Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017

Planning stages

Wash. works on smoother response to next drought

Department of Ecology

Capital Press

Washington state agencies are crafting a drought-response plan, hoping to react sooner and more effectively to the next water shortage. A multi-agency task force will consider how state agencies such as Ecology, the Department of Fish and Wildlife and Department of Health can be prepared to quickly launch a coordinated response. The task force also will consider whether farmers can be advised earlier about the possibility of a drought.

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Ore. lawmaker wants groundwater tracking, fees

The Oregonian

An Oregon lawmaker says it's time to have a serious talk about water. Rep. Ken Helm, D-Beaverton, filed three would-be bills that would increase the state's ability to study groundwater supplies, charge business and agriculture users a $100 fee annually for permits, and require certain water users to track their usage. Helm said his water-tracking bill wouldn't apply to personal wells.

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How cities are tackling aging water systems

Next City

A new policy brief from the Brookings Institute breaks down how cities with large drinking water utilities are financing their water systems, and what challenges they’re facing. The report offers several suggestions for cities to drive water investments most efficiently: better managing systems that involve multiple agencies, improving accounting practices, and strategic financial planning.

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