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Drought-Resistant Pendleton Still Sees Dwindling Groundwater Supply

East Oregonian | Oct. 10, 2017 8:44 a.m. | Pendleton, Oregon

Despite the innovative system that allows Pendleton to funnel most of its drinking water from the Umatilla River rather than pumping it from the ground, the city’s groundwater supply has still dwindled over the years.

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Environmental Groups Sue Oregon Over Industrial Water Pollution

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 29, 2017 12:37 p.m.

Environmental groups are suing Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality over its regulation of stormwater pollution from more than 900 industrial sites.

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Portland's Lawsuit Against Monsanto Proceeds, With Some Claims Dismissed

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 28, 2017 1 p.m. | Portland

The City of Portland and Port of Portland can proceed with lawsuits against Monsanto, but a judge has dismissed several of the city’s claims over chemical contamination of the city’s waterways.  

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Gold And Copper Mining In The Rainy Shadow Of A Volcano

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 21, 2017 11:43 a.m. | Morton, Washington

The Forest Service has given a Canadian company permission to explore for gold and copper in the shadow of Mount St. Helens.

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Judge OKs Lawsuit Seeking Better Protection Of Puget Sound

AP | Sept. 20, 2017 7:57 a.m. | Seattle

Washington's Department of Ecology faces the possibility of losing millions of dollars in federal money after a judge Tuesday declined to dismiss a lawsuit brought by an Oregon-based environmental group.

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Warm Waters Off West Coast Have Lingering Effects For Salmon

AP | Sept. 17, 2017 3:20 p.m.

The mass of warm water known as "the blob" that heated up the North Pacific Ocean has dissipated, but scientists are still seeing the lingering effects of those unusually warm temperatures on salmon and steelhead.

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DEQ Investigates Glen Creek Contamination After Fish Go Belly-Up

Statesman Journal | Sept. 16, 2017 11:46 a.m.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is investigating a possible contamination of Glen Creek after dead fish were found floating in the water Friday.

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If You're Eating Shellfish, You're Eating Plastic

KCTS9/EarthFix | Sept. 14, 2017 1:40 p.m. | Seattle

Scientists predict that plastic in the ocean will eventually outweigh fish in the ocean. But how many of those plastics are ending up in our seafood, and where are they coming from?

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Why The Eagle Creek Fire Is A Major Threat To Portland's Drinking Water

OPB | Sept. 7, 2017 5:07 p.m. | Portland

Of all the resources threatened by the Eagle Creek Fire, the Bull Run watershed may be the most critical. It's the drinking water source for about 1-in-4 Oregonians, and it's uniquely vulnerable to a fire.

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As School Begins, How Are Oregon Schools Doing On Lead Treatment?

OPB | Aug. 31, 2017 12:11 p.m. | Portland

The kids in Oregon's largest school district went back to school this week, and none of them were allowed to drink from school water fountains.