BREAKING NEWS 5 positive COVID-19 tests within the UO football program Full Story
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Oregon settles lawsuit over stormwater pollution

The settlement announced Monday provides special protections for rivers and streams that are already too polluted for salmon, drinking water or swimming.

Posted: Aug 21, 2018 1:08 PM
Updated: Aug 21, 2018 1:11 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality has settled a lawsuit filed by environmental groups over the state's regulation of stormwater pollution.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that the settlement announced Monday provides special protections for rivers and streams that are already too polluted for salmon, drinking water or swimming.

Earthrise, Northwest Environmental Defense Center and Columbia Riverkeeper filed the lawsuit.

DEQ will now require more than 800 industrial sites to report their stormwater pollution four times per year instead of once.

The agency will also establish a committee to investigate the technical feasibility of putting new limits on certain contaminants in stormwater.

Stormwater becomes polluted by toxins like copper, lead and zinc as it runs over industrial sites and into waterways.

It is a major source of environmental contamination nationwide.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 41348

Reported Deaths: 649
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah8955159
Marion5684107
Washington561274
Umatilla332844
Clackamas306165
Lane229427
Malheur189737
Jackson16176
Deschutes109813
Yamhill98315
Linn78815
Polk64315
Jefferson6009
Morrow5436
Lincoln51113
Union4652
Benton4336
Klamath4053
Wasco34715
Douglas3425
Hood River2771
Josephine2623
Columbia2531
Clatsop2370
Coos2360
Baker1143
Crook1002
Tillamook700
Curry571
Wallowa402
Lake340
Harney210
Sherman180
Gilliam110
Grant110
Wheeler10
Unassigned00
Eugene
Scattered Clouds
48° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 43°
Corvallis
Overcast
49° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 45°
Roseburg
Overcast
56° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 56°
North Bend
Clear
51° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 51°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events