Monday, June 7, 2010

Cleaning up The Columbia River Takes Time and Money

A new bill proposed by Oregon Congressman David Wu aims to tackle some of the persistent pollution problems affecting the Lower Columbia River. The bill would provide roughly 40 million dollars in funding to clean up pollution in the Lower Columbia and in the Willamette River, the largest tributary of the Lower Columbia. Pollutants enter the Columbia from urban runoff, agricultural pesticides and other nonpoint sources. The issue is further complicated by the fact that since no one state has jurisdiction over the Columbia efforts to clean up pollution require partnership between the state of Washington and Oregon. Currently the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership is relying on data which has not been collected since 2007 due to a lack of funding.

More information in the Columbian

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