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Guest column: Deschutes should not be damaged for personal profit

Most Central Oregon residents are aware that the Deschutes River is severely compromised. However, the public is not getting all the information needed to make intelligent choices about the Deschutes River.

Some 90 percent of the water withdrawn from the Deschutes River is for irrigation. By comparison, all industry and municipal withdrawals amount to 5 percent. In other words, if the only withdrawals were for cities like Bend, the Deschutes would still be a functioning river.

As […]

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As It Was: California Covets Upper Klamath Basin Water

By • APR 9, 2018

Jefferson Public Radio

The need for more water in the Central Valley of California has generated countless headlines over the years, and officials there have frequently looked as far as Southeastern Oregon for possible sources of water supplies.

The Upper Klamath Basin was still frontier territory in 1858 when the French-language newspaper Le Phare in San Francisco published a story about abundant water supplies to be found north of the state […]

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The KBRA killed the Klamath River

POSTED: 04/06/18, 11:08 PM PDT | UPDATED: 3 HRS AGO

I’m still livid over the March 29 Times-Standard deck head under the headline, “Salmon season likely to reopen” which read, “Hoopa tribe overharvested salmon by 10 times its share, agencies say.” Who determined the Hoopa Tribe’s “share”? The Hoopa Valley Tribe’s position has always been that the 80/20 allocation of in-river harvest, established by the Bureau of […]

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Dam spill could boost OTEC bills

JAYSON JACOBY

THE BAKER CITY HERALD

April 4, 2018

A court ruling requiring officials to pass more water through the spillways of eight federal dams to aid migrating salmon and steelhead, rather than using the water to produce electricity, could increase monthly bills for Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative customers for part of the year.

The decision Monday by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affects four dams on the lower Snake River in Washington and […]

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Walden Supports Effort To Find A New Klamath Basin Water Pact

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March 19, 2018

Oregon’s Second District Congress member Greg Walden says he believes stakeholders in the Klamath Basin can come together again to negotiate a comprehensive solution to the region’s water wars.

After Governor Kate Brown declared a drought emergency in Klamath County last week, Walden told JPR he was working with Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to get federal funds to provide emergency relief to growers who could lose access […]

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A coalition of environmental advocacy groups is suing a pair of federal agencies over “missed deadlines, postponed actions, and poor communications” regarding the embattled Chinook salmon and steelhead populations in the Willamette River, the groups said in a statement Monday.

The lawsuit was filed in Portland district court by the Northwest Environmental Defense Center, WildEarth […]

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Study to help shape future of Deschutes River

BEND, Ore. – The Deschutes River is a vital part of life here in Central Oregon.

From recreational activities to agricultural benefits to environmental impacts, the water that flows through the river sustains life.

A study is being done to determine just how best to conserve the river, and now organizations are coming together to protect it.

The $1.5 million study of the river has been going on for over two years.

The idea behind the study is to take […]

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Oregon sues to shut down new mega-dairy, citing repeated manure spills

Oregon’s newest mega-dairy has repeatedly endangered nearby drinking water by violating environmental laws and should be shut down immediately, the state alleges in a lawsuit.

Lost Valley Farm opened in April 2017 near Boardman along the Columbia River in north central Oregon to supply the Tillamook County Creamery Association, which makes Tillamook Cheese.

Its wastewater permit allows up to 30,000 animals and 187 million gallons of manure per year.

Regulators approved the dairy despite […]

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The spread of Opioids and involuntary consumption

OREGON – The ‘Opioid Crisis’ in America continues to grow at an alarming rate, with nearly 150 deaths per day on average.

Here in Oregon, health officials are scrambling for ways to deal with it, and in their research they’ve found opioids in places where anyone can be exposed to it — your water.

Most people consume opioids for pain, and take them in pill form from a local pharmacy. But Dr. Patrick Luedtke […]

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What can a common fish tell us about Deschutes River pollution?

A3-inch fish that has slowly infiltrated the Deschutes Basin over the past few decades could prove key to understanding the impact of pollution in Central Oregon’s waterways.

“They’re beloved, they’re widespread, they’re easy to relate to and they can tell us a lot about water quality,” said Ann Petersen, a biology professor at Oregon State University-Cascades.

Building off work that began during her time at the University of Oregon, Petersen spearheaded The […]

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