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Algae health alert for Upper Klamath, Agency lakes

POSTED: 4:42 PM PDT July 28, 2015 KTVZ

Oregon Health Authority issued a health advisory Tuesday due to algae-caused toxins at levels that could pose a risk to human health in Upper Klamath Lake and Agency Lake, located just north of Klamath Falls along Highway 97 in Klamath County.

Continuous cold water conditions in Pelican Bay have prevented blue-green algae from growing there, so Pelican Bay is not included in this advisory, officials said.

Routine water monitoring by the U.S. […]

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Oakridge imposes California-like water restrictions, effective immediately

By Diane Dietz The Register-Guard JULY 29, 2015

City residents can’t water their lawns, fill up swimming pools or wash cars in their driveways as of Tuesday.

The Oakridge City Council voted unanimously to impose water restrictions after reviewing data on the community’s No. 1 well that showed water levels 23 feet below normal for this time of year.

“If our wells are not replenishing themselves at the normal rate, then the chances of us depleting the wells is that […]

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Panel adopts Oregon water strategy

By MITCH LIES

Capital Press

For the first time in its history, Oregon has a guideline for meeting its future water needs.

The Oregon Water Resources Commission on Aug. 2 adopted the Oregon Integrated Water Resources Strategy, the state’s first ever long-range plan for its water resources.

The Oregon Water Resources Department, along with several partners, has been working on the strategy for three years. Working partners included several state agency and private organization representatives. The department aired drafts […]

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Food & Water Watch Applauds Introduction of Federal Trust Fund for Clean Water Infrastructure

Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter

Washington, D.C. — “With U.S. clean water systems requiring some $187.9 billion over the next 20 years, and federal funding for these essential systems falling behind, we applaud Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) for introducing the Water Protection and Reinvestment Act. Food & Water Watch has advocated for this vital legislation for over six years.

“The Water Protection and Reinvestment Trust Fund is expect to raise $9 billion a year and […]

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Seantors Merkley and Wyden and Governor Kitzhaber Announce Crooked River Water Agreement

Equities.com

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WASHINGTON, July 31 — The office of Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., issued the following news release:

Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and Governor Kitzhaber today announced that an agreement on water allocation from the Crooked River in Central Oregon has been made between a broad coalition of stakeholders in the region. Legislation will be introduced later this week by Senator Merkley with Senator Wyden joining as a cosponsor.

“This bill ends 40 years of […]

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State denies city request to delay covering reservoirs (Portland)

Decision means Portland Water Bureau must end use of Mt. Tabor and Washington park open-air reservoirs

By Steve Law

The Portland Tribune, May 18, 2012

The Oregon Health Authority has rejected the Portland Water Bureau’s request to delay covering open-air water reservoirs at Mt. Tabor and Washington parks.

The decision means Portland must end the use of the reservoirs by the end of 2020. Portland had requested an extension until 2026.

“We are very disappointed in this decision,” said bureau […]

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Governor Kitzhaber won’t stop Nestle water swap in Cascade Locks

Julie Raefield-Gobbo

April 30, 2012

While legal and public protests have been raised against Oregon’s Department of Fish and Wildlife on water access issues for a proposed Nestlé bottling plant, Governor John Kitzhaber has been called upon by environmental groups to stop ODFW in its tracks. Kitzhaber’s Regional Solutions team arrived at the Cascade Locks Joint Committee for Economic Development meeting on April 25 for a discussion on the status of the proposal from Nestlé to build the plant in […]

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Gray water reuse arrives

Those who want to recycle bath and wash water can apply now to the state for a permit

By Colton Totland

The Register-Guard

Published: (Monday, Apr 16, 2012 04:25AM) Today

Oregonians can soon find an entirely new use for their rinse water when a permit system for an increasingly popular form of recycled water becomes open to households and businesses across the state.

The first permits to reuse “gray water” — the water that drains out of showers, tubs, bathroom […]

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Portland wins variance, won’t have to build costly Bull Run treatment plant

State health officials agree that the Bull Run watershed, which supplies much of the metro area’s drinking water, does not need to be treated for cryptosporidium.

The Oregon Health Authority announced this afternoon that it has given Portland permission to skip building a costly treatment plant for the Bull Run watershed.

The long-sought variance, good for 10 years, carries conditions. But health authorities agreed that Bull Run water does not need to be treated for cryptosporidium, a […]

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Toxic Chemical Releases Increased In 2010 Throughout The Pacific Northwest And Alaska

January 8, 2012

Recent data from the federal Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) shows that toxic chemical releases rose in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. The 2010 TRI reports how over 600 chemicals on the TRI list were managed, where they ended up, and how 2010 releases compare to 2009.

The 2010 TRI National Analysis shows that TRI releases rose 16 percent across the nation between 2009 and 2010, reversing a downward trend from recent years. Similarly, toxic chemicals releases […]

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