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Willamette: Safe to Go In the Water, But Don’t Eat the Fish 
A recent report on the Willamette River’s health found a mixed bag in terms of the river’s health and quality. Basically, the patient has a favorable diagnosis and a guarded prognosis. The Oregonian elaborates: http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/12/report_willamette_is_safe_for.html#incart_river_index

Human Water Supply Losses Greater Than Thought 
What if the very means used to harness fresh water for agriculture and consumption were responsible for loss and shortages? As the Smithsonian explains, it is a timely concern: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-are-draining-even-more-earths-freshwater-we-thought-180957444/?no-ist

The Smithsonian on Dam Removal 
The Smitty has put together an interactive primer in the benefits that can accrue from dam removal. Find it here: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/removing-dam-can-be-net-win-planet-180957502/?no-ist

Invasive Crayfish Threaten Crater Lake 
Crayfish, introduced to Crater Lake over a century ago, have gradually overtaken the lake’s environs from the native newts. They now pose a growing threat to the lake’s pristine waters. The Oregonian has details: http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2015/12/crater_lake_clarity_could_be_j.html#incart_river_index

Klamath Water Agreement Asunder
Attempts in Congress to craft solutions to the Klamath Basin’s water woes have fallen apart. Despite years of work by stakeholders to craft an acceptable compromise, Congress failed to pass the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. The Oregonian reports: http://www.oregonlive.com/mapes/index.ssf/2015/12/klamath_basin_water_pact_crumb.html#incart_river_index

Video of So Cal Gas Leak 
Of course, you’ve seen the headlines regarding the massive natural gas leak near the community of Porter Ranch, in Southern California. If you’d like a look at what the mess looks like in real time, Ars Technica has an informative article with infrared video footage of the leak: http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/12/infrared-video-of-huge-southern-california-methane-leak-makes-plume-visible/

Wild Bees Failing in U.S. Crop Regions 
While most of the focus on bee population declines have focused on the domesticated European honeybees, the evidence indicates native wild bees have suffered devastating declines, as well. Only now, however, has anyone mapped wild bee populations to get a picture of the situation. As Reuters reports, there is substantial reason for concern: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-bees-idUSKBN0U42J220151222

OFPD Project Wants You! (maybe) 
OSU is hosting Oregon Forest Pest Detector training in a series of spring workshops. If you would like to be part of an effort to manage forest pests, you should check it out: http://us11.campaign-archive2.com/?u=f6320af8fb0948468efa9f291&id=310a612470&e=89d7778934

 

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