Archive | August, 2012

The juniper solution

Oregon’s Western Juniper gets a bad rap. Although it’s a native species, juniper forests have spread uncontrollably in the central and eastern parts of the state, threatening sage grouse habitat and sucking the water table dry…

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The juniper solution. Oregon Business. September, 2012.

The school Vernonia (and Oregon) built with a clear vision

There were some quite rational people who openly wondered why Vernonia wouldn’t call it quits and just leave the sodden place in ruin. It had happened before, in 1996, but never this badly, in 2007: The Nehalem River, pushed by torrential rains 14 vertical feet above its banks, ate the tiny timber town by inundating homes, floating cars like rubber ducks and leaving five feet of sewage-sullied water in school buildings. Fixing everything for the roughly 2,400 residents would cost more than $100 million — hard to come by and likely futile anyway…

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The school Vernonia (and Oregon) built with a clear vision. The Oregonian. August 12, 2012.

Balance between farms and fish sought in Oregon water accord

ov. John Kitzhaber has asked stakeholders in the Umatilla Basin to hammer out a plan to combat water shortages in the region, with preliminary findings due by December. The group is working through the Oregon Solutions process at Portland State University…

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Balance between farms and fish sought in Oregon water accord. Sustainable Business Oregon. August 9, 2012.