9 results for tag: water quality


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.

Waters Out of Whack

Harmful algae blooms are becoming more common. This is the story of 8 bodies of water in Oregon and the neighboring communities affected by toxic algae growth.

Turning toward the river

Getting in the water is just as important as walking the halls of the Capitol. We're tabling at The Big Float 8! Come out and tell us why clean water and healthy watersheds are important to you.

How do we handle algae?

The water crisis in Salem is a wake-up call to the growing threat of harmful algae blooms in Oregon. How can we prevent these events from happening more in the future?

Clean water: 45 years & no turning back

On the 45th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, we're shining a spotlight on the work still needed to protect clean water for our communities, our economy, and future generations.

Celebrating 45 Years of Clean Water

50 years ago, our rivers looked a lot different. Today, we celebrate the Clean Water Act and discuss the work that still must be done to make sure every Oregonian has access to fishable, drinkable, and swimmable waterways.

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.

Restoring Hamilton Creek: The Soltaus’ Story

As early spring blooms pop open and a great blue heron takes off across the water, Glen Soltau walks the trails on his property along Hamilton Creek outside of Lebanon, Ore. When Glen and his wife, Leslie, bought the property in 1992, Hamilton Creek was overrun with invasive blackberries, some growing as tall as 10-12 feet high, and cows walked in the streambed disrupting fish habitat and eroding the banks.Now rows of native willow, dogwood and elderberry have replaced the blackberries. Indian plum provides an early season nectar source for hummingbirds. Beavers build seasonal dams that increase the area for Glen and Leslie to paddle their kayaks. ...

Where Water Quality and Quantity Intersect

Guest Post by Steve SiegelIt is a hot summer day and you are off to your favorite swimming hole, joyfully anticipating your first leap into its crystal clear, refreshing water, followed by the magnificent shake of your body as you surface, spraying water in every direction. You can hardly wait, recklessly racing your dog to the water. You arrive to find a pool of brownish, greenish, stagnant water, barely knee deep. Skidding to a halt, you no longer want to even dip your toes into what you have found.When imaging a swimming hole, we don’t just think of a pool of deep water and we don’t just imagine clear, clean water. We think of both. ...