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Agencies Release Draft Columbia Treaty

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. agencies responsible for managing the Columbia River under a U.S.-Canada treaty say the treaty should be modernized to better reflect current Pacific Northwest priorities.

The 1964 Columbia River Treaty is an agreement between the two countries for developing and operating the river and its dams for flood control and power.

Either country may give notice beginning in 2014 that it wants treaty provisions changed or terminated. For the U.S., the Bonneville Power Administration and […]

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Nestle Peddling tap Water As Spring Water, Suit Claims

By Gavin Broady

Law360, New York (October 11, 2012, 1:36 PM ET) — Nestle Waters North America Inc. has been selling bottles of municipal tap water and falsely marketing it to consumers as 100 percent natural, spring-sourced water, according to a putative class action removed to Illinois federal court Wednesday.

Plaintiff Chicago Faucet Shoppe Inc. claims that Nestle — which removed the suit to federal court — has falsely represented to consumers that 5-gallon bottles of Ice Mountain water […]

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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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Water temperature pollutes more miles of rivers and streams in WA, OR and ID than any other pollutant

 

A Clean Water Act Primer July 19, 2012 | EarthFix CONTRIBUTED BY Bonnie Stewart

The Clean Water Act has reached its 40-year anniversary, but it is older than that if you count the law from which it grew. The original law, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, was passed by Congress in 1948. In 1972, that law was amended, reorganized and expanded and became known as the […]

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The Question On Polluted Waters: How Clean Is Clean?

Northwest Public Radio

July 18, 2012

 

SEATTLE — A line of people snakes out the door of the food bank in the South Park neighborhood’s food bank.

This is a community tucked in between a major highway and a bend in the Duwamish River. The people here this morning are mostly Asian and Hispanic.

Even with the fresh produce, milk, bread and other provisions they’ll get, some of the people here also eat what they catch in the Duwamish.

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Poll finds Water Quality NW Residents Top Concern

A new public opinion poll finds that water quality ranks as Northwesterners’ top environmental concern.

Davis, Hibbitts & Midghall Research asked 1,200 residents in Washington, Idaho and Oregon about their environmental concerns. Sixty percent said they worried about drinking water. Fifty-four percent said they were concerned about local lakes, rivers and streams. Those results track with previous polls.

People said they were happy overall with the water that comes out of their tap.

DHM […]

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Clean Water Act’s Anti-Pollution Goals Prove Elusive

July 18, 2012 | EarthFix/InvestigateWest

Northwest Public Radio

by Rob Manning Much of the pollution on Seattle’s Duwamish River comes from decades ago, but Seattle Iron and Metal, a metal recycler, is one of the ongoing present-day polluters of the river. | credit: Katie Campbell | rollover image for more

Beside Seattle’s notoriously polluted Duwamish River, an excavator scoops up small pieces of waste metal and slings them […]

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Grand Canyon banning sales of bottled water

By Miguel Llanos, msnbc.com

Activists concerned that Coca-Cola might be influencing National Park Service policy were breathing a bit easier Tuesday after the Grand Canyon National Park announced it would eliminate the sale of bottled water inside the park within 30 days.

full story here: http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/07/10340196-grand-canyon-banning-sales-of-bottled-water

Ohioans Demand Fracking Moratorium at Ohio Statehouse Rally

01-10-2012

On Jan. 10, more than 250 Ohioans assembled on the west lawn of the Ohio Statehouse to voice their opposition to hydraulic fracturing—better known as fracking—and deep injection wastewater disposal wells.

Leading the charge was State Rep. Robert Hagan (D-Youngstown), who last week called on Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) in a letter to implement an indefinite moratorium on D&L Energy’s deep injection wells in Youngstown, Ohio, which has been rocked 11 times in the past nine months […]

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Nestlé files augmentation plan for Arkansas River depletion

Joe Stone, Mail Staff Writer | Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 9:33 am

A substitute water supply plan filed Thursday by Nestlé Waters North America requests approval to augment out-of-priority depletions to the Arkansas River resulting from operations at Ruby Mountain Springs near Nathrop.

The request applies to the period from March 22, 2012, to March 21, 2013, and states that Nestlé will pump 196.08 acre-feet of water from the springs at a maximum rate of 200 gallons per minute […]

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