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Proposed dam removal on Oregon-California border stirs debate over coveted water

By Gillian Flaccus | The Associated Press March 29, 2020

KLAMATH, Calif. — The second-largest river in California has sustained Native American tribes with plentiful salmon for millennia, provided upstream farmers with irrigation water for generations and served as a haven for retirees who built dream homes along its banks.

With so many competing demands, the Klamath River has come to symbolize a larger struggle over the increasingly precious water resources of the […]

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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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Oregon looks upstream to the lower Snake River

PASCO, Wash. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown shifted the political debate from cap and trade during the short-session in Salem to the waters of the Columbia River’s largest tributary — the Snake River — and the four lower dams on the Eastern Washington portion of it.

Brown on Feb. 11 wrote a letter to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee expressing her support to remove the earthen portions from the four concrete lower Snake River dams.

She stated the science was clear […]

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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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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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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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Dry conditions fuel salmon die-off on Oregon coast

The Seattle Times

Dec. 15, 2019

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Fishing for fall chinook is now banned in multiple rivers on Oregon’s north coast because extremely dry conditions have fueled a widespread die-off of the species.

After two months of low rainfall, hundreds of adult fish on multiple coastal streams are dying from an unusual outbreak of a naturally occurring parasite before they get a chance to spawn, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Extended periods of low water levels […]

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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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