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Trump's Billionaire Pick For Commerce, Oceans Chief Is Keeping His Oil Tankers

KUOW | Feb. 24, 2017 1 p.m. | Seattle

Billionaire Wilbur Ross is President Trump's nominee for secretary of commerce, which oversees ocean policies. Ross also owns oil tankers, which has critics worried about a conflict of interest.

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Lawsuit Seeks To Keep Columbia And Snake Rivers Cold For Salmon

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 23, 2017 10 a.m.

A lawsuit filed by salmon advocates calls for the Environmental Protection Agency to pick up where it left off in 2003 in considering steps to lower temperatures in the Columbia and Snake rivers.

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Deadline To Leave DAPL Protest Camp Won't Be Extended

AP | Feb. 21, 2017 10:17 a.m. | Bismarck, North Dakota

The Army Corps of Engineers said it won't extend a Wednesday deadline for Dakota Access oil pipeline opponents to vacate their encampment on federal land in North Dakota.

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Newport Residents Worry About Local Dam Failure

Statesman Journal | Feb. 19, 2017 2:21 p.m. | Newport, Oregon

For five years, the 10,000 residents of Newport have known the reservoir that stores their drinking water could fail. Now, city officials are racing to repair or rebuild the dams. If they fail, flooding could wipe out much of the town and leave residents without a drinking-water source.

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7 Oregon Dams In 'Unsatisfactory' Condition

Statesman Journal | Feb. 14, 2017 8:16 a.m.

The state has been getting lots of questions about dam safety as a slow disaster unfolds at Oroville Dam in California, where nearly 200,000 people have been evacuated due to the threat of a breach and uncontrolled flooding.

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Portland Switches To Its Backup Water Supply: What You Should Know

OPB | Feb. 13, 2017 5:08 p.m. | Portland

The Portland Water Bureau is taking its Bull Run water supply offline while it studies a parasite that’s been repeatedly detected, in very small amounts, in the water.

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Salem Dumped 57 Million Gallons Of Sewage Into Area Waterways This Week

Statesman Journal | Feb. 9, 2017 6:53 a.m.

The city chooses to release sewage into the Willamette to prevent it from backing up and flooding streets and basements, city spokesman Mike Gotterba said.

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Judge Orders More Water Releases From Klamath River Dams

OPB/EarthFix | Feb. 8, 2017 3:38 p.m.

A ruling released Wednesday says additional water is needed on the Klamath River to flush out parasites causing deadly disease outbreaks in salmon.

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Salem Dumping Untreated Sewage In Willamette River After Heavy Rains

Statesman Journal | Feb. 7, 2017 7:42 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

The release, which began at 5:18 a.m. Sunday and was continuing Monday evening, is necessary because heavy rains have overwhelmed the city’s Willow Lake treatment plant, city spokesman Mike Gotterba said.

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Coast Guard Rescues 3 Fishermen At Mouth Of Columbia River

AP | Feb. 5, 2017 11:25 a.m. | Warrenton, Oregon

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three commercial fishermen Sunday morning at the mouth of the Columbia River after their vessel started taking on water.