RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada Supreme Court ruling on Thursday has set new precedent for how the state can manage groundwater in areas with severe drought.
In a 4-3 ruling issued Thursday to settle a water dispute in Diamond Valley, a rural Eureka County farm area, the court said groundwater management plans established in areas that are losing groundwater supply quickly can deviate from the longstanding senior water rights doctrine.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After decades of fighting farmers in court over how much water they can take out of California's rivers and streams, some state lawmakers want to try something different: use taxpayer money to buy out farmers.
MONUMENT VALLEY, Utah (AP) — Federal officials signed an agreement with leaders of the Navajo Nation on Friday that provides funding for clean drinking water infrastructure for reservation residents and resolves questions about longstanding Navajo claims to water rights in the drought-stricken U.S.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Friday approved an emergency drought declaration for 34 of Idaho’s 44 counties.
The Republican governor signed off on the emergency drought declaration issued on Thursday by Idaho Department of Water Resources Director Gary Spackman.
BEND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declared a drought emergency in four more counties this week and now more than half the land area in the state is under a drought declaration.
The emergency declarations allow people who use water to seek temporary relief measures, such as moving water rights, drilling emergency wells and applying for state and federal aid.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a law Monday that will allow the state to move forward with plans to build a canal in Colorado to divert water out of the South Platte River because of fears about Colorado's increased water use.
PLEASANT VIEW, Colo. (AP) — With his hands stuffed deep into his pockets, Landan Wilson looks down at the ground and scuffs his boot back and forth against the loose blades of alfalfa hay scattered on the dirt.
SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Department of Ecology has fined Skagit Valley Farm $267,000 for irrigating 348 acres without having water rights.
The crops unlawfully irrigated in 2021 were in the lower Skagit and Samish watersheds, according to a news release from the agency, the Skagit Valley Herald reported.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Biden administration will use $1.7 billion from the recently enacted federal infrastructure bill to fund 16 tribal water rights settlements, U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced Tuesday.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Hispanic farmers and rural residents in New Mexico are concerned legislation that would allow small cannabis producers to significantly boost their plant counts lacks a provision to ensure the producers have valid water rights.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The European Union has criticized a plan by lawmakers in southern Spain to expand irrigation rights for farmers near one of Europe’s largest wetlands, arguing that it will further endanger a major wildlife refuge that is already drying up.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday appointed her recently named water adviser to now serve as the state engineer.
As New Mexico's top water official, Mike Hamman will overseeing water rights and will serve as secretary of the Interstate Stream Commission, which manages interstate water compacts and long-term water planning.
MOSCOW (AP) — Fighting between the border guards services of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan has wounded at least six people, local news reports said Thursday.
The conflict reportedly began near the Kyrgyz city of Batken after Tajik border guards closed a road that leads to sizable towns in Kyrgyzstan’s west.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Colorado's governor is warning he will “protect and aggressively assert” his state's water rights after Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced a plan to spend $500 million on a canal and reservoir project that includes claiming access to land in Colorado under a 99-year-old compact between the states.
WASHINGTON (AP) — For over a decade, residents of the rural Fort Apache Reservation in eastern Arizona have been promised miles of pipeline that would bring clean drinking water to their communities.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland was in Las Vegas on Sunday to address the worsening drought crisis in the West.
Haaland and Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Tanya Trujillo held a listening session with local elected officials, business leaders and stakeholders to hear about the impacts that the ongoing drought is having on their communities.
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A southeast Washington land company is appealing a $304,000 fine over water use, saying the Washington state Department of Ecology acted unlawfully.
The Department of Ecology fined Frank Tiegs LLC in Pasco for allegedly irrigating land from the Snake River’s McNary Pool this year without previous authorization.
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Officials are reviewing signatures from people seeking to recall Maui's mayor over COVID-19 mandates, affordable housing, water rights and other issues.
Lead organizer Sheila Walker declined to divulge to The Maui News the number of signatures her group obtained.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With a legal battle over management of the Rio Grande before the U.S. Supreme Court and more hot and dry weather in the forecast, New Mexico’s top water official said Wednesday that lawmakers have to provide enough funding to protect one of New Mexico’s most precious commodities.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada rancher suing to block construction of the largest lithium mine in the U.S. says the government’s environmental assessment of the project relies on a baseline set by a consultant for the mining company with a conflict of interest that trivializes potential harm to water resources and wildlife near the Oregon line.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's campaign for reelection on Wednesday amended its October campaign finance report and returned $4,200 to a corporate contributor after a donation exceeded limits set in state statute.
