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‘Forever chemicals’ found in water at Oregon National Guard bases, school

Eastern Oregonian

By Michael Kohn EO Media Group

BEND — The supply of drinking water at the Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program on Dodds Road near Bend, as well as nine other national guard facilities in Oregon, contains toxic fluorinated chemicals, according to data released by a Washington, D.C.-based environmental organization.

While the levels of PFAS chemicals in the water fall within those considered safe by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, some scientists are concerned that even low levels […]

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Oregon committee dives into water problems

By MATEUSZ PERKOWSKI Capital Press

SALEM — A newly revived committee in the Oregon House is taking a deep dive into water issues, potentially creating opportunities and worries for the state’s irrigators.

The seven-member House Water Committee, recently reformed after a long hiatus, will focus on a variety of issues relating to water quality and quantity, said Rep. Ken Helm, D-Beaverton, its chairman.

In the past, Helm has sponsored bills that proved highly controversial in the agricultural community, […]

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Many Of The West’s Estuaries Have Vanished: Here’s Why That Matters

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Aug. 21, 2019 4

Most of the West Coast’s estuary habitat has vanished, according to a new study, the most thorough of its kind. The mapping project found that, today, less than 15% of historic estuaries remain along the Washington, Oregon and California coastlines.

Estuaries form where fresh water from rivers and streams meets the salt water of the ocean. They take the form of salt marshes, tidal forests, beaches and steep river mouths. […]

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Pacific salmon will struggle with rising water temperatures, acidification

July 24, 2019

Earth.com

Researchers have identified four Pacific salmon populations in California, Oregon, and Idaho that are particularly vulnerable to climate change. The salmon inhabit a broad range of territory which makes them much more likely to be impacted by environmental changes.

Although Pacific salmon spend most of their lives in the ocean, they return to their native waterways to spawn, migrating as far inland as central Idaho.

The study, led by Lisa Crozier of the National […]

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Oregonians demanding stronger protections for state’s water turn to the ballot

Oregonians demanding stronger protections for state’s water turn to the ballot Citizen initiative rebukes Oregon politicians’ repeated failures to modernize forest laws

Oregon Wild

Micha Elizabeth, Myrtle Glen Farm – 541.572.3295 Sean Stevens – 503.283.6343 ext 211

Salem, OR — July 10, 2019

The Oregon Forest Waters Protection Act was filed today with the Elections Division of the Oregon Secretary of State for the November 2020 election ballot. The initiative will help bring protections for rivers and streams in Oregon’s […]

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Farmers view on junior water rights and the environment

Bend Bulletin

June 18, 2019

This is my 50th year farming in Madras. I’m the son of an Idaho farmer who came to the North Unit Irrigation District (NUID) in 1948. Father took the first delivery of water on the Agency Plains north of Madras in June of 1948 after the Willow Creek siphon was repaired. He was always concerned if NUID would have enough water to raise the crops in all years.

NUID is the […]

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Oregon Denies Key Permit for Natural Gas Export Project

TUE JUNE 04, 2019 – WEST EDITION #12 ASSOCIATED PRESS

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has denied a water quality certification for a proposed natural gas export project on Oregon’s southern coast.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that in a letter to the project backers of the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal the agency said it “does not have a reasonable assurance that the construction and authorization of the project will comply with applicable Oregon […]

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Idaho, Oregon OK water certifications for hydroelectric dams

KIVI Boise May 29, 2019 AP

Idaho, Oregon OK water certifications for hydroelectric dams

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho and Oregon have completed key elements in a process that will allow the license renewal for a major hydroelectric project on the Snake River on the Idaho-Oregon border, an Idaho utility said Tuesday.

Idaho Power said the two states approved the company’s water quality certification for the Hells Canyon Complex on Friday. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will now review the certification.

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, Salem Statesman Journal

May 29, 2019

Billions of gallons of water have been hidden behind the Willamette River Basin’s 13 dams since they were constructed starting in the 1930s.

For 30 years, powerful interests including cities, farmers and industry have been slugging it out for access to that water, which has yet to be designated for a use. Fisheries and environmental groups […]

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Oregon locks in Obama-era environmental protections

Missoula Current

Karina Brown May 27, 2019

(CN) – Oregon’s environmental protection laws will revert to the level of protection left in place by President Barack Obama, under a bill to be signed Friday by Gov. Kate Brown.

The Oregon Environmental Protection Act requires the state’s Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Health Authority to assess whether proposed changes to federal environmental regulations are “significantly less protective of public health, environment or natural resources” those in effect on Jan. 19, […]

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