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EPA petition asks for action on tainted drinking water

Jan. 16, 2020 12:36 PM EST

Eight state and national health and environment groups are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take emergency action because they say Oregon regulators have failed to curb nitrate contamination in drinking water sources near large dairies and feedlots. The groups filed a Safe Drinking Water Act...

State officials close Chinook salmon harvest in Oregon river

Jan. 12, 2020 5:50 PM EST

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has closed the harvest of wild spring Chinook salmon in the Umpqua River. The agency prohibited the harvest on the mainstem Umpqua River from Feb. 1 to June 30, The News-Review reported. The primary reason is a low fish count over the past...

Washington snowpack low, similar to 2015 drought year

Dec. 30, 2019 5:18 PM EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington’s snowpack is less than a year ago and officials say it's similar to the start of 2015, the state’s last big drought. The Capital Press reports the statewide snowpack is 47% of normal. It was 46% of normal at this time five years ago. “It’s very...

Federal court ruling expected to affect salmon conservation

Dec. 26, 2019 4:30 PM EST

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A federal court ruling could affect salmon recovery and conservation efforts on the Columbia-Snake River System in Washington. A Dec. 20 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals mandating a salmon protection plan was related to warm river temperatures caused by dams on the...

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2003, file photo, fisherman Larry McBrom works along the Snake River shoreline below Hells Canyon Dam in southwestern Idaho. An Idaho utility will voluntarily dismiss its lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency involving relicensing of the company's hydroelectric project where federally protected fall chinook salmon reproduce. Idaho Power in documents filed recently in U.S. District Court says the EPA in response to the lawsuit has approved allowing warmer water temperatures in the Snake River below the Hells Canyon Complex on the Idaho-Oregon border. (Darin Oswald/The Idaho Statesman via AP, File)

Idaho utility will dismiss lawsuit against EPA over dams

Nov. 29, 2019 5:10 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho utility will dismiss its lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency because it has now approved allowing warmer water temperatures in an area where federally protected fall chinook salmon reproduce. Idaho Power in documents filed earlier this week in U.S. District...