Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

Cleanup funding

Congress passes Columbia River Restoration Act

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East Oregonian

Congress has passed a bill authorizing the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a competitive, voluntary grant program for environmental cleanup work in the Columbia River. The Columbia River Restoration Act was included as part of the federal Water Resources Development Act of 2016, which lawmakers approved last week. Grants could help pay for projects that improve water quality in the basin, reduce pollution or clean up contaminated sites.

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Wash. water rights case halts some home building

Associated Press

As counties across Washington respond to a far-reaching state Supreme Court decision involving water rights, angry and frustrated property owners are finding they cannot depend on groundwater wells to build new homes as they have in the past. The court's decision is likely to affect thousands and represents the latest struggle to balance competing needs of people and wildlife for water.

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Map tracks Ore. schools’ drinking water lead tests

The Bulletin

A new interactive map will give people the chance to look up results for drinking water lead tests in Oregon schools. The tool, created by the Oregon Health Authority, will expire at the end of the 2016-17 school year. OHA’s interactive map was created after Gov. Kate Brown asked last spring for the OHA and state Department of Education to create a plan to address lead in school water.

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