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"Erasing the effects of Man and Nature Upon Nature"
Ocean plastics is a growing problem that originates inland via our rivers. Investing toward catching it before it washes to sea makes practical sense.
OPB: Plastic Rafts; Plastic in Rivers; Oysters with a Side of Plastic
Silt runoffs clog salmon spawning grounds, sometimes as a result of eroded ground laid bare by catastrophic wildfire.
Heavy equipment, such as backhoes and excavators, leave a large, wide, and heavy footprint, where the method used by WDFW and NWMP makes much more ecological sense because the sizes of the equipment accommodates any stream width and ground contour.
StreamSavers is following HB2737
The facts: This bill asks for a Waterway Enhancement Fund to be created and funded with at least 50% of fine moneys that DEQ collects annually.
This fund would only be used for in-stream clean up.
EPA has 34 categories of water pollution.
DEQ has not tested all Oregon waterways for pollution, according to the most recent reporting at EPA's "How's My Waterway" online database, and may not have reported "Trash" as a source of impairment in Oregon's waterways.
2/28/19 Podcast - "Newsmakers" with Brent Dehart and Dave Bourne features StreamSavers' Board Member David Darnell. Segments on stream cleaning begin at 9:30.
2/27/19 Podcast - "Newsmakers" with Brent Dehart and Dave Bourne features Oregon Representative Mike Nearman. Topic of stream cleaning begins at 28:30
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