Bend water rights clash derails council goal

An irrigation system used by Central Oregon farmers. 

Ask a few Oregonians if their state has enough water to meet its needs and you may get some varying answers. The differing views on the question may be tilted based on where people live, or even their gender.

Roughly half of all Oregonians (48%) agree there is enough water in Oregon to meet current needs while 37% disagree and 15% are unsure, according to a survey conducted by the Oregon Values and Beliefs Center, a Portland-based nonprofit.

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Michael Kohn has been public lands and environment reporter with The Bulletin since 2019. He enjoys hiking in the hills and forests near Bend with his family and exploring the state of Oregon.

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Stop building housing developments! We do not need more people/homes and less farms. These new homes do not help with our housing problem in Central Oregon. This building epidemic just brings people in from out of the area. Population growth is not in the best interest for our communities. Our own low income folks are not being helped with housing cost burden by building expensive housing projects.


I hope there’s a followup focusing on what state water authorities/data are saying.

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