Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017

Idaho dives in

State will study feasibility of raising 3 Boise River dams


Capital Press

A proposed major study to determine the feasibility of storing more water on the Boise River system by raising three dams by several feet each is moving forward. The Idaho Water Resource Board committed up to $3 million toward the $6 million U.S. Bureau of Reclamation study, which required a 50 percent non-federal match to proceed. Raising Anderson Ranch, Arrowrock and Lucky Peak dams would create an additional 60,000 acre-feet of storage capacity.


Oregon council approves lead testing at day cares

The Oregonian

Oregon's Early Learning Council reversed itself and adopted a new policy to eventually require day cares to test drinking water for high levels of lead. The council in September unanimously adopted a plan that did not require lead testing but parents and Gov. Kate Brown exerted pressure on the council after The Oregonian/OregonLive highlighted that decision.


Spokane seeks compromise to river pollution rule


New limits on the amount of carcinogenic chemicals that can be discharged into the Spokane River have the city talking with Trump administration officials about a potential workaround. Mayor David Condon told the City Council that the new rule contradicts the water quality levels in place as Spokane has embarked on a $340 million effort to reduce pollutants in the river.