Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Cleanup proposal

EPA unveils $746M Portland Harbor Superfund plan

A view from the cleaned up McCormick and Baxter site, on the east side of the Willamette River.

ALLISON FROST

OPB

Oregon Public Broadcasting

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will take 30 years and around $746 million to clean up a 10-mile stretch of the Willamette River known as the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. The area from the Broadway Bridge to the Columbia Slough is highly contaminated from more than a century of industrial use. After 16 years of study, the EPA finally has a plan for how to clean it all up.

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Study: Climate change threatens water supply

InsideClimate News

Low-elevation snowpack across the Cascades will disappear in the coming decades if global warming continues unabated, according to a new study. The changes will cause water shortages in the region and dry out forests and grasslands, the study's authors say. A shift of that magnitude means less spring runoff for millions of square miles of watersheds in the lower elevations of the West.

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Rain puts Fort McMurray water supply at risk

Edmonton Journal

When flames raged through tinder-dry Fort McMurray, Alberta, a month ago, rain was what the city wanted. The rain people wished for could now be washing toxic ash into the river. To prevent contaminating the drinking water, the city’s water treatment plant stopped drawing from the Athabasca River as rain fell last week.

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