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Water Crisis Puts Oregon Community At A Crossroads

NPR

January 1, 20205:00 AM ET

In a desert far from any city, farmers use groundwater to grow lush green hay. The hay fattens livestock all over the world. But there’s a big problem: The water is drying up. Now scientists warn it will take thousands of years for an aquifer in southeastern Oregon to recover, while residents there are already hurting.

At Marjorie and John Thelen’s house, the well ran dry in 2015.

“We’re not […]

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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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Oregon, California fishery rebounds in conservation ‘home run’

Friday, December 27, 2019 6:58am

By Gillian Flaccus

The Associated Press

WARRENTON, Ore. — A rare environmental success story is unfolding in waters off Oregon and California.

After years of fear and uncertainty, bottom trawler fishermen — those who use nets to scoop up rockfish, bocaccio, sole, Pacific Ocean perch and other deep-dwelling fish — are making a comeback in Oregon and California, reinventing themselves as a sustainable industry less than two decades after authorities closed huge […]

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Senator Wyden is giving us a voice, a direct vote, in the future of Oregon’s rivers.

 

David Moryc | December 19, 2019

Oregon’s Senior U.S. Senator Ron Wyden has issued an unprecedented public callto action to protect more of the best rivers across the state as Wild and Scenic. He has initiated an open public process for Oregonians to nominate rivers that we would like to see him protect that are outstanding for their recreation, fish and wildlife habitat, or because they provide clean water. From now until January 20th, 2020 he […]

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OPINION: Southwestern states, keep your hands off Dakota County water

Minnesota Star Tribune By Joe Atkins and Mike Slavik, Opinion DECEMBER 12, 2019

Joe Atkins, of Inver Grove Heights, and Mike Slavik, of Hastings, serve on the Dakota County Board of Commissioners. Exporting water from Dakota County is a bad idea, the writers argue.

There are few resources more critical to the well-being of Dakota County and its residents both now and in the future than the county’s drinking water supply.

Yet it was this very water […]

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Nestlé cannot claim bottled water is ‘essential public service’, court rules

The Guardian December 5, 2019

by Tom Perkins

Michigan’s second-highest court has dealt a legal blow to Nestlé’s Ice Mountain water brand, ruling that the company’s commercial water-bottling operation is “not an essential public service” or a public water supply.

The court of appeals ruling is a victory for Osceola township, a small mid-Michigan town that blocked Nestlé from building a pumping station that doesn’t comply with its zoning laws. But the case could also throw […]

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Oregon Supreme Court Affirms Sale of Elliott State Forest Tract Is Illegal

November 27,2019

Center for Biological Diversity

Old-growth Forest East of Coos Bay Will Be Retained in Public Ownership

SALEM, Ore.— The Oregon Supreme Court today ruled that the sale of 788 acres of old-growth forest from the Elliott State Forest was illegal. The ruling affirms an Oregon Court of Appeals’ ruling from 2018, which found that selling the area known as East Hakki Ridge to a private […]

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Comments on Deschutes River Conservation Plan

by on NOVEMBER 22, 2019 · WILDLIFE NEWS

Fish and Wildlife Service

Deschutes River Habitat Conservation Plan comments

The following are comments on the Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) are submitted on behalf of Restore Our Deschutes (ROD). The main problem with the HCP is that its starting assumptions are backward. The plan is designed primarily to protect the economic interests of irrigators and only secondarily the […]

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TODAY, US COURT OF APPEALS UPHELD SENIOR WATER RIGHTS OF TRIBES

November 14, 2019 Redheaded Blackbelt

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit today upheld the senior water rights of the Hoopa Valley Tribe and other Tribes in an appeal by Baley v. United States. Baley and other Klamath Irrigation District farmers argued that the federal government took their water without compensation in 2001 when water deliveries were delayed in order to […]

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Wall Street spends millions to buy up Washington state water

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Seattle Times staff reporter

WINTHROP, Okanogan County — Follow the water and you’ll find the money.

That’s how it often works in the dusty rural corners of Washington, where a Wall Street-backed firm is staking an ambitious venture on the state’s water.

Crown Columbia Water Resources since 2017 has targeted the water rights of farms on tributaries of the mighty Columbia River.

This March, […]

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