Taking a new look at critical habitat

Water Lines: Regulators are revisiting rules that govern the Endangered Species Act, and that’s a good thing. Click here to read the September 2018 edition of “Water Lines”, the monthly guest column written by Alliance executive director Dan Keppen for...

Addressing the real root of Western fires

Water Lines: There’s more to the wildfire problem than climatic change. Humans can manage forests better. Click here to read Family Farm Alliance executive director Dan Keppen’s August guest column that appeared in Western Farmer Stockman magazine....

Conservation title that works for Western ag

Work on the new farm bill focuses on support for programs that help irrigating producers in the West. Click here to read the June 2018 edition of “Water Lines”, Family Farm Alliance Executive Director Dan Keppen’s guest column that appears every...

Bureau of Reclamation Got It Right in the Klamath Basin

A recent federal audit over a water-banking program in the Klamath Basin lacks an understanding of the on-the-ground reality in the region, writes attorney John Bezdek and Family Farm Alliance’s Dan Keppen in a featured post in today’s “Water...

Trump Administration Should Support Key Conservation Program

Commentary: The Regional Conservation Partnership Program is set to be zeroed out, but it is a key source of water project funding. Public listening sessions recently kicked off by the Congressional agriculture committees are an early sign that talks have begun on the...

Policymakers eye water project title transfer

Commentary: Proposed bill would make it easier for local districts to take control of projects. An important tool that provides Western water managers with stronger local control has caught the attention of President Donald Trump’s administration and Congress...