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EPA report: Dams play large role in raising water temperatures

Study issued Tuesday looks at causes of warming water on Snake and Columbia rivers

By Eric Barker, of the Tribune

May 20, 2020 Updated 1 hr ago

The Environmental Protection Agency issued a report Tuesday detailing summertime water temperature problems on the lower Snake and Columbia rivers and assigning significant responsibility to federal dams.

The report said dams on both rivers play a role in raising water temperatures above 68 degrees — the state water quality standards of Washington […]

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Lawmakers introduce bill to block Trump rule limiting scope of federal water protections

Enrique Saenz May 14, 2020 Two Democratic lawmakers have introduced a bill to block the implementation of a Trump administration rule limiting the scope of bodies of water that fall under federal jurisdiction.

House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure chair Rep. Peter DeFazio, of Oregon, and Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Rep. Grace Napolitano, of California, submitted a bill to block the Navigable Waters Protection Rule finalized […]

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Oregon Department of Agriculture Considers Permitting New Mega-Dairy, Easterday Farms, While Small Dairy Farmers Dump Milk

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Food & Water Watch

Emma Newton, enewton@fwwatch.org, (971)266-4557

Supply chain chaos caused by COVID-19 is making milk oversupply problems even worse, yet Oregon officials consider permitting new mega-dairy.

Salem, OR – Stand Up To Factory Farms, a broad coalition of environmental, food safety, family farming, and animal welfare organizations fighting to protect Oregon from mega-dairies, calls on Governor Brown and the Oregon Department of Agriculture to protect small dairy farmers during the […]

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Protesters ‘SLAPPback’ as water fight boils over

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E News reporter Greenwire: Monday, May 11, 2020

Four years ago, nine activists in the small town of Weed, Calif., were railing against an Oregon timber company threatening the city’s water supply.

Then the “Weed 9” met an unexpected outcome: They got sued.

“It was devastating,” said Bob Hall, one of the nine and the former mayor of the timber town at the base of Mount Shasta, about 50 miles south of the Oregon border.

With […]

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MERKLEY ANNOUNCES MAJOR WINS FOR OREGON IN 2020 WATER RESOURCES BILL

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, announced today that the Senate’s 2020 water resources legislation contains major victories for communities across Oregon.

Merkley has spent months working with community leaders all over the state developing detailed proposals to address local challenges. As a member of the EPW Committee, Merkley was involved in bipartisan negotiations to develop today’s legislation, and fought hard to include […]

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Climate change: US megadrought ‘already under way’

By Matt McGrath, Environment correspondent for BBC

April 16, 2020

A mega-drought, equal to the worst to have hit the western US in recorded history, is already under way, say scientists.

Researchers say the megadrought is a naturally occurring event that started in the year 2000 and is still ongoing.

Climate change, though, is having a major impact with rising temperatures making the drought more severe.

Some researchers are more cautious, saying that it is too early […]

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New digital market opens for West’s most valuable resource: water

By SIERRA DAWN McCLAIN Capital Press April 14, 2020

The market for water rights — often called the greatest asset in the West — has been patchy, complicated and expensive to access. A new program aims to change that.

A digital platform called Western Water Market debuted in February. It offers an online listing service where people can buy, sell or lease water rights. The online platform resembles the housing market listing service Zillow.

“It’s like Craigslist,” said […]

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Calif. greenlights massive Klamath River dam removal

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E News reporter

Greenwire: Thursday, April 9, 2020

The largest dam removal project in U.S. history came one step closer to fruition this week, as California issued permits for breaching the four dams on the Klamath River.

The State Water Resources Control Board issued a Clean Water Act certification and environmental assessment for the proposal to remove three dams in Northern California and one in southern Oregon.

“Decades in the making, this historic and comprehensive […]

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Funding for Bull Run projects on City Council agenda

Pamplin Media Group – The Outlook

Jim ReddenTuesday, April 07, 2020

The City Council will consider authorizing up to $745 million worth of revenue bonds to help fund two major Portland Water Bureau projects on Wednesday, April 8.

The two Bull Run Treatment projects are the planned Filtration Plant currently estimated at $820 million and the Corrosion Control Facility approved at $20 million.

According to a financial impact statement accompanying the ordinance, additional costs including contingencies, financing, indirect costs and […]

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Proposed dam removal on Oregon-California border stirs debate over coveted water

By Gillian Flaccus | The Associated Press March 29, 2020

KLAMATH, Calif. — The second-largest river in California has sustained Native American tribes with plentiful salmon for millennia, provided upstream farmers with irrigation water for generations and served as a haven for retirees who built dream homes along its banks.

With so many competing demands, the Klamath River has come to symbolize a larger struggle over the increasingly precious water resources of the […]

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