Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017

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Study: Waterways could suffer under future wildfires

STEPHANIE YAO LONG

The Oregonian

Boise State Public Radio

Wildfires in the West have become more common and gobble up more acres of land than in the past — but charred homes and forests may not be the only damage left behind. Waterways may also be at risk. Plants that are a wildfire’s favorite food play many roles while they’re alive and once those roots are gone, there’s little left to keep that dirt from falling into rivers, lakes and streams through erosion or mudslides.

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Majority of Washington falls into drought

Capital Press

Washington’s hottest August on record worsened precipitation deficits, leading to more than half the state being classified as in “moderate drought,” according to climatologists. An unusual and persistent atmospheric condition has blocked the Evergreen state from getting its normal summer splash of moist and cool air.

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Judge: Oregon properly shut down Klamath wells

Capital Press

An Oregon judge has rejected claims by Klamath Basin irrigators that state regulators wrongly shut down their groundwater wells based on faulty scientific analysis. Circuit Court Judge Channing Bennett has ruled the Oregon Water Resources Department properly relied on “substantial evidence” to halt pumping because the wells were interfering with surface water rights in the Sprague River.

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