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Watershed Health
12:25 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Florence STEP Part 1: Fish Conservation Organization Regroups After Hatchery Loss

Racks of fish eggs inside the Munsel Creek Hatchery in Florence.
Credit Jes Burns

A volunteer-run fish conservation group in Florence is shifting focus nearly two months after suffering a significant set-back.  The Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program, or “STEP,” lost all the newly-hatched Coho from their hatchery on Munsel Creek.  Despite the tenor of media reports at the time, the loss is relatively insignificant from an ecological standpoint.  It's the group's work with local students that’s affected most.  

In the first of a two part series, KLCC’s Jes Burns looks at the hatchery loss and why ODFW decided not to pursue an investigation.

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Water Rights
7:04 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

State Denies McKenzie River Water Rights Application

McKenzie River
Credit BLM

The state of Oregon has denied a permit application from Willamette Water Company for water rights on the McKenzie River.  

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Deschutes County
4:00 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Four Terrebonne Water District Directors Face Recall

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A group of disgruntled citizens in Deschutes County has succeeded in getting a special recall election. Voters in the Terrebonne Water District will decide April 1st whether to keep four of the five members on their utility board.

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Water Contamination
3:02 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Newport Residents Need To Boil Water

Due to a loss of water pressure in a section of Newport's distribution system, residents are being asked to boil their drinking water until tests can confirm it is safe to drink. A water main break at NE 5th and Eads St. Tuesday evening forced the City to de-pressurize the system in that area. Newport's Director of Public Works, Tim Gross, says the State requires a boil water notice to go out after they de-pressurize any water system.

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Klamath Basin
7:47 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Agreement Could Mean End To Klamath Water Wars

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For decades, farmers and ranchers have engaged in a bitter tug-of-war with fishermen and Indian tribes over scarce water supplies in the Klamath Basin. Now, government officials and stakeholders have announced the broad outlines of an agreement they say could finally bring peace to the region.

At the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, Governor John Kitzhaber, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and an array of state and federal officials met with Klamath water users. They came to unveil what they called an historic agreement. Senator Wyden …

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Utility Rates
4:19 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

EWEB Proposes Rate Increases

Come February, Eugene Water and Electric Board customers will be paying more for their utilities, if the board approves proposed rate increases.

EWEB’s management has recommended increases of 4.5% for electricity and 3% for water. For a single-family home, that’s about $6 more per month for electricity and $1 more for water. Spokesman Joe Harwood explains one reason for the rate hike:

Harwood: “EWEB continues to face diminishing revenues due to the continuing low prices that we receive for selling surplus power to other utilities.”

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