, DRA wants stricter enforcement of clean water rules on Lower Deschutes, Salmon Club Iceland

The advocacy group, Deschutes River Alliance, says the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is failing to enforce water quality standards on the Lower Deschutes River and that the ecosystem is suffering because of it.

The group, which calls itself a voice for the Lower Deschutes, says the river has regularly violated standards for acidity or pH, dissolved oxygen, and temperature that operators of the Pelton Round Butte hydroelectric dam project near Madras are required to maintain under the rules of their state permit.

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