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House OKs Bill for Study
of Snake River Tributaries

by Larry Swisher
Capital Press - March 8, 2002

WASHINGTON -- The House has approved a federal feasibility study of ways to improve water quality and quantify in four Snake river tributaries in Eastern Oregon.

A bill by Rep. Greg Walden, R- Ore., authorizing the Bureau of Reclamation study was passed by voice vote March 6.

A similar measure has been introduced by Oregon's two senators.

An initial study by the Department of Interior agency examined problems associated with excess nutrients in surface water, sedimentation, high water temperatures, degraded fish habitat, low streamflows and lack of adequate streamside vegetation.

The bill will help identify projects that BuRec, working with local watershed councils, farmers and ranchers, may undertake to improve water quality and quantity in the Burnt River, Malheur River, Owyhee River and Powder River basins.

Larry Swisher , a columnist based in Washington, D.C., writes for Pacific Northwest newspapers.
House OKs Bill for Study of Snake River Tributaries
Capital Press, March 8, 2002

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