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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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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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Satellite data boosts understanding of climate change’s effects on kelp

Steve Lundeberg, steve.lundeberg@oregonstate.edu Mar 5, 2020 Tapping into 35 years of satellite imagery, researchers at Oregon State University have dramatically enlarged the database regarding how climate change is affecting kelps, near-shore seaweeds that provide food and shelter for fish and protect coastlines from wave damage.

And the Landsat pictures paved the way to some surprising findings: A summer of warm water isn’t automatically bad news for kelps, and large winter waves aren’t either.

The study was published in Ecology.

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Bottled water war: Washington, other states seek to curtail firms in tapping local groundwater

By Alex Brown / The Washington Post

Posted Feb 18, 2020 at 5:00 AM

OLYMPIA — Washington state, land of sprawling rainforests and glacier-fed rivers, might soon become the first in the nation to ban water bottling companies from tapping spring-fed sources.

The proposal is one of several efforts at the state and local level to fend off the fast-growing bottled water industry and protect local groundwater. Local activists throughout the country say bottling companies are taking their water virtually […]

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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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OREGON LAWMAKERS DIVIDED OVER EPA ROLLBACK OF WATER PROTECTIONS

Posted: Jan 23, 2020 KDRV.com Posted By: Jamie Parfitt

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two U.S. Congressmen representing parts of southern Oregon were quick to sound off Thursday following an announcement from the Trump administration that it would move ahead with rollbacks on Obama-era clean water protections.

Officials with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the change on Thursday. During the Obama administration, the agency expanded protections of the “waters of the United States” (commonly referred to as WOTUS) to include smaller […]

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Court orders EPA to write temperature control plans for Columbia, Snake

By GEORGE PLAVEN Capital Press Dec 27, 2019

A federal appeals court has ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to finalize a long-overdue plan to lower water temperatures for endangered fish in the Columbia and Snake rivers.

The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is likely to intensify the ongoing debate over breaching four Lower Snake River dams in Eastern Washington to increase salmon and steelhead runs.

Environmental and commercial fishing groups sued the EPA […]

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100 years of tiny seashells reveal alarming trend threatening West Coast seafood

The Sacramento Bee

December 16, 2019

Roughly 100 years worth of tiny shells resting on the Southern California seafloor have revealed an alarming trend that could spell trouble for the West Coast seafood industry, a new study says.

The research, published Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience, suggests that the Pacific Ocean along California is acidifying twice as fast as the global average, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric […]

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EDITORIAL: San Joaquin Valley’s water solution? Look north to the mighty Columbia River ????

The Fresno Bee

NOVEMBER 22, 2019 10:30 AM

Central Valley agriculture faces a looming existential water crisis from the interlocking problems of drought, climate change, and falling underground water tables. Yet the potential answer to this problem is incredibly simple and only a lack of political will may defeat it. The solution is to send south to California the abundant waters of the Columbia River.

New ground water rules to take effect in […]

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