Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Wake-up call

Scientists warn of region's changing ocean chemistry


Oregon State University

The ocean chemistry along the West Coast is changing rapidly because of global carbon dioxide emissions, and the governments of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia can take actions now to offset and mitigate the effects of these changes. That is the conclusion of a panel of leading ocean scientists, who presented a comprehensive report outlining recommendations to address the increase in ocean acidification and hypoxia, or extremely low oxygen levels.


States, feds will seek removal of Klamath dams

Associated Press

Oregon, California, the federal government and others have agreed to go forward with a plan to remove four hydroelectric dams in the Pacific Northwest without approval from a reluctant Congress. The dam removal is part of an announcement planned for today in Klamath, Calif., by the governors of both states and U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.


Summer water outlook has grounds for optimism

KPLU Seattle

There are grounds for optimism as well as caution as the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service starts preparing an updated snow survey and water supply forecast for the Northwest. Scott Oviatt, an NRCS specialist in Portland, said the outlook is much improved compared to six months ago when the region entered winter with a strong El Niño.

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