Federal Court Orders New Water Quality Plans For Many Of Oregon’s River Basins, Sets Schedules

October 10th, 2019

A federal court has ordered Oregon and federal pollution regulators to replace the existing water quality plans in many of Oregon’s river basins. The court also set schedules for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the federal Environmental Protection Agency to complete the new plans.

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Who Sets Water Temperature Standards For Columbia/Snake Rivers? Arguments Heard In Ninth Circuit

August 27th, 2019

Opposing sides argued before a three-judge panel at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should complete regulations for temperature, known as Total Maximum Daily Load, for the Snake and Columbia rivers, or whether completing the TMDL is the responsibility of Oregon and Washington.

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Washington State Seeks Public Hearings On EPA’s Efforts To Revise State’s Water Quality Standards, Fish Consumption Rule

August 8th, 2019

The Washington Department of Ecology is demanding the Environmental Protection Agency hold more than two “online public hearings” as the federal agency moves forward on efforts to revise the state’s “fish consumption rule” which guides water quality standards.

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Judge Denies Preliminary Injunction in Willamette Dams Salmon/Steelhead Case; Does Say Conditions Of Fish Worse Since 2008 BiOp

July 3rd, 2019

A federal judge has denied the request of three conservation groups to order a federal agency to make immediate changes at federal Willamette River dams to improve conditions for migrating juveniles and spawning adult threatened spring chinook and winter steelhead.

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