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Portlanders will pay more for their water after the City Council on Wednesday chose the most expensive option for a new treatment plant needed to meet state and federal rules.

Homeowners are expected to pay an average of $10.38 more per month over the next 16 years for the filtration treatment plant approved unanimously by […]

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UV, not filtration, should be used to protect Portland’s water (Guest opinion)

BY ERNEST ALAN MEYER

At Portland City Council, plans are being debated for treating water from the Bull Run watershed to prevent potentially human-infective cryptosporidium (crypto) oocysts from entering the Portland water supply. My research into treating water for crypto as a microbiology professor at Oregon Health & Science University may provide some insight that decision-makers can take into consideration.

Only two of the 15 known cryptosporidium species (there may be more) infect humans. These two specials can infect […]

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State denies reconsideration for Lost Valley Farm

Despite concerns of water pollution and contamination, the agencies responsible for permitting a 30,000-cow dairy farm in Morrow County will not be reconsidering their decision.

Lost Valley Farm, located on a portion of what used to be the Boardman Tree Farm, was issued a controversial wastewater handling permit March 31 from the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Department of Environmental Quality, which together administer the state’s confined animal feeding operations, or CAFOs.

Opponents of the dairy filed what’s known as […]

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Cancer-Causing Contaminants Found in Oregon’s Water, Study Finds

When water flows out of the faucet and into a glass, it usually appears clean and healthful. A report released Wednesday, however, found hundreds of harmful contaminants across the American water supply that can cause cancer, developmental issues in children, problems in pregnancy, and other serious health conditions.

“There are chemicals that have been linked to cancer, for example, that are found above health-based limits, or health guidelines, in the water of more than 250 million Americans,” said Nneka Leiba, […]

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EPA WATERS award lauds innovative and effective regional water improvement projects

WASHINGTON, DC, JULY 21, 2017 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 recently honored four Pacific Northwest communities for excellence in providing safe drinking water to the public by using the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program. The communities of Stevens County (Mission Ridge), WA, and Ashland, Baker City and Garibaldi, OR received this recognition after being nominated by their respective states.

The WATERS awards program was initiated in 2016 by EPA Region 10 to acknowledge […]

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Protect our water: Oregonian Editorial

From its forested reservoir 25 miles east of Portland, the Bull Run system flows more than 200 million gallons of water daily into the city with minimal treatment and no filtration. It’s long been the only system in the nation that could make such a claim, a fact that’s been a point of […]

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Crews begin removing Dillon Dam on the Umatilla River

It took 20 years of planning, studies and grant writing, but removal of the Dillon Diversion Dam is finally underway on the Umatilla River.

A pair of excavators rumbled over the dry, rocky riverbed Wednesday morning two miles downstream of Echo, while project managers watched from a clearing along the stream bank. One of the backhoes, fitted with a massive air chisel, moved into position and sliced into the aging concrete like a hot knife through butter.

“I’ve been on […]

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SW Oregon River Gets Special Protections With Designation

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – State officials have given a southwest Oregon river a special designation that could end an effort to build a nickel mine nearby.

The Statesman Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/2t26zW5) that Oregon’s Environmental Quality Commission voted 5-0 Thursday to designate the North Fork Smith River as an Outstanding Resource Waters.

The designation is part of the Clean Water Act that allows states to protect pristine waterbodies.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality took public comments and supported the designation.

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Oregon State’s dry farming project hosts field days in August

Oregon State University’s dry farming project, which began when drought still gripped much of the West, has expanded to the point that 30 farms are hosting field trials this year on the prospects of growing vegetables and orchard crops with little or no irrigation.

Twelve Western Oregon sites will host field days in August, with visits available every Tuesday — Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. The cost is $10 per person per date. Registration and other details are […]

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Mayor Recommends No Further Action On Nestlé Proposal

Goldendale Mayor Mike Canon has released his Nestle Report and recommendation to be presented to the Goldendale City Council on June 19, 2017.

His four page report “Research: Nestle American Bottling Plant; Goldendale, WA” includes: The Nestlé Invitation background. Preliminary numbers of a Nestle American proposal, including water resource needs, waste water production, trucking volumes, and projected employees ‘at full build out’. Details of the Goldendale Municipal Water System. Consideration of the steps to implement proposed plan. Impact of the […]

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