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Major dam project could empty Detroit Lake for years, in fish recovery plan

A project intended to improve conditions for endangered fish could mean essentially emptying Detroit Lake for one or two years.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to build a 300-foot tower and floating screen at Detroit Dam to improve water temperature and fish passage for salmon and steelhead in the North Santiam River.

But the $100 to $250 million project has sparked alarm over the potential impact to water supply in Salem and […]

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There needs to be consequence for DEQ’s lack of accountability

Welcome to Oregon! Pollute to your company’s content; no one will notice.

Sounds like fiction given Oregonians’ passion for clean air, water and land.

But it might as well be the slogan of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

When audited recently, it was determined that 43 percent of the state’s largest air polluters are operating with expired permits. Some of them for as many as five years.

The agency also told auditors […]

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Oregon sues Monsanto for $100 million over PCB water, soil pollution

JAN. 5, 2018

PORTLAND — The state of Ore­gon sued the agrochemical company Monsanto on Thursday over pervasive pollution from PCBs, the toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated in plants, fish and people around the globe for decades. The company called the lawsuit baseless.

The lawsuit seeks $100 million to use to mitigate pollution, particularly along a 10-mile stretch of the Willamette River in […]

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Canada: Columbia River Treaty a boon to the U.S., but must benefit all (Guest opinion)

By Brandon Lee

Early in the new year, Canadian and American officials will meet to discuss the renewal of one of the most enduring examples of our strong partnership – the Columbia River Treaty.

Under the treaty’s terms, three dams and reservoirs in British Columbia, and one dam in Montana that floods the Kootenay Valley into B.C., provide flood protection and help generate hydroelectricity downstream in the United States.

For more than 50 years, this benefit-sharing agreement has reliably prevented […]

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City of Portland water filtration plant to take 10 years to build

 

State and Portland city officials have agreed on a compliance schedule that outlines how the city plans to build and construct a water filtration plant in the Bull Run Watershed that will treat water for the parasite cryptosporidium.

The agreement marks the official end of a variance that made Portland the only city in the country that didn’t have to treat its water for the parasite.

“The variance was the only one of its kind,” said Edward […]

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Nestle/Cascade Locks Story from CRAG Law Center Point of View

Read the story below for a detailed history of the grassroots battle against Nestlé in the Gorge. Make a donation to Crag today so we can continue to provide legal support to protect Oregon’s precious water resources for future generations

In 2008, Nestlé showed up on Oregon’s doorstep with offers of jobs, economic growth and what they pitched as great opportunity for the town of Cascade Locks and the State of Oregon. Cascade Locks would get jobs and an […]

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By HOLLY DILLEMUTH Herald and News December 7, 2017

Ordering irrigation water in the Klamath Project is about to get easier, thanks to a joint senior project by two Oregon Tech students in coordination with members of the Klamath Irrigation District (KID) planning committee.

Committee members Ry Kliewer and Josh DuBose have been working with Tech seniors Sara Musgrave and Nathan Banavong on a prototype for a water delivery system. Musgrave and Banavong are tasked with getting the […]

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New Oregon instream water rights worry irrigators

Mateusz PerkowskiCapital Press

Published on November 20, 2017

Oregon’s fish and wildlife regulators plan to secure new instream water rights to preserve fish habitat, raising concerns about possible impacts on irrigators.

The new instream water rights are intended to protect flows, but the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is still studying which river basins to target.

“This is a statewide approach based on need,” said Anna Pakenham Stevenson, ODFW’s water quality and quantity program manager.

ODFW also plans […]

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Corps takes another look at stored Willamette River Basin water

Eric MortensonCapital Press

Published on November 15, 2017

Willamette Valley farmers and ranchers would have rights to about 250,000 acre-feet of irrigation water annually under a reallocation plan suggested by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Oregon Water Resources Department.

The proposal is the latest attempt to decide who gets access to the water stored behind 13 federal dams in the basin. For agriculture, even in the wet Willamette Valley, water availability in spring and summer is […]

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Oregon Appeals Court nixes bid by Greg Demers to secure big water rights on the McKenzie River

Eugene Register Guard

By Christian Wihtol

November 16, 2017

The Oregon Court of ­Appeals has thrown cold ­water on a Lane County company’s attempt to siphon millions of gallons of water daily from the McKenzie River.

The appeals panel, in a ruling Wednesday, said the state Water Resources Commission was correct in ­denying the application by Willamette Water Co. to draw 22 million gallons of water a day from the McKenzie.

The judges said the ­company […]

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