RIGBY — Repairs following the 2017 flooding west of Roberts have paid off after warm temperatures and rain caused minor flooding to occur in the area in late February.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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 — 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.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The federal Bureau of Reclamation’s Klamath Basin Area Office continues to operate under the 2013 Biological Opinion while a new document is being created, along with the court-ordered injunction in place to guide the Klamath Project, according Moss Driscoll, who shared…

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.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — So far this water year, which began in October, precipitation levels in the Klamath Basin have measured better than in 2018, but the National Weather Service said the outlook for the water year isn’t looking good.

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.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon water regulators may scale back the number of wells subject to pumping shutdowns in the Upper Klamath Basin but some irrigators remain uneasy about the proposal.

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.

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. — Former executive director of Klamath Water Users Association Scott White recalls when he first started feeling the pressure associated with his job beginning to rise.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 — 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.

Note: Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation David Palumbo toured the Klamath Basin during his first visit to the area a couple weeks ago. Palumbo was unavailable for an in-person interview but responded to questions from an H&N reporter via email.

WORDEN — Jason and Victoria Flowers walk through the fields on their family’s property on a mild November afternoon, pointing toward acreage that’s been part of the Walking Wetlands program through U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for more than 10 years.

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.

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…

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.

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.

TREASURE VALLEY — In southwestern Idaho, the Idaho Department of Water Resources anticipates 2019 will be an average year in terms of the water supply for irrigators, although there is a lot of uncertainty about this winter’s climate projections. The area of primary concern for next year’s w…

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Students at Klamath Community College are learning more about local water issues thanks to a scholarship provided by a local producer.

To share the outlook for the 2019 irrigation season, the Natural Resources Conservation Service is co-hosting a free public discussion from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday in Boise.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The 2018 water year in the Klamath Basin was as wild as a rollercoaster ride by some accounts, with a collective sigh of relief coming at the end of the season by many in the ag community.

BOISE — A $4.3 million loan to the North Fremont Canal System was approved last week for Phase 3 of the Marysville gravity-pressurized irrigation pipeline project, which will include a new diversion structure and about 16 miles of gravity-pressurized irrigation pipeline for farmers in the no…

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Oilfield byproduct water is now a resource instead of a waste, and that new resource may improve the livelihoods of farmers and ranchers.

Water managers are cautiously optimistic about the 2019 irrigation season in eastern Idaho. Their positive outlook is based on carryover water from this past season and the winter forecast.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Students at Klamath Community College are learning more about local water issues thanks to a scholarship provided by a local producer.