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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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Mayor Recommends No Further Action On Nestlé Proposal

Goldendale Mayor Mike Canon has released his Nestle Report and recommendation to be presented to the Goldendale City Council on June 19, 2017.

His four page report “Research: Nestle American Bottling Plant; Goldendale, WA” includes: The Nestlé Invitation background. Preliminary numbers of a Nestle American proposal, including water resource needs, waste water production, trucking volumes, and projected employees ‘at full build out’. Details of the Goldendale Municipal Water System. Consideration of the steps to implement proposed plan. Impact of the […]

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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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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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Shortage forces Crater Lake to haul water

May 5, 2017

By Lee Juillerat for the Mail Tribune Despite an above-average snowpack, Crater Lake National Park is experiencing a water shortage.

Tanker trucks will begin hauling water to the park early next week after the Klamath Tribes called their water claim on the Wood River system, where the park normally gets its water supply. The tribes, which hold the most senior water right, called the claim to keep water in the streams after analyses showed flows in the […]

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Nestle pipes water from national forest, sparking protests

USA TODAY NETWORK Corinne S. Kennedy and Ian James, The (Palm Springs, Calif.) Desert Sun April 3, 2017 |

PALM SPRINGS, Calif.— A little after 1 p.m. Sunday, a steady stream of cars pulled off Highway 18 at Lake Gregory Drive. Their occupants exited, darting across the road during traffic breaks and posting up on a dirt lot next to Grotewolds Carpet Station. Others caught rides there after meeting at a high school up the road.

Dressed in bright colors […]

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Who owns the water in Weed, California?

BY LEONIE SHERMAN | APR 1 2017 The Sierra Club

When the citizens of Weed, California turn on their taps, pure gravity-fed spring water flows out. It’s been that way for over a century. But Roseburg Forest Products (RFP) owns the land beneath the springs. If the Oregon-based timber giant has their way, Crystal Geyser will bottle and ship that water as far away as Japan and locals will need to find another source.

Water rights in this picturesque hamlet, […]

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Hillsboro joins national competition for water conservation

April 1, 2017 Written by Geoff Pursinger Hillsboro community members can pledge online to be ‘water-wise’ by conserving water for the chance to win a Toyota Prius. The Hillsboro City Council is asking residents to conserve water this month, as part of a national contest.

Hillsboro leaders have their sights set on winning the Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. The friendly competition asks leaders across the country to inspire their communities to conserve water, when possible.

“On behalf […]

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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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