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Dead Zones Increasing Off Oregon Coast, Including California, Washington

Published 11/05/2018 at 2:29 AM PDT By Oregon Coast Beach Connection Staff

According to findings by Francis Chan of Oregon State University in Corvallis (of which the Hatfield in Newport is a part), Oregon has seen a decline in oxygen in ocean waters near the seafloor for two decades now, resulting in what they term “hypoxia season.” It’s not dissimilar to the idea of a wildfire season, except here there are periods where oxygen levels nosedive in various […]

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Donald Trump orders speedup on Klamath water project, others

DENVER — President Donald Trump on Friday ordered the government to speed up environmental reviews and streamline regulations that he says are hindering work on major water projects in California and other Western states.

Trump signed a memorandum aimed at helping the Central Valley Project and the California State Water Project in California, the Klamath Irrigation Project in Oregon and California and the Columbia River Basin system in the Pacific Northwest.

“We will resolve the issues blocking the completion of […]

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Court Upholds Oregon’s Right to Protect Water, Fish From Destructive River Mining

PORTLAND, Ore.— The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld an Oregon law restricting motorized gold mining in sensitive salmon streams. In 2017 Oregon passed the Suction Dredge Reform Bill (S.B. 3) to protect water quality and fish habitat across the state from damaging suction dredge mining.

“The court correctly ruled that states can protect water quality and wild fish from harmful motorized mining,” said Pete Frost with the Western Environmental Law Center. “This decision supports […]

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Oregon issues approval to remove J.C. Boyle Dam on the Klamath River

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued a final certification for the removal of the J.C. Boyle Dam on the Klamath River, according to a press release received Monday from Klamath River Renewal Corporation.

The ODEQ determined removing the dam, located in Klamath County, would improve water quality on the river, restore a more “free-flowing condition” and have long-term benefits for fish populations, according to the press release.

The J.C. Boyle Dam is one […]

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Lawsuit Launched Over Federal Failure to Address Ocean Acidification in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of intent to sue the Trump administration for refusing to recognize that ocean acidification caused by fossil fuel pollution is impairing waterways in Oregon.

Today’s filing notes that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has failed to fulfill its requirement under the Clean Water Act to identify waters impaired by ocean acidification so that they can then be subject to pollution controls and other mitigation measures.

Shellfish and […]

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Fixing The Willamette’s Toxic Algae Problem Could Start At Ross Island

It’s not unusual for toxic algal blooms to close a lake or pond. And in recent years, these algae have been contaminating another type of swimming spot: the Willamette River. In early August, the Oregon Health Authority advised Portland residents to keep themselves and their pets out of the water in certain areas.

Such warnings have become increasingly common along Portland’s stretch of the Willamette, and most of the blooms have been traced back to one location: the lagoon on […]

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Judge urges state to act on Upper Klamath Lake water distribution

SALEM — Marion County Judge Claudia M. Burton on Monday ruled in favor of the Klamath Irrigation District (KID) by urging the Oregon Water Resources Department to make a determination on the distribution of water in Upper Klamath Lake.

The case stems from a request by KID earlier this year of the state water agency to regulate the water in the lake, a request that KID officials and legal counsel said was not acknowledged.

“The response […]

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Environmental group to use North Coast microplastics data to push for water quality standards

After years of surveys and beach cleanups, microplastics data collected at Fort Stevens State Park and Crescent Beach near Ecola State Park will be at the forefront of an environmental group’s push to influence state policy.

The Center for Biological Diversity, a West Coast nonprofit, is submitting data from several Oregon beaches to the state Department of Environmental Quality in an attempt to list the nearby water as contaminated.

“If the beach is contaminated, there’s good reason to believe the […]

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Water war along California-Oregon border pits growers against tribes

TULELAKE, Calif. — As one of the tensest fights for water in the West closes in, residents in this town along the rural California-Oregon border are moving out.

The sidewalks are emptier. The downtown is a ghostly strip of vacant storefronts, struggling lunch spots and liquor stores. The highway nearby is flanked by abandoned silos and crumbling produce warehouses.

The Klamath River has run low, and the economic fallout of a water […]

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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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