Water News


Protecting a sacred resource

While the Dakota Access Pipeline has brought the rights and traditions of Native people into the national spotlight, preserving the integrity of this sacred resource is not a new challenge for Northwest tribes. 

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Summer with a side of algae

Add Odell Lake and Ross Island to the list. As summer heats up, harmful algae blooms are taking off across the state. Now is the time to talk about why this is happening and what we can do to stop it.

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Stop the Clean Water roll back

The water flowing in streams and percolating in the ground is directly connected to what comes out of your tap. We depend on clean water to support healthy communities, a vibrant economy, and habitat for native fish and wildlife. Water is the fundamental building block that defines our way of life in the Northwest.But our clean water is at risk.The EPA recently started the process to repeal the Clean Water Rule, a landmark set of guidelines that strengthened protections for important waterways. Without it, fewer streams, wetlands, and other waters would be protec...

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Tiny Plants with a Toxic Punch

Summer is here and it's time to jump in the water - but wait - what's that pea-green scum floating on the surface? A harmful algae bloom.

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White House Risks Health of Our Water and Our Communities

Yesterday the Trump Administration put the sources of drinking water for more than 4 million Oregonians at greater risk, along with the streams and wetlands that filter pollution and provide habitat for wildlife, by starting the process to repeal the Clean Water Rule.

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A Roadmap for Managing Our Water

UPDATE: The Oregon Water Resources Department received 250 comments from individual Oregonians on the Integrated Water Resources Strategy - that's 12x more than when the strategy was originally developed! Thanks to your advocacy, the Department heard the message loud and clear: prioritize clean and plentiful water for all Oregonians. Stay tuned for updates on how the final strategy lives up to your demands.It’s hard to think about drought when it’s still raining in June, but Oregon is about to enter its dry season. Although this year’s snowpack looks strong, ...

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Graywater Gardens + Smarter Water Use

Almost half the people on our planet do not have water piped into their homes. They have to go find their daily supply and carry it back for drinking, washing and bathing. If Oregonians had to do that, we might find ways to use a lot less than our current average 52 gallons (416 pounds!) per day.As it stands, our city water systems do a great job of delivering a seemingly abundant supply of water to our faucets and showerheads. But, guess what? In parts of Oregon, wells and streams are going dry, and people have been promised more water than nature can provide. Even in ...

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OEC Celebrates Scientists: Allison Aldous, Freshwater Scientist

“People underestimate how dependent we are on healthy rivers and watersheds... Science can help clarify the relationship we have with water.”

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OEC Celebrates Scientists: Bill Peterson

"As scientists, we need to share what we know in ways people can understand. Some of it’s complicated, such as how near term climate variability will affect marine food chains and how long term climate change makes the ocean more acidic, how ocean acidification impacts plankton, and how that, in turn, affects food for salmon. But if we tell this well, the public will speak up for climate action."

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Celebrating Oregon Scientists

In anticipation of this week's March for Science - we wanted to share with you a few scientists who we think are doing great things right here in Oregon.

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