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What 3.6 Degrees Means for Snowpack in the Western Cascades

Rising temperatures will reduce the peak snowpack in the Cascades slopes east of Eugene, Ore. by more than fifty percent, according to a climate study Oregon State University researchers published Thursday.

Climate models from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predict temperatures in the Pacific Northwest will rise about 3.6 degrees by the mid-century. That […]

Public Shows Overwhelming Opposition to Shasta Dam Raise at Workshop

By Dan Bacher. Crossposted from DailyKos

One thing became became clear from the public workshop regarding the proposed Shasta Dam raise held at the Holiday Inn in Redding on July 16 – the vast majority of people, ranging from Winnemem Wintu Tribe members to local business owners, oppose the raising of the dam.

When one […]

Federal reports confirm Delta tunnel plan not based on sound science

by Dan Bacher: crossposted from http://www.fishsniffer.com

In March, California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird claimed that the controversial Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDC) to build two giant peripheral tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is driven by “science.”

However, on July 18, scientists from federal lead agencies for the BDCP EIR/EIS – the […]

Bay Delta plan costs triple

Sacramento, CA – Restore the Delta (RTD) coalition have warned that Gov. Brown’s administration – in its rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom salmon and other Pacific fisheries – is refusing to follow its own guidelines for determining whether a project’s benefits outweigh its costs.

The latest cost estimate […]

Environmental assessment reveals true costs of Shasta Dam raise

Shasta Dam [Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/asad7874/]

A Water Resources Investigation Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SLWRI DEIS) released by the United States Bureau of Reclamation can not hide the destructive impacts of the proposed increase in the height of the Shasta Dam, argues Friends of the River in a recent briefing. These include the threats it poses to the Winnemem Wintu Homeland […]

Ratepayer advocates, fluoride foes seek to take water oversight away from Portland council

PORTLAND, Oregon — A coalition of ratepayer advocates and water-purity activists filed an initiative petition Thursday to take the management of Portland’s water and sewers from the City Council.

If approved by voters, an elected board of seven unpaid representatives would oversee the city’s water, sewer and storm-water systems.

What role would be left […]

Judge upholds Klamath Tribes’ water rights

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A Klamath Falls judge denied a request Tuesday to keep the state of Oregon from shutting off irrigation water in the upper Klamath Basin.

That leaves intact a state decision recognizing the senior water rights of the Klamath Tribes.

The water-rights decision came down this spring, as drought began to […]

Niagara Bottling, LLC, Plans to Bottle Tacoma Water

The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash.

Pierce County officials announced Wednesday that California-based Niagara Bottling LLC has plans to develop a $50 million, 311,000-square-foot bottling plant on 18 acres at the privately owned Randles Business Park in the Frederickson Industrial Area.

BY C.R. ROBERTS AND KATHLEEN COOPER; STAFF WRITERS Published: June 27, 2013 at 12:14 a.m. […]

The Last Breath

Photograph by Kseniya Saberzhanova, 17, of Russia.

National Geographic, Your Choice Public Vote winner.

National Geographic sponsors a children’s photograph contest, whose goal is for children to share how they see the planet through photographs.

Anacortes mayor’s debate focuses on proposed Tethys bottling plant

Skagit Valley Herald Mount Vernon, Wash.

Friday, July 12, 2013

ANACORTES MAYOR

Anacortes mayor’s debate focuses on jobs, Tethys

By MARK STAYTON

ANACORTES — The four candidates for Anacortes’ mayoral seat offered their views on strategic planning, economic development and the Tethys water bottling plant proposal Thursday afternoon during their second debate leading […]