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2013

Conservationists, Fishing Interests Respond to U.S. Treaty Recommendation for Columbia River
December 13, 2013

Northwest conservation groups and the fishing community response to the final recommendation issued by the Bonneville Power Administration and the Army Corps of Engineers to expand the purposes of the Columbia Treaty to include ecosystem function. Treaty decisions will have far-reaching impacts on the region’s environment, economy, and culture.

Victory for Oregon’s Rivers in Court of Appeals Ruling on Cottage Grove Water Right December 11, 2013
The Court of Appeals handed down a victory for the state’s irreplaceable rivers and fish populations, with a ruling overturning the City of Cottage Grove’s municipal water right certificate. WaterWatch staff attorney Lisa Brown successfully argued the case, resulting in a precedent-setting decision that closes a harmful loophole, and affirms protections for salmon, steelhead, and other fish.

Conservationists and Fishing Community Support Inclusion of Ecosystem Function in Modernized Columbia River Treaty December 9, 2013
In response to Rep. Hastings’ Congressional hearing in Pasco, WA on the Columbia River Treaty, Northwest conservationists, fishing groups, and businesses encouraged the State Department to move forward with negotiations with Canada to modernize the Columbia River Treaty.

Statement on Introduction of Crooked River Collaborative Water Security Act of 2013 November 21, 2013
WaterWatch statement of support for the Crooked River Collaborative Water Security Act of 2013, a framework for improving water management in the Crooked River. The legislation is based on an agreement that Senators Merkley and Wyden facilitated among a broad coalition of stakeholders, including WaterWatch.

Lawsuit Filed Against Forest Service Permit for City of Bend Water Project November 14, 2013
Central Oregon LandWatch and WaterWatch of Oregon filed a lawsuit today in the Oregon Federal District Court seeking an injunction to prevent the U.S. Forest Service from authorizing the City of Bend to begin construction of a new pipeline that will allow for greatly increased water withdrawals from Tumalo Creek.

Governor Signs Bill to Protect Salmon Habitat August 15, 2013
Anglers, landowners, outdoor recreation businesses, and river advocates celebrated yesterday as Gov. John Kitzhaber signed Senate Bill 838. The bill takes steps to protect salmon habitat throughout Oregon through reasonable reductions in levels of harmful suction dredge gold mining.

Conservationists Seek Solution to Critical Salmon Barrier on Rogue Basin’s Evans Creek April 17, 2013
Fielder Dam Ranks in Oregon’s Top Ten List of Barriers Harmful to Salmon, Steelhead

Conservation Groups File 60-Day Notice of ESA Challenge on Klamath Salmon April 4, 2013
Coalition says Bureau of Reclamation continues to endanger Klamath River fish, wildlife
by implementing water management plans ahead of environmental review.

Legislation Introduced to Protect Water Quality and Wild Salmon Feb. 19, 2013
SB 401 would curb destructive suction dredge mining in Oregon’s iconic waterways.

Statement on Columbia River-Umatilla Solutions Taskforce Announcement Feb. 15, 2013
Agreement promotes enonomic growth in the form of increased agriculture, as well as in the form of a healthier Columbia River, which provides jobs, food production, and other economic benefits to Oregon and the entire region.

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