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Do Oregon’s clear-cut and pesticide buffers protect drinking water from creeks, rivers?

By Scott Learn, The Oregonian on August 20, 2013 at 4:34 PM, updated August 20, 2013 at 5:35 PM


ROCKAWAY BEACH — From her front porch, Nancy Webster has a clear view of the hills just east of the coast highway, a western hemlock forest that’s home to Rockaway Beach‘s water supply.

The […]

Helping Fish Find Their Way Up The Clackamas

Rob Manning / OPB


“And it worked pretty close to 100 years. By those standards, it was a premiere fish ladder back in the day,” Shibahara says.


When PGE relicensed its Clackamas dams recently, it agreed to abandon the ladder, and build a new fish staircase.


“It’s a whole lot easier to […]

Clackamas Watershed Collects Pollutants And Drinking Water

Cassandra Profita / OPB

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 […]

Water fee hikes go into effect without panel’s approval


Capital Press

Lawmakers advanced Oregon’s new Integrated Water Resources Strategy by creating new programs and extending existing ones during the recently completed 2013 legislative session, according to an Oregon Water Resources Department official.

In a report to the Oregon Water Resources Commission Aug. 9, Brenda Bateman, public information officer for the department, […]

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

August 09, 2013 – 3:22 pm EDT


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 […]

DeFazio Bill Bad For Clean Water?

Article | August 8, 2013 – 1:00am | By Camilla Mortensen

Clean drinking water is a logging issue in Oregon, where so many of our watersheds are on forest lands. In the furor over the DeFazio forest bill — or more properly the O&C Trust, Conservation and Jobs Act — river advocates say that the […]

Water From A Trinity Reservoir Will Be Released Into The Klamath River

The Bureau of Reclamation announced that it will release water from the Trinity River reservoirs to supplement flows in the Klamath River.

The additional water is meant to help prevent a fish kill and support salmon runs.

Pete Lucero is with the Bureau of Reclamation. He says water from the Trinity River reservoirs has […]

Appeal planned in lawsuit challenging state’s Clean Water Act authority


Capital Press

A livestock auction company is planning to appeal a federal judge’s dismissal of its lawsuit challenging the State of Oregon’s oversight of confined animal feeding operations, according to the company’s lawyer.

Last year, the Eugene Livestock Auction of Junction City, Ore., filed a complaint against two state agencies — the […]

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 […]

Blue Heron Paper Mill cleanup uses compost, gardens to treat contaminated water

Three floors under the closed Blue Heron paper mill, just above the Willamette’s summer waterline, ground and storm water trickle out of the darkness toward the river. The stream, carrying metals and other pollutants absorbed from the mill’s galvanized roofs and old piping, needs to be treated before it returns to the ecosystem. Jeffrey Pettey […]