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A coalition of environmental advocacy groups is suing a pair of federal agencies over “missed deadlines, postponed actions, and poor communications” regarding the embattled Chinook salmon and steelhead populations in the Willamette River, the groups said in a statement Monday.

The lawsuit was filed in Portland district court by the Northwest Environmental Defense Center, WildEarth […]

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Peter DeFazio: Modernizing our Columbia River Treaty

By Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Peter DeFazio

Nearly 60 years ago, the people of British Columbia and the United States’ Pacific Northwest came together to craft a treaty that became an international model for sharing benefits across a trans-boundary river. Framers of the Columbia River Treaty crafted a long-term agreement but also recognized that a future generation would need to update the terms to address changing situations. That’s where we are today.

The treaty created value for both nations over […]

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Study to help shape future of Deschutes River

BEND, Ore. – The Deschutes River is a vital part of life here in Central Oregon.

From recreational activities to agricultural benefits to environmental impacts, the water that flows through the river sustains life.

A study is being done to determine just how best to conserve the river, and now organizations are coming together to protect it.

The $1.5 million study of the river has been going on for over two years.

The idea behind the study is to take […]

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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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The spread of Opioids and involuntary consumption

OREGON – The ‘Opioid Crisis’ in America continues to grow at an alarming rate, with nearly 150 deaths per day on average.

Here in Oregon, health officials are scrambling for ways to deal with it, and in their research they’ve found opioids in places where anyone can be exposed to it — your water.

Most people consume opioids for pain, and take them in pill form from a local pharmacy. But Dr. Patrick Luedtke […]

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What can a common fish tell us about Deschutes River pollution?

A3-inch fish that has slowly infiltrated the Deschutes Basin over the past few decades could prove key to understanding the impact of pollution in Central Oregon’s waterways.

“They’re beloved, they’re widespread, they’re easy to relate to and they can tell us a lot about water quality,” said Ann Petersen, a biology professor at Oregon State University-Cascades.

Building off work that began during her time at the University of Oregon, Petersen spearheaded The […]

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Oregon joins lawsuit against Trump administration over water rule

NEW YORK — Eleven Democratic state attorneys general on Tuesday sued President Trump’s administration over its decision to delay implementation of an Obama-era rule that would have expanded the number of wetlands and small waterways protected by the Clean Water Act.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said last week’s decision by the Republican administration to postpone implementation of the 2015 Clean Water Rule for two years is an assault on public health.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator […]

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Major dam project could empty Detroit Lake for years, in fish recovery plan

A project intended to improve conditions for endangered fish could mean essentially emptying Detroit Lake for one or two years.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to build a 300-foot tower and floating screen at Detroit Dam to improve water temperature and fish passage for salmon and steelhead in the North Santiam River.

But the $100 to $250 million project has sparked alarm over the potential impact to water supply in Salem and […]

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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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