Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

The Lone Ranger

One man protects watershed for nearly 1 million people

Dan's communication with the outside world is limited during work hours, but he remains in constant radio contact with the bureau when the signal allows. As the lone person charged with guarding Portland's drinking water supply, Dan Weidinger drives around the perimeter of the Bull Run Watershed, Oct. 17, 2014. BETH NAKAMURA


The Oregonian

For nearly 1 million Oregonians, Dan Weidinger is the only man protecting the drinking water supply at its source from all threats — be they humans, Bison or wildfire. The Portland Water Bureau employee is the city's Lone Ranger, the on-the-ground watchman tasked with patrolling the vast Bull Run Watershed and its surrounding protected area.


Idaho objects to EPA's proposed water rule

Idaho Mountain Express

Prompted by concerns from farmers and ranchers, Idaho has joined at least 16 other states in objecting to a proposed EPA rule intended to clarify the federal role in regulating water pollution. Gov. Butch Otter and Idaho Attorney Lawrence Wasden asked the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the proposed rule.


WSU wins award for water-saving research

Washington State University

Water scarcity — one of the main challenges predicted for the 21st century — is being addressed by Washington State University. As part of a multistate research program, WSU was recently honored for efforts to help farmers irrigate land more efficiently.

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