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Portland Schools' Top Lawyer To Leave After 16 Years

Portland Tribune | July 27, 2016 3:35 p.m. | Portland

Portland Public Schools’ General Counsel Jollee Patterson has announced her resignation. The July 18 decision of Superintendent Carole Smith to resign became a catalyst for her to depart.

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Plan Would Ban Boats From Dumping Sewage Into Puget Sound

AP | July 21, 2016 10:31 a.m. | Seattle

The Department of Ecology says on its website that it petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday to designate the waters of Puget Sound a "no discharge zone" to improve water quality.

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Portland Schools Moving Quickly To Fill Administrative Vacancies

OPB | July 20, 2016 2:21 p.m. | Portland

Carole Smith announced she was stepping down as Portland Public Schools superintendent Monday. School board members will start discussing next steps at a meeting tonight. 

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High Levels Of Dioxins Found In Salem's Willamette Slough

Statesman Journal | July 20, 2016 10 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

State environmental regulators have found high levels of dioxins in sediment in the Willamette Slough in Salem, and warn that eating fish caught in the area could be unsafe.

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Low Water In Detroit Lake Sparks Concern, Meeting

Statesman Journal | July 18, 2016 9:33 a.m.

For the second year in a row, low water in Detroit Lake is likely to affect recreation and tourism in the Santiam Canyon.

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Dillon Dam Removal Could Happen Next Summer

East Oregonian | July 15, 2016 10:02 a.m.

The Umatilla Basin Watershed Council and Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation plan to remove the troublesome diversion dam outside of Echo by next summer.

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Conservationists Claim PGE Violated Water Quality Standards At Round Butte Dam

OPB | July 14, 2016 6:15 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

Conservationists allege that since the installation of a water mixing device, Portland General Electric has violated state water quality standards more than 1,200 times. 

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High Percentage Of Wells With Corrosive Water Found In Many States

AP | July 13, 2016 11:30 a.m. | San Francisco

U.S. Geological Survey researchers found that half of U.S. states have a high percentage of wells with water corrosive enough to leach lead from pipes.

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Oregon DEQ Fines Coos Bay For Sludge Overflow

The Coos Bay World | July 11, 2016 8:28 a.m. | Coos Bay, Oregon

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on Thursday announced that it has fined the City of Coos Bay $8,000 as a result of a Jan. 13 sludge overflow.

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Homeowners Question Lead Levels In Their Water

The Register-Guard | July 11, 2016 7:46 a.m. | Eugene, Oregon

The discovery this spring of elevated levels of lead in drinking water at several Eugene School District schools and other buildings has prompted a flood of questions about the possible prevalence of lead in drinking water elsewhere in Lane County, including in tens of thousands of older homes with water pipes and fixtures that may contain lead.