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THIS MONTH'S ISSUE - TWR #164: October 15, 2017

In-Depth Water Articles:

Cold Water Fish Refuges: EPA’s Columbia River Cold Water Refuges Project by John Palmer, US Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 (Seattle, WA)

Precipitation Forecasting: San Francisco Precipitation Forecasting to be Greatly Improved by Carl Morrison, President, Morrison & Associates, Inc. (San Francisco, CA)

Addressing Climate Change: The Nooksack Indian Tribe Climate Change Project by Oliver Grah & Jezra Beaulieu, Nooksack Indian Tribe Natural Resources Depart. (Deming, WA)

Water Briefs:
“Takings” Claims Denied in the Klamath Basin: Contract Limitations & Senior Tribal Rights Prevail
Scarcity Pact with Mexico: Colorado River Sharing Agreement - Minute 323 Approved
Floodplain Management and Flood Resilience: Current Policy and Considerations for Congress - Congressional Research Service Report
Water Reuse in Colorado: Denver Area “Wise” Program
Climate / Coal Decision in Wyoming: BLM Leasing Disapproved by 10th Circuit
Enforcement Hearings Legislation in California: Administrative Law Judges To Handle
Bay-Delta Plan: California State Water Resources Control Board Posts Materials
Wastewater Infrastructure: Overview, Funding, and Legislative Developments - Congressional Research Service Report
Dry Groundwater Wells in the Western United States: Drought Impacts / Groundwater Infrastructure Researched for 17 Western States
Aamodt Settlement in New Mexico: Adjudication Conditions Met - Interior Secretary Zinke Announces in the Federal Register
Edwards Aquifer in Texas: Pollution Protection Hearings to be Held by TCEQ
Pesticides Court Order: EPA Withheld Documents Regarding Enlist Duo (Dow Chemical) on Harm to Protected Wildlife
Water Strategy in Utah: Recommended State Water Strategy Published for 50-Year Plan to Manage Water Resources

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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     Water rights, water quality, and innovative uses of water resources are increasingly vital issues in the western United States. The Water Report — a monthly water news journal for water professionals — covers the battles and changes shaping the future of water law. Water quality of surface water and groundwater, the laws that govern discharges into the waters of the United States, and the technology utilized to deal with the challenges are also a focus of The Water Report.

     Throughout the West the management of water resources faces formidable challenges. Some are more gradual, as with the relentless pressures arising from an ever-increasing population. Some are subject to abrupt change, as when evolving federal mandates — the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, Superfund, Hydroelectric Relicensing, etc. — collide both with each other and with the legal edifice of established western water law. Climate change has added a new dynamic to management concerns.

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