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TODAY, US COURT OF APPEALS UPHELD SENIOR WATER RIGHTS OF TRIBES

November 14, 2019 Redheaded Blackbelt

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit today upheld the senior water rights of the Hoopa Valley Tribe and other Tribes in an appeal by Baley v. United States. Baley and other Klamath Irrigation District farmers argued that the federal government took their water without compensation in 2001 when water deliveries were delayed in order to […]

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Wall Street spends millions to buy up Washington state water

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Seattle Times staff reporter

WINTHROP, Okanogan County — Follow the water and you’ll find the money.

That’s how it often works in the dusty rural corners of Washington, where a Wall Street-backed firm is staking an ambitious venture on the state’s water.

Crown Columbia Water Resources since 2017 has targeted the water rights of farms on tributaries of the mighty Columbia River.

This March, […]

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Yakama and Lummi Nations Call for Removal of Three Columbia River Dams

 

Brett VandenHeuvel, Executive Director,Columbia Riverkeeper

bv@columbiariverkeeper.org

Today I stood on the Columbia’s shores at Celilo Park and watched history in the making. Yakama Nation, supported by Lummi Nation, announced a bold vision: a Columbia River teeming with salmon, a restored Celilo Falls, and a Pacific Northwest powered by clean energy that does not drive salmon and orca to extinction. Yakama Nation Chairman Jode Goudy stated: “The Columbia River dams were […]

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Federal Judge Sets Deadlines For Oregon To Redo River Temperature Guidelines

by Follow OPB Oct. 5, 2019 1:45 p.m. | Ashland, Ore.

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A U.S. district court says Oregon must develop new plans to keep the state’s rivers from getting too warm for fish.

A ruling Friday set a series of deadlines that cover more than a dozen rivers, including the Willamette, Umpqua, Rogue, John Day, Columbia and Snake.

Federal law requires Oregon have plans in place to ensure that the state’s rivers don’t […]

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Getting their feet wet: Intel and other big firms begin to fund Willamette River restoration work

It’s a hot day in late July, and Matt Blakely-Smith is leading a tour of the Greenbelt Land Trust’s latest restoration project at Horseshoe Lake, a 236-acre piece of former farm property that wraps around a bend in the Willamette River between Corvallis and Albany.

The nonprofit environmental group has brought in a local excavating firm to take out two raised farm roads that form a dam across the arms of Horseshoe Lake, a cut-off oxbow that once was […]

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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

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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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