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THIS MONTH'S ISSUE - TWR #167: January 15, 2018

In-Depth Water Articles:

Lake Powell Water: Shepherding Appropriated Water Within Colorado and to Lake Powell - For Colorado River Compact Security by Lawrence J. MacDonnell and Anne J. Castle, Getches Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment (University of Colorado / Boulder, CO)

Public Interest & Water Law: An Examination of Public Interest in Washington State Water Law by Rachael Paschal Osborn

Municipal Water Supply: The Successful Struggle to Secure the City of Bend’s New Water Supply Project by Douglas MacDougal, Marten Law LLP (Portland, Oregon)

Water Briefs:
Tribal Groundwater: Quantity Issues Remain After Supreme Court Allows Agua Caliente Case to Stand
USGS Study: Groundwater Quality in the Rio Grande Aquifer System, Southwestern United States
Water Treatment in Texas: Innovative Treatments Pilot Testing
Unauthorized Use in California: Nestlé Investigation Report Issued by State Water Board
National Forest Access: Water Rights & “Takings” Decision in Favor of Ranchers' Use
“Culvert Case” Appeal to Supreme Court: Washington AG's Petition
Water Storage: Draft Reallocation Report for Corps' Willamette Basin Project
Interior's Mining Ban Upheld for Grand Canyon Area by Ninth Circuit
Illegal Groundwater Pumping of Odessa Aquifer Results in Significant Fines in Washington
PCBs Lawsuit Filed by Oregon Against Monsanto: Long-Time Knowledge of Toxicity Alleged

Testimonial for The Water Report:

Dear Water Report,

Thanks for your article on the audit of the State of Oregon’s Water Resources Department in TWR #156 (February 15, 2017).   After reading the two-page article I downloaded the audit.

The section entitled “Water Rights in Oregon,” starting on page 6 of the audit, was worth the effort on its own of downloading the audit.

As you may know, we have had a subscription to TWR from its earliest days and not an issue goes by without me finding at least one article of interest but often I find myself reading several in each issue.

Rob Matthews, P. Geo.

Manager, Water Use Licensing Section

Manitoba Department of Sustainable Development

Winnipeg, Manitoba

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