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Blue Heron Paper Mill cleanup uses compost, gardens to treat contaminated water

Three floors under the closed Blue Heron paper mill, just above the Willamette’s summer waterline, ground and storm water trickle out of the darkness toward the river. The stream, carrying metals and other pollutants absorbed from the mill’s galvanized roofs and old piping, needs to be treated before it returns to the ecosystem. Jeffrey Pettey and his company, Gullywasher, are building a 6-foot wall of compost to do just that. The Blue Heron mill shut down in 2011 after […]

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Judge upholds Klamath Tribes’ water rights

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A Klamath Falls judge denied a request Tuesday to keep the state of Oregon from shutting off irrigation water in the upper Klamath Basin.

That leaves intact a state decision recognizing the senior water rights of the Klamath Tribes.

The water-rights decision came down this spring, as drought began to sap the water supplies in the high-desert basin.

The tribes have used their water rights to protect threatened fish, and state workers have been shutting […]

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Reaping the Whirlwind: Water War Along the California-Oregon Border

 

 

Posted: 06/19/2013 6:16 pm

 

 

Not clear how many HuffPosters go Biblical, but this one fits. With a fresh backdrop of unprecedented forest fires in the West, ferocious storms along the Eastern Seaboard (tornadoes attacking elsewhere), alternating drought and flood in the country’s interior wreaking havoc on the Mississippi and the next of many rounds on its way, you can almost […]

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Klamath water fight goes to Washington

Klamath Basin water users are testifying before a Senate committee in D.C. Thursday.

The Klamath Water Users Association represents farmers and ranchers in the basin and is hoping a senate committee will help get the water turned back on for ranchers.

Greg Addington with the association is testifying today, and representing 42 interested parties.

There’s been a long running struggle in the basin to ensure everyone gets enough water in the dry months.

Addington says irrigators need to be part […]

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Klamath tribes, feds call in water rights

The Oregonian

Doug Bectel

June 10, 2013

 

he Klamath Tribes and the federal government called their water rights in southern Oregon’s Klamath Basin for the first time Monday, likely cutting off irrigation water to hundreds of cattle ranchers and farmers in the upper basin this summer.

The historic calls come after Oregon set water rights priorities earlier this year in the basin, home to one of the nation’s most persistent water wars. Drought […]

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Stricter Water Quality Standards for Temperature May Be Coming to Oregon

By Daniel L. Timmons

May 23, 2013

After rejecting revisions to Oregon’s water quality standards last year, a federal court has now approved two related settlements reached among EPA, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ), and an environmental group that effectively amend the existing standards. Under the new rules, Oregon regulators will no longer have flexibility to deviate from statewide numeric maximum temperature criteria, even for streams that naturally supported healthy salmon populations despite temperatures exceeding the numeric […]

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Water war between Klamath River farmers, tribes poised to erupt

By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times

May 7, 2013

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — For decades this rural basin has battled over the Klamath River’s most precious resource: water that sustains fish, irrigates farms and powers the hydroelectric dams that block one of the largest salmon runs on the West Coast.

Now, one of the nation’s fiercest water wars is on the verge of erupting again.

New water rights have given a group of Oregon Indian tribes an upper hand […]

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Just Say No to Multinationals? For Rural Communities, It’s Not Always That Simple

Wednesday, 24 April 2013 00:00 By Alissa Bohling, Truthout

The people of economically depressed Cascade Locks, Oregon, are divided about a proposal by Nestle to go into business with the city to extract spring water from its cherished watershed, bringing jobs and sorely needed revenue.

 

Nestle Water North America’s makeshift office in Cascade Locks, Oregon, is two doors down from the post office. Most people on their way to get their mail on a […]

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Eagle Point man sentenced to 90 days’ jail for three ponds

MEDFORD — A man who’s been battling Oregon water managers for more than a decade over three fishing ponds dammed up on his rural Jackson County property has been sent to jail for 90 days.

 

A judge said Monday that Gary Harrington, 65, has been flouting the law in his attempts to keep storing runoff that state law allocates to the Medford Water Commission.

“Most people, when caught in a criminal act, at least promise not to […]

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Judge Signs Agreement Requiring EPA To Get Tougher On Oregon’s Water Temperature Standards For Fish

Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 (PST)

A Portland-based federal judge on Wednesday signed an agreement between The Northwest Environmental Advocates and the federal government that requires more rigorous oversight of Oregon’s setting of water temperature standards for the state’s rivers and streams.

The agreement, between the NWEA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, comes after the court ruled in favor of NWEA’s challenge to numerous aspects of Oregon’s water quality standards under the Clean Water Act and the Endangered […]

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