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OHA To Eclipse Visitors: Beware Of Harmful Algae Blooms In Water

OPB | Aug. 16, 2017 2:24 p.m. | Portland

Eclipse campers might be tempted to find an alternative source for drinking water in lakes or rivers. But the Oregon Health Authority says that's not a good idea.

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2 New Fires Start Near Breitenbush And Growing Whitewater Fire

Statesman Journal | Aug. 12, 2017 2:30 p.m.

Two new wildfires sparked by a lightning storm last week are burning northeast of Detroit near the Breitenbush Community, fire officials said Saturday.

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Lightning Sparks 8 New Fires Near Detroit, Smoke Clogs Canyon

Statesman Journal | Aug. 11, 2017 1:48 p.m.

Multiple lightning strikes ignited eight new fires Thursday night in Willamette National Forest near Detroit, filling the air with thick smoke that limited visibility.

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Extreme Heat Reverses Benefits Of Oregon’s Above-Average Snowpack

OPB | Aug. 8, 2017 11:56 a.m. | Portland

The benefits of an above-average snowpack measured in most locations statewide earlier this year have yet to be fully realized due to extreme heat.

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Whitewater Wildfire Closes Prime Solar Eclipse Viewing Area

Statesman Journal | Aug. 8, 2017 7:30 a.m. | Detroit, Oregon

Tens of thousands were expected to visit the Jefferson and Detroit Lake areas because they are smack in the middle of the eclipse's path of totality.

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Portland City Council Moves Forward With Water Filtration Plant

OPB | Aug. 2, 2017 5:17 p.m.

Portland City Council voted Wednesday to move toward a water filtration plant that could cost the city up to $500 million.

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Klamath Basin Wildlife Refuge | Vineyard Mobile Healthcare | 'Exceptional' Longevity

OPB | July 31, 2017 noon

EarthFix's Jes Burns fills us in on wildlife competing for water and resources in the Klamath basin. Then we learn about an effort to get health care to migrant workers. And an OSU researcher talks "exceptional" longevity.

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Dennis Richardson | Albina Ministerial Alliance | Water Treatment | Transit Security

OPB | July 27, 2017 noon

Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson discusses voter fraud and election reform. We also talk about police oversight, treating Portland's water, and hear from TriMet. 

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Oversight Group Tells Portland To Slow Decision On Water Treatment Plant

OPB | July 26, 2017 8 a.m. | Portland

A key watchdog group that monitors spending at the Portland Water Bureau said it will ask the City Council to slow its decision on a pricey new water treatment facility.

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Birds Take Backseat To Fish, Farms In The Klamath Basin

OPB/EarthFix | July 24, 2017 6 a.m. | Merrill, Oregon

There’s always a bird – or 20 –  in sight at Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. But really, there should be many, many more.

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Facing A Rent Hike, Portland's Boathouse Ponders Options

Pamplin Media Group | July 23, 2017 8:48 a.m. | Portland

The hub of Portland's bustling water sports community, which draws up to 1,000 users a day in the summer, is being pushed out by a rent hike.

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Health Official Recommends Filtration Plant To Treat Portland Water

Portland Tribune | July 20, 2017 6:53 p.m. | Portland

Multnomah County Health Officer Dr. Paul Lewis has recommended the City Council approve the most expensive option for fighting a potentially deadly parasite in the Bull Run watershed.

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Oregon Rancher Challenging Well Shutdown Near Snake Creek

Capital Press | July 18, 2017 9:12 a.m.

Farmer claims the Oregon Water Resources Department has ordered him to stop pumping from a well based on an erroneous mathematical model.

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Average Cost Of Portland Tap Water Could Increase $10 A Month

OPB | July 11, 2017 12:46 p.m. | Portland

Treating Portland's water supply for a microscopic pathogen, cryptosporidium, could increase the average monthly bill for customers as much as $10.38 in coming years.

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Everything 'Normal' In Puget Sound After Disastrous Wastewater Spill

KUOW | June 19, 2017 2:22 p.m. | Seattle

Four months after a disastrous wastewater spill in Puget Sound, water quality levels are normal.

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Lower Deschutes Water Quality Lawsuit Can Go Forward, Judge Rules

OPB | March 29, 2017 11:40 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

A judge has ruled that a federal lawsuit against Portland General Electric over water quality on the Lower Deschutes River can move forward.

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State Civil Rights Protections | Wearable Music | Oregon Water Coalition

OPB | March 15, 2017 noon | Portland

How strong are states' civil rights protections? What advances are Oregon farmers making around saving water? Also, we talk to a team from Intel and the Oregon Symphony who are collaborating on wearable music technology.

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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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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.

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How Future Superstorms Could Overwhelm Today's Wastewater Infrastructure

KUOW/EarthFix | March 10, 2017 6:10 p.m. | Seattle

Raw sewage dumps aren’t as rare as we’d like to think. And intense rain events -- which climate change will make more common -- could make these spills more necessary without infrastructure upgrades.