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Gold mining project in Ore. hits clean water snag
It may be difficult for gold miner to get clean water act permits to operate inside wilderness.
Bills would protect Oregon river, caves, forest
Bills in congress would protect Chetco River, expand Oregon Caves National Monument and create wilderness on the coast.
Blue Ledge mine might get federal cleanup funds
EPA considering adding leaking Blue Ledge mine to superfund list, making it eligible for federal funding for cleanup.
Judge rules state doesn't own Upper Rogue River
Historical documents deem 58 miles of river not a navigable waterway; state still may appeal.
Opening Day conditions point to a strong start
Fishing season opens April 23rd and conditions are favorable.
Ocean fish seasons set Wednesday more liberal
Chinook fishing expanded, Coho fishing opened to the north.
Residents tested for pesticide
Activists tell the state Board of Forestry that Triangle Lake residents’ urine samples came back positive
Over and Out
Rebuilding impediments at Larson Creek should ease passageways for fish
California legislators cut $1.8 million suction dredge mining program; environmentalists say cut advances salmon restoration, improves water quality
No more dredging allowed in California portions of Illinois and Applegate River watersheds
Zebra mussels stopped at border
Voluntary inspection program finds Oregon's first case of the invasive species
More water spurs concerns
Highest releases in 12 years will make Rogue River much faster this summer
Watching the water
As Oregon moves into algae season, lakes and ponds can expect permanent warnings and tougher restrictions, which may hurt resorts
Oregon adopts strictest standards in United States for toxic water pollution
The new rules are designed to protect tribal members and others who eat large amounts of contaminated fish
Lost Creek Lake on Rogue River northeast of Medford tainted with algae
Testing of the lake's water triggered the alert over blue-green algae, which release toxins that are harmful for people and their pets
Southwest Oregon gold miner Cliff Tracy hit with second illegal mining charge
Miner has been charged a second time with illegally mining near a sensitive salmon stream
Oregon LNG terminal plans reverse from importing to exporting gas
If natural gas producers and LNG terminal backers have their way, Oregon could become a significant hub in exporting domestic gas to Asia
Salmon habitat and water quality: Every Oregonian has a stake in stream protection
The Oregonian's editorial "Timber country and you" (July 24) places the interest of the timber industry above the public's interest in clean water, wild salmon and healthy watersheds. The editorial ignored what science tells us about the impact of logging roads on the survival of wild salmon.
Going with the Flow
Sucker Creek restoration aims to give native fish a fighting chance
Study Predicts Climate Change Will Cut Trout Habitats In Half By 2080
Trout thrive in cold water, but experts say the water is getting hotter. In the next 70 years, a new study predicts climate change will cut western U.S. trout habitats in half.
PG&E to Increase Fracking
The utility is involved in a project that may further increase demand for fracked natural gas while raising your monthly utility bill at the same time.
Reversal of fortune
A liquefied natural gas import terminal is now — surprise — an export project
Back where it belongs
Contractors, including Tom Ratnour, pictured above, work to restore Little Butte Creek to its historic channel through the Denman Wildlife Area
Spill muddies Big Butte Creek
Biologists fear salmon eggs may have been casualties
Medford's raw sewage contaminating creeks
City officials have uncovered some homes' sewer systems are connected to city's storm-drain lines
The storm drain's connected to the — sewer line?
City should make sure pipes are properly connected when houses are constructed
Salmon-Killing Virus Seen for First Time in the Wild on the Pacific Coast
Deadly virus is spread from farmed Atlantic Salmon
Proposed bill expands Wild Rogue Wilderness
Lower Rogue area expansion would include 58,000-acre Zane Grey roadless area
Not so fast
Oregon is right to ask that LNG permit process start over for export request
Defiant Abe Lincoln-quoting gold miner fails to sway jury
It finds Clifford R. Tracy guilty of illegally mining Galice Creek; he's cleared on a pollution count
Senators propose Wild Rogue Wilderness expansion
Bill seeks to expand protections of the Wild and Scenic Rogue River
It's all about the salmon
State, federal officials have approved Medford's program to offset damage caused by its sewage treatment plant
Senators back push for Rogue wilderness area
Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley waded into the effort to expand protection of the Lower Rogue River by introducing legislation that would add some 60,000 acres of new wilderness
Lost Creek algae warning may be over soon
The more than three-month-long advisory against water contact because of an algae bloom could finally be ending
A Mining Law Whose Time Has Passed
Time to bring mining laws into the 21st century
Does It Hold Water?
