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Wall Street spends millions to buy up Washington state water

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Seattle Times staff reporter

WINTHROP, Okanogan County — Follow the water and you’ll find the money.

That’s how it often works in the dusty rural corners of Washington, where a Wall Street-backed firm is staking an ambitious venture on the state’s water.

Crown Columbia Water Resources since 2017 has targeted the water rights of farms on tributaries of the mighty Columbia River.

This March, […]

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The fight to stop Nestlé from taking America’s water to sell in plastic bottles

The Guardian

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The network of clear streams comprising California’s Strawberry Creek run down the side of a steep, rocky mountain in a national forest two hours east of Los Angeles. Last year Nestlé siphoned 45m gallons of pristine spring water from the creek and bottled it under the Arrowhead Water label.

Though it’s on federal land, […]

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Communities weigh in on Oregon’s 100-year water vision

By GEORGE PLAVEN Capital Press

GRESHAM, Ore. — Faced with climate change, a growing population and aging infrastructure, the state of Oregon is reaching out to local communities for ideas to ensure clean and abundant water supplies over the next 100 years.

The Oregon Water Resources Commission has already adopted an Integrated Water Resources Strategy, which was last updated in 2017. It identifies 18 critical water issues and more than 50 recommendations for meeting the state’s water needs […]

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Yakama and Lummi Nations Call for Removal of Three Columbia River Dams

 

Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director,Columbia Riverkeeper

bv@columbiariverkeeper.org

Today I stood on the Columbia’s shores at Celilo Park and watched history in the making. Yakama Nation, supported by Lummi Nation, announced a bold vision: a Columbia River teeming with salmon, a restored Celilo Falls, and a Pacific Northwest powered by clean energy that does not drive salmon and orca to extinction. Yakama Nation Chairman Jode Goudy stated: “The Columbia River dams were […]

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Federal Judge Sets Deadlines For Oregon To Redo River Temperature Guidelines

by Follow OPB Oct. 5, 2019 1:45 p.m. | Ashland, Ore.

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A U.S. district court says Oregon must develop new plans to keep the state’s rivers from getting too warm for fish.

A ruling Friday set a series of deadlines that cover more than a dozen rivers, including the Willamette, Umpqua, Rogue, John Day, Columbia and Snake.

Federal law requires Oregon have plans in place to ensure that the state’s rivers don’t […]

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Getting their feet wet: Intel and other big firms begin to fund Willamette River restoration work

It’s a hot day in late July, and Matt Blakely-Smith is leading a tour of the Greenbelt Land Trust’s latest restoration project at Horseshoe Lake, a 236-acre piece of former farm property that wraps around a bend in the Willamette River between Corvallis and Albany.

The nonprofit environmental group has brought in a local excavating firm to take out two raised farm roads that form a dam across the arms of Horseshoe Lake, a cut-off oxbow that once was […]

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Feds propose major habitat protections for killer whales

SEATTLE — US protections for the waters that a group of endangered orcas call home could soon expand beyond the Seattle area to encompass much of the West Coast, from the Canadian border to central California.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a proposal Wednesday to increase the critical habitat designation for southern resident killer whales by more than sevenfold under the Endangered Species Act.

Just 73 orcas remain in […]

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‘Forever chemicals’ found in water at Oregon National Guard bases, school

Eastern Oregonian

By Michael Kohn EO Media Group

BEND — The supply of drinking water at the Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program on Dodds Road near Bend, as well as nine other national guard facilities in Oregon, contains toxic fluorinated chemicals, according to data released by a Washington, D.C.-based environmental organization.

While the levels of PFAS chemicals in the water fall within those considered safe by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, some scientists are concerned that even low levels […]

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Oregon committee dives into water problems

By MATEUSZ PERKOWSKI Capital Press

SALEM — A newly revived committee in the Oregon House is taking a deep dive into water issues, potentially creating opportunities and worries for the state’s irrigators.

The seven-member House Water Committee, recently reformed after a long hiatus, will focus on a variety of issues relating to water quality and quantity, said Rep. Ken Helm, D-Beaverton, its chairman.

In the past, Helm has sponsored bills that proved highly controversial in the agricultural community, […]

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Washington state Lewis County fight against water bottler

August 29, 2019

As a member of Columbia Riverkeeper, we thought you’d appreciate this story of corporate greed and community resistance. Big kudos to the people of Lewis County who are taking on Crystal Geyser and winning!

Email goof leaks corporate playbook

Columbia Riverkeepers

It’s rare to get a glimpse inside the multinational corporation playbook, but water bottling giant Crystal Geyser lays bare its strategy: if the local community does not support its […]

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