Small-business Happenings for December 4, 2013

By Observer Upload December 04, 2013 08:44 am
Small-business Happenings for December 4, 2013

Hansen joins membership of American Angus Association 

Cove’s Darren Hansen is a new member of the American Angus Association, according to Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo.

The American Angus Association, with more than 24,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on more than 17 million registered Angus.

The association records ancestral information, keeps production records on individual animals and develops industry-leading selection tools for its members. These programs and services help members select and mate the best animals in their herds to produce quality genetics for the beef cattle industry and quality beef for consumers.

DEQ seeks proposals for water quality improvement projects

PORTLAND — Groups seeking grants for local water quality improvement projects have until Jan. 10 to submit their initial proposals and applications to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. 

DEQ is seeking projects that address water quality problems in surface waters and groundwater resulting from non-industrial pollution sources such as agricultural, forestry and ranching activities, construction sites, home landscaping and road surfaces. 

In Oregon, about $900,000 in federal grant dollars is expected for 2014 projects, pending approval of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s budget. DEQ’s Nonpoint Pollution Source Water Quality Program oversees funding and selection of proposals. Nonprofit organizations, tribal nations and government agencies are all eligible to apply for the grant monies. 

This year’s grants process is in two phases, featuring a pre-proposal phase and final application phase. 

Pre-proposals are due to DEQ by 5 p.m. Jan. 10. DEQ staff will review all submitted proposals and identify those that best address the state’s needs to reduce non-industrial water pollution. Those that make this first cut will be contacted and interviewed for more details. Applicants whose initial proposal is selected for further consideration will be invited to work with DEQ staff to develop a final proposal. 

Project priorities vary among Oregon’s regions and include: 

• Stream channel/streamside restoration projects 

• Homeowner education on stormwater runoff impacts 

• Erosion control projects 

• Water quality monitoring plans 

• Efforts to help complete pollution load requirements for specific river segments (Total Maximum Daily Load plans) 

• Septic (onsite) wastewater treatment that covers routine maintenance or repair 

• Routine replacement of culverts 

• Projects that specifically protect infrastructure on federal roads or lands 

• Projects that use best management practices to meet permit requirements for municipal storm sewer systems 

The grant money is part of the Clean Water Act’s Nonpoint Source Implementation Program. DEQ administers the program for EPA.

Oregon food safety official dies unexpectedly 

PORTLAND — Oregon’s top food safety investigator, William Keene, died unexpectedly Sunday at the age of 56.

Family members told The Oregonian he went to a hospital two weeks ago with acute pancreatitis.

He was the senior epidemiologist for the Oregon Public Health Division where he tracked down numerous food poisoning outbreaks.

 

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Small Business Happenings covers Northeast Oregon’s small-business community. The column carries news about business events, startups and owners and employees who earn awards and recognition or make significant gains in their careers. 

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