Environment

Environment & Planning

Northwest States Experiencing Average Fire Season…So Far

Jul 20, 2015
National Interagency Fire Center

In much of the West, wildfire season has gotten off to a relatively slow start this summer. Some recent, timely rains have helped a lot. The moderate activity has led fire managers in Boise to update the national preparedness level.

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Yachats is in a water shortage emergency. Residents are restricted on when they can water outdoors.

One of the reasons water is scarce is because a private timber company logged in the salmon creek watershed the feeds into the Yachats River. A provision of city charter had prevented Yachats from purchasing the watershed land before the logging took place.

KLCC's Rachael McDonald spoke with Yachats Mayor Ron Brean. He says despite the coastal climate, it's been dry.

Junction City

Yachats last week declared a water shortage emergency. The city council has imposed phase one water restrictions t. Junction City is also coping with a water shortage.
 

Junction City relies on well water. It will move forward with digging a new well to help cope with its water shortage. Last night, Tuesday, the City Council approved staff to proceed with engineering and design work for a well at 11th and Elm.

Soft-Shell Clam Advisory Issued For Oregon Coast

Jul 14, 2015
traveloregon.com

A soft-shell clam advisory has been issued for the Oregon coast. The clams contain high levels of naturally occurring arsenic which can cause harmful health effects over long periods of time.

Oregon soft-shell clams are not served in restaurants. The advisory is for people who dig their own clams.

Jonathan Modie with Oregon Public Health says long-term exposure to the arsenic in clams is a serious concern, but there are no immediate health risks associated with eating clams. He says the risk of arsenic exposure is significantly reduced if the clam neck is removed.

Oregon Department of Forestry

The Oregon legislature has just adjourned for the year, leaving some unfinished business when it comes to a state forest that’s been the subject of controversy.

Bobby/morguefile.com

There have been moves in Congress to limit protections under the Endangered Species Act recently, and that may not sit well with voters. A new poll shows a majority of Americans support the current version of the ESA.

Bacterial Infection Causing Salmon To Die

Jul 9, 2015
gettyimages.com

Several dying and dead salmon were found in the Deschutes and Columbia rivers. The Oregon department of Fish and Wildlife says a bacterial infection is the cause.

Fish biologist Rob French with ODFW says dead fish were collected from the lower three miles of the Deschutes. He says the bacterial infection columnaris is typically associated with warm water and low oxygen conditions.

French: “It’s not uncommon for the Columbia to get to these temperatures. What’s most uncommon is how early in the year they got to these temperatures. Same for the Deschutes River.”

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Oregon is reviewing how it protects wildlife and habitat. This means reviewing numerous planning documents and asking the public's input.

Brian Davies / Register Guard (pool)

Two Eugene teens have appealed a Lane County judge's ruling against their climate change lawsuit. The appeal was filed Tuesday.

Kelsey Juliana and Olivia Chernaik are part of a global youth-driven campaign to get governments to do more to curtail the effects of climate change.

Wildfires Continue To Burn In Oregon

Jul 7, 2015
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov

The hot and dry weather in Oregon continues to fuel wildfires. A new fire was reported over the 4th of July weekend.

The Niagara Fire is burning on 70 acres near Detroit. Roads are open and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

There are four other large fires burning in the state. Anything over 300 acres is considered large. Emily Veale is with the Umpqua National Forest. She says Bunker Hill is 388 acres and is 90 percent contained.

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