Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018

Not so fast

Klamath County delays making drought declaration

Herald & News

Klamath County, Ore., commissioners are holding off on making a drought declaration in order to make sure their timing is appropriate to help irrigators this summer. Though commissioners were expected to make the declaration Tuesday, Commissioner Donnie Boyd asked to have the issue removed from the agenda to be considered at a later date. “I think we need to study the timing and be absolutely correct with our timing,” he said.


Congress considers funding for Yakima water plan

Yakima Herald

Crucial federal funding to improve the water supply in Washington's Yakima River Basin is once again before Congress, but language in a House bill could spell trouble. A bill introduced last November would provide $237 million in much-needed funds to help during times of drought. But the bill would also speed up environmental reviews — and that could mean problems in the Senate.


Floods getting worse; chemicals in water's path

New York Times

Anchored in flood-prone areas in every American state are more than 2,500 sites that handle toxic chemicals, a New York Times analysis of federal floodplain and industrial data shows. About 1,400 are in areas at highest risk of flooding. Flooding nationwide is likely to worsen because of climate change, an exhaustive scientific report by the federal government warned last year.