Based in Houston, Next Renewables wants to build the largest renewable diesel refinery on the West Coast at Port Westward, an industrial park owned by the Port of Columbia County near Clatskanie, about 60 miles northwest of Portland.
In the Media
Columbia Basin Bulletin – OSU RESEARCHERS’ REPORT: HUMANITY ‘UNEQUIVOCALLY’ IN MIDST OF CLIMATE EMERGENCY, GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS UP 42 PERCENT SINCE 1992
An international coalition of researchers says in a report published this week that the Earth’s vital signs have worsened to the point that “humanity is unequivocally facing a climate emergency.”
KTVZ – New Oregon timber harvest rules aim to protect fish, provide long-term economic benefits
The rule changes are a result of the mediated and groundbreaking Private Forest Accord that brought together representatives from conservation groups and the timber industry. The changes will impact timber harvest activities on more than 10 million acres of private and non-federal forests in the state.
Bend Bulletin – Klamath ranch sues state over water supply
The Sprague River Cattle Co. has filed a lawsuit arguing that its water rights would normally be worth $1.5 million but the “value has been entirely destroyed” by flow restrictions that render them “no longer marketable.”
Columbia Basin Bulletin – NOAA OUTLOOK PREDICTS WETTER, COLDER THAN AVERAGE WINTER FOR PACIFIC NORTHWEST
This year La Niña returns for the third consecutive winter, and starting in December 2022 through February 2023, NOAA predicts drier-than-average conditions across the South with wetter-than-average conditions for areas of the Ohio Valley, Great Lakes, northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest.
Columbia Basin Bulletin – WDFW SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON NEW RULES TO ENSURE FISH PASSAGE FOR SALMON, PART OF ORCA RECOVERY: ‘MUST ALLOW FISH TO MOVE FREELY’
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking for public feedback to inform the development of proposed fish passage and screening rules intended to support salmon and orca recovery.
Annual fish rescue at Lava Island saves thousands of Deschutes River fish
A fish rescue in the Upper Deschutes River in mid-October has become an annual event at Lava Island Falls. This year, thousands of fish were rescued and transferred to the main channel of the river.
Bend Bulletin – Wickiup Reservoir emptied for an unprecedented third year in a row
Wickiup Reservoir, a key bellwether for the amount of water available for farmers in Central Oregon, has nearly emptied again at the end of the irrigation season.
COLUMBIA BASIN BULLETIN – NOAA FISHERIES FINALIZES ‘REBUILDING’ REPORT TO INFORM DIALOGUE ON COLUMBIA RIVER BASIN SALMON RESTORATION
The recommended actions to rebuild Columbia Basin stocks include: increasing habitat restoration, reintroducing salmon into blocked areas, breaching dams, managing predators, reforming fish hatcheries and harvest and reconnecting floodplain habitat.