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Court Hearing in Winchester Dam Water Storage Case

Feb. 16, 2024 The outcome of a hearing in Marion County Circuit Court in Salem could have a big impact on the fate of Winchester Dam, and by extension the North Umpqua River’s struggling salmon and steelhead populations, as a motion filed by the Oregon Water Resources Department (WRD) to dismiss an earlier water storage lawsuit by the owners of …

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WaterWatch Challenges Willamette Water Temperature Plan

Oct. 10, 2021 Watch of Oregon is challenging state approval of a plan to dampen the water-temperature impact of a $1.3 billion municipal water withdrawal project on the Willamette River. WaterWatch is asking the Multnomah County Circuit Court to overturn or re-evaluate a decision by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) approving a “Thermal Trading Plan” to offset the …