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Randle Town Hall Draws Strong Turnout to Oppose Water Bottling Plant

Scores of cars lined either side of U.S. Highway 12 Wednesday evening, spilling over from the full parking lot at the Randle Fire Hall. Inside the building, close to 250 people packed into the meeting room, with dozens more listening to an audio speaker stationed outside.

The attendees came from all over the Pacific Northwest, but most were local to Randle or East Lewis County. Nearly all were there to register their opposition to the proposed water […]

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Environmental groups decry bid to reopen troubled mega-dairy near Boardman

July 11, 2019

The new owner of a troubled mega-dairy operation that violated hundreds of environmental rules wants to reopen the facility, drawing fresh opposition from environmental groups.

Washington-state based Easterday Farms requested permission from the Oregon Department of Agriculture earlier this month to house over 28,000 animals on the site of the now-shuttered Lost Valley Farm, according to the Statesman Journal.

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Oregonians demanding stronger protections for state’s water turn to the ballot

Oregonians demanding stronger protections for state’s water turn to the ballot Citizen initiative rebukes Oregon politicians’ repeated failures to modernize forest laws

Oregon Wild

Micha Elizabeth, Myrtle Glen Farm – 541.572.3295 Sean Stevens – 503.283.6343 ext 211

Salem, OR — July 10, 2019

The Oregon Forest Waters Protection Act was filed today with the Elections Division of the Oregon Secretary of State for the November 2020 election ballot. The initiative will help bring protections for rivers and streams in Oregon’s […]

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Oregon’s Tsunami Risk: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

The New Yorker

Kathryn Schulz July 1, 2019

Other than asteroid strikes and atomic bombs, there is no more destructive force on this planet than water. Six inches of it, flowing at a mere seven miles per hour, will knock a grown man off his feet. Two feet of it will sweep away most cars. Two cubic yards of it weighs well over a ton; if that much of it hits you at, say, twenty miles per hour, it […]

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Farmers view on junior water rights and the environment

Bend Bulletin

June 18, 2019

This is my 50th year farming in Madras. I’m the son of an Idaho farmer who came to the North Unit Irrigation District (NUID) in 1948. Father took the first delivery of water on the Agency Plains north of Madras in June of 1948 after the Willow Creek siphon was repaired. He was always concerned if NUID would have enough water to raise the crops in all years.

NUID is the […]

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Oregon Denies Key Permit for Natural Gas Export Project

TUE JUNE 04, 2019 – WEST EDITION #12 ASSOCIATED PRESS

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has denied a water quality certification for a proposed natural gas export project on Oregon’s southern coast.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that in a letter to the project backers of the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal the agency said it “does not have a reasonable assurance that the construction and authorization of the project will comply with applicable Oregon […]

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Idaho, Oregon OK water certifications for hydroelectric dams

KIVI Boise May 29, 2019 AP

Idaho, Oregon OK water certifications for hydroelectric dams

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho and Oregon have completed key elements in a process that will allow the license renewal for a major hydroelectric project on the Snake River on the Idaho-Oregon border, an Idaho utility said Tuesday.

Idaho Power said the two states approved the company’s water quality certification for the Hells Canyon Complex on Friday. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will now review the certification.

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, Salem Statesman Journal

May 29, 2019

Billions of gallons of water have been hidden behind the Willamette River Basin’s 13 dams since they were constructed starting in the 1930s.

For 30 years, powerful interests including cities, farmers and industry have been slugging it out for access to that water, which has yet to be designated for a use. Fisheries and environmental groups […]

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Oregon locks in Obama-era environmental protections

Missoula Current

Karina Brown May 27, 2019

(CN) – Oregon’s environmental protection laws will revert to the level of protection left in place by President Barack Obama, under a bill to be signed Friday by Gov. Kate Brown.

The Oregon Environmental Protection Act requires the state’s Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Health Authority to assess whether proposed changes to federal environmental regulations are “significantly less protective of public health, environment or natural resources” those in effect on Jan. 19, […]

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Argument scheduled in water ‘Takings’ case

May 25, 2019 Klamath Water Users Association

A federal appeals court has set July 8, 2019 as the date for oral argument in a lawsuit of critical importance to Klamath Project irrigators that was filed 18 years ago.

“This hearing will provide local irrigators with an opportunity to explain why the federal government should be required to compensate Klamath Project farmers and ranchers when it reallocated irrigation water to threatened and endangered species in 2001,” said Nathan […]

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