Archive | October, 2012

Hunt for water in eastern Oregon has farmers scrambling to tap Columbia River

BUTTER CREEK — The crick, as it’s called, tumbles out of the Blue Mountains, carrying snowmelt and spring rain to the Umatilla River. Water is scarce here, eight to 12 inches of precipitation annually on the flats, but Butter Creek grows enough in its 57 mile run to become a rushing stream for a couple months a year. By high summer it is bone dry, a channeled low spot amid the sage.

Early farmers claimed water rights and built seasonal dams to flood and saturate the rich bottom ground for the dry months. Later farmers built canals, tapped the Umatilla River, sank wells and pumped irrigation water, a practice that spread through the Umatilla Basin…

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Hunt for water in eastern Oregon has farmers scrambling to tap Columbia River. The Oregonian. October 14, 2012.

Jackson County Reaches Water Agreement

MEDFORD, Ore. – About 30% of the water in Jackson County seeps into the ground before it has a chance to reach your faucet. More than a dozen organizations came to an agreement that will improve both water quality and quantity in the Rogue Valley. The impacts of this agreement will be felt from Bear Creek to farms to kitchen sinks.

The water in the Rogue Valley is on it’s way to getting a boost to both pressure and clarity. Wednesday, more than a dozen organizations signed the plan called Water for Irrigation Streams and Economy or WISE for short. The agreement is expected to improve the water infrastructure by replacing old canals with new pipes….

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Jackson County Reaches Water Agreement. KDRV, Newswatch 12. September 26, 2012.

Beaverton Community Health Partnership plans one-stop health care using federal grant

BEAVERTON — Health care providers are planning Beaverton’s first one-stop shop of services for disease prevention and general wellness, funded in part by a $1.6 million federal grant.

Many of those services already exist, but are scattered throughout the city, health care leaders said at a press conference this week. Services instead should be combined under one roof in Beaverton, especially at prices affordable to low-income residents and aging baby boomers, leaders said…

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Beaverton Community Health Partnership plans one-stop health care using federal grant. OregonLive. Friday, October 12, 2012.

Irrigation project nets wide support

MEDFORD, Ore. — Farmers, conservationists, lawmakers and others ratified an agreement Sept. 26 proclaiming their commitment to improve water delivery systems in the upper Rogue River Valley…

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Irrigation project nets wide support. Capital Press. Thursday, October 4 2012.

PSU Professors Make Affordable Green Portable

The outcome and next steps for the Oregon Solutions Green Modular Classroom project get’s highlighted on Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB).

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PSU Professors Make Affordable Green Portable. OPB radio. October 1, 2012.

Beaverton receives $1.6 million grant to provide health care programs, develop wellness center

The city of Beaverton announced Friday that it received a $1.6 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control to fight health problems such as obesity and develop a health and wellness center.

The money will support the Beaverton Community Health Partnership, a group of about 10 health care providers. They include Community Action, Lifeworks Northwest and the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. The partnership has been named an Oregon Solutions Project for building strong relationships between a public agency and nonprofits…

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Beaverton receives $1.6 million grant to provide health care programs, develop wellness center. OregonLive. September 28, 2012.