Hundreds of farmers who rely on a massive irrigation project that spans the Oregon-California border learned Wednesday they will get a tiny fraction of the water they need amid the worst drought in decades, as federal regulators attempt to balance the needs of agriculture against federally threatened and endangered fish species that are central to the heritage of several Read More
Some infrastructure concerns go far less discussed than others including, notably, the issue of wastewater and sanitation. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, the country’s wastewater treatment plants are functioning at an average of “81 percent of their design capacities,” and 15 percent have “reached or exceeded” that capacity. Drinking water service Read More
SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s 2010 water quality report has earned a mixed review from the U.S. EPA. This week, the EPA gave the report a thumbs up for listing nine-hundred and seventy places where rivers, streams, lakes and reservoirs are polluted. That includes waters where fish tested positive for mercury. Jennifer Wigal manages Oregon’s water… Read More
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