September 30, 2013
SAMMAMISH, Wash. — A photograph displayed in Jacki and John Williford’s home commemorates a camping trip that would go down in family history.
The most memorable event from that outing in 2011 involved the mussels John and his two children collected from a dock near Sequim Bay State Park on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. The family took them back to their campsite and steamed them in white wine with garlic and oregano.
“It was really good. [...]
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Originally published September 23, 2013Health officials in Oregon and Washington said Monday that people should protect themselves against mercury and PCB contamination by limiting consumption of certain fish species from a 150-mile section of the Columbia River.
The Oregon Health Authority and the Washington Department of Health said people should eat no more than one meal a week of resident fish — those that live year-round in the same place — between Bonneville and [...]
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Guest Editorial in Missoula, Montana
Michael Gale (Missoulian, Sept. 17) seems to think that events in Oregon’s Klamath Basin illustrate the danger of entering into a Flathead Reservation compact. Actually, the reverse is true.
Part of the problem is that Gale doesn’t really appear to know what happened on the Klamath. What actually happened is that the state of Oregon determined that the Klamath Tribes have a “time immemorial” right to in-stream flows on Klamath tributaries, which entitles them [...]
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Published: Sept. 22
Oregon fishermen tell stories of strange events on the Pacific Ocean that have made them shudder over the past half dozen years.
The Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery on the state’s north coast watched oyster larvae die en masse for three years in a row in the mid-2000s — depriving oyster farms along the entire West Coast of seed oysters.
Continue reading Ocean of Change: Changing chemistry of seawater poses lethal threat to marine life
Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2013
Almost 2,000 feet deep, Crater Lake is the deepest body of water in the United States, a beautiful gem of southern Oregon. Fed by overhead snow and rain, the lake is one of the cleanest and purest in the world. Gazing upon the breathtakingly bright blue waters of the lake is something you never forget.
But there is trouble in paradise. During the past 21 [...]
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September 16, 2013
The Hoopa Valley Tribe applauds a recent decision by a federal judge to allow the federal Bureau of Reclamation to open the Lewiston dam and release Trinity River water needed to avoid a replay of the 2002 fish kill in the Klamath River.
The lifting of the restraining order holding back these flows, which was requested as part of a lawsuit by the Westlands Water District and San Lois & Delta-Mendota Water Authority, is good news [...]
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Tony Barboza | 9/9/13 On a June morning, Scott White and a colleague from his agency, the state Water Resources Department, park their pickup near a green pasture and barn outside Bly, Ore. A rancher, his wife and son meet the government men at the gate, their faces tight with barely suppressed anger. Low snowpack and stream flows prompted Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber to declare a drought emergency in the Klamath Basin in April, and the watermasters are here [...]
Continue reading Drought Driving New Water Deals in the West, Part One
Pesticide program is uniquely Oregon solution to water quality issues.
Lasting solutions to Oregon problems combine local know-how with practical advice from experts, provide measurable results, and work for both people and the environment. It’s the Oregon way.
A uniquely Oregon solution to reduce unsafe levels of pesticides found in our waters is the Pesticide Stewardship Program, a program that has proven itself through pilots and, thanks to our governor and state legislature, is now a permanent part of [...]
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Video: Clean Water or Clearcuts for Oregon? Amy Kober of American Rivers in Water Currents on August 27, 2013
Big decisions are looming for management of 2.8 million acres of Oregon’s public forestlands – an area covering the size of more than eight Crater Lake National Parks. Because legislation concerning management of the so-called O&C lands could end up undermining some of our nation’s bedrock environmental laws [...]
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“And it worked pretty close to 100 years. By those standards, it was a premiere fish ladder back in the day,” Shibahara says.
When PGE relicensed its Clackamas dams recently, it agreed to abandon the ladder, and build a new fish staircase.
“It’s a whole lot easier to go up something with lower steps, instead of a ladder that’s near vertical,” Shibahara explains.
PGE aims to help fish get past the dam’s [...]
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