Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Down the Drain

Innovative project aims to improve Boise water quality

On maps the Dixie Drain is also labeled the Dixie Slough.


Boise State Public Radio

In the middle of working farms between the towns of Notus and Parma, the city of Boise owns a 49-acre field. This month, the city plans to start construction on a unique project to reduce phosphorus in the Boise and Snake rivers. It's generally referred to as the Dixie Drain Project. The project will pump water out of the drain, remove the phosphorus and pump the water back in.


Dry weather may be the new normal for Oregon

Mail Tribune

The low-snowpack winters and smoky summers Oregon's Rogue Valley has seen over the last two years could be a preview of what's to come if predictions are right. Climate change could create winners and losers in agriculture, tourism, forestry, housing and other sectors across the state.


Bid for manure regulation fails in Washington

Capital Press

A Washington State Department of Agriculture proposal to regulate manure like pesticides has stumbled, tripped up by a lack of support. In the place of new rules, however, farm groups advocate tucking more than $500,000 in the state budget to show farmers how to keep manure runoff from polluting streams or groundwater.

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