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Governor Declares 8 Additional Counties In Drought Emergencies

OPB | May 22, 2015 1:30 p.m. | Portland

Gov. Kate Brown declared drought emergencies in eight additional counties around Oregon Friday, bringing the total this year to 15.

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WSU Researcher Says Drought Could Get Worse

AP | May 21, 2015 11:30 a.m.

A weather researcher for Washington State University says El Nino may bring relief to drought-stricken California, but it's likely to bring more heat and dryness to the Northwest.

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Oregon Businesses Facing Tighter Water Pollution Rules

OPB/EarthFix | May 20, 2015 11:51 a.m.

Hundreds of Oregon industrial facilities are now facing tighter restrictions on their stormwater pollution.

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Federal Agency Drops Advisories About Reservoir Algae Blooms

OPB | May 19, 2015 7:23 a.m.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will no longer issue advisories against swimming in 11 Oregon reservoirs it manages or otherwise using the water during blue-green algae blooms.

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How To Safely Turn Off Utilities After A Disaster

OPB | May 15, 2015 2:45 p.m.

In the wake of a natural disaster like an earthquake, the natural gas, water and electricity in a home become potentially serious threats to health and well-being.

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Klamath Farmers Take Another Hit On Irrigation Water

AP | May 15, 2015 9:26 a.m.

Farmers on a federal irrigation project straddling the Oregon-California border will get less than half the water they would expect in a plentiful year.

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Oregon Food Processor Wants To Turn Invasive Carp Into Organic Fertilizer

OPB | May 14, 2015 5:30 p.m.

The common carp has overrun the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Southeast Oregon, severely degrading one of the most productive migratory bird habitats in the Northwest.

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Washington, Oregon To Update Oil Spill Response Plan

AP | May 14, 2015 8:13 a.m.

Officials in both Washington and Oregon are seeking public comments as they prepare to update an oil spill response plan for the Lower Columbia River.

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More Northwest Mountains Are Snow-Free Already As Drought Deepens

KUOW | May 11, 2015 4:30 p.m.

Water managers had hoped late snows or heavy spring rains would help fill reservoirs and streams after a largely snow-free winter in the Northwest. But that’s not how things turned out.

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OSU Researchers Say Dogs Sickened After Visit To Forest

AP | May 8, 2015 7:56 a.m.

The Oregon State University Research Forests and College of Veterinary Medicine are investigating instances of dogs getting sick after visiting the Oak Creek access to the McDonald Research Forest.