save migrating salmon and starving orcas and restore fishing sites that were guaranteed to the tribes in a treaty more than 150 years ago.

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Trump administration recently revoked an Obama-era regulation that shielded many U.S. wetlands and streams from pollution but was opposed by developers and farmers who said it hurt economic development and infringed on property rights.

Landowners and conservation professionals are excited about a new type of woody structure that mimics beaver dams. The benefits are similar — they store water, slow down runoff in streams and enhance fish and wildlife habitat.

REXBURG — The Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer water level dropped slightly in the past year, but aquifer spring flows are showing a general upward trend overall, indicating that the aquifer is still rebounding as a result of wet winters, ESPA recharge flows, water reductions by ground water irri…

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Forest Service to consult with other federal agencies about nearly two dozen water diversion projects in central Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley that could be harming salmon, steelhead and bull trout.

SODA SPRINGS — J.R. Simplot Co. has rerouted a stream away from tainted waste rock and built a $30 million water treatment plant in its efforts to keep selenium out of the water supply near its Smoky Canyon Mine.

BOISE — Spending time outdoors is a hobby for many Idahoans, but for Ron Abramovich, it’s been a way of life. Abramovich is retiring from his post as a water supply specialist at the Natural Resources Conservation Service, an arm of the USDA, after 29 years as the go-to water supply expert.

RIGBY —The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has increased discharges through Jackson, Palisades, Island Park and American Falls Dams to exceed the current inflows.

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Despite snowstorms in Skagit County in early February and a flurry in March, there’s less snowpack than normal in the North Cascades.

LOGAN, Utah — Drip irrigation is a highly efficient irrigation method well suited to many fruit and vegetable row crops.

DESHLER, Neb. — Reinke Manufacturing has recognized Irrigation Systems in Blackfoot with a Gold Reinke Pride award in recognition of the company’s marketing year success. The dealership was honored during Reinke’s annual convention in Spokane, Wash.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Bureau of Reclamation’s Klamath Basin Area Office will deliver at least 322,000 acre feet of water — or a 92% allocation — rather than a full 350,000 from Upper Klamath Lake to the Klamath Project this summer and fall.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — For those in Klamath Falls who cannot make it to the Oregon Water Resources Commission meeting on April 12 in Salem, the Oregon Water Resources Department has you covered.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Klamath County commissioners entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Klamath River Renewal Corp. to address local construction and road and traffic concerns with KRRC’s proposal to remove four Klamath River dams.

LOGAN, Utah — Salts are naturally occurring, soluble minerals in areas where soil evaporation and plant water use (or transpiration) are both high and precipitation is low. In that scenario, dissolved minerals concentrate over time as the extraction of essentially pure water leaves the solub…

LOS ANGELES — California is free of drought for the first time in more than seven years and only a small amount of its territory remains abnormally dry as a very wet winter winds down, experts said Thursday.

CHALLIS — February shaped up as one for the record books as far as snow totals in Idaho, according to a report from the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

SALEM, Ore. — After a slow start, wintry weather has walloped Oregon, with the snowpack surpassing the norm by as much as 160 percent in some parts of the state and Gov. Kate Brown declaring an emergency Feb. 28 in 10 counties.

CHALLIS —The varied January weather across Idaho is reflected in the state’s snowpack, the monthly water supply outlook report from the Natural Resources Conservation Service shows.

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Charles Cook and Suezan Hill-Cook didn’t think much of a medical marijuana growing operation when it set up shop next to their home near Redmond in 2015. Over the next few years, however, they and other neighbors grew increasingly frustrated with the noise, smells and traff…

LAKEVIEW, Ore. — It’s been nearly 15 years since Jed Freitas started installing water systems through his business Freitas Rangeland Improvements LLC. Since that time, Freitas has installed around 1,000 solar pumps on a yearly average of 65 pumps or so. His jobs range from just putting in th…

GRANGEVILLE (AP) — Officials say snowpack levels in northern Idaho and eastern Washington have improved over the last month, but both states could still be heading for an abnormally dry summer.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Winter storms that dumped snow this month have helped Oregon’s snowpack recover after lower-than-normal measurements — a boon for farmers and ranchers who have endured dry conditions recently.

