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Rising Columbia River Means More Bridge Lifts For Commuters

OPB | March 22, 2017 2:45 p.m.

Commuters between Washington and Oregon can expect some traffic delays this week. Rising flood levels on the Columbia River mean more lifts for the Interstate 5 bridge.

Water | Recreation | Environment

Seattle's Gas Works Park About To Undergo Toxic Cleanup

KUOW/EarthFix | March 20, 2017 5:15 p.m. | Seattle

One of Seattle's most popular parks was built on an industrial site where toxics have yet to be completely removed from the soil.

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Portland To Resume Using Bull Run Water In Spite Of Parasite

OPB | March 14, 2017 10:30 a.m. | Portland

The Portland Water Bureau plans to resume using the Bull Run watershed as its drinking water source this week.

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2 Oregon Bills Aim To Prevent Or Mitigate Oil-Train Disasters

AP | March 14, 2017 7:22 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Native Americans, environmentalists and a fishing guide spoke out Monday in support of two bills that aim to prevent, or at least mitigate, an ecological disaster like an oil spill into the Columbia River.

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Leaky Hyatt Dam To Get Drain As Part Of Earthquake Retrofit Project

Medford Mail Tribune | March 13, 2017 7:23 a.m.

Federal reservoir managers plan a $3.7 million seismic retrofit to the dam at Hyatt Lake this summer, shoring up the dam's leaky base to withstand any big shake from an earthquake.

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Molalla To Test Water For Cryptosporidium

Portland Tribune | March 11, 2017 1:11 p.m.

Molalla Public Works Director Gerald Fisher said Friday morning the city is testing for cryptosporidium in Molalla's water and will notify residents if the parasite is detected.

Water | Environment

King County Releases Findings On Sewage Plant Failure

KUOW/EarthFix | March 7, 2017 6:55 p.m. | Seattle

On Tuesday, King County released preliminary findings of what went wrong at the West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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Report: Restoration Efforts In Columbia Basin Helping Salmon

AP | March 5, 2017 11:41 a.m. | Boise

The $500 million spent annually on habitat restoration projects and improvements are helping salmon, steelhead and other wildlife in the Columbia River Basin, federal agencies responsible for operating 14 federal dams say.

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Bull Trout Lawsuit Targeting Columbia Basin Dams Dismissed

AP | March 2, 2017 7:36 a.m. | Boise

A federal lawsuit filed by an environmental group seeking to force federal agencies to analyze whether about two dozen dams operating in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Montana are harming bull trout has been dismissed.

Water | Environment

Environmentalists: Trump's Clean Water Rollback Will Harm Northwest Streams

NWPR/EarthFix | Feb. 28, 2017 2:15 p.m.

President Trump issues an executive order to rollback clean water rules. Northwest farm and industry groups are lauding the order while environmentalists say it's bad news for salmon and steelhead.