Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

$3.5B funding quest

Washington lawmakers poised to present water bond

Washington Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, listens during a meeting Jan.20 of the Senate Agricultural, Natural Resources and Rural Economic Development Committee. Honeyford is working on a plan to ask voters to impose a new property assessment to fund water projects. Don Jenkins

Capital Press

Capital Press

Some Washington lawmakers are working on a plan to raise an estimated $3.5 billion over 15 years to irrigate crops, control floods and reduce water pollution. The proposal seeks to unite dry eastside districts, wet westside districts and groups worried about storms washing chemicals into Puget Sound and other urban waterways.

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Portland harvests power from drinking water

Fast Company

If you live in Portland, your lights may now be partly powered by your drinking water. An ingenious new system captures energy as water flows through the city's pipes, creating hydropower without the negative environmental effects of something like a dam. For utilities, the system can make it cheaper to provide clean water.

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Invasive species threaten to sneak into Canada

Canadian Press

Canadian snowbirds towing pleasure boats back to Western provinces from getaways in the United States are in danger of bringing back unwelcome guests — two invasive aquatic species. Zebra and quagga mussels can be sneaky, devastating stowaways.

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