If it can be found to be cost-effective, ambitious canal project would be more than a pipe dream
Poll shows support for protecting lower Rogue
People from Southern Oregon support their river
DeFazio's bill targets LNG pipeline project
It would clarify the reasons a government can use exceptions to build on private land
Draft plan to protect coho outlines multiple options
Improving side-channel habitat, curbing the urban influences on water quality and getting more beaver dams are all identified as steps for helping wild coho salmon reverse their trend toward extinction in the upper Rogue River Basin.
Fish-finding mission
Survey of Ashland Creek reveals young steelhead, coho and cutthroat trout
Impaired Waters
Medford creeks among 1,004 to be added to list of those in need of being cleaned
DeFazio timber bill slights water quality, recreation, salmon
Whatever timber is harvested must be consistent with water quality standards and the habitat necessary to sustain healthy species
Steady as she flows
A proposal would require local irrigation districts to set minimum flows for wild coho in the Bear Creek and Little Butte Creek basins
Utility denies charges by DEQ, appeals
PacifiCorp has been fined $6,000 for alleged improper monitoring
Feds withdraw LNG pipeline approval
But exporting option remains a possibility
Reversal of fortune
A gas pipeline for LNG export raises the question: What's in it for Oregonians?
Sediment in Silver Creek stirs regulatory agencies' concern
Polluted water could impact salmon
Convicted miner still out, hunting for gold
Start of his sentence was extended a year
Court: Can EPA regulate mud from logging roads?
The timber industry is hoping that the U.S. Supreme Court will maintain business as usual on controlling muddy water running off logging roads
Algae warnings decrease
Algae advisories decrease as detection methods focus on toxins
Public health warning issued for Jackson Creek
Discovery of a suspected bloom of blue-green algae in a stretch of the creek in Central Point
The State of Oregon v. Rain Man
Gary Harrington's 11-year battle with the state over his reservoirs continues to make waves
Algae bloom at Lost Creek Lake leads to advisory
Army Corps of Engineers says people, pets should not be in contact with the water
More salmon, steelhead in Ashland Creek
Wildlife biologists credit restoration projects with improving stream health
WISE water-diversion project begins
Water-diversion project could become blueprint to replace aging canals
State denies water for mine near Rogue River
The Oregon Department of Water Resources said there is already too much water being taken out of Grave Creek, which flows into the Rogue at the start of the section that is one of Oregon's most popular whitewater runs.
Clean creeks start at home
Runoff presents dangers to fish, but homeowners — and pet owners — can do their part.
EPA Rule On Logging Road Runoff Throws Curveball At Supreme Court
A last-minute rule change on logging-road pollution may have undercut a case from the Northwest just as it was argued Monday before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Water diversion proposal would prevent drought
Officials now have to decide if benefits would equal the $450 million price tag
Lost Creek algae advisory is lifted
'Our bloom season is finally over,' said Salem program official
Huntsman joins campaign against natural gas exports
The Woodlands-based chemical company Huntsman Corp. joined a coalition campaigning against more foreign sales of the fossil fuel
No Carcass Left Behind
Excess fish from Cole Rivers Hatchery will be used to add nutrients to streams
Rogue River ecosystem impact study questioned
Study contends that treated effluent released into the Rogue River from Medford's wastewater treatment plant illegally harms insect life and promotes unwanted algae growth
DEQ investigating river water report
Study says Medford's effluent is harming insects, aiding algae
Bates introduces bill to ban suction dredges in some rivers
State Sen. Alan Bates, D-Medford, has introduced a bill in the Oregon Legislature to ban suction dredge mining in 30 rivers identified as State Scenic Waterways.
