Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Dispute settled

Ore. water bill wins last-minute congressional passage

The Crooked River as seen from the Otter Bench Trail.

The Oregonian

The Oregonian

Congress late Thursday passed a bill that settles water management issues on Central Oregon's Crooked River and allows hydroelectric development at Bowman Dam. The legislation was hammered out by two Oregon lawmakers and sped through both chambers in the waning days of the congressional lame-duck session.

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Study: Yakima Basin projects don’t pencil out

Capital Press

Water projects to help Yakima Basin farmers through droughts would cost more than their economic benefits, according to a new and hotly disputed study. The Yakima Basin Integrated Plan would cost $2.5 billion. According to the study, the payback to agriculture over a century would be about $100 million.

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Coho salmon eggs put to the stormwater test

Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

In a partnership with the Suquamish Tribe, NOAA, WSU, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. EPA are studying how untreated urban stormwater is affecting coho salmon during their freshwater life stages in urban Puget Sound watersheds.

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