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Corps takes another look at stored Willamette River Basin water

Eric MortensonCapital Press

Published on November 15, 2017

Willamette Valley farmers and ranchers would have rights to about 250,000 acre-feet of irrigation water annually under a reallocation plan suggested by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Oregon Water Resources Department.

The proposal is the latest attempt to decide who gets access to the water stored behind 13 federal dams in the basin. For agriculture, even in the wet Willamette Valley, water availability in spring and summer is […]

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Oregon Appeals Court nixes bid by Greg Demers to secure big water rights on the McKenzie River

Eugene Register Guard

By Christian Wihtol

November 16, 2017

The Oregon Court of ­Appeals has thrown cold ­water on a Lane County company’s attempt to siphon millions of gallons of water daily from the McKenzie River.

The appeals panel, in a ruling Wednesday, said the state Water Resources Commission was correct in ­denying the application by Willamette Water Co. to draw 22 million gallons of water a day from the McKenzie.

The judges said the ­company […]

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Governor calls off Nestlé water exchange

Citing legal issues and costs, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown asked state officials Friday to quash a water exchange with Cascade Locks that would make possible a Nestlé water bottling plant.

Brown sent a letter Oct. 27 to Curt Melcher, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife director, asking the agency to withdraw a 2010 water exchange application between ODFW and the City of Cascade Locks.

The proposal — introduced about […]

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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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Oregon Governor Wants To Cancel Water Transfer For Nestle

By CASSANDRA PROFITA , Earth Fix

October 27, 2017

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has asked the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to withdraw its application for a water rights transfer with the city of Cascade Locks.

The transfer is a key part of Nestle’s plans to build at $50 million water bottling plant in Cascade Locks

Last year, Hood River County passed a ballot measure banning all commercial water bottling. It was an attempt to block Nestle […]

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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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O’Rourke: ‘The Klamath River is extremely sick’

POSTED: 09/25/17, 10:58 AM PDT

Press release from the Yurok Tribe:

The extremely elevated levels of a liver-damaging toxin in the Lower Klamath River is a symptom of a pervasive problem that has far-reaching implications.

“The Klamath River is extremely sick,” said Thomas P. O’Rourke Sr., Chairman of the Yurok Tribe. “Algae are a clear indicator of poor water quality, which negatively affects the salmon population and the ecosystem as a whole. It’s […]

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Portland Once Again Finds a Parasite in its Water Supply

by Dirk VanderHart • Sep 27, 2017

Portland Mercury Heavy rains returned to Portland last week. Now cryptosporidium has, too.

The Portland Water Bureau announced this afternoon that it detected crypto—a parasitic microorganism that in some forms can lead to serious health problems in humans—in a water sample taken from the Bull Run watershed on September 24.

“At this time, the bureau and public health partners at Multnomah County continue to believe Bull Run water is safe […]

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Environmental Groups Sue Oregon Over Industrial Water Pollution

Environmental groups are suing Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality over its regulation of stormwater pollution from over 900 industrial sites like lumber yards, scrap metal yards and truck depots.

Columbia Riverkeeper and the Northwest Environmental Defense Center claim the state’s permit for stormwater pollution allows for pollution levels that violate the Clean Water Act and […]

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Water bureau OK’s fire retardant drops in Portland’s Bull Run watershed

The Portland Water Bureau has approved fire retardant drops in the Bull Run watershed, a decision that allows firefighters to dump toxic chemicals in the city’s pristine source of drinking water.

The city agency did not publicly announce the decision, confirming it Wednesday only after repeated inquiries from The Oregonian/OregonLive.

“The Portland Water Bureau has […]

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