Water News


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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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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2015 Legislative Agenda

Our job protecting Oregon is never done, and we have important work to do in the coming year to keep our legacy growing. Here’s what we seek to accomplish during the 2015 Oregon legislative session.Clean Fuels Work (SB 324)OEC is pleased to say that as of mid-March, we've achieved one of our major goals, lifting the sunset on Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program, a program that is essential to growing our clean energy economy while giving consumers more and cheaper fuel choices that are better for our air and climate.Toxic Free Kids (SB 478)Chronic disease is ...

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Reduce your Runoff with a Rain Garden

Homeowners can reduce their own contribution to urban runoff by installing a rain garden or rain barrel. A rain garden is a shallow, landscaped depression where you can direct runoff from your roof, driveway and other hard surfaces on your property, allowing water to soak into the ground naturally rather than running off into storm drains. Rain gardens can be both a visual pleasure and a boon the environment, when planted with beautiful, hardy, low-maintenance and drought tolerant plants. Rain gardens also provide a natural home and food for birds, butterflies and ...

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Pesticide Stewardship Program

Just over a year ago, Oregon established a Pesticide Stewardship Partnership (PSP) Program that helps to ensure Oregon’s water quality through pesticide monitoring, training and tools for farmers to help reduce the amount of pesticide running off into our streams and rivers, and community collection events for safe disposal of pesticides.The PSP Program is a uniquely collaborative, Oregon solution to reduce unsafe levels of pesticides in our rivers, lakes and streams. Voluntary pesticide stewardship partnerships have helped avoid the need for a regulatory approach in ...

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