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Below Mt. Shasta, a fight burbles over bottled water

Jane Braxton Little High Country News

May 28, 2018

Mount Shasta reigns over Siskiyou County, a commanding presence even when cloaked in clouds. The snow on its flanks percolates into a vast underground aquifer of volcanic tunnels and bubbling springs. Steeped in legend and celebrated for its purity, Shasta water is almost as mysterious as its namesake California mountain. Little is known about how much is actually stored there or how it moves through […]

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Aquifer falling, central Washington farmers ask: Where will the water come from?

By Nicholas Deshais nickd@spokesman.com(509) 459-5440

ODESSA, Wash. – Clark Kagele’s truck stops next to a tangle of shattered concrete and broken pipe. An old, defunct well.

For a few decades, 600 feet was deep enough. Not anymore.

On his 2,000 acres, Kagele grows wheat but also alfalfa for the herd, canola for cooking oil, timothy hay for discerning horse- and cattle-owners in Japan and South Korea, potatoes and, for the first time, sunflowers for […]

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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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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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Westland Water Users hope to educate, not miss future opportunities

A group of Westland Irrigation District patrons is mounting a public information campaign after missing out on Columbia River water supplies. George PlavenEast Oregonian

November 4, 2017 9:07PM

A group of Westland Irrigation District patrons is mounting its own public information campaign to provide greater knowledge and transparency of water law in the Umatilla Basin.

The effort comes in the middle of a lawsuit filed against Westland by other district members who claim they are being cheated out of […]

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Water is the main issue for Representative Bentz

October 31, 2017

ONTARIO, Oregon – Oregon Rep. Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario) wants to be selected to take over retiring Sen. Ted Ferrioli’s (R-John Day) seat in the Senate. He feels he could be more effective for rural Oregon in that role, but plans to run for reelection for his current seat in the 60thDistrict if he’s not selected to fill […]

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EPA DISTRIBUTES FUNDING FOR WATER QUALITY MONITORING IN OREGON, WASHINGTON, OHIO

From the EPA:

SEATTLE and CHICAGO, OCT 17, 2017 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $43M to water systems in Oregon, Washington, and Ohio.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality was awarded nearly $2 million to protect water quality through a Nonpoint Source Program Clean Water Act (Section 319) cooperative agreement. This grant is given to states to implement environmental programs that address nonpoint source pollution in surface and groundwater in order to meet and […]

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Plans for Nestle water bottling plant in Cascade Locks moves forward despite ban

October 18, 2017

CASCADE LOCKS, OR

Plans for a Nestle water bottling plant in Cascade Locks continue to move forward, in spite of a voter-approved ballot measure prohibiting such a plant in Hood River County.

In May, 2016, voters in Hood River County passed a measure that banned large water bottling operations, which many thought signaled an end to Nestle’s ambitions for the Columbia River Gorge, but despite the vote, the city of Cascade Locks has been […]

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One year later: little changes with state ground water management

The agency tasked with regulating Oregon’s groundwater still can’t say how much is available or being pumped from the earth, one year after an investigative series exposed longstanding problems.

In the year since The Oregonian/OregonLive’s “Draining Oregon” series examined the Water Resources Department and the practices that feed the imbalance between the state’s water supply […]

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