Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Going 'green'

Portland stormwater project promises range of benefits

Heavy rain storms -- like this one from October 2014 -- send lots of water into city pipes. In the Laurelhurst neighborhood, officials want to complete a $260,000 project to keep about 700,000 gallons of storm water out of pipes.  MIKE ZACCHINO

The Oregonian

The Oregonian

Can an unconventional "green" stormwater project benefit homeowners, ratepayers and children in Portland's Laurelhurst neighborhood? The Bureau of Environmental Services says it can. The project proposes to reduce backups for homeowners, spare ratepayers the cost of increasing the capacity of existing pipes and give students a new play area.

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Puget Sound gets boost from USDA program

Enumclaw Courier-Herald

Farms, shellfish, salmon and water quality in the Puget Sound Region will get a $9 million boost from a new federal conservation program included in the 2014 Farm Bill. Awards come through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, a new program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Deal struck on $10 million Oregon water fund

Capital Press

An agreement about the key functions of a $10 million Oregon water supply fund was struck recently, but the specific rules have yet to be ironed out. In the coming months, a new committee must develop detailed rules that meet the approval of state regulators.

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