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Guest Opinion: PacificCorp must accept responsibility for removing its dams

Mail Tribune

by Bruce Shoemaker

Sunday, August 9th 2020We don’t expect Warren Buffett to keep tabs on the inner workings of all the companies he owns. But he needs to know what is going on right now with one of them: Portland-based PacifiCorp. That’s because Buffett and PacifiCorp have an opportunity to simultaneously do something extraordinary for one of the great rivers of the West while making a very prudent financial decision for ratepayers and shareholders.

After decades of […]

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KLAMATH IRRIGATION DISTRICT WINS IN WATER RIGHTS LAWSUIT

Posted: Aug 2, 2020 10:21 AM Posted By: Hailey Gravitt KDRV-TV

KLAMATH COUNTY, Ore.– A Marion County Circuit Court Judge has ruled in favor of Klamath Irrigation District (KID) in a lawsuit about water stored in Upper Klamath Lake for irrigation.

Link River Dam impounds water in Upper Klamath Lake. In its 2013 order in the Klamath Basin water rights adjudication, the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) ruled that only irrigation users have water rights to the stored water. The […]

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Guest Opinion: Dam removal is a win-win for river and irrigation

Mail Tribune

by Dave Strahan and David Moryc

Sunday, August 2nd 2020

A dam removal project in the Rogue River watershed this summer is proving that it’s possible to find solutions that benefit both salmon and farms.

The Lower Bridgepoint Dam on Williams Creek, a tributary to the Applegate River, provides water for irrigation, but restricts habitat for Chinook and coho salmon, as well as steelhead and lamprey. Now, thanks to the collaboration of the Applegate Partnership and Watershed […]

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California governor seeks dam demolitions near Oregon border

by Robert Jablon, Associated Press

Saturday, August 1st 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom has appealed directly to investor Warren Buffett to support demolishing four hydroelectric dams on a river along the Oregon-California border to save salmon populations that have dwindled to almost nothing.

Newsom on Wednesday sent a letter to Buffett urging him to back the Klamath River project, which would be the largest dam removal in U.S. history.

The dams are owned by PacificCorp, an […]

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21 State Attorneys General Sue Trump Administration Over New Water Rule

BY DON THOMPSON / AP JULY 21, 2020 5:19 PM EDT TIME

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Attorneys general in 20 states and the District of Columbia sued the Trump administration on Tuesday, alleging that new federal rules undermine their ability to protect rivers, lakes and streams within their borders.

They say that new final rules issued last week by the Environmental Protection Agency alter a practice dating back more than 30 years giving state governments the authority […]

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A Dam Comes Down – and Tribes, Cities, Salmon and Orcas Could All Benefit

You may not have heard much about the long fight to remove the Nooksack Dam near Bellingham, Washington, but its detonation this week will prove ecologically and culturally important.

Oceans & Clean Water

July 14, 2020 – by Tara Lohan

The Revelator

The conclusion to decades of work to remove a dam on the Middle Fork Nooksack River east of Bellingham, Washington began with a bang yesterday as crews breached the dam […]

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Monsanto Settlement to Fund Water Cleanup

By Associated Press, Wire Service Content June 24, 2020,

BY JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Major California cities say they’ll use their share of a $650 million settlement to clean up the now-banned chemical PCB from bays, lakes and other waterways polluted for decades.

The giant chemical company Monsanto announced a tentative agreement Wednesday with government entities that had filed suit since 2015 over waterways and estuaries they say were polluted.

PCBs […]

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Supreme Court won’t consider Western farmers’ water fight

June 22, 2020

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E News

The Supreme Court today declined to consider whether federal regulators violated farmers’ constitutional rights when they cut off irrigation water to save fish in the Pacific Northwest.

Facing drought in 2001, the George W. Bush administration shut off water deliveries from the Bureau of Reclamation’s Klamath River project to farms in south-central Oregon and Northern California. The goal was to provide water to threatened salmon species downriver.

The farmers revolted. They […]

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Oregon DEQ sharply critical of new federal ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule

June 22, 2020

KTVZ.com

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality said a new federal rule that took effect Monday “has serious and potentially damaging implications for ensuring clean, safe and healthy water in Oregon and elsewhere.”

Here’s Oregon DEQ’s full statement on the impacts of the new rule:

The rule imposes a new definition of Waters of the United States, or WOTUS, under the federal Clean Water Act that reduces the extent of water bodies protected […]

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Portland fluoridation clash echoes in unprecedented trial

Portland Tribune

Nick Budnick

June 17, 2020

California federal case features familiar debate over whether fluoridation should continue, including in Oregon.

In a broadcast that rewound the clock to pre-coronavirus times, a live-streamed federal trial in San Francisco revisited the fluoridation debate that gripped the city of Portland in 2013.

Since June 8, Food and Water Watch, the Fluoride Action Network and other groups have engaged in the Continue reading Portland fluoridation clash echoes in unprecedented trial