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Oregon House Passes Columbia River Treaty Bill

By Albany Tribune

Rep. Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario) carried HB 3491A on the Floor of the House last Thursday, where it was passed unanimously. House Bill 3491A, drafted by Rep. Bentz, directs the Governor to report to the Oregon Legislative Assembly on discussions relating to the Columbia River Treaty. Reports from the Governor are required every […]

Tualatin Valley Water District ordinance requires public vote on Willamette plan

The Tualatin Valley Water District‘s newly adopted plan to tap into the Willamette River as the district’s need for water grows would require a public vote to move forward.

The district’s board of commissioners voted 4-0 Wednesday to select the Willamette as its long-term water source. The district would partner with Hillsboro, which voted to […]

Tualatin Valley Water District selects Willametter River as future water source

By Nicole Friedman, The Oregonian on April 24, 2013 at 9:04 PM, updated April 25, 2013 at 2:40 PM

The Tualatin Valley Water District voted 4-0 Wednesday to tap the Willamette River as the district’s need for water grows in the next 30 years and beyond.


The district will partner with Hillsboro, which voted […]

Just Say No to Multinationals? For Rural Communities, It’s Not Always That Simple

Wednesday, 24 April 2013 00:00 By Alissa Bohling, Truthout

The people of economically depressed Cascade Locks, Oregon, are divided about a proposal by Nestle to go into business with the city to extract spring water from its cherished watershed, bringing jobs and sorely needed revenue.


Nestle Water North America’s makeshift office in Cascade Locks, […]

Nestle Chairman says Water is Not a Human Right

Link to Article with Video

In a candid interview for the documentary We Feed the World, Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck makes the astonishing claim that water isn’t a human right. He attacks the idea that nature is good, and says it is a great achievement that humans are now able to resist nature’s dominance. He […]

Nestle chairman says water is not a human right

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In a candid interview for the documentary We Feed the World, Nestlé Chairman […]

Eagle Point man sentenced to 90 days’ jail for three ponds

MEDFORD — A man who’s been battling Oregon water managers for more than a decade over three fishing ponds dammed up on his rural Jackson County property has been sent to jail for 90 days.


A judge said Monday that Gary Harrington, 65, has been flouting the law in his attempts to keep storing […]

Judge Signs Agreement Requiring EPA To Get Tougher On Oregon’s Water Temperature Standards For Fish

Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 (PST)

A Portland-based federal judge on Wednesday signed an agreement between The Northwest Environmental Advocates and the federal government that requires more rigorous oversight of Oregon’s setting of water temperature standards for the state’s rivers and streams.

The agreement, between the NWEA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, comes […]

Maine: Talking points for Town Meeting on RBOs

Q: What is a sustainable energy system?


According to the definition of “unsustainable infrastructure” in the ordinance, the criteria for a “sustainable” infrastructure system is one that is does not threaten rights and is under COMMUNITY CONTROL.


Town residents – not permitting agencies – will choose which projects are acceptable.


Q: What […]

What the Rights Based Ordinance (RBO) Does

The ordinance makes a fundamental change in the way our town handles state and federal regulatory procedures. It involves the claim that we have the right to a final say over what corporate infrastructure projects are located here. It is a very logical argument.


The way it is now

• Regulatory procedure […]