Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

Puget Sound fight

Legislators bristle at Trump's proposed funding cuts


KNKX Seattle

Members of Congress who represent Puget Sound are pushing back against the Trump administration’s budget for 2019 in part because it would zero out all federal funding for cleanup and recovery of the iconic ecosystem. The proposal cuts all funding for the U.S. EPA's geographic program for Puget Sound, as well as for Pacific salmon recovery. The administration says it wants local governments to take on the responsibility and continue recovery efforts.


Klamath County declares drought emergency

Herald and News

Klamath County, Ore., commissioners have unanimously declared a drought emergency, initiating the process necessary to receive state and federal resources for drought mitigation. Commissioner Donnie Boyd said he expects a state drought emergency will be declared by mid-March, while Klamath County Emergency Manager Morgan Lindsay said a federal declaration is likely to come this summer.


Alberta students pull drinking water out of thin air

CBC News

A team of student entrepreneurs and inventors from the University of Alberta hope to conjure clean drinking water out of thin air. It's just a prototype for now, but Edmonton's Rutu Mehta believes the "Aqua Caelum" system has the potential to provide millions of people around the world with access to clean drinking water. It's much like a dehumidifier, Mehta said.