HID has 24,770 af in Cold Springs Reservoir and 17,290 af in Exchange Credits, for a Total so far of 42,060 af or 84% of our water for the 2018 season. If the Umatilla River stays up we should have our full entitlement within 25 days.
The field crew is installing safety fencing around the head end of the A-Line, preparing and installing new deliveries, repairing rotating screens, monitoring/inspecting the Feed Canal and preparing for a federal inspection.
We encourage Oregon Water Coalition members and interested parties to consider attending the Eastern Oregon Ag Summit, which will be hosted by Portland-based law firm Dunn Carney. OWC is a participating organization, and regional water resources issues will be a special focus of the event. More information from Dunn Carney is below:
In response to demand for regionally-focused information about legal trends and issues affecting Eastern Oregon’s agriculture industry, Oregon law firm Dunn Carney will host an Eastern Oregon Ag Summit in Pendleton on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton.
The free, half-day conference will include panel discussions and presentations by industry leaders from around the region, as well as members of the Dunn Carney Ag Team, who provide farmers, ranchers, processors and retailers with annual updates on regulatory developments, legal issues, and best practices in the agriculture industry. Continental breakfast is included. Register online at dunncarney.com
Oregon Water Coalition will host its 2018 Annual Meeting and conference from 7:30am-12pm on January 23, 2018 at the Hermiston Agricultural & Research Extension Center. The half-day event will feature updates on local water issues as well as a two hour “water rights bootcamp” led by attorney Laura A Schroeder of Schroeder Law Offices. You can view the agenda here and you can RSVP here. To learn more, email Marika, email@example.com.
Meanwhile in Salem, a bill has passed the Oregon House of Representatives that would allow utilities to build solar farms on high-value farmland, provided the land is not within an irrigation district and does not otherwise have a water right.