CHALLIS — Lost River Highway District officials want to form an exploratory committee to determine if people want to create a flood control tax district along the Big Lost River.

BOISE — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Wednesday signed HB 1, the Treasure Valley water rights settlement bill, into law, and praised the collaborative process that brought all sides together on it.

BOISE (NRCS) — January’s weather varied across the state and that was reflected in changes in Idaho’s snowpack, according to the February Water Supply Outlook Report released by the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Idaho.

BOISE — Legislation to end years of litigation and help finalize a settlement agreement involving water rights in heavily populated southwestern Idaho is headed to the governor’s desk following a unanimous Senate vote on Tuesday.

With the reopening of the federal government, water talks among the so-called “Coalition of the Willing” are scheduled to resume Tuesday and Wednesday in Medford at the Bureau of Land Management Office.

BOISE — About $21 million in federal funds have been appropriated to Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington to help keep invasive quagga and zebra mussels out of state waters.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A new Biological Assessment released this week by Bureau of Reclamation aims to help other federal agencies create a 2019 Biological Opinion that guides how to protect ESA-listed species in the Klamath Basin while also providing more certainty for On-Project irrigators …

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Snow arrived early in some parts of Montana, but it didn’t keep coming. And, what snow that did come decided to skip the southern portions of some southwestern Montana river drainages.

DESHLER, Neb. — Reinke Manufacturing Co. has recognized Rain for Rent, with locations in Idaho Falls, Nampa and Paul, as well as locations in California and Arizona, as one of the top 10 highest-selling dealerships throughout the United States and Canada, in acknowledgment of the company’s m…

NAMPA — The Idaho Irrigation Equipment Show & Conference will showcase the latest information in the irrigation industry next week at the Nampa event.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Klamath Project Drought Response Agency announced Dec. 14 that the agency has approximately $9.2 million in the bank for disbursement to qualified applicants due to this past summer’s drought.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Klamath River stakeholders from the headwaters in Oregon to where it flows into the Pacific Ocean in Northern California gathered last week in Medford seeking common ground on solutions to water usage, among other topics.

LEBANON, Tenn. — The Trump administration on Tuesday called on farmers to throw their support behind a proposal to withdraw Obama-era restrictions on many of the country’s waterways and wetlands.

OSGOOD — New Sweden Irrigation District members insisted on retaining their heritage while modernizing a major head gate near Osgood. When engineers advised them to tear down the 127-year-old Great Western Canal head gate, they refused.

LOGAN, Utah —As the Cache Water Conservancy District prepares to redo the water master plan, board member Jeannie Simmonds said conservation and instream flow will be important issues.

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Skagit County Commissioner Lisa Janicki requested Monday that a state water supply task force study the needs of agriculture water users in the Skagit River watershed.

BOISE — A potentially historic request to transfer water from the Treasure Valley to Elmore County received support from state legislators on the final day of public testimony, but opponents and advocates remain wary of the potential effect on the Boise River.

BOISE — The Idaho Water Resource Board is projecting that it will recharge approximately 170,000 acre-feet of water into the East Snake Plain Aquifer in winter 2018-19, a lower amount than the 250,000 acre-foot annual goal.

LARAMIE, Wyo. — With forecasters increasingly expectant of an El Niño in the first months of 2019, Albany County is currently on track to bring irrigators ample water, and possible flooding, next year.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Klamath Tribes on Thursday announced they have withdrawn a lawsuit regarding lake levels in Upper Klamath Lake against the Bureau of Reclamation.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Department of Interior official Alan Mikkelsen — who spent the week in Klamath Falls and Medford — said he will return to the Klamath Basin next month to continue water talks, but that he has no plans to reach out to the Klamath Tribes based on their last interaction.

Idaho Department of Water Resources officials say they’re in the home stretch of an effort to get thousands of irrigation wells that draw from the East Snake Plain Aquifer fitted with flow meters.

BOISE — Whether to pump water from Anderson Ranch Reservoir into Elmore County-based Little Camas Reservoir will likely be decided by the potential economic impact to the Treasure Valley.

NAMPA — Owners of 58 Ada and Canyon County properties have been warned that they now face the possibility of their properties being sold at public auction because they have failed to pay a total of $27,830 in irrigation taxes for the past three years, according to a news release from the Nam…