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Oregon, Washington issue Columbia River fish warning

Originally published September 23, 2013Health officials in Oregon and Washington said Monday that people should protect themselves against mercury and PCB contamination by limiting consumption of certain fish species from a 150-mile section of the Columbia River.

The Oregon Health Authority and the Washington Department of Health said people […]

Ocean of Change: Changing chemistry of seawater poses lethal threat to marine life

Published: Sept. 22

 

Oregon fishermen tell stories of strange events on the Pacific Ocean that have made them shudder over the past half dozen years.

The Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery on the state’s north coast watched oyster larvae […]

Clackamas Watershed Collects Pollutants And Drinking Water

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Water intake for Lake Oswego

 

Studies by the U.S. Geological Survey have found 63 different pesticides and herbicides in the Clackamas River Basin. And testing shows some of those chemicals are winding up in the drinking water communities take from the river.

 

Sam Doane sits on […]

Baker City shuts off second water source over positive test for parasite that sickened many

August 09, 2013 – 3:22 pm EDT

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BAKER CITY, Oregon — Baker City officials have shut off another source of city water as a result of a positive test for cryptosporidium, the parasite that sickened many residents.

The discovery this week of cryptosporidium in water from a mountain stream named Elk Creek adds […]

Radioactive water leaking into Pacific, Fukushima watchdog declares “emergency”

Radioactive groundwater at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear reactor has risen above the level of an underground barrier meant to contain it and is headed for the Pacific Ocean.

Last month, Tokyo Electric Power Co., which operates the plant, acknowledged for the first time that the reactor was leaking contaminated underground water into the ocean.

On […]

Petition to stop Warren Buffet from putting algaecide in Klamath River

Petition by Regina Chichizola, United States

Recently PacifiCorp quietly submitted a plan to apply toxins for the second year to Klamath River reservoirs as an algae killing experiment. River users, including fisherman and Native American Tribes unanimously oppose this action citing last year’s studies that show killing the algae actually releases the algae toxin, […]

Let The Public See Who’s Responsible For River Discharge

Oregonian Opinion Letter

April 6, 2013

By Travis Williams

Every day, millions of gallons of treated waste are pumped into our rivers and other waterways in Oregon from municipal treatment plants, industrial facilities and other sources. These discharges are allowed with permits issued under the federal Clean Water Act, and most often people meet […]

Our View: Transparency needed on transportation projects

The public has the right to know what the state and its private roadwork partners are up to.

April 3, 2013 | Portland Press Herald

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Back in 2010, the Legislature created an exemption to the state’s right-to-know law that you could drive a truck through.

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A group […]

Sangerville residents place moratorium on east-west corridor development

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff | April 02, 2013

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SANGERVILLE, Maine — Sangerville residents voted to place a moratorium on development related to a proposed east-west highway during Saturday’s town meeting.

Residents voted nearly unanimously to place a six-month moratorium on any development related to the east-west corridor, Sangerville Town Manager Dave […]

Unanswered questions fuel contentious meeting over east-west highway

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff | April 02, 2013

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BANGOR, Maine — Uncertainty surrounding the route of a proposed 220-mile highway across Maine sparked vehement questioning and opposition during a Tuesday morning meeting at the historic Penobscot County Courthouse.

Cianbro Corp. CEO Peter Vigue, the leading proponent of the east-west […]