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Climate change: US megadrought ‘already under way’

By Matt McGrath, Environment correspondent for BBC

April 16, 2020

A mega-drought, equal to the worst to have hit the western US in recorded history, is already under way, say scientists.

Researchers say the megadrought is a naturally occurring event that started in the year 2000 and is still ongoing.

Climate change, though, is having a major impact with rising temperatures making the drought more severe.

Some researchers are more cautious, saying that it is too early […]

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New digital market opens for West’s most valuable resource: water

By SIERRA DAWN McCLAIN Capital Press April 14, 2020

The market for water rights — often called the greatest asset in the West — has been patchy, complicated and expensive to access. A new program aims to change that.

A digital platform called Western Water Market debuted in February. It offers an online listing service where people can buy, sell or lease water rights. The online platform resembles the housing market listing service Zillow.

“It’s like Craigslist,” said […]

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Calif. greenlights massive Klamath River dam removal

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E News reporter

Greenwire: Thursday, April 9, 2020

The largest dam removal project in U.S. history came one step closer to fruition this week, as California issued permits for breaching the four dams on the Klamath River.

The State Water Resources Control Board issued a Clean Water Act certification and environmental assessment for the proposal to remove three dams in Northern California and one in southern Oregon.

“Decades in the making, this historic and comprehensive […]

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Funding for Bull Run projects on City Council agenda

Pamplin Media Group – The Outlook

Jim ReddenTuesday, April 07, 2020

The City Council will consider authorizing up to $745 million worth of revenue bonds to help fund two major Portland Water Bureau projects on Wednesday, April 8.

The two Bull Run Treatment projects are the planned Filtration Plant currently estimated at $820 million and the Corrosion Control Facility approved at $20 million.

According to a financial impact statement accompanying the ordinance, additional costs including contingencies, financing, indirect costs and […]

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Proposed dam removal on Oregon-California border stirs debate over coveted water

By Gillian Flaccus | The Associated Press March 29, 2020

KLAMATH, Calif. — The second-largest river in California has sustained Native American tribes with plentiful salmon for millennia, provided upstream farmers with irrigation water for generations and served as a haven for retirees who built dream homes along its banks.

With so many competing demands, the Klamath River has come to symbolize a larger struggle over the increasingly precious water resources of the […]

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2001 water “takings” case filed with U.S. Supreme Court

by Holly Dillemuth

March 13, 2020

Agricultural producers in the Klamath Project have taken the water “takings” case to the highest court in the land.

Somach Simmons & Dunn from Sacramento, along with Timothy Bishop of the law firm Mayer Brown, filed a petition on the decision related to the class action case with the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday. Roger and Nancie Marzulla, of Marzulla Law, who both worked on the case for many years, have withdrawn as […]

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Satellite data boosts understanding of climate change’s effects on kelp

Steve Lundeberg, steve.lundeberg@oregonstate.edu Mar 5, 2020 Tapping into 35 years of satellite imagery, researchers at Oregon State University have dramatically enlarged the database regarding how climate change is affecting kelps, near-shore seaweeds that provide food and shelter for fish and protect coastlines from wave damage.

And the Landsat pictures paved the way to some surprising findings: A summer of warm water isn’t automatically bad news for kelps, and large winter waves aren’t either.

The study was published in Ecology.

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GRANT COUNTY OR: ODA to change water quality management

My Eastern Oregon February 25, 2020

Some major changes are coming in the way the Oregon Department of Agriculture handles water quality concerns. The ODA historically addresses water quality issues on a complaint-driven basis, but that will all change according to Kyle Sullivan with the Grant Soil Water Conservation District. He wants to inform local landowners that the state agency will be taking a more proactive approach:

“They’re changing gears a little bit, and going to something they call […]

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Oregon looks upstream to the lower Snake River

PASCO, Wash. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown shifted the political debate from cap and trade during the short-session in Salem to the waters of the Columbia River’s largest tributary — the Snake River — and the four lower dams on the Eastern Washington portion of it.

Brown on Feb. 11 wrote a letter to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee expressing her support to remove the earthen portions from the four concrete lower Snake River dams.

She stated the science was clear […]

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Radioactive waste in Oregon

OPINION Radioactive waste in Oregon Gene H. McIntyre lives in Keizer. He shares his opinion frequently in the Keizertimes. Gene H. McIntyre February 22, 2020 at 11:00am

Radon gas has become a concern since its presence in quantity was first detected and that’s because it can—and often does—result in cancers, sometimes fatal.

Radon’s origin is the decay of radioactive elements found in soil and rock. Radon gas presents itself in human areas through the air we breathe as well as […]

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