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Irrigators criticize $100 water rights fee proposal

SALEM — A proposed $100 annual fee on all Oregon water rights has met with criticism from irrigators who say it would contribute to already mounting financial burdens.

Farmers overwhelmingly testified against House Bill 2706, which aims to raise money for water management, during a March 22 hearing before the House Committee on Energy and Environment.

Members of the Klamath Water Users Association, for example, are already paying steep costs to comply with the Endangered Species Act and engage in […]

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Study: warm ocean hurts salmon in U.S. Pacific Northwest

Source: Xinhua 2017-03-16 SAN FRANCISCO, March 15 (Xinhua) — A new study suggests that anomalous ocean conditions two years ago, which led to the lack of food for juvenile Chinook salmon, may have resulted in significant mortality that will show in their return this year to the Columbia River.

Pacific Decadal Oscillation values, which reflect warm and cold sea surface temperatures, suggest 2015 was one of the warmest nearshore oceans encountered by migrating Chinook salmon dating back to at least […]

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Portland Water Bureau will once again serve Bull Run water

Jessica Floum | The Oregonian/OregonLive By Jessica Floum | The Oregonian/OregonLive

on March 14, 2017 at 12:23 PM

Portland water customers will once again drink and bathe in the city’s famed Bull Run water starting Wednesday after detections of parasites have gone down.

The Portland Water Bureau said Tuesday it will switch back to delivering customers water from the near-pristine Bull Run Watershed on Wednesday after serving only groundwater for about a month.

The office switched to serving 100 percent […]

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DEQ faces lawsuit challenging outdated water pollution permits

Created on Wednesday, 08 March 2017 | Written by Steve Law Most state permits allowing discharges into Oregon waterways expired more than five years ago, petitioners claim Two Portland environmental groups filed suit in Multnomah County Circuit Court today against the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, challenging the legality of its water pollution permitting program in which most polluters are operating under expired permits. Petitioners say DEQ is allowing more than 75 percent of polluters to operate under expired permits.

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Oregon’s March 1 snowpack highest in nearly a decade

PORTLAND, Ore. – All basins in Oregon are experiencing above-normal to well-above-normal snowpack, with a statewide average of 38 percent above normal, according to the March water supply outlook report released Tuesday by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Snowpack conditions have been above normal all winter for most locations in the state, the agency said.

February continued to be an active month for winter weather in Oregon, with well-above average precipitation statewide, even breaking previous records in some locations. […]

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Portland Water Bureau changes approach to treating lead in water

By Jessica Floum | The Oregonian/OregonLive

February 26, 2017

The Portland Water Bureau will ask the City Council to try treating the area’s drinking water to reduce the amount of lead leaching from pipes, a recommendation that pivots from the city’s previous insistence such treatment was unnecessary.

Portland’s water from the Bull Run watershed has a low enough pH level that it can leach lead from old pipes and fixtures. Adding chemicals that don’t harm human health can make the […]

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Idaho irrigators back bills fighting Oregon fish plan

BOISE — Idaho irrigators are backing four bills in the state Legislature challenging the State of Oregon’s attempt to reintroduce endangered fish into the Snake River watershed upstream of the Hells Canyon Complex of dams.

For decades, the Brownlee, Oxbow and Hells Canyon dams — which provide about 30 percent of Idaho Power Co.’s total energy — have blocked the migration of anadromous salmon and steelhead trout, which once spawned in the upstream channel and tributaries.

The original federal license […]

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Oregon gets most rain and snow since 2008

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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Seven Oregon dams in ‘unsatisfactory’ condition

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 […]

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Prineville-area dam one of seven in Ore. listed as high hazard

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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