Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

Huge improvement

Oregon's snowpack far ahead of last year's pace

Jacob Foreman, 13, of Salem, sleds with his sister, Ellie May, 1, at the Maxwell Butte Sno-Park at Santiam Pass in Oregon on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. The snow depth is 48 inches in the pass for Sunday. ANNA REED

Statesman Journal

Statesman Journal

What a difference a year makes in Oregon. At this time last year, ski areas were closed or struggling to stay open and hydrologists were predicting doom for the coming summer due to a historically low snowpack. Fast-forward to today, and almost everything has changed. Oregon’s snowpack is at or above normal throughout the state. As a result, Western Oregon is no longer in a drought and there’s hope for a more normal Pacific Northwest summer.

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Idaho water bill would ease access to money

MagicValley.com

The head of Idaho Ground Water Appropriators introduced a bill that would make it easier for groundwater districts to borrow short-term cash quickly. The bill would let a groundwater district go into debt for less than a year without having to hold a vote or seek judicial confirmation, IGWA Director Lynn Tominaga told the Senate Resources and Environment Committee.

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Canada makes strides to reduce lead exposure

Canadian Press

Water toxicity experts estimate that roughly 10 percent of Canadians are at risk of being exposed to lead through their drinking water as Americans in Flint, Mich., grapple with an ongoing drinking water scandal. But researchers say Canada’s cities have recognized the risks and made a concerted effort to decrease the number of lead pipes in their systems in recent years.

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