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FERNLEY, Nev. – A Nevada town founded a century ago by pioneers lured to the West by the promise of free land and cheap water in the desert is trying to block the U.S. government from renovating a 115-year-old earthen irrigation canal with a plan that would eliminate leaking water.
As persistent drought and climate change threaten the Colorado River, several states that rely on the water acknowledge they likely won't get what they were promised a century ago.
The Nez Perce Tribe has received approval to begin administration of its water rights, instead of that duty being performed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
A California irrigation district with the highest-priority rights to water from a major Western river is using its power to demand federal funds to restore the state’s largest lake, hoping to capitalize on one of its best opportunities yet to tackle a long-standing environmental and human health hazard.
Gov. Brad Little on Wednesday signed legislation to end years of litigation and help finalize an agreement involving water rights in heavily populated southwestern Idaho.
Idaho won’t need to call a special session of its state Legislature over Treasure Valley water rights this summer after all.
Lawmakers from both houses and both parties agreed Wednesday that Idaho needs a special legislative session this summer to deal with a long-simmering water rights fight in the Treasure Valley.
Spokane County will resume issuing construction permits in the Little Spokane Watershed, more than a year after permitting was stalled by a controversial court decision, state and county officials said in a news release Monday.
This wasn’t how the school year was supposed to start. The plan was to open bids in July and proceed in August. Construction equipment and temporary safety fencing should have been in place before students arrived this week. And it’s not happening.
Capital construction budget remains stalled as lawmakers continue search for a change to state water law that can pass both chambers
Lawmakers reached an agreement on a $4 billion construction budget but almost certainly will not vote on it Thursday, the last day of the special session. There’s no deal on legislation to address a controversial court decision on water rights.
The Spokane County commissioners on Tuesday allocated more than $1.2 million for the creation of a “water bank,” from which the county would be able to buy and sell water rights – potentially relieving some problems created by a state Supreme Court decision last year.
House panel considers bill to allow counties to approve more wells for rural development.
SEATTLE – Restrictions on building created last year by the state Supreme Court would be reduced under a bill approved this week by the Washington Senate. The state Senate has approved a bill that seeks to reverse a recent state Supreme Court decision involving water rights and the use of domestic wells.
The owners of a southeast Washington orchard who irrigated illegally during the 2015 drought have agreed to make improvements to the Touchet River to improve habitat for threatened steelhead.
In response to a controversial water rights decision by the state’s highest court, Spokane County has adopted an “interim emergency ordinance” that officials say will prevent a moratorium on building permits.
Spokane County saw a huge increase in building permit applications following a Washington state Supreme Court decision tightening rules on new water rights earlier this month.
The Spokane County Building and Planning Department may keep its doors open as late as necessary Wednesday to accomodate a surge of building permit applicants in the wake of a controversial water-rights decision by the state Supreme Court.