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PHOTO: Mossy Creek, a tributary of the Salmon River, is one of many smaller Oregon streams that doesn't receive Clean Water Act protections. The EPA has proposed a rule to protect more small or seasonal streams. Photo credit: Nic Callero, National Wildlife Federation.

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a rule it says will clarify which bodies of water are covered by the Clean Water Act - and, perhaps just as important, which are not. For Oregon, the difference could be critical for hundreds of miles of streams, as well as for ...Read More

PHOTO: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta aerial view. An environmental group is calling on the federal government to provide drought relief to Delta and northern California farmers and business owners, and not just those on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley. Credit: Creative Commons

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – An environmental group is calling on the federal government to provide drought relief to Delta and northern California farmers and business owners, and not just those on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley. Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore The ...Read More

PHOTO: President Obama is using his authority under the Antiquities Act to protect the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands. Photo credit: Dept. of the Interior.

SAN FRANCISCO - A slice of the Mendocino coastline in Northern California is getting presidential protection as of today. President Obama is using his authority under the Antiquities Act to protect the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands. The designation makes the 1600 acres part of the California Co ...Read More

PHOTO: Sportsmen say some of the best fishing spots on the Crooked River aren't accessible to the public because adjacent land is in private hands. An LWCF grant could change that. Photo credit: BLM Prineville office.

PORTLAND, Ore. - When President Obama's budget proposal came out this week, one aspect that didn't get much attention is his recommendation to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund. LWCF money comes mostly from offshore oil and gas fees, and is supposed to be used to preserve public land a ...Read More

PHOTO: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. After holding hearings across the state, lawmakers are proposing to increase the amount of funding for water storage above and below ground to be included in the water bond proposal on the November ballot. CREDIT: Creative Commons

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – State lawmakers working on a water bond proposal to put before voters in November want to increase funding for water storage. Assemblymember Anthony Rendon is proposing amendments to the Clean and Safe Drinking Water Act. He says after holding hearings across the state ...Read More

PHOTO: A statement made in President Obama's recent State of the Union address is giving hope to supporters of Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands who want to see the 1,600 acres made part of the California Coastal National Monument. Photo credit: Scott Chieffo Photography.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – President Barack Obama is indicating he's willing to use his authority under the Antiquities Act to protect more federal lands. His statement in the State of the Union address is energizing groups along the Mendocino coastline in Northern California. Supporters of Point ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. House of Representatives this week will consider emergency water legislation aimed at drought relief for California. The bill would override environmental protections and halt the restoration of the San Joaquin River. Opponents say environmental protections are not creating or exacerbating the drought, and that the lawmakers are using the drought as a scapegoat to attack these important programs. Credit: USGS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Emergency drought-relief legislation for California is heading to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill by Central Valley lawmakers would halt the restoration of the San Joaquin River and send more water to farmers. In announcing the bill, Rep. David Valadao b ...Read More

PHOTO: The groups that want to stop the White Castle timber sale point to another BLM experimental harvest known as Buck Rising (part of which is seen here), saying the result looks too much like clear-cutting. Photo credit: Francis Eatherington

EUGENE, Ore. - Is it an experiment with a new type of timber harvest - or a way to avoid using the controversial term "clear-cutting?" The latest clash over how - and how much - to log on public land in Oregon could be decided in U.S. District Court in Eugene. The White Castle timber sale has been ...Read More

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