Scenic rivers run through it
Oregon, that is — and Bates' bill would protect some of them from being dredged
Evans Creek dams are on state's list
Wimer, Fielder dams cited as two of top 10 impediments to fish
Paving Protest
Neighbors of the Mountain View Paving plant in Talent hold a peaceful protest Saturday afternoon
Ore. considers gold dredge ban on salmon streams
State lawmakers want to clamp down harder on modern gold-mining gear known as suction dredges in salmon streams
Karuk Tribe claims victory in suction-dredging lawsuit
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a lawsuit filed against suction dredging miners on the Klamath River
Great Outdoor$
The outdoors industry is an economic force that grew even during the Great Recession, study says
Gold dredging damages habitat, harms economy
Smith suggests that suction dredge mining benefits endangered fish — but his claims are not supported by science, do a disservice to those focused on recovering our ailing wild salmon populations and offend businesses that rely on Oregon’s clean water for their livelihoods
Medford sees driest first quarter on record
National Weather Service says 1.82 inches have fallen in 2013
Dredge mining creating waves
Views differ sharply in debate on bill
Court OKs agreement on Oregon river temperatures
EPA will take a hard look at regulations it approved
Vandals befouled Medford creek
Public Works crews clear obstruction to reduce bacteria levels
Fallen tree poses hazard in Rogue near Gold Hill
Jackson County is seeking bids from contractors to remove the 120-foot cottonwood tree
Going with the flow
Measuring devices will ensure water diversions stay within their rights
Low water levels put adult chinook at risk of disease
This year's low water levels in the Rogue River Basin could trigger a die-off of adult chinook salmon this summer from a natural, warm-water-related disease
Let's revaluate suction dredging on Oregon's rivers
The laws governing this mining practice are embarrassingly outdated and present a major risk not only to sensitive trout, salmon and steelhead populations, but to local economies, as well
Health warning issued for toxic algae in Lost Creek Lake
A health advisory was issued today for the lake, located 30 miles northeast of Medford on the Rogue River in Jackson County
Pipeline draws ire from local landowner
Natural gas line would provide more than 1,000 jobs and millions in tax revenue: project manager
Agencies look into Ashland fish-kill
State police, fish biologists and Ashland city officials are investigating an apparent fish-kill in lower Ashland Creek along and downstream of the city's Wastewater Treatment Plant
A good deal for a few, maybe
LNG pipeline plan would export U.S. gas, mostly for the benefit of investors
Experts plan new tests in Ashland fish die-off
Fish were found below the city's wastewater treatment plant; so far, plant checks out
Senate votes to limit gold dredges on salmon streams
Oregon Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to cap the number of permits for suction dredge mining equipment and to prohibit mining in salmon spawning areas year-round
Senate strikes gold by recommending limits on suction dredge mining rush
Oregon lawmakers are wise to question the impact of suction dredge mining and move to set limits on it in light of an explosion of this activity
Dredge Mining Bill Will Slash Permit Totals
A measure passed by the state Legislature earlier this month aims to cut nearly two-thirds of the permits allowed for suction-dredge mining in Oregon's salmon-bearing rivers, including the Rogue River.
Cool waters
City of Medford partners with landowners to help shade Rogue River
A riparian runs through it
Rogue River setback violation lands neighbor in hot water over land protection
Keeping it cool
It's too bad a landowner got fined, but there's a good reason for riparian rules
Chlorine caused deaths of fish in Ashland
656 fish found dead last month in Ashland Creek below the city's Waste Water Treatment Plant apparently were exposed to lethal amounts of chlorine
Bacteria woes force more summer creek closures
Every summer, stream flows in the Rogue Valley decline, the concentrations of bacteria go up and people are told to stay out of several creeks
Declining conditions force closure of section of Rogue River
The Rogue River's wild section has been closed because of heavy smoke and ever-creeping flames from southwest Oregon's numerous fires
Rafters describe eerie trip on river
In area of the Rogue, wildfire goes right down to river's edge
Rogue River section back open
The Rogue River's Wild & Scenic section that has been closed for nearly two weeks due to fires raging nearby and heavy smoke is back open today
Back to business
Wildfire-prompted restrictions eased along Wild section of Rogue River; steep commercial losses seen
State’s flawed environmental oversight persists
Both Oregon and Washington are currently involved with major energy-related project proposals, Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export terminal proposal on Coos Bay and coal export near Longview
Lost Creek Lake hit by toxic algae
State health officials have issued an advisory at Lost Creek Lake today after finding high levels of blue-green algae in the Lake
Treatment plant's impact on Rogue studied
Fly-fisherman concerned that Medford treatment plant damages river habitat; city official says wait for another study
There's a redd revival on the Rogue
Dam removal means river teems with big chinook that dig, spawn in egg nests
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