It’s not your imagination: Oregon has received a ton of rain and snow this winter.
The deluge of precipitation is the most the Beaver State has seen since 2008, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
The result has been frequent headaches including flooding and roads snarled by snow. But the upside, said water managers, is an improved forecast for river levels, reservoir storage and forest and wildlife health this summer.
It also raises hopes that Oregon will break the […]
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AP February 14, 2017
SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Seven Oregon dams are deemed to be in “unsatisfactory” condition.
State Water Resources Department spokeswoman Diana Enright tells the Statesman Journal (https://is.gd/iQAsl1 ) the designation means those dams are more closely inspected and could be labeled unsafe if repairs are not made.
Questions about dam safety have risen since a damaged one in Northern California led authorities to order the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people.
The list of unsatisfactory dams in Oregon […]
Continue reading Seven Oregon dams in ‘unsatisfactory’ condition
by Jessie Foster February 14, 2017
BEND, Ore. – The Johnson Creek Dam about five miles northeast of Prineville is one of seven dams the Oregon Water Resources Department has ranked as an “unsatisfactory,” high-hazard dam, meaning a dam failure could likely cause fatalities.
About seven homes in the Prineville area could be directly affected if the Johnson Creek Dam fails, according to state officials.
The Oregon Water Resources Department sent a letter to the owners of the dam, Debaca […]
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Created on Monday, 13 February 2017 | Written by Jim Redden | Print Beginning Monday, 100 percent of the city’s water will be coming from the Columbia South Shore Well Field. It is normally used as a second source of water in the summer months after the Bull Run reservoir is drawn down to reduce turbidity. PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO – Portland has switched its water source from the Bull Run reservoir to groundwater wells along the Columbia River. PORTLAND […]
Continue reading Portland switching water source after potentially deadly parasite found
By Jessica Floum
February 06, 2017
Portland’s water bureau detected a trace amount of cryptosporidium parasite in a test of drinking water from the Bull Run watershed again Monday.
After four straight years not finding any cryptosporidium during weekly water samplings, the city has now detected the parasite four times this year, raising the specter that the city might have to build an expensive treatment plant.
This week’s finding does not raise immediate alarms for human health, officials said. The […]
Continue reading Portland finds parasite in drinking water, raising possible need for treatment plant
Updated: Feb 03, 2017 10:30 AM PST By Kaitlyn Bolduc
Chaitanya Karamchedu, a Portland teen who is turning heads across the country because of a science experiment. PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – A Portland teen is turning heads across the country all because of a science experiment that began in his high school classroom. Companies like Intel and universities like MIT are now invested in his findings.
With certainty you’ll want to remember his name.
“My name is Chaitanya Karamchedu, but […]
Continue reading Portland teen discovers cost-effective way to turn salt water into drinkable fresh water
Justus Caudell | The Tribune |
NESPELEM—In early December, a number of news agencies reported seaborne radiation from Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear plant was detected in the Pacific Ocean along on the West Coast.
The plant, which first leaked radiation into the Pacific in 2011 following a massive earthquake and tsunami that killed nearly 16,000 people, is feared to still be contaminating the ocean.
The impact of the radiation in the Columbia River—and on migratory salmon that spend their developmental years […]
Continue reading UCUT study finds trace amount of radiation in migratory salmon Columbia River
HERALD STAFFSat Jan 28th, 2017 6:51pm By Michael Doyle
McClatchy Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON — Northern California and Oregon farmers who lost irrigation water in 2001 for the sake of fish are plunging into a climactic courtroom battle for tens of millions of dollars in compensation.
Years in the making, the trial set to start Monday in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims near the White House involves a lot of money, but that’s not all. For other Westerners, too, it […]
Continue reading California, Oregon farmers lost water in 2001; now they want to be paid
Jan 20, 2017 The Oregonian
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission ripped a hole Friday in the 99-year-old fabric of concurrent fish management on the Columbia River.
With a split 4-3 vote, commission members defied the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission’s attempt to negotiate the long-contested Columbia River Management Plan. The plan required a switch from gill-netting to selective commercial fishing on the mainstem below Bonneville Dam. It also gave priority allocation of mainstem salmon harvest to sport anglers.
Continue reading Oregon will defy joint fish management on the lower Columbia River
January 15, 2017
Oregon and Washington’s plans for regulating commercial fishing on the lower Columbia River appear to be drifting apart, like an unmoored boat bobbing away from a dock.
Since 1915, the states have agreed on how to manage the salmon industry on more than 145 shared miles of the river – from the mouth to Bonneville Dam. Five years ago, they decided they would phase out gillnets on the main channel of the Columbia by 2017 as […]
Continue reading Gillnets on Columbia River: The long-standing debate roars back