- Associated Press - Friday, August 19, 2016

BEND, Ore. (AP) - Environmental advocates have filed a lawsuit against Portland General Electric, alleging that the utility’s dams along the Deschutes River have reduced water quality.

The Bulletin reports (https://is.gd/MQL4jG ) that the Deschutes River Alliance is arguing that Portland General Electric’s dam complex has harmed downstream water and violated the Clean Water Act. The lawsuit claims the utility has violated standards for temperature, dissolved oxygen and other factors that maintain water quality.

Deschutes River Alliance officials say the lawsuit is a last resort and a necessary step toward restoring the river.

Portland General Electric officials released a statement discrediting the claims and highlighting the utility’s ongoing participating in a project meant to restore the salmon and steelhead runs.

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Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com

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