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2013 Oregon drought calls for action on climate change

Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2013

Almost 2,000 feet deep, Crater Lake is the deepest body of water in the United States, a beautiful gem of southern Oregon. Fed by overhead snow and rain, the lake is one of the cleanest and purest in the world. Gazing upon the breathtakingly bright blue waters of the lake is something you never forget.

But there is trouble in paradise. During the past 21 […]

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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.

John […]

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

By MATEUSZ PERKOWSKI

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 Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Agriculture — claiming they were illegally administering federal law.

The complaint alleged that Oregon doesn’t have […]

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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 Monday, an official at Japan’s nuclear watchdog agency told Reuters that the situation constitutes an “emergency.”

Shinji Kinjo told the news agency that the leak […]

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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 projected increase matters in the western Cascades, where a few degrees is often the difference between a snowy day and a […]

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Oregon Reservoirs Low heading Into Irrigation Season

OPB | April 03, 2013 4:19 p.m. | Updated: April 03, 2013 6:59 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

Some Oregon farmers could have a difficult time finding water for their crops this summer. That’s according to the state’s Water Resources Department. With the spring irrigation season about to begin, state reservoirs hold only half their normal amount of water.

Barry Norris the state engineer for […]

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Report highlights groundwater decline in Columbia Plateau

A new report shows that groundwater levels in wells drilled in the arid Columbia Plateau are declining nearly 2 feet per year on average.

The report released Tuesday by the U.S. Geological Survey examines well levels in the plateau that crosses parts of Washington, Idaho and Oregon.

Scientists compiled data about water levels in 60,000 wells in the area. The report concludes that nearly three-fourths of all wells, or 72 percent, declined from 1968 to 2009. The average rate […]

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2013 could be a watershed year for water in Oregon

By MITCH LIES

Capital Press

Lawmakers will gather in Salem Jan. 14 to kick off the 2013 Oregon Legislature with an eye on water.

Among other water issues expected to surface this session, lawmakers will debate the merits of a new water-right management fee and whether to authorize bonds for water-supply development.

And legislators will have a new tool to guide their debate. Oregon’s first Integrated Water Resources Strategy was adopted Aug. 2 by the Oregon Water Resources Commission.

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"Tapped" film examines bottled water industry

An upcoming film about the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil. Produced by Atlas Films.

The battle for water (letter to Sun Journal)

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