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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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Water Tariffs Growing At Twice The Global Inflation Rate In 2017: Portland, Oregon is tops.

News | October 24, 2017 Water Tariffs In Major Cities Growing At Twice The Global Inflation Rate In 2017

The results of Global Water Intelligence’s 2017 Global Water Tariff Survey, published last month, have revealed that water and wastewater tariffs rose by 3.91% on average across 385 cities between July 2016 and July 2017, more than two times the global inflation rate.

The results were released in a new White Paper entitled The Global Value of Water, published by […]

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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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5,000-mile long ‘river in the sky’ to deliver heavy rain, feet of snow to Northwest

D, USA TODAYPublished 4:14 p.m. ET Oct. 18, 2017

An atmospheric river is poised to funnel gigantic amounts of rain and snow to the Northwest over the next few days.

As much as 15 inches of rain is forecast in the mountains along with several inches in coastal areas, including Portland and Seattle. It could be Seattle’s wettest weather since February, the National Weather Service said.

There is also […]

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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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Parts of Pacific NW see one of the wettest water years on the record books

PORTLAND, Ore. – It’s not your imagination – there’s been more rain than usual over the past year.

Parts of the Pacific Northwest saw one of the wettest water years on record, the National Weather Service said Sunday.

A water year measures all of the precipitation between October 1 of the previous year and September 30 of the current year.

Salem set its second rainiest water year with 59.1 inches of rainfall in the 2016-17 season. That’s nearly 20 inches […]

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Plans for Nestle water bottling plant in Cascade Locks moves forward despite ban

October 18, 2017

CASCADE LOCKS, OR

Plans for a Nestle water bottling plant in Cascade Locks continue to move forward, in spite of a voter-approved ballot measure prohibiting such a plant in Hood River County.

In May, 2016, voters in Hood River County passed a measure that banned large water bottling operations, which many thought signaled an end to Nestle’s ambitions for the Columbia River Gorge, but despite the vote, the city of Cascade Locks has been […]

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