Water News


Let’s talk about microplastics

Your closet and dresser drawers are full of plastic - and not the kind from packaging, straws and shopping bags. Some of our favorite fabrics, whether it’s techy workout gear or your fleece winter pullover, can release upwards of 730,000 synthetic particles per wash. When these synthetic fibers end up in our waterways they become a form of microplastic pollution.Microplastics are exactly what they sound like: tiny pieces of plastic that result from the inevitable breakdown of the plastic products around us. As they get smaller and smaller, microplastics become ...

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Oregon Lawmakers Take Action Against White House Attacks on Environmental Policy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 15, 2019PORTLAND, OR - The Environmental Protection Act (HB 2250) has passed the Senate and is headed to the desk of Gov. Kate Brown. HB 2250 ensures that Oregon’s standards for clean air and clean water remain high even as the Trump Administration continues to roll back environmental laws at the federal level.We are in an unprecedented era where we cannot take environmental protections for granted. Clean air and clean water are the building blocks of a thriving society and strong economy.These protections are fundamental to ...

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What we’re watching: Water

Of more than 2,700 bills and resolutions that were introduced by lawmakers this session, a strong line-up of water-related bills is still under serious consideration. Here's what we're watching.

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Why do we stand up for water?

On World Water Day, people across Oregon spoke up for our shared water future. Now where do we go from here?

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Know what’s in your well

Nearly one in four people living in Oregon get their drinking water from a well.If you are one of them, you have the right to know what’s in your water. Domestic well water can be contaminated by bacteria, nitrates, and arsenic, among other things—all of which can have serious health impacts.Why should you be concerned? These contaminants can cause serious health problems such as cancer, miscarriage and thyroid disorders. Pregnant women and small children are particularly at risk from nitrate exposure, especially infants because their digestive and enzyme ...

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What’s Your Water Why?

For World Water Day, join OEC in standing up for Oregon's water resources. Check out what our staff are saying...

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#MyWaterWhy – Stacey Dalgaard

As we kick of the 2019 Oregon World Water Day campaign, hear from OEC's Water Outreach Director about why water matters for our future.

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Oregon World Water Day 2019!

Learn more about the 2019 campaign and sign up your organization or business to be an outreach partner today.

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Untangling Measure 104

Hundreds of programs statewide that protect our favorite outdoor activities and our basic necessities, like air and water, rely on taxes and fees for those protections. But there’s a sneaky ballot measure on Tuesday’s election that threatens to do enormous harm to the Oregon Constitution

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A 100-Year Vision for Water

Water defines Oregon, but investments are not keeping up with the need. Now the state is developing a plan to ensure a secure and resilient water future for all Oregonians.

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