Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

Funding boost

Idaho governor wants to invest more in aquifers

Gov.idaho.gov

Times-News

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter called for massive state spending increases for aquifer recharge tied to a landmark deal reached between water groups last year. Otter is asking for a one-time $6.5 million boost to the Secondary Aquifer Planning, Management and Implementation Fund and an additional ongoing boost in spending on water sustainability projects statewide, from $2 million a year to $5 million.

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$137M proposed for Washington water projects

Washington Department of Ecology

A significant amount of grant and loan funding is once again proposed for high-priority projects in 2017 to protect the health of Washington’s lakes, rivers, streams and marine waters. The Department of Ecology’s Water Quality Program proposes that $137 million be directed toward 103 projects across the state for clean water infrastructure projects.

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Rain, snow melt make up a third of global rivers

CBC News

Researchers from the University of Calgary have discovered that roughly one-third of water flowing into rivers around the world is "young water" and is more likely to have been exposed to contamination. The finding has serious implications for water pollution and ecosystem health, according to a new study.

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