Tag Archives: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Battle over maximum water temperature standards to help salmon

Guest Opinion: Oregon and Washington are intent on requiring the dams to cool the water to the discretionary standard – likely a physical impossibility. Source: Battle over maximum water temperature standards to help salmon

Thermal hopscotch: How Columbia River salmon are adapting to climate change

Water in the Columbia River Basin isn’t just getting warmer. In places, it’s getting downright hot. At the confluence of the Columbia and Yakima rivers in Southeastern Washington, for instance, summer water temperatures have been recorded as high as 90 degrees. Blame dams, levees and other concrete additions to the river. And, of course, climate […]
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Up to 100 gallons of turbine oil spilled into Columbia River from faulty Bonneville Dam turbine

The source of spill was under investigation. Source: Up to 100 gallons of turbine oil spilled into Columbia River from faulty Bonneville Dam turbine

Emergency funding approved for Warm Springs reservation water fixes

The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs issued a boil water notice after drinking water system failures left some residents with no running water at all. Source: Emergency funding approved for Warm Springs reservation water fixes

Oregon Lawmakers Approve $3.6 Million In Water Aid For Warm Springs Reservation 

Basic and essential water needs are critical for public health, said GOP proponents Tuesday. Source: Oregon Lawmakers Approve $3.6 Million In Water Aid For Warm Springs Reservation 

States Face Wave Of Environmental Waiver Requests

The EPA does not require companies to notify federal regulators if the pandemic interferes with pollution monitoring or reporting. That leaves states alone on the front lines of pollution control. Some of the country’s most polluting industries have flooded state regulators with requests to ease environmental regulations, according to an NPR review of hundreds of […]
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EPA issues report analyzing heat pollution in Columbia, Snake rivers

Oregon and Washington regulators are taking steps to address high water temperatures in the Columbia and Snake rivers that impact migrating salmon and steelhead. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a report May 18 that details when and where the two rivers become too warm for fish to survive — especially at each of 14 […]
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Not So Fast! Oregon DEQ Objects to EPA’s Draft NPDES Permits for Lower Columbia River Dams

On May 15, 2020, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) submitted a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in which it objected to EPA’s draft water quality discharge permits (NPDES permits) relating to four federal dams on the Lower Columbia River. The dams in question are Bonneville, The Dalles, John Day, and McNary. […]
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Columbia, Snake river dam operators must make plan to keep waters cold enough for salmon survival

Conservation groups said the “game-changing decision” is needed to protect endangered salmon species, which struggle when river temperatures exceed 68 degrees. Source: Columbia, Snake river dam operators must make plan to keep waters cold enough for salmon survival – oregonlive.com

DEQ seeks comments on Portland stormwater controls

Proposed decision to help clear the way to cleanup the Portland Harbor Superfund site. Portland has spent $12 million during the past 20 years to prevent polluted stormwater from reaching the Willamette River through its sewer system. The work included investigating 39 stormwater basins for potential sources of pollution and establishing measures to control its […]
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