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Oregon Rules Portland Must Build Costly Water Treatment Facility

OPB | May 23, 2017 10 a.m. | Portland

The Portland Water Bureau learned this month it has lost a key exemption to federal water testing rules, meaning the city must build a water treatment facility.

Water | Science | Climate change | Environment | Technology

Can Seattleā€™s Seawall Defend The City And Protect Salmon, Too?

KCTS9/EarthFix | May 16, 2017 6 p.m. | Seattle

Seattle’s newly constructed seawall is a $410 million infrastructure project that’s doubling as a massive science experiment.

Water | Pacific Ocean | Environment

West Coast Transient Orcas Are Booming While Resident Orcas In Salish Sea Struggle

KUOW/EarthFix | May 15, 2017 5:50 p.m. | Seattle

New research shows some of the orca populations that visit the Salish Sea are booming while the orcas who spend most of their time there are suffering. It comes down to what the different orcas eat.

local | Water | News

Chiloquin To Sell Water To Crater Lake National Park

The Klamath Falls Herald and News | May 9, 2017 8:41 a.m. | Chiloquin, Oregon

The city of Chiloquin has agreed to sell roughly 2.5 million gallons of water to Crater Lake National Park during May and June after the park was told it could no longer draw from Annie Creek.

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Massive Manure Spill Closes Tillamook Bay To Shellfish Harvesting

Statesman Journal | April 19, 2017 5:26 p.m.

Tillamook Bay was closed to commercial shellfish harvesting last week, following a massive spill of liquid manure from a nearby dairy. It was scheduled to reopen Wednesday night.

Water | Environment | Sustainability

The Northwest's Water Systems Need A Big, Green Fix, Report Says

NWPR/EarthFix | April 14, 2017 4:58 p.m.

Northwest communities are getting their drinking water from aging infrastructure that is costly to maintain and prone to breaking down.

Water | Environment

Oregon's Snowpack Is Above Average, But Don't Celebrate Yet

OPB | March 30, 2017 4:45 p.m.

Researchers measured the snowpack on Mount Hood on Thursday. Oregon’s snowpack is at 125 percent of normal.  

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Lower Deschutes Water Quality Lawsuit Can Go Forward, Judge Rules

OPB | March 29, 2017 11:40 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

A judge has ruled that a federal lawsuit against Portland General Electric over water quality on the Lower Deschutes River can move forward.

Fish & Wildlife | Water | Environment

How Sound Is Helping Scientists Save A Prehistoric Fish

IdahoPTV/EarthFix | March 27, 2017 7:30 p.m. | Boundary County, Idaho

The Kootenai River’s endangered white sturgeon are getting help from scientists who are using soundwaves to learn how sediment is building up and affecting the fish’s ability to reproduce.

local | Water | Pacific Ocean | Fish & Wildlife | News | History | Environment

A Forgotten Hero's Shipwreck Imperils Washington's Oysters

OPB | March 26, 2017 12:30 p.m. | Bay Center, Washington

Bay Center residents in Southwest Washington feared the worst when a neglected boat began to sink in the Palix River. Leaking oil was a concern to local oyster farmers in nearby Willapa Bay.

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