Industry-funded study tracks fishing in polluted Portland Harbor

The OregonianBy Scott LearnOctober 30, 2012About 7,800 people eat contaminated resident fish such as bass and catfish caught in polluted Portland Harbor each year, a new study paid for by three harbor industries estimates. And roughly 4,800 consume the fish at or above levels recommended by state health officials, said David Sunding,co-author of The Brattle Group study. But the survey of Read More…

Enviros seek to block suction dredge gold mining on Oregon’s Rogue…

MinewebBy Dorothy KosichOctober 29, 2012A lawsuit filed by environmental groups seeks to extend the ban on suction dredge mining from Coho Salmon critical habitat in the Klamath River area of northern California to Coho Salmon habitat on the Rogue River in southwestern Oregon.The Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center is challenging the U.S. Forest Service's authorization of suction-dredge placer Read More…

Oregon Environmental Quality Commission rejects petition for more…

The OregonianBy Scott LearnOctober 25, 2012Oregon's Environmental Quality Commission today rejected a petition from Northwest Environmental Advocates to increase regulation of pesticides that can harm salmon and steelhead on the endangered species list. The commission voted 5-0 to reject the petition from Nina Bell, the environmental group's director. Among other measures, Bell's petition would Read More…

Zebra mussels and quagga mussels threaten California water systems

University of CaliforniaBy Ann King FilmerOctober 24, 2012Some of California’s many introduced species — plants, animals, insects, and aquatic organisms — have marked impacts on ecological systems.Invasive aquatic organisms can impact fish, shorebirds, marsh plants, and other wetland species, and alter functions of lakes, watersheds, floodplains, and coastal ecosystems. Estuarine ecologist Read More…

USDA drought relief reaches 1 million acres of farmland

Western Farm PressOctober 25, 2012The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) efforts to help producers rebound from drought have touched more than one million acres of farmland across the country as nearly 2,000 producers took advantage of conservation funding targeted to drought-stricken areas by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). NRCS made more than $27 million available to Read More…

Arkema, one of Portland Harbor Superfund’s dirtiest sites, launches…

The OregonianBy Scott LearnOctober 23, 2012It's been a long time coming, but work is finally under way to contain pollution from one of Portland harbor's dirtiest sites, the former home of a DDT and rocket-fuel maker that's loaded with the full suite of harbor toxics. The heavy-duty construction at Arkema, which covers 54 acres along the west side of the Willamette River, is designed to keep Read More…

State denies water for mine near Rogue River

Seattle PIBy Jeff BarnardOctober 21, 2012The state of Oregon has denied a water permit for a mining company that wants to develop a gravel pit along a tributary of the Rogue River.The Oregon Department of Water Resources said there is already too much water being taken out of Grave Creek, which flows into the Rogue at the start of the section that is one of Oregon's most popular whitewater Read More…

Clean Water Act celebrated

The Press-EnterpriseBy Janet ZimmermanOctober 18, 2012Rivers so polluted they caught fire. Oceans marred by trash. Bays thick with stench and dead fish.It’s hard to imagine now – 40 years after passage of the federal Clean Water Act – that many open bodies of water once served as the nation’s toilets and dumps, said Inland officials who celebrated the anniversary of the legislation on Read More…

Alarming chemical levels in Columbia River fish

NMCNBy Keely ChalmersOctober 18, 2012 New research shows alarming levels of toxic chemicals in fish caught in the Columbia River. Back in July Columbia Riverkeeper tested a sucker fish caught by fisherman Daniel Pop. Pop had caught the fish from the Columbia River Slough, an area he’d fished for about a decade. The results of those tests surprised even the researchers. They showed the fish Read More…

Central Valley Project begins water year with close to average storage

CVBTOctober 4, 2012The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Central Valley Project has started the new water year with 98 percent of its 15-year average amount of water in its reservoirs, it says Thursday.That works out to approximately 6.9 million acre-feet of water in six key reservoirs. As of Oct. 1, the 15-year average carry-over for the reservoirs -- Shasta, Trinity, Folsom, New Melones and Read More…