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Logging effect on drinking water raises forest rules concerns

[Oregon] Logging on private land that muddied drinking water for this small Coast Range town has raised concerns about rules to protect that water. City workers had to shut off the intake to the water treatment plant to prevent clogging its filters or sending dirty water through faucets, and the reservoir that holds the drinking water for roughly 1,000 residents was drawn down over eight days. The state forestry agency investigation didn’t find any logging violations. But regulators and environmentalists say the incident shows logging rules fail to protect sources of drinking water and need to be strengthened.

News notes are courtesy of Southern Forests Network News Notes





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