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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).

Judge: More Water Must Be Released From Columbia, Snake Dams

AP March 27, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge in Oregon says that beginning next year, the government must spill more water from dams on the lower Columbia and Snake rivers to improve the chances that protected salmon will survive.

U.S. District Judge Michael Simon said in a ruling Monday that the salmon continue to be imperiled and that the Army Corps of Engineers must spill more water for the fish at eight dams. However, he declined to […]

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UCUT study finds trace amount of radiation in migratory salmon Columbia River

Justus Caudell | The Tribune |

NESPELEM—In early December, a number of news agencies reported seaborne radiation from Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear plant was detected in the Pacific Ocean along on the West Coast.

The plant, which first leaked radiation into the Pacific in 2011 following a massive earthquake and tsunami that killed nearly 16,000 people, is feared to still be contaminating the ocean.

The impact of the radiation in the Columbia River—and on migratory salmon that spend their developmental years […]

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Oregon will defy joint fish management on the lower Columbia River

Jan 20, 2017 The Oregonian

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission ripped a hole Friday in the 99-year-old fabric of concurrent fish management on the Columbia River.

With a split 4-3 vote, commission members defied the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission’s attempt to negotiate the long-contested Columbia River Management Plan. The plan required a switch from gill-netting to selective commercial fishing on the mainstem below Bonneville Dam. It also gave priority allocation of mainstem salmon harvest to sport anglers.

Friday’s […]

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Gillnets on Columbia River: The long-standing debate roars back

 

January 15, 2017

Oregon and Washington’s plans for regulating commercial fishing on the lower Columbia River appear to be drifting apart, like an unmoored boat bobbing away from a dock.

Since 1915, the states have agreed on how to manage the salmon industry on more than 145 shared miles of the river – from the mouth to Bonneville Dam. Five years ago, they decided they would phase out gillnets on the main channel of the Columbia by 2017 as […]

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Oregon mega-dairy construction raises questions about legality

Tracy Loew January 10, 2017

Statesman-Journal Is a controversial mega-dairy proposed for Oregon’s eastern Columbia Gorge breaking the law by proceeding with construction before getting any water quality permits or even registering as a business?

A dozen state and national health and environmental groups think so, and they’ve formally asked state agencies to investigate.

“Lost Valley Ranch may be constructing the second-largest confined animal feeding operation in the state of Oregon outside the requirements of state law,” the coalition wrote […]

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Port sues Monsanto for PCB contamination in rivers, slough

Pharmacia LLC for PCB contamination of the Willamette River, the Columbia River and McBride Slough.

Attorneys representing the port filed the 29-page lawsuit Wednesday, Jan. 4, in U.S. District Court. It’s the 10th public entity in the West to sue the company for PCB contamination. Between March 2015 and January 2016, similar lawsuits have been filed by the San Diego Unified Port District and the cities of San Jose, Oakland, Berkeley, Spokane and Seattle.

The port is asking the court […]

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Congress passes bill to improve water quality in Columbia River

December 13, 2016

byGeorge Plaven

Congress has passed a bill authorizing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to establish a competitive, voluntary grant program for environmental cleanup work in the Columbia River.

The Columbia River Restoration Act was included as part of the federal Water Resources Development Act of 2016, which lawmakers approved Dec. 9.

Grants could help pay for projects that improve water quality in the basin, reduce pollution or clean up contaminated sites. Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff […]

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Ground water near Mosier contaminated with oil, DEQ says

A monitoring well installed after last month’s train derailment near Mosier has detected oil contamination in the ground water.

The state Department of Environmental Quality told Portland station KATU that drinking water is not affected in the Columbia River Gorge town because those wells are uphill from where the oil train derailed June 3.

The agency said Wednesday that four monitoring wells were installed after the wreck, and one revealed significant oil contamination.

DEQ plans to install a treatment system […]

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Group sues to force pollution disclosure at Grand Coulee

By The Associated Press JULY 1, 2016 SEATTLE — An environmental group sued the federal agency that operates the nation’s largest hydropower producer Wednesday, saying operations at the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state are polluting the Columbia River in violation of federal clean-water laws.

The nonprofit Columbia Riverkeeper says the Bureau of Reclamation should get a pollution permit and be required to disclose as well as reduce the amount of oil, greases and other pollutants the dam in eastern […]

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