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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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Environmental groups decry bid to reopen troubled mega-dairy near Boardman

July 11, 2019

The new owner of a troubled mega-dairy operation that violated hundreds of environmental rules wants to reopen the facility, drawing fresh opposition from environmental groups.

Washington-state based Easterday Farms requested permission from the Oregon Department of Agriculture earlier this month to house over 28,000 animals on the site of the now-shuttered Lost Valley Farm, according to the Statesman Journal.

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Proposed groundwater drilling rule unsustainable

January 22, 2019

Klamath Falls Herald and News

Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) is gearing up to cripple the Klamath Tribes’ already limited ability to safeguard rivers, streams, springs and seeps in our treaty-protected homeland.

Sitting in the audience of a recent advisory committee meeting (a group of about 20 dominated by ranchers and farmers), I heard state employees announce that OWRD’s plan to reduce the tribes’ ability to “make calls” (stop agricultural irrigation) on wells within a mile […]

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N.E. Oregon makes progress on water puzzle

By GEORGE PLAVEN Capital Press Jan 3, 2019

It was a crisis more than 60 years in the making.

The Umatilla Basin in northeast Oregon is home to some of the state’s most productive farmland, famously growing more than 200 different crops including wheat, corn, potatoes and watermelon. Irrigation pivots dominate the countryside, transforming scrubby desert into lush, green fields.

The development of the region’s farms and cities, however, came at a price underground. As early as 1958, […]

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Water war along California-Oregon border pits growers against tribes

TULELAKE, Calif. — As one of the tensest fights for water in the West closes in, residents in this town along the rural California-Oregon border are moving out.

The sidewalks are emptier. The downtown is a ghostly strip of vacant storefronts, struggling lunch spots and liquor stores. The highway nearby is flanked by abandoned silos and crumbling produce warehouses.

The Klamath River has run low, and the economic fallout of a water […]

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Below Mt. Shasta, a fight burbles over bottled water

Jane Braxton Little High Country News

May 28, 2018

Mount Shasta reigns over Siskiyou County, a commanding presence even when cloaked in clouds. The snow on its flanks percolates into a vast underground aquifer of volcanic tunnels and bubbling springs. Steeped in legend and celebrated for its purity, Shasta water is almost as mysterious as its namesake California mountain. Little is known about how much is actually stored there or how it moves through […]

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Aquifer falling, central Washington farmers ask: Where will the water come from?

By Nicholas Deshais nickd@spokesman.com(509) 459-5440

ODESSA, Wash. – Clark Kagele’s truck stops next to a tangle of shattered concrete and broken pipe. An old, defunct well.

For a few decades, 600 feet was deep enough. Not anymore.

On his 2,000 acres, Kagele grows wheat but also alfalfa for the herd, canola for cooking oil, timothy hay for discerning horse- and cattle-owners in Japan and South Korea, potatoes and, for the first time, sunflowers for […]

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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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There needs to be consequence for DEQ’s lack of accountability

Welcome to Oregon! Pollute to your company’s content; no one will notice.

Sounds like fiction given Oregonians’ passion for clean air, water and land.

But it might as well be the slogan of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

When audited recently, it was determined that 43 percent of the state’s largest air polluters are operating with expired permits. Some of them for as many as five years.

The agency also told auditors […]

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Oregon sues Monsanto for $100 million over PCB water, soil pollution

JAN. 5, 2018

PORTLAND — The state of Ore­gon sued the agrochemical company Monsanto on Thursday over pervasive pollution from PCBs, the toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated in plants, fish and people around the globe for decades. The company called the lawsuit baseless.

The lawsuit seeks $100 million to use to mitigate pollution, particularly along a 10-mile stretch of the Willamette River in […]

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