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Canada: Columbia River Treaty a boon to the U.S., but must benefit all (Guest opinion)

By Brandon Lee

Early in the new year, Canadian and American officials will meet to discuss the renewal of one of the most enduring examples of our strong partnership – the Columbia River Treaty.

Under the treaty’s terms, three dams and reservoirs in British Columbia, and one dam in Montana that floods the Kootenay Valley into B.C., provide flood protection and help generate hydroelectricity downstream in the United States.

For more than 50 years, this benefit-sharing agreement has reliably prevented […]

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EDITORIAL: Agriculture the most important use of water

Capital Press

November 23, 2017

When it comes to farming in the West, all you have to do is add water.

With water, the West has blossomed. Take a look at the vast Columbia Basin in Washington and the Snake River valley in southern Idaho. And the Central Valley in California. And all of Eastern Oregon.

Anywhere water is available, the predominant color is green, with high-value and high-yield crops dotting the countryside. Without water, the countryside is brown or […]

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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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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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Aerial spray ban best way to ensure clean water

By Justin Workman For The Register-Guard MARCH 27, 2017

Spring is upon us, inspiring images of flowers in colorful bloom. But for some in Oregon, it means the beginning of the spray season.

It’s a time when the big timber corporations such as Weyerhaeuser, Seneca, Roseburg and Giustina use helicopters to aerially spray cancerous concoctions of herbicides on their clearcuts. These timber companies are creating their own special spring shower that kills everything living except for newly replanted fir trees. […]

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Legislators need to find out why state lacks data on groundwater

Water’s a conflict-ridden subject in much of Eastern Oregon, especially the Klamath Basin. Anything that even faintly smells like it might restrict water rights, especially in rural agricultural areas, is in for a fight.

So it’s likely that a set of groundwater bills filed by a Beaverton state representative dealing with information and fees will be viewed with heavy suspicion if not outright opposition by those who depend on groundwater. That includes farmers and ranchers in the Basin.

The pressure […]

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Watershed restoration means clean drinking water for Oregonians (Opinion)

Print Email Guest Columnist By Guest Columnist Follow on Twitter on December 24, 2016 at 9:00 AM, updated December 24, 2016 at 9:01 AM Cathy Kellon

Oregonians care about their water for good reason. More than half of all Oregonians get their drinking water from rivers and streams and protecting the watersheds that provide that water is more important than ever. From summer droughts to a backlog of deferred maintenance on pipes and treatment plants, our towns face daunting challenges […]

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Stop the drain on Oregon’s groundwater

John DeVoe and Bob Van Dyk 9:04 p.m. PST November 7, 2016

Media coverage has exposed Oregon’s dangerously shortsighted management of our precious groundwater supplies and the widespread problems created by outdated, spottily applied or underfunded groundwater protections. The resulting public outcry, including editorials from around the state, has already prompted the Legislature to hold an informational hearing on groundwater.

All this conversation is healthy. Now comes the hard part: we need to make sure that the state enacts specific […]

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Film Reveals Oregon’s Dirty Logging Secret

April 14, 2016

By Natalie Bennon, Pacific Rivers If you’ve ever been to Oregon, you probably think of us as a green state – a utopia filled with people who recycle, ride bicycles, and hike and fish in healthy forests filled with clear streams. But when it comes to our forests and rivers, how real is that reputation?

Pacific Rivers’ new award-winning film Behind the Emerald Curtain takes viewers beyond the scenery that most people see – beyond the “beauty […]

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Editorial: Congress must address tribal housing crisis on the Columbia River

on April 10, 2016 at 11:27 AM By Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Sen. Jeff Merkley

The Columbia River is the economic heart of the Northwest, a beacon of prosperity and beauty. More than 4 trillion gallons of water are drawn from it and its tributaries annually for agriculture, industry and other uses. It provides electricity for millions of people and powers the region’s economy. Nearly 17 million tons of cargo move along its waters every year — from Lewiston, Idaho, […]

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