Water News


Emerging toxics: PFAS in groundwater

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“Forever chemicals” and where they’re being found in Oregon.

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Lead in Oregon’s Drinking Water

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Where it comes from, health impacts, and who is working to solve these problems.

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Toxics Lurking in Our Water

Learning what toxics issues are top of mind for Oregon communities.

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The Cooling Power of Trees

How a natural infrastructure test case in Medford helped kick off a more sustainable approach to water management

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Video Debut: Changing Currents, A Tribal Vision for Water

The latest from ATNI’s tribal water initiative features tribal youth and leaders sharing their vision for the future of our waters

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Let’s wipe out a costly foible in the bathroom

Disposable wipes can seriously jam up your sewage system, and not only is the repair costly, but what greets as the plumbers pull out the mess, is just yuck.

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More with less: How irrigation modernization makes life better for fish, farms and families

Many of Oregon’s highly productive croplands are irrigated, and in areas like the rolling wheat lands of northeastern Oregon, farmers rely on rainfall to water their crops. We are used to seeing huge sprinkler systems mounted on wheels moving slowly across a field as they deliver water to thirsty plants. (In some places, we don’t see sprinklers because the farmer is using drip irrigation, but the crops are being watered nonetheless.) When we hear about irrigated agriculture using 80% of Oregon’s water, it’s those sprinklers we commonly think of. Less ...

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House Water Committee Takes up Water Utility Assistance During COVID-19

OEC testifies that access to water is an environmental health and justice issue here in Oregon.

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The Story of Plastics

On World Oceans Day, let’s talk about the 8 million metric tons of plastic that ends up in the oceans every year and what you can do about it.

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Keeping Water Within Reach

State action is needed to make sure Oregonians have access to running water for hygiene and health during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

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