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Lawmakers introduce bill to block Trump rule limiting scope of federal water protections

Enrique Saenz May 14, 2020 Two Democratic lawmakers have introduced a bill to block the implementation of a Trump administration rule limiting the scope of bodies of water that fall under federal jurisdiction.

House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure chair Rep. Peter DeFazio, of Oregon, and Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Rep. Grace Napolitano, of California, submitted a bill to block the Navigable Waters Protection Rule finalized […]

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Protesters ‘SLAPPback’ as water fight boils over

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E News reporter Greenwire: Monday, May 11, 2020

Four years ago, nine activists in the small town of Weed, Calif., were railing against an Oregon timber company threatening the city’s water supply.

Then the “Weed 9” met an unexpected outcome: They got sued.

“It was devastating,” said Bob Hall, one of the nine and the former mayor of the timber town at the base of Mount Shasta, about 50 miles south of the Oregon border.

With […]

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Climate change: US megadrought ‘already under way’

By Matt McGrath, Environment correspondent for BBC

April 16, 2020

A mega-drought, equal to the worst to have hit the western US in recorded history, is already under way, say scientists.

Researchers say the megadrought is a naturally occurring event that started in the year 2000 and is still ongoing.

Climate change, though, is having a major impact with rising temperatures making the drought more severe.

Some researchers are more cautious, saying that it is too early […]

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Calif. greenlights massive Klamath River dam removal

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E News reporter

Greenwire: Thursday, April 9, 2020

The largest dam removal project in U.S. history came one step closer to fruition this week, as California issued permits for breaching the four dams on the Klamath River.

The State Water Resources Control Board issued a Clean Water Act certification and environmental assessment for the proposal to remove three dams in Northern California and one in southern Oregon.

“Decades in the making, this historic and comprehensive […]

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Proposed dam removal on Oregon-California border stirs debate over coveted water

By Gillian Flaccus | The Associated Press March 29, 2020

KLAMATH, Calif. — The second-largest river in California has sustained Native American tribes with plentiful salmon for millennia, provided upstream farmers with irrigation water for generations and served as a haven for retirees who built dream homes along its banks.

With so many competing demands, the Klamath River has come to symbolize a larger struggle over the increasingly precious water resources of the […]

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2001 water “takings” case filed with U.S. Supreme Court

by Holly Dillemuth

March 13, 2020

Agricultural producers in the Klamath Project have taken the water “takings” case to the highest court in the land.

Somach Simmons & Dunn from Sacramento, along with Timothy Bishop of the law firm Mayer Brown, filed a petition on the decision related to the class action case with the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday. Roger and Nancie Marzulla, of Marzulla Law, who both worked on the case for many years, have withdrawn as […]

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Satellite data boosts understanding of climate change’s effects on kelp

Steve Lundeberg, steve.lundeberg@oregonstate.edu Mar 5, 2020 Tapping into 35 years of satellite imagery, researchers at Oregon State University have dramatically enlarged the database regarding how climate change is affecting kelps, near-shore seaweeds that provide food and shelter for fish and protect coastlines from wave damage.

And the Landsat pictures paved the way to some surprising findings: A summer of warm water isn’t automatically bad news for kelps, and large winter waves aren’t either.

The study was published in Ecology.

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Bottled water war: Washington, other states seek to curtail firms in tapping local groundwater

By Alex Brown / The Washington Post

Posted Feb 18, 2020 at 5:00 AM

OLYMPIA — Washington state, land of sprawling rainforests and glacier-fed rivers, might soon become the first in the nation to ban water bottling companies from tapping spring-fed sources.

The proposal is one of several efforts at the state and local level to fend off the fast-growing bottled water industry and protect local groundwater. Local activists throughout the country say bottling companies are taking their water virtually […]

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OREGON LAWMAKERS DIVIDED OVER EPA ROLLBACK OF WATER PROTECTIONS

Posted: Jan 23, 2020 KDRV.com Posted By: Jamie Parfitt

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two U.S. Congressmen representing parts of southern Oregon were quick to sound off Thursday following an announcement from the Trump administration that it would move ahead with rollbacks on Obama-era clean water protections.

Officials with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the change on Thursday. During the Obama administration, the agency expanded protections of the “waters of the United States” (commonly referred to as WOTUS) to include smaller […]

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Crystal Geyser Water Pleads Guilty to Dumping Arsenic into California’s Ecosystem

By Benjamin VanHoose

January 16, 2020 People Magazine

The company that makes Crystal Geyser Natural Alpine Spring Water has admitted to illegally handling hazardous wastes at its facility in Olancha, California.

On Jan. 9, CG Roxane, LLC, the company behind the bottled water brand, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful storage of hazardous waste and one count of unlawful transportation of hazardous material.

In a plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court, the beverage-maker agreed to […]

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