Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

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Wash. invests in solving water management concerns

The Naches River flows t just north of the former Trout Meadows fishing ponds on South Naches Road Feb. 2, 2014. Land once occupied by the ponds near the Naches River is being purchased by Yakima County as part of a project in which the land will be returned to the historic active floodplain to lessen the chance of flooding in the area. The state legislature is considering a tax to pay for such flood-control projects. GORDON KING

Herald-Republic

Yakima Herald-Republic

Yakima County, Wash., is buying an empty 65-acre field just south of Gleed that it plans to give back to the Naches River. The $1 million project — part of a growing effort to return rivers to a more natural state — is just one example of a broad array of statewide water management concerns that together could cost hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars.

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Scientists trace milky rain in Oregon to Nevada

The Oregonian

Scientists with the National Weather Service believe they've cracked the case of the cloudy water that fell from the sky throughout inland Oregon and Washington on Friday. The milky rain that fell through central and eastern Oregon and into Spokane most likely came from Nevada's desert plains.

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Wash. snow levels possibly record-setting bad

Seattle Times

Washington snow levels are near a record-level disaster: possibly the lowest since the state began keeping count. Consider these numbers: The record for lowest annual snowfall at Snoqualmie is 191 inches, in 1976-77. This year, Snoqualmie would need a phenomenal 117 more inches of snow to stay out of the record book.

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