Health and Environmental Effects Research
EPA-Funded Columbia River Project Featured on Oregon Public TV
The regularly scheduled Oregon Public Broadcasting program, "Oregon Field Guide," included a segment on an Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) project on the Columbia River that was funded by an ORD co-operative agreement. The several-year-long, Regional Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program-supported ecological assessment of a 150-mile-long section of the Lower Mid-Columbia River—the first of its kind on this section of the river—was completed just recently. In short, its results show that, although the water quality is good on that stretch of the river, its fish and bank habitat is degraded.
NHEERL Western Ecology Division's (WED's) David Peck was the project officer for the cooperative agreement with ODEQ and, along with the division’s Tom Kincaid, provided technical support for the study’s data analysis. WED's Tony Olsen developed the sampling design for the study, which enables results from the set of sampled sites to be inferred for the entire 150-mile section of the river. EPA Region 10 also participated in the project by providing assistance with some of the field sampling and laboratory support for some of the sample analyses.
EPA will be able to use the results from this study in conjunction with a Regional Applied Research Effort project they have done on the upper Columbia to help get a better picture of conditions for the entire river.
The segment can be viewed at http://www.opb.org/programs/ofg/segments/view/1854, which also links to the project report on ODEQ's Web site, or it can be found at http://www.deq.state.or.us/lab/wqm/middlecolumbia.htm.