Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

Mounting pressure

Senators urge Wash. governor to weigh in on well issue

Capital Press

Senate Republicans pressed Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to get more active in negotiating legislation to reopen rural parts of the state to well drilling, seizing on a new study that asserts the state risks losing $6.9 billion a year in economic activity. Republicans said the report, commissioned by the Building Industry Association of Washington, was evidence they are right to refuse to pass a capital budget until Democrats agree to blunt the state Supreme Court’s Hirst decision.


Innovative reuse project stands out in Oregon

East Oregonian

A reuse project by Hermiston, Ore., and West Extension Irrigation District that is the first of its kind in the state is being recognized for its innovation by the Oregon Water Resources Department with the Tyler Hansell Agricultural Efficiency Award. The project's water comes from the city’s recycled treatment plant, which churns out a final product “virtually indistinguishable from drinking water.”


EPA awards $18M to Alaska for water projects


The EPA is awarding more than $16 million to Alaska’s drinking water and clean water revolving loan program funds to help finance improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment. EPA has allotted an additional $2.6 million in funds to further support the state’s safe drinking water program.