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Plan to combat drought in West hinges on California, Arizona

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 …

Idaho water legislation signed into law by governor

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.

Bedke: No special session, parties now agree in water fight

Idaho won’t need to call a special session of its state Legislature over Treasure Valley water rights this summer after all.

Legislative panel unanimously backs call for special session on water rights

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.

Development to resume in parched Little Spokane Watershed

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 …

Sue Lani Madsen: Chaos from Hirst decision spilling into local districts

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 …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017

No movement on $4 billion construction budget or water-rights law

Capital construction budget remains stalled as lawmakers continue search for a change to state water law that can pass both chambers

UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017

Spokane County Commission creates ‘water bank’ to buy and sell water rights in response to Hirst decision

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 …

UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017

Washington lawmakers seek solution to fight over rural water uses

House panel considers bill to allow counties to approve more wells for rural development.

Bill to fix rural water rights passed by state Senate

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 …

Orchardist who watered illegally during the 2015 drought agrees to improve fish habitat

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.

Spokane County adopts emergency ordinance to address controversial Hirst water rights decision

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 …

Hundreds rushed to get building permits in Spokane County before court ruling on water rights took effect

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.

County braces for surge of building permits in wake of controversial water-rights ruling

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 …

Spokane Valley sizing up water providers within its boundaries

The city of Spokane Valley is looking at the 16 different water and irrigation districts that provide service to Valley residents.

Idaho looks to catalog Palouse Basin water rights

Idaho is set to begin a lengthy adjudication process to identify and catalog existing water rights in the Palouse River Basin.

Court: WSU can pump from aquifer

OLYMPIA – Washington State University can keep pumping from a Palouse aquifer for its water needs, including to keep its golf course green. The state Supreme Court Thursday upheld WSU’s …

Rising water demand has officials looking ahead

Clean drinking water has never been in short supply in the Spokane area. As the region grows in the coming decades, however, that may change. Water demand in the metro …

Instream flow rule proposed for Spokane River’s main stem

Keeping enough water in the Spokane River at critical times for fish and recreation is the focus of the state’s new effort to adopt instream flows for the river. Instream …

High court mulls WSU water rights

OLYMPIA – Washington State University’s Palouse Ridge Golf Course needs lots of water to stay green in the dry summers – more water than some people think the university has …

Water rights for WSU golf course disputed

OLYMPIA – Washington State University’s Palouse Ridge Golf Course needs lots of water to stay green in the dry summers – more water than some people think the university has …

Vote expected Monday on lake level

Folks who live on North Idaho’s Cocolalla Lake, fish its waters and enjoy its seasons feel strongly about protecting its peaceful waters, year in and year out. They’ve mobilized to …

Airway Heights to stop using Parkwest well

Airway Heights has agreed to stop using a well that has deprived residents outside the city of water they’re entitled to pump. An “agreed order” with the state Department of …

Sullivan Lake flows to allow development

Water releases from Sullivan Lake will allow for more residential development in northeast Washington and provide additional stream flows for fish, wildlife and recreation. The Washington Department of Ecology and …

Water use restricted on Little Spokane

For the ninth time in the past 10 years, water flows on the Little Spokane River have dropped below the state’s minimum flow level.

Spokane water rights adjudications to start in 2012

Spokane County commissioners saw the future this week and it looked like “Waterworld.” Court officials told commissioners the county needs to gear up for a massive adjudication of water rights …

Cattle ranchers face fight over right to pump water from wells

OLYMPIA – Environmentalists and cattlemen clashed Thursday over a decades-old law that allows largely unlimited pumping from wells – with no permit – as long as the water is used …

Bill makes water adjudication voluntary

BOISE – Most North Idaho residents would not have to participate in a controversial water rights adjudication after all under legislation now moving toward final approval. But backers say they’ll …