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Portland switching water source after potentially deadly parasite found

Created on Monday, 13 February 2017 | Written by Jim Redden | Print Beginning Monday, 100 percent of the city’s water will be coming from the Columbia South Shore Well Field. It is normally used as a second source of water in the summer months after the Bull Run reservoir is drawn down to reduce turbidity. PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO – Portland has switched its water source from the Bull Run reservoir to groundwater wells along the Columbia River. PORTLAND […]

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Portland finds parasite in drinking water, raising possible need for treatment plant

By Jessica Floum

February 06, 2017

Portland’s water bureau detected a trace amount of cryptosporidium parasite in a test of drinking water from the Bull Run watershed again Monday.

After four straight years not finding any cryptosporidium during weekly water samplings, the city has now detected the parasite four times this year, raising the specter that the city might have to build an expensive treatment plant.

This week’s finding does not raise immediate alarms for human health, officials said. The […]

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Portland teen discovers cost-effective way to turn salt water into drinkable fresh water

Updated: Feb 03, 2017 10:30 AM PST By Kaitlyn Bolduc

Chaitanya Karamchedu, a Portland teen who is turning heads across the country because of a science experiment. PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – A Portland teen is turning heads across the country all because of a science experiment that began in his high school classroom. Companies like Intel and universities like MIT are now invested in his findings.

With certainty you’ll want to remember his name.

“My name is Chaitanya Karamchedu, but […]

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UCUT study finds trace amount of radiation in migratory salmon Columbia River

Justus Caudell | The Tribune |

NESPELEM—In early December, a number of news agencies reported seaborne radiation from Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear plant was detected in the Pacific Ocean along on the West Coast.

The plant, which first leaked radiation into the Pacific in 2011 following a massive earthquake and tsunami that killed nearly 16,000 people, is feared to still be contaminating the ocean.

The impact of the radiation in the Columbia River—and on migratory salmon that spend their developmental years […]

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California, Oregon farmers lost water in 2001; now they want to be paid

HERALD STAFFSat Jan 28th, 2017 6:51pm By Michael Doyle

McClatchy Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — Northern California and Oregon farmers who lost irrigation water in 2001 for the sake of fish are plunging into a climactic courtroom battle for tens of millions of dollars in compensation.

Years in the making, the trial set to start Monday in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims near the White House involves a lot of money, but that’s not all. For other Westerners, too, it […]

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Oregon will defy joint fish management on the lower Columbia River

Jan 20, 2017 The Oregonian

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission ripped a hole Friday in the 99-year-old fabric of concurrent fish management on the Columbia River.

With a split 4-3 vote, commission members defied the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission’s attempt to negotiate the long-contested Columbia River Management Plan. The plan required a switch from gill-netting to selective commercial fishing on the mainstem below Bonneville Dam. It also gave priority allocation of mainstem salmon harvest to sport anglers.

Friday’s […]

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Gillnets on Columbia River: The long-standing debate roars back

 

January 15, 2017

Oregon and Washington’s plans for regulating commercial fishing on the lower Columbia River appear to be drifting apart, like an unmoored boat bobbing away from a dock.

Since 1915, the states have agreed on how to manage the salmon industry on more than 145 shared miles of the river – from the mouth to Bonneville Dam. Five years ago, they decided they would phase out gillnets on the main channel of the Columbia by 2017 as […]

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Court Decision May Mean California Owes Billions In Water Rights

AUBREY BETTENCOURT Executive Director, California Water Alliance 10:26 AM 01/13/2017

Within hours of the release of a potentially adverse federal court decision in late December, the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) extended by two months the open public comment period for consideration of its Bay-Delta Plan.

Elements of its plan include an uncompensated mandate to increase flows on several major California rivers by depriving long-established water-rights holders of access to their water. Now a federal court says the […]

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Exhibitor helps farmers ‘harvest’ water

by Brenna Weingard

January 13, 2017

Ag Capitol Press The No. 1 question Michael Martins of Oregon Rain Harvesting gets is “Is it legal?”

“A lot of people think collecting rainwater in Oregon is against the law — not true,” said Martins, owner of the West Linn, Ore., business. “So long as you capture the water from a manmade structure it’s very legal and is a safe and cost-effective way to reduce the environmental impact of our need for water.”

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Oregon mega-dairy construction raises questions about legality

Tracy Loew January 10, 2017

Statesman-Journal Is a controversial mega-dairy proposed for Oregon’s eastern Columbia Gorge breaking the law by proceeding with construction before getting any water quality permits or even registering as a business?

A dozen state and national health and environmental groups think so, and they’ve formally asked state agencies to investigate.

“Lost Valley Ranch may be constructing the second-largest confined animal feeding operation in the state of Oregon outside the requirements of state law,” the coalition wrote […]

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