Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

In hot water

Warming rivers killing salmon may be the new norm

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Al Jazeera America

Sockeye salmon, who rocket up into Idaho's mountains every summer to spawn, have been to the edge of extinction once already. Their numbers dropped radically during the burst of construction of federal hydropower dams decades ago. This summer, with their recovery still fragile, salmon have been dying by the hundreds as rivers have warmed to bathtub temperatures. Scientists predict this summer’s heat and drought will become the norm.

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More Oregon watersheds receive added oversight

Capital Press

Oregon’s farm regulators will be paying closer attention to water quality problems in seven new watersheds under an expansion of their “strategic implementation area” program. Traditionally, water quality investigations were driven by complaints, but the state has more recently been self-initiating its compliance efforts with Wasco and Clackamas county waterways serving as early test cases.

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Clean water law needs new act for 21st century

Circle of Blue

Earlier this month, toxic mine waste spilled into Colorado's Animas River. The day before, NOAA reported that the Gulf of Mexico dead zone covered an area larger than Connecticut. Two days before that marked the one-year anniversary of the Toledo water crisis. All are evidence that pollution is still a dismal reality more than four decades after Congress passed the Clean Water Act.

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