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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 Roger and Nancie Marzulla, of Marzulla Law, who both worked on the case for many years, have withdrawn as […]

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GRANT COUNTY OR: ODA to change water quality management

My Eastern Oregon February 25, 2020

Some major changes are coming in the way the Oregon Department of Agriculture handles water quality concerns. The ODA historically addresses water quality issues on a complaint-driven basis, but that will all change according to Kyle Sullivan with the Grant Soil Water Conservation District. He wants to inform local landowners that the state agency will be taking a more proactive approach:

“They’re changing gears a little bit, and going to something they call […]

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Oregon looks upstream to the lower Snake River

PASCO, Wash. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown shifted the political debate from cap and trade during the short-session in Salem to the waters of the Columbia River’s largest tributary — the Snake River — and the four lower dams on the Eastern Washington portion of it.

Brown on Feb. 11 wrote a letter to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee expressing her support to remove the earthen portions from the four concrete lower Snake River dams.

She stated the science was clear […]

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Radioactive waste in Oregon

OPINION Radioactive waste in Oregon Gene H. McIntyre lives in Keizer. He shares his opinion frequently in the Keizertimes. Gene H. McIntyre February 22, 2020 at 11:00am

Radon gas has become a concern since its presence in quantity was first detected and that’s because it can—and often does—result in cancers, sometimes fatal.

Radon’s origin is the decay of radioactive elements found in soil and rock. Radon gas presents itself in human areas through the air we breathe as well as […]

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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 senator predicts court battle over pipeline proposal

By Andrew Selsky | AP Washington Post Feb. 4, 2020 at 3:56 p.m. PST

SALEM, Ore. — A state senator told demonstrators opposed to a plan to build a natural gas pipeline and marine export terminal in Oregon that he expects the battle to go to the courts if the Trump administration tries to ram the project through despite a lack of state permits.

Demonstrators gathered outside […]

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Oregon to get $1.1M as part of EPA $2.2M drinking water program grant

By Associated Press

Posted Jan 29, 2020 Eugene Register-Guard

SEATTLE — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a $2.2 million grant for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington to help identify sources of lead in drinking water in schools and child-care facilities.

The funds are provided through EPA’s new drinking water grant program established by the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act Voluntary Lead Testing in Schools and Child Care grant program.

“Ensuring access to clean drinking water and protecting […]

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Bill would create task force to address groundwater nitrates in NE Oregon

By GEORGE PLAVEN Capital Press

SALEM — Oregon lawmakers will consider a bill during the upcoming legislative session aimed at curbing elevated levels of groundwater nitrates in the Lower Umatilla Basin.

State Sen. Bill Hansell, R-Athena, recently introduced Senate Bill 1562, which calls for the Oregon Department of Agriculture to form a new task force that would review existing data and recommend solutions to the area’s decades-old groundwater problem.

The Lower Umatilla Basin in northeast Oregon is home […]

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Jordan Cove withdrawal not the end

by Mail Tribune Editorial Board

Tuesday, January 28th 2020

The Canadian company behind the proposed Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export terminal and Pacific Connector Pipeline apparently has decided it doesn’t need approval from the state of Oregon if a federal commission grants permission next month for the project to move ahead. We think that’s a mistake.

Pembina, the Calgary, Alberta-based energy company, abruptly withdrew its application to the Oregon Department of State Lands on Thursday, after DSL Director […]

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