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Health Advisory Issued For Upper Klamath Lake Due To Algae Bloom

Oregon’s problems with blue-green algae have spread to another lake. State officials have issued a health advisory for Upper Klamath Lake. It’s in southern Oregon, west of Klamath Falls.

Toxins from blue-green algae can be harmful to humans and animals.

In the affected areas of Klamath Lake, visitors should avoid swimming and activities such as water skiing or power boating. Toxins are not absorbed through the skin, but people with skin sensitivities may experience a puffy red rash at the […]

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Oregon sues to shut down new mega-dairy, citing repeated manure spills

Oregon’s newest mega-dairy has repeatedly endangered nearby drinking water by violating environmental laws and should be shut down immediately, the state alleges in a lawsuit.

Lost Valley Farm opened in April 2017 near Boardman along the Columbia River in north central Oregon to supply the Tillamook County Creamery Association, which makes Tillamook Cheese.

Its wastewater permit allows up to 30,000 animals and 187 million gallons of manure per year.

Regulators approved the dairy despite […]

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The spread of Opioids and involuntary consumption

OREGON – The ‘Opioid Crisis’ in America continues to grow at an alarming rate, with nearly 150 deaths per day on average.

Here in Oregon, health officials are scrambling for ways to deal with it, and in their research they’ve found opioids in places where anyone can be exposed to it — your water.

Most people consume opioids for pain, and take them in pill form from a local pharmacy. But Dr. Patrick Luedtke […]

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What can a common fish tell us about Deschutes River pollution?

A3-inch fish that has slowly infiltrated the Deschutes Basin over the past few decades could prove key to understanding the impact of pollution in Central Oregon’s waterways.

“They’re beloved, they’re widespread, they’re easy to relate to and they can tell us a lot about water quality,” said Ann Petersen, a biology professor at Oregon State University-Cascades.

Building off work that began during her time at the University of Oregon, Petersen spearheaded The […]

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Oregon sues Monsanto for $100 million over PCB water, soil pollution

JAN. 5, 2018

PORTLAND — The state of Ore­gon sued the agrochemical company Monsanto on Thursday over pervasive pollution from PCBs, the toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated in plants, fish and people around the globe for decades. The company called the lawsuit baseless.

The lawsuit seeks $100 million to use to mitigate pollution, particularly along a 10-mile stretch of the Willamette River in […]

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O’Rourke: ‘The Klamath River is extremely sick’

POSTED: 09/25/17, 10:58 AM PDT

Press release from the Yurok Tribe:

The extremely elevated levels of a liver-damaging toxin in the Lower Klamath River is a symptom of a pervasive problem that has far-reaching implications.

“The Klamath River is extremely sick,” said Thomas P. O’Rourke Sr., Chairman of the Yurok Tribe. “Algae are a clear indicator of poor water quality, which negatively affects the salmon population and the ecosystem as a whole. It’s […]

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Portland Once Again Finds a Parasite in its Water Supply

by Dirk VanderHart • Sep 27, 2017

Portland Mercury Heavy rains returned to Portland last week. Now cryptosporidium has, too.

The Portland Water Bureau announced this afternoon that it detected crypto—a parasitic microorganism that in some forms can lead to serious health problems in humans—in a water sample taken from the Bull Run watershed on September 24.

“At this time, the bureau and public health partners at Multnomah County continue to believe Bull Run water is safe […]

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Water bureau OK’s fire retardant drops in Portland’s Bull Run watershed

The Portland Water Bureau has approved fire retardant drops in the Bull Run watershed, a decision that allows firefighters to dump toxic chemicals in the city’s pristine source of drinking water.

The city agency did not publicly announce the decision, confirming it Wednesday only after repeated inquiries from The Oregonian/OregonLive.

“The Portland Water Bureau has […]

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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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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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