Water News


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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Making Water Work

Water is one of Oregon’s most valuable resources. And increasingly, it’s becoming one of its most threatened. Summertime water rights are maxed out in many areas of the state, impacting business development, agricultural production and native fish, with climate change and population growth predicted to further stress Oregon’s water supplies in the future.Oregon Environmental Council interviewed growers and irrigation experts about ways to advance water efficiency in agriculture—which uses 79% of the state's water withdrawals—while strengthening Oregon's ...

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