The filtration system is expected to cost around $1 billion. It’s currently still in the design phase. In addition to essentially eliminating the risk of cryptosporidium, the filtration system could keep the water free from debris and smoke particles in the case of a wildfire.
Citing a ProPublica and Oregon Public Broadcasting investigation into toxic contamination in salmon, the Oregon senator and others across the Pacific Northwest are calling for policy changes and more funding but are lacking details on next steps.
The Rogue River Watershed Council has been restoring sections of Little Butte Creek north of Medford. It’s part of a unique partnership focused on cleaning up drinking water and restoring fish habitat that has provided almost $4 million dollars for environmental projects across the Pacific Northwest.