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A farm in southeastern Washington has been fined $304,000 by the Washington state Department of Ecology for irrigating 250 acres (101 hectares) without rights to the water.
Frank Tiegs LLC in Franklin County has 30 days to appeal the decision to the Washington state Pollution Control Hearings Board, The Tri-City Herald reported.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by Audubon of Kansas over water rights at the Quivira Wildlife Refuge in central Kansas.
FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) — In an effort to help save the shrinking Great Salt Lake, environmentalists are attempting a novel idea: securing water rights for a terminal system.
The Great Salt Lake is now nearly a foot below its last recorded level in 1963, alarming environmentalists and Utah’s policymakers.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland signed the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes water rights compact on Friday, settling a decades-long battle over thousands of individual water rights in Montana and on the Flathead Indian Reservation.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The acting Nevada state administrator of water resources and and policy now has the position permanently.
Adam Sullivan was named Tuesday as state engineer in the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Former U.S. Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small has been nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as the under secretary for rural development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has granted a request from Colorado Springs Utilities and the city of Aurora for exploratory drilling that will determine the feasibility of building a dam in the White River National Forest...
FRYEBURG, Maine (AP) — Water rights activists on Saturday decried the potential sale of bottled water brand Poland Spring, saying the buyer identified in news reports represents a new threat to the state's resources...
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) — The Colorado River Indian Tribes is proposing a federal law to allow it to lease water rights in Arizona, a move that could aid the state's response to the drought...
DZILTH-NA-O-DITH-HLE, N.M. (AP) — Construction is complete on a water treatment plant that will help provide the Navajo Nation and surrounding areas with a clean and reliable source of drinking water...
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Lawyers representing Mineral County and the Walker Lake Working Group announced this week they intend to take a water rights case with broad implications back to federal appeals court to ask whether Nevada can adjust already allocated water rights to sustain rivers and lakes long-term...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More medical marijuana plants are being grown in New Mexico than ever, and the crop could be straining local water supplies...
HONOLULU (AP) — Walter Ritte has been fighting for decades to protect Native Hawaiian rights, inspiring a new generation of activists trying to stop construction of a giant telescope they see as representative of a bigger struggle...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's senior U.S. senator described as fatally flawed the plans to divert the state's share of the Gila River as part of a multimillion-dollar water rights settlement that has spurred years of protests and legal fights...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A specially-appointed judge will make a recommendation to the U.S. Supreme Court in a water rights dispute between Tennessee and Mississippi.
Following a hearing that concluded last week in Nashville, Mississippi and Tennessee have 90 days to prepare post-trial briefs and propose rulings to special master Eugene Siler Jr.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The National Park Service improperly banned an Alaska moose hunter from using a hovercraft on a river through a national preserve, the U...
The New Mexico state engineer is not just another agency chief or Cabinet member who manages a bureaucracy. The state engineer exercises an extremely important adjudicatory function in New Mexico, ruling on people’s water rights.
NEEDLES — With the ongoing development of North Needles, the city is expecting to experience increased demand for water and sewer service due to new industrial, commercial and residential development.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Leaders of the Blackfeet Nation and U.S. Interior Department on Tuesday put into effect a $471 million settlement of water rights claims that was decades in the making for the northwestern Montana American Indian tribe...
BULLHEAD CITY — Mohave County District 5 Sup. Lois Wakimoto thanked the community Monday for not letting up in the effort to prevent Central Arizona Project from moving water outside the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District.
Today, the Mohave County Board of Supervisors will formally request to have the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District transfer 30 acre-feet of water entitlements for agricultural purposes.
Water managers in Phoenix have gotten accustomed to getting what they want, so the push-back they’ve received from Mohave County over a planned transfer of Colorado River water rights has thrown them for a loop.
Mohave County has spent a lot of money on water politics over the last couple of years, most of it simply flushing good money after bad. However, recent developments with the Central Arizona Project make it clear that one more trip to the taxpayer well to protect Mohave County’s water interest is probably inevitable — and this time, warranted.
When Colorado River District officials caught wind of investment companies recently buying western Colorado ranches with ample senior water rights, including one north of Fruita, it got their attention.
Mohave County is continuing its fight against the Central Arizona Project decision to move forward with a $34 million purchase of farmland and the associated water rights in the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District.
MOHAVE VALLEY — Nearly 80 residents filled the Mohave Valley Fire Department training room Tuesday night to discuss Central Arizona Project’s attempt to purchase seven farms with the intent to transfer Colorado River water for use in Tucson and Phoenix.
KINGMAN – Central Arizona Project’s proposed purchase of farms within the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District has raised a few eyebrows among local officials.