Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

Making the grade

Report: Willamette Valley water future mostly bright

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Oregon State University

During the next 85 years, temperatures in Oregon’s Willamette River basin are expected to rise significantly, mountain snowpack levels will shrink dramatically, and the population of the region and urban water use may double — but there should be enough water to meet human needs, a new report concludes. These are among the key findings of the Willamette Water 2100 Project, a five-year, $4.3 million study funded by the NSF and led by Oregon State University.

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Oregon congressman releases draft Klamath bill

E&E Publishing

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), whom the California and Oregon Senate delegation has been counting upon to shepherd Klamath River Basin legislation in the House, released a discussion draft that bears little resemblance to the Senate bill that has been waiting for a companion since January. Backers of the legislation have their work cut out for them to reconcile the House and Senate versions.

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State Department mulls Columbia River Treaty

Flathead Beacon

Two years after the U.S. State Department first reviewed recommendations to change a vital water treaty with Canada, federal officials say they are hopeful negotiations will begin in the coming months. The treaty has no expiration date, but either country can cancel it or suggest changes beginning in 2024, as long as they give a 10-year notice.

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