Water News


Climate change and runoff threaten Oregon’s iconic coast

Recently, I was prompted to list the three things that matter to me more than anything in my life. My list? Family, the Pacific Northwest, and the ocean. I count my blessings on the first two. I’m lucky to live in a beautiful corner of the world and be close to my family. But as a lifelong advocate for the ocean, I’m alarmed at the rate of change being observed.Record toxic algal blooms, starving sea lions, displaced marine mammals, an endangered oyster industry—these are just a few on a long list of scary warning signs. The ocean is demanding our attention. ...

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Whistleblower videos reveal helicopter spraying workers with weed killers

Have you seen the article and video posted at the Oregonian? It's a terrifying video, one of over 200 that have been recorded showing workers being completely doused in chemicals."Nothing is more worrisome than the number of times the helicopter sprays over workers. Depending on the chemicals used, workers aren't allowed to enter spray sites for up to 48 hours. Directly spraying workers is illegal. It's also illegal to allow chemicals to drift onto workers."Pesticide drift has sickened Oregonians and damaged neighboring crops. There are pesticides in finished ...

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Arsenic in Paradise

Lost Creek Lake drifts onto the edge of her property and Diamond Lake glistens on a nearby hillside. Casey State Park frames the green vistas seen from her living room window. The Rogue River, one of just eight rivers named in the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968, courses through some the most breathtaking wilderness areas in all of Oregon. “I like to say I enjoy a view of eternity,” Durene says.The only problem with Durene’s little corner of paradise is that it’s heavily laced with a sinister down-to-Earth health hazard: arsenic. A naturally occurr...

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It’s Time to Renew Oregon

There is no bigger fight than the one we’re waging for the future of the climate. We already feel the effects of extreme storms, drought and record-breaking wildfires. We’re the last generation that can do anything to reverse it.Passionate Oregonians are fighting this battle right now. The opposition is powerful and entrenched: Huge oil and coal corporations who put profits ahead of people. Only a concentrated campaign, built to a massive scale, with all of us rallying together can overcome their opposition.That's why, at OEC, we're so excited to announce that ...

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Stronger Together: Equity in the Oregon Legislature

A few years ago, several groups got together to examine how state legislative proposals address issues of racial equity. They shone a light on laws that could have significant negative impacts on communities of color and recommended laws that could address racial disparities. To begin holding lawmakers accountable, they published the first Racial Equity Report Card in 2011. The report card, which is published every long session, evaluates each state legislator’s commitment to advancing opportunity and addressing disparities affecting Oregonians of color. Read about the ...

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It’s Almost Spring! Legislative Update from OEC

The 2015 legislative session is off to a great start! Below is a special update on how OEC's legislative agenda is progressing. Speaking of the Capitol, we hope you’ll join us and more than 40 other environmental organizations for Oregon League of Conservation Voter’s lobby day. It’s happening on March 24. Click here to learn more and RSVP. CLIMATE PROTECTION Clean Fuels Program—SB 324 Victory! After the bill passed both chambers, Governor Brown signed SB 324 into law on March 12, lifting the sunset on Oregon's Clean Fuels Program! This is a great early ...

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Portland Addresses Climate Change through Action Plan

With the release of a new 2015 Climate Action Plan, the City of Portland and Multnomah County are giving us a chance to think globally, but act locally. And they want your input on it. The draft plan provides a roadmap for our community to achieve an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, with an interim goal of a 40 percent reduction by 2030. We know it’s possible; through enacting recommendations in their previous action plans we’ve cut carbon emissions by 14 percent since 1990, even though our population has grown by 30 percent. And, we’ve added over ...

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Clink for Clean Water is Coming! March 27-29

March 27-29, Oregon's best wineries from the gorge to the valley, in the city and the country, will join together to support Oregon’s rivers, lakes and fresh drinking water. Find your favorite winery on this map and plan a trip! Each of these distinctly Oregon wine makers will donate a generous percentage of their proceeds to OEC's work to protect our most precious resource.Whether wandering the Willamette Valley, gallivanting in the Gorge or puttering around Portland, find wineries committed to clean and plentiful water. Learn more about our amazing winery ...

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12 Wins for Oregon’s Environment in 2014

Across the state, Oregonians worked together in 2014 for the benefit of our environment. Here are a few of the many wins Oregon can celebrate as we reflect on the past year. We congratulate the great work of so many people and organizations that made this work possible. Well done, Oregon and cheers!Congrats to the many organizations who made these wins happen!Safer products guideline adoption: Oregon Environmental CouncilThe People's Climate March: 350PDX and environmental, social justice, faith and peace organizations across OregonOregon Business ...

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Stormwater Solutions

When rain falls onto the hard surfaces of streets, sidewalks, parking lots and rooftops, it picks up pollutants in its path, gathering volume and speed until a storm drain pipes it underground or into a stream. Stormwater runoff causes water pollution, localized flooding, stream bank erosion, reduced groundwater levels, and habitat loss for fish and wildlife.In 2007, OEC convened a statewide task force on reducing urban runoff and produced a report called "Stormwater Solutions: Turning Oregon's Rain Back into a Resource."  The report describes how stormwater impacts ...

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