Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016

Record rainfall

Northwest water year is off to a strong start

This undated photo shows Downing Creek falls near Marion Forks, Ore. The area features a swirling creek and waterfall blanketed with a thick carpet of moss. Most amazing of all, however, is that the waterfall is a short drive from Oregon's Highway 22 near Detroit and Marion Forks. ZACH URNESS

Statesman Journal

Capital Press

The 2017 water season was kick-started with abundant rain in many parts of the Northwest during September and October. Many areas received record amounts of precipitation, Natural Resources Conservation Service water supply specialist Ron Abramovich said during a water supply outlook conference in Boise. A persistent series of storms made October the wettest on record in Idaho and the second wettest in Oregon.


Conservation is getting a 21st-century overhaul

Water Deeply

The Freshwater Trust is leveraging technology, data and analytics to focus on "outcome-based conservation." The organization, headquartered in Portland, works to restore the health of watersheds by using very precise environmental accounting. The group's president talks about why this kind of conservation is actually about building a new sector of the economy.


Another city may buy into Willamette River project

Hillsboro Tribune

Tigard, Ore., is considering a plan to buy into the Willamette Water Supply Program — a joint venture between the Tualatin Valley Water District and Hillsboro to establish a new water source for both entities. Tigard staff said the chance to have a share of the intake is “a one-time offer.”

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