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Oregon to get $1.1M as part of EPA $2.2M drinking water program grant

By Associated Press

Posted Jan 29, 2020 Eugene Register-Guard

SEATTLE — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a $2.2 million grant for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington to help identify sources of lead in drinking water in schools and child-care facilities.

The funds are provided through EPA’s new drinking water grant program established by the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act Voluntary Lead Testing in Schools and Child Care grant program.

“Ensuring access to clean drinking water and protecting […]

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Bill would create task force to address groundwater nitrates in NE Oregon

By GEORGE PLAVEN Capital Press

SALEM — Oregon lawmakers will consider a bill during the upcoming legislative session aimed at curbing elevated levels of groundwater nitrates in the Lower Umatilla Basin.

State Sen. Bill Hansell, R-Athena, recently introduced Senate Bill 1562, which calls for the Oregon Department of Agriculture to form a new task force that would review existing data and recommend solutions to the area’s decades-old groundwater problem.

The Lower Umatilla Basin in northeast Oregon is home […]

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Ocean acidification is impacting Dungeness crabs, Oregon’s most-notable fishery, stare reveals

January 25, 2020 Invest Records

Other folks that produce their living on the waters off the Oregon circulate contain prolonged acknowledged that ocean acidification is a area. As carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is absorbed by the ocean, it becomes extra acidic and carbonate ions, which many crustaceans utilize to manufacture their shells, turn into scarce.

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Crystal Geyser Water Pleads Guilty to Dumping Arsenic into California’s Ecosystem

By Benjamin VanHoose

January 16, 2020 People Magazine

The company that makes Crystal Geyser Natural Alpine Spring Water has admitted to illegally handling hazardous wastes at its facility in Olancha, California.

On Jan. 9, CG Roxane, LLC, the company behind the bottled water brand, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful storage of hazardous waste and one count of unlawful transportation of hazardous material.

In a plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court, the beverage-maker agreed to […]

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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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Growing number of toxic algae blooms worries Oregon Legislature

, Salem Statesman Journal March 15, 2019

Oregon lawmakers are scrambling to come up with a long-term plan for detecting and responding to harmful algal blooms in drinking and recreational water supplies.

The push follows several recent incidents, including a toxic algae bloom that shut down Salem’s municipal water supply for more than a month last year.

In that case, a bungled alert caused a brief panic, followed by a […]

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Fixing The Willamette’s Toxic Algae Problem Could Start At Ross Island

It’s not unusual for toxic algal blooms to close a lake or pond. And in recent years, these algae have been contaminating another type of swimming spot: the Willamette River. In early August, the Oregon Health Authority advised Portland residents to keep themselves and their pets out of the water in certain areas.

Such warnings have become increasingly common along Portland’s stretch of the Willamette, and most of the blooms have been traced back to one location: the lagoon on […]

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Health Advisory Issued For Upper Klamath Lake Due To Algae Bloom

Oregon’s problems with blue-green algae have spread to another lake. State officials have issued a health advisory for Upper Klamath Lake. It’s in southern Oregon, west of Klamath Falls.

Toxins from blue-green algae can be harmful to humans and animals.

In the affected areas of Klamath Lake, visitors should avoid swimming and activities such as water skiing or power boating. Toxins are not absorbed through the skin, but people with skin sensitivities may experience a puffy red rash at the […]

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Oregon sues to shut down new mega-dairy, citing repeated manure spills

Oregon’s newest mega-dairy has repeatedly endangered nearby drinking water by violating environmental laws and should be shut down immediately, the state alleges in a lawsuit.

Lost Valley Farm opened in April 2017 near Boardman along the Columbia River in north central Oregon to supply the Tillamook County Creamery Association, which makes Tillamook Cheese.

Its wastewater permit allows up to 30,000 animals and 187 million gallons of manure per year.

Regulators approved the dairy despite […]

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The spread of Opioids and involuntary consumption

OREGON – The ‘Opioid Crisis’ in America continues to grow at an alarming rate, with nearly 150 deaths per day on average.

Here in Oregon, health officials are scrambling for ways to deal with it, and in their research they’ve found opioids in places where anyone can be exposed to it — your water.

Most people consume opioids for pain, and take them in pill form from a local pharmacy. But Dr. Patrick Luedtke […]

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