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EPA WATERS award lauds innovative and effective regional water improvement projects

WASHINGTON, DC, JULY 21, 2017 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 recently honored four Pacific Northwest communities for excellence in providing safe drinking water to the public by using the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program. The communities of Stevens County (Mission Ridge), WA, and Ashland, Baker City and Garibaldi, OR received this recognition after being nominated by their respective states.

The WATERS awards program was initiated in 2016 by EPA Region 10 to acknowledge […]

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Protect our water: Oregonian Editorial

From its forested reservoir 25 miles east of Portland, the Bull Run system flows more than 200 million gallons of water daily into the city with minimal treatment and no filtration. It’s long been the only system in the nation that could make such a claim, a fact that’s been a point of […]

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Crews begin removing Dillon Dam on the Umatilla River

It took 20 years of planning, studies and grant writing, but removal of the Dillon Diversion Dam is finally underway on the Umatilla River.

A pair of excavators rumbled over the dry, rocky riverbed Wednesday morning two miles downstream of Echo, while project managers watched from a clearing along the stream bank. One of the backhoes, fitted with a massive air chisel, moved into position and sliced into the aging concrete like a hot knife through butter.

“I’ve been on […]

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SW Oregon River Gets Special Protections With Designation

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – State officials have given a southwest Oregon river a special designation that could end an effort to build a nickel mine nearby.

The Statesman Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/2t26zW5) that Oregon’s Environmental Quality Commission voted 5-0 Thursday to designate the North Fork Smith River as an Outstanding Resource Waters.

The designation is part of the Clean Water Act that allows states to protect pristine waterbodies.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality took public comments and supported the designation.

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Oregon State’s dry farming project hosts field days in August

Oregon State University’s dry farming project, which began when drought still gripped much of the West, has expanded to the point that 30 farms are hosting field trials this year on the prospects of growing vegetables and orchard crops with little or no irrigation.

Twelve Western Oregon sites will host field days in August, with visits available every Tuesday — Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. The cost is $10 per person per date. Registration and other details are […]

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Oregon Carves a Path for Water Transfers in the West

SINCE 1971, CRIS Converse and her family have relied on water from Oregon’s Whychus Creek to raise cattle and grow hay. Their Pine Meadow Ranch thrives, in part, because the family’s water rights date back to 1850, assuring access to water virtually without limit.

By the 2000s, however, concern for Oregon’s salmon populations had become a powerful movement. And salmon that had spawned in Whychus Creek for millennia couldn’t get past the Converse family dam.

So Converse agreed to sell […]

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Cline Butte Water sold to Texas firm

June 6, 2017

Bend Bulletin

Cline Butte Water LLC, provider of water to 1,600 customers at Eagle Crest Resort near Redmond, has been sold to a Texas utility.

SouthWest Water Co., of Sugar Land, Texas, purchased the utility, and the affiliated company that provides wastewater treatment, Cline Butte Environmental LLC, from Oregon Resorts LLC for an undisclosed sum. The Oregon Public Utility Commission approved the purchase in May, according to PUC records.

The agreement calls for SouthWest to operate Cline […]

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Local Water Alliance with Nestle update

We have 2 water updates: 1. The City Council of Cascade Locks has set aside $33,000 in the 2017/2018 budget to begin the challenge to the water exchange and Hood River County’s Water Protection Measure. 2. The City Council of Goldendale will announce their decision about whether or not to invite Nestle in June (the meetings are the 5th and the 19th).

Wild winter steelhead may be MIA; or just unseen in high water

BY BILL MONROE For The Oregonian/OregonLive Garth Wyatt, a biologist with PGE’s Clackamas River project, sorts a wild steelhead at a state-of-the-art station at North Fork Dam, east of Estacada. Hatchery steelhead are quickly and safely separated from wild fish, which are passed upriver to spawn. Hatchery fish are returned to the lower river for anglers. Garth Wyatt, a biologist with PGE’s Clackamas River project, sorts a wild steelhead at a state-of-the-art station at North Fork Dam, east of Estacada. […]

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New agricultural wells prohibited in Oregon’s Walla Walla subbasin

Mateusz PerkowskiCapital Press Published on May 11, 2017 4:44PM

SALEM — Oregon’s water regulators have unanimously voted to stop permitting new agricultural wells in Northeast Oregon’s 300,000-acre Walla Walla subbasin due to groundwater depletion concerns.

At its May 11 meeting, the Oregon Water Resources Commission also designated the subbasin as a “serious water management problem area,” which means irrigators with existing basalt wells must install flow meters to measure their water usage and report it to state regulators.

The restriction […]

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