Lawsuits Threaten Central Oregon Communities *****Water Reservoir harming Oregon spotted frog*****

February 9, 2016

Madras, Oregon – A preliminary injunction filed today in federal court by two environmental groups seeks to disrupt the water supplies of thousands of families throughout Oregon’s Deschutes Basin, including families in the communities of Bend, Madras, Redmond, and Tumalo.  The two groups are asking the court to impose abrupt and severe restrictions on three reservoirs, which provide over 6,000 farms, ranches, and homes with water for crops, horses and other animals, gardens, schools, and parks.  Collaborative, science-based efforts to improve fish and wildlife habitat in the Deschutes River involving local, state and federal agencies, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and conservation groups may also be affected by the litigation.

On January, 20, 2016, the United States District Court for the District of Oregon (Eugene Division) consolidated two separate lawsuits filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, a Tucson, Arizona based group, and WaterWatch of Oregon, a Portland, Oregon based group.  The consolidated lawsuit, and today’s preliminary injunction, claims the operations of three reservoirs (Crescent, Crane Prairie, and Wickiup) are harming the Oregon spotted frog, a species listed as “threatened” by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2014.  Crescent Lake reservoir is owned and operated by Tumalo Irrigation District, while Crane Prairie and Wickiup reservoirs are owned by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and operated by Central Oregon and North Unit irrigation districts.  The environmental groups’ preliminary injunction demands that the court impose abrupt and severe restrictions on the use of the reservoirs, which may completely eliminate the ability to store water in them for irrigation purposes.

Mike Britton, President of the Deschutes Basin Board of Control, which represents eight irrigation districts (Districts), said in response to the environmental groups’ demands made to the court, “Collaboration is a better forum for helping the Oregon spotted frog than the courts.”  Britton added, “The Districts, agencies, tribes and others continue to make real progress together, and I would encourage the environmental groups to work with us rather than against us.”

Craig Horrell, General Manager of Central Oregon Irrigation District, said today, “All of the Districts, including COID, have implemented dozens of water conservation projects that have helped to restore over 80,000 acre-feet of water for fish and wildlife in the Deschutes River and its tributaries.”  Horrell added, “We’re capable of restoring even more water in the river, but people must work together.”

Ken Rieck, General Manager of Tumalo Irrigation District, said today, “Right now, Tumalo is piping a 3,400-foot section of canal that will increase instream flows in Tumalo Creek, Crescent Creek, and the Little Deschutes River.”  Rieck added, “These higher instream flows will improve habitat for Oregon spotted frog, and other fish and wildlife.”

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8 Responses to Lawsuits Threaten Central Oregon Communities *****Water Reservoir harming Oregon spotted frog*****

  1. enki says:

    Is the “Oregon Spotted Frog” mentioned in the US Constitution as an “entity” with a LAWFUL right to have it’s …”PERCEIVED”…….rights protected ?
    No ?
    Well in that case the…. rights…. of the Landowners and, those possessing water/grazing rights etc …..take precedence.

  2. paleohippy says:

    Shut off the water, make the people leave… and give it away to China for debt repayment… while siphoning-off 20% for the politicians. Simple. Oregon is in O’s pocket. As a state, Oregon will have to grow some stones. It’s probably too late.

  3. A man-made body of water is now found to be harming frogs. I suppose the fish thereabouts are complaining too? Such bold-faced balderdash! And that is all. 0{:-|o[

  4. usnveteran says:

    It is with a heavy heart and deep rooted grief I post this notice …

    February 13, 2016
    Senior U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia Found Dead At West Texas Ranch:

    February 13, 2016
    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Has Died At The Age Of 79:

  5. Debbie says:

    Oregon spotted frog, California Delta Smelt………..remember America lost half of it’s rich, fertile farming land in California because – they said – of the Delta smelt…never mind the billions of dollars of lost farmland and crops, the lost jobs, the poverty and homelessness that followed…these are all tricks the cabal pay on us to get what they want…does anyone really believe they care about the spotted frog or delta smelt? Of course not. They only want to cause hardship and famine and run people off the land THEY want. And let us not forget those horrible fires that burned in the Northwest last year were – from reliable people on the ground – set by workers from the UN.
    Are we under hostile attack 24/7 – damn right we are! The government has stopped just short of declaring open war on the entire American population…….

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