Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Aid pours in

Oregon counties can tap into drought disaster loans

Mike Skinner delivers water to cattle that would normally drink from irrigation ditches. Most irrigation reservoirs in Malheur County are low, leaving ranchers bracing for another tough summer. THOMAS BOYD

The Oregonian

The Oregonian

Oregon's worsening drought has triggered a federal disaster loan program in 13 counties. The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that low-interest loans meant to offset economic losses associated with the drought are now available for small, nonfarm businesses. Farmers are also eligible for emergency aid through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Far-reaching Washington water measure stalls

Spokesman-Review

A bill designed to reduce flooding, correct wastewater issues and bolster water supply in areas throughout Washington appears to have stalled in committee. Senate Bill 5628 would pay for itself through land parcel taxes, but it hasn’t moved since its public hearing Jan. 26 in the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

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Dogs on the prowl for invasive mussels in Canada

Calgary Herald

Cross-border boaters will soon be greeted by nosy dogs, as Alberta tries to sniff out invasive mussels. The provincial legislature passed its final vote last Thursday to add mandatory inspections to the Alberta Fisheries Act. Sniffer dogs are now on hand to help out