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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dangerously shortsighted management of our precious groundwater supplies and the widespread problems created by outdated, spottily applied or underfunded groundwater protections.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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Editorial:Klamath dam removal a good first step toward fixing water woes

By The Oregonian Editorial Board

on April 09, 2016 The agreement by Oregon, California and the utility PacifiCorp to remove four dams on the Klamath River is good news in that it shows a clear commitment to address longstanding water shortages suffered by farmers and ranchers in the arid Klamath Basin. But the immediate effect of removing the dams will be to help migrating salmon, not farmers, and the real water brokering ahead must involve constituents in the two-state basin […]

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Editorial: Protecting the waterways

APRIL 4, 2016

Eugene Register-Guard

The McKenzie River Trust has added another 122 acres to the more than 2,000 acres it already holds in trust for Oregonians. This time, the trust had its eye on a piece of land just across the McKenzie River from another recent acquisition, 156 acres of riverfront land it bought in December.

The trust acquired both properties from Springfield-based Rosboro, a wood products company, for $775,000 apiece — a total of $1.55 million.

Considering that […]

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Editorial: Water Rights in Jefferson County

March 30, 2016

Weekly Source

A lawsuit pertaining to the upper Deschutes River between Wickiup Reservoir and the City of Bend is ongoing. Last week, a federal judge denied the request of two major environmental groups to require immediate changes to water flow, which varies drastically with the irrigation season. The joint lawsuit, based on the federally-protected Oregon spotted frog, was filed by WaterWatch of Oregon and the Center for Biological Diversity. It names the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and […]

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What the Portland Water Bureau is doing to prepare for the “Big One”

by Commissioner Nick Fish

Created on Thursday, 29 October 2015

The possibility of a Cascadia earthquake has been in the news and on the minds of Oregonians. When, not if, the “Big One” strikes, it could be the largest single disaster faced by our state. So the Portland Water Bureau has been working hard to strengthen our water system to be ready.

Being disaster-ready means taking steps to make sure we can continue to provide high-quality, safe and reliable water […]

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