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Forty years ago, Congress enacted the Clean Water Act to end pollution of our rivers, lakes, and bays. But today, in the Northwest and nationwide, most water bodies still don't qualify as clean and new threats to clean water are outpacing the act's enforcers.
A significant source of water pollution, muddy runoff from logging roads, is stirring up controversy in the Northwest. A lawsuit that began in Oregon will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Its ruling will determine exactly how the Clean Water Act applies to the hundreds of thousands of miles of logging and forest roads.
The 2012 candidates for Portland mayor, Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith, were on OPB's Think Out Loud October 9 for a "candidate conversation.+ Candidates, Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith, answered questions about the future of the city, from fluoride to foreclosures, development to diversity.
The water levels in many Oregon lakes and rivers are getting lower as summer progresses and can be hazardous to boaters.
Water | local | Agriculture | EnvironmentJuly 16, 2014 12:47 a.m.
Water levels in the reservoirs of Southeastern Oregon are dwindling, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
A second straight year of water shutoffs in the arid Klamath Basin is drying up ranchland. But the water woes have created an unlikely alliance that could lead to a historic solution.
local | News | OPB News BlogJune 2, 2014 10:10 p.m.
The Salish Sea foot mystery is into its seventh year after another lone foot was found near Pier 86 on Seattle’s waterfront.