Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Big ambitions

Replenishment projects recharge Northwest aquifers

The Milepost 31 aquifer recharge site is the largest on the Eastern Snake Plain. The temporary lake is in the background; Milner-Gooding Canal in foreground.

KLCC Eugene

KLCC Eugene

Across the West, groundwater reserves are being depleted. Nature can’t replenish the aquifers as quickly as they’re being drawn down. But what if, through human ingenuity, we could put large volumes of water back underground at relatively low cost? Irrigators and the state of Idaho are making the most ambitious effort yet to do so in the Northwest. The object is to stabilize the water supply under Idaho's most productive farming region.

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Final piece of Lake Oswego pipeline installed

Portland Tribune

When crews for the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership lowered an elevated segment of pipe into place over Oswego Creek next to the McVey Avenue bridge last week in Oregon, it was an historic moment: The pipeline that stretches over 10.5 miles from the Clackamas River to Tigard is now complete. “We reached a really huge milestone last week," said project spokeswoman Katy Fulton.

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EPA raises concern for Indian County water quality

McClatchy

The Obama administration is sounding alarms over potential dangers in the water supplies on the nation’s Indian reservations, saying the vast majority of tribal members live on reservations that haven’t adopted federally approved standards. In Washington state, Idaho and Oregon, roughly a quarter of the tribes — or 11 of 42 — have water standards approved by the federal government.

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