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Oregon Health Authority

The Oregon Health Authority says the need for social distancing in the workplace will mean less monitoring this summer for harmful algae blooms.



Starting today, Cherriots bus service in Salem will allow passengers to ride fare-free until further notice.

Oregon DEQ

The City of Salem says its drinking water continues to be safe after a truck crash on Sunday resulted in fuel spilling into the North Santiam River.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Last year, Oregon’s capital city was so unprepared for a drinking water emergency that the tanker trucks that were supposed to bring in fresh water were rusted through. Now, the city says the water situation is under control. But the upgrades come with a hefty price tag.

As part of our UO Wayne Morse Center For Law and Politics Series on Oregon’s Natural Resources and Resilience we look at how cities like Salem are trying to make their drinking water more resilient. KLCC’s Chris Lehman reports:


The Salem City Council passed a ban on plastic carryout bags on Monday night. The new rules will go into effect in 2019.

Ian Sane, Oregon DOT, and Maciek Lulko /

With roughly 648,000 people, Portland stands as the undisputed big city in Oregon. But the runner-up isn’t as clear. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, one researcher says Eugene beats Salem as second-largest city by a decent margin.