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Federal Judge Sets Deadlines For Oregon To Redo River Temperature Guidelines

by Follow OPB Oct. 5, 2019 1:45 p.m. | Ashland, Ore.

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A U.S. district court says Oregon must develop new plans to keep the state’s rivers from getting too warm for fish.

A ruling Friday set a series of deadlines that cover more than a dozen rivers, including the Willamette, Umpqua, Rogue, John Day, Columbia and Snake.

Federal law requires Oregon have plans in place to ensure that the state’s rivers don’t […]

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Getting their feet wet: Intel and other big firms begin to fund Willamette River restoration work

It’s a hot day in late July, and Matt Blakely-Smith is leading a tour of the Greenbelt Land Trust’s latest restoration project at Horseshoe Lake, a 236-acre piece of former farm property that wraps around a bend in the Willamette River between Corvallis and Albany.

The nonprofit environmental group has brought in a local excavating firm to take out two raised farm roads that form a dam across the arms of Horseshoe Lake, a cut-off oxbow that once was […]

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Feds propose major habitat protections for killer whales

SEATTLE — US protections for the waters that a group of endangered orcas call home could soon expand beyond the Seattle area to encompass much of the West Coast, from the Canadian border to central California.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a proposal Wednesday to increase the critical habitat designation for southern resident killer whales by more than sevenfold under the Endangered Species Act.

Just 73 orcas remain in […]

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‘Forever chemicals’ found in water at Oregon National Guard bases, school

Eastern Oregonian

By Michael Kohn EO Media Group

BEND — The supply of drinking water at the Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program on Dodds Road near Bend, as well as nine other national guard facilities in Oregon, contains toxic fluorinated chemicals, according to data released by a Washington, D.C.-based environmental organization.

While the levels of PFAS chemicals in the water fall within those considered safe by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, some scientists are concerned that even low levels […]

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Oregon committee dives into water problems

By MATEUSZ PERKOWSKI Capital Press

SALEM — A newly revived committee in the Oregon House is taking a deep dive into water issues, potentially creating opportunities and worries for the state’s irrigators.

The seven-member House Water Committee, recently reformed after a long hiatus, will focus on a variety of issues relating to water quality and quantity, said Rep. Ken Helm, D-Beaverton, its chairman.

In the past, Helm has sponsored bills that proved highly controversial in the agricultural community, […]

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Washington state Lewis County fight against water bottler

August 29, 2019

As a member of Columbia Riverkeeper, we thought you’d appreciate this story of corporate greed and community resistance. Big kudos to the people of Lewis County who are taking on Crystal Geyser and winning!

Email goof leaks corporate playbook

Columbia Riverkeepers

It’s rare to get a glimpse inside the multinational corporation playbook, but water bottling giant Crystal Geyser lays bare its strategy: if the local community does not support its […]

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Oregon joins western states to oppose plan to charge for U.S. reservoir water

By James MacPherson The Associated Press

August 26, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. — Attorneys general from a dozen western states, including Oregon, want the Trump administration to halt a proposal by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that they say usurps states’ authority over their own water.

The Water Supply Rule proposed in the waning days of the Obama administration could allow the Corps to charge for water drawn from reservoirs it manages, said North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, who […]

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Many Of The West’s Estuaries Have Vanished: Here’s Why That Matters

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Aug. 21, 2019 4

Most of the West Coast’s estuary habitat has vanished, according to a new study, the most thorough of its kind. The mapping project found that, today, less than 15% of historic estuaries remain along the Washington, Oregon and California coastlines.

Estuaries form where fresh water from rivers and streams meets the salt water of the ocean. They take the form of salt marshes, tidal forests, beaches and steep river mouths. […]

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County Approves Moratorium That Would Stop Crystal Geyser Project

By Cody Neuenschwander / cneuenschwander@chronline.com

The Daily Chronicle (serving greater Lewis County Washington)

Aug 5, 2019

The Lewis County Board of Commissioners voted Monday morning to impose a moratorium on permits seeking water extraction in rural Lewis County and certain standalone food and beverage manufacturing applications — much to the appreciation of a large gathering of Lewis County Water Alliance members who have fiercely voiced their opposition to a proposed Crystal Geyser water bottling facility in Randle.

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Pacific salmon will struggle with rising water temperatures, acidification

July 24, 2019

Earth.com

Researchers have identified four Pacific salmon populations in California, Oregon, and Idaho that are particularly vulnerable to climate change. The salmon inhabit a broad range of territory which makes them much more likely to be impacted by environmental changes.

Although Pacific salmon spend most of their lives in the ocean, they return to their native waterways to spawn, migrating as far inland as central Idaho.

The study, led by Lisa Crozier of the National […]

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