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East West Highway opponents travel state showing documentary

WCSH6 News, WlBZ2 News

 

SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — A group opposed to an East-West Highway through Maine has produced a documentary video and is traveling the state and hosting showings in several communities. An East West Highway is something that Cianbro Corporation has put its support behind. It would be a privately built, owned, and operated route stretching from Calais in the East to Coburn Gore in the West. Chris Buchanan, the statewide coordinator […]

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Maine PUC chairman Drops Out of Poland Spring Water Case

Portland Press Herald Oct. 15, 2013

The chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission has recused himself from a controversial case involving the owner of Poland Spring water and the family-controlled utility in Fryeburg that supplies it with water. Thomas Welch’s recusal effectively suspends the case of Nestle Waters North America, because the PUC now lacks the required quorum to make a ruling. The commission will be unable to make a decision until a commissioner retires or the Legislature approves […]

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Water compact: Klamath shows value of negotiation

Guest Editorial in Missoula, Montana

Michael Gale (Missoulian, Sept. 17) seems to think that events in Oregon’s Klamath Basin illustrate the danger of entering into a Flathead Reservation compact. Actually, the reverse is true.

Part of the problem is that Gale doesn’t really appear to know what happened on the Klamath. What actually happened is that the state of Oregon determined that the Klamath Tribes have a “time immemorial” right to in-stream flows on Klamath tributaries, which entitles them […]

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Fate of Northern California at Stake in Trinity River War

September 16, 2013

Opinion

The Hoopa Valley Tribe applauds a recent decision by a federal judge to allow the federal Bureau of Reclamation to open the Lewiston dam and release Trinity River water needed to avoid a replay of the 2002 fish kill in the Klamath River.

The lifting of the restraining order holding back these flows, which was requested as part of a lawsuit by the Westlands Water District and San Lois & Delta-Mendota Water Authority, is good news […]

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Drought Driving New Water Deals in the West, Part One

Tony Barboza | 9/9/13 On a June morning, Scott White and a colleague from his agency, the state Water Resources Department, park their pickup near a green pasture and barn outside Bly, Ore. A rancher, his wife and son meet the government men at the gate, their faces tight with barely suppressed anger. Low snowpack and stream flows prompted Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber to declare a drought emergency in the Klamath Basin in April, and the watermasters are here […]

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Lasting, collaborative solutions to protect our water sources

Pesticide program is uniquely Oregon solution to water quality issues.

Lasting solutions to Oregon problems combine local know-how with practical advice from experts, provide measurable results, and work for both people and the environment. It’s the Oregon way.

A uniquely Oregon solution to reduce unsafe levels of pesticides found in our waters is the Pesticide Stewardship Program, a program that has proven itself through pilots and, thanks to our governor and state legislature, is now a permanent part of […]

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Clean Water or Clearcuts for Oregon?

Video: Clean Water or Clearcuts for Oregon? Amy Kober of American Rivers in Water Currents on August 27, 2013

 

 

 

Big decisions are looming for management of 2.8 million acres of Oregon’s public forestlands – an area covering the size of more than eight Crater Lake National Parks. Because legislation concerning management of the so-called O&C lands could end up undermining some of our nation’s bedrock environmental laws […]

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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

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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 retired social worker, who grew up in a Northwest logging family, worried when she saw patchwork clear-cuts […]

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Water fee hikes go into effect without panel’s approval

By MITCH LIES

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, characterized the session as “extremely busy for water, both on the policy and budget sides.”

Lawmakers added resources to the department, Bateman said, extended […]

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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 need to protect water for fish, wildlife and humans gets lost as people argue over county payments, timber jobs and board feet.

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