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Meet the 13-Year-Old Taking On Bottled Water

AlterNet/By Maude Barlow, published Sept. 6, 2012 We should be encouraging the youth in our society to do exactly what Robyn is doing — engaging in local politics, acting to protect the environment and questioning the world around her. In the last year, municipalities across Ontario and the rest of the country have begun taking a much-needed stand to protect local water sources. Since World Water Day in 2011, nine municipalities across Canada have become Blue […]

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Hunt for water in eastern Oregon has farmers scrambling to tap Columbia River

By Eric Mortenson, The Oregonian

BUTTER CREEK — The crick, as it’s called, tumbles out of the Blue Mountains, carrying snowmelt and spring rain to the Umatilla River. Water is scarce here, eight to 12 inches of precipitation annually on the flats, but Butter Creek grows enough in its 57 mile run to become a rushing stream for a couple months a year. By high summer it is bone dry, a channeled low spot amid the sage.Early […]

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Fluoride: Oregon Foes File Petitions

By New York Times Published: October 11, 2012

Opponents of a plan to add fluoride to the water supply in Portland filed petitions that could put the issue to a vote. The plan was passed by the City Council last month, set to take effect in 2014, but foes said the idea was rushed and that concerns about fluoride in dental decay prevention are unresolved. A group collecting petitions, Clean Water […]

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The future of Hillsboro’s water and roads the topic of Tuesday meetings

by andrew Theen, the Oregonian HILLSBORO — Hillsboro’s roadways and water supply dominated conversation on Tuesday night as the City Council signed off on a plan for proposed roadways and heard an update from city Water Department officials about how to address future needs. The fifth-largest city in Oregon is expected to continue to grow, and expanding road capacity in the city’s north industrial area is a priority. As is addressing the city’s water supply. The Hillsboro Utilities […]

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Corrosive Waters Emerge as New Climate Threat

Sept. 30, 2012, The Washington Post News Service with Bloomberg News

(c) 2012, The Washington Post.

HOMER, Alaska — Kris Holderied, who directs the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Kasitsna Bay Laboratory, says the ocean’s increasing acidity is “the reason fishermen stop me in the grocery store.”

“They say, ‘You’re with the NOAA lab, what are you doing on ocean acidification?’ ” Holderied said. “This is a coastal town that depends on this ocean, and this bay.”

This town in […]

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Drinking Water in Several Oregon Schools Found To Be Contaminated with Multiple Pesticides

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–September 10, 2012. Traces of pesticides in drinking water were found in eleven rural elementary schools in Oregon, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study released on August 30. The study shows a disturbing variety of pesticides that when combined could have dramatic impacts on the health of the children that consume this water on a daily basis. The study found traces of several different types of pesticides in the drinking water of Dixie and Fairplay, […]

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City of Portland’s fluoridation tussle boils over

By Steve Law The Portland Tribune

Portland City Council’s looming decision to fluoridate water from Bull Run Reservoir could prevent a lot of children from getting holes in their teeth.

But the speedy-quick decision is punching holes in Portland’s relations with Gresham and other communities that buy 40 percent of Portland’s Bull Run water supply.

“We really feel like we got blindsided on this issue,” says Mark Knudson, chief engineer for the Tualatin Valley Water District, the second-largest […]

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Feds Fund Effort To Cool Northwest Waters With Credit Trading

In the not so distant future, farmers and private landowners in the Pacific Northwest could be paid to plant trees to generate shade in watersheds that fail to meet cold water standards for salmon.

Two conservation groups, The Freshwater Trust and The Willamette Partnership, have worked with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to develop a credit market for reducing water temperature in Oregon.

Now the groups have received $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of […]

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Study finds Pacific coastal water is caffeinated

Study finds Pacific coastal water is caffeinated

This coffee addiction of ours might be getting out of hand.

A study out of Portland State University found that water just off the coast of Oregon is slightly caffeinated — even though that’s not its natural state. Scientists think the water is contaminated with caffeine because of sewage seeping out to the ocean and septic runoff.

They’re calling it caffeine […]

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Project Pours Water into Volcano to Make Power

Defending Water for Life asks, “Where is this water coming from?” Also, it seems a little dangerous to us that a likely side effect is earthquakes. Whether it’s a rural area or not…

by weather.com and The Associated Press Geothermal energy developers plan to pump 24 million gallons of water into the side of the dormant Central Oregon volcano this summer to demonstrate new technology they hope will give a boost to a green energy sector that has yet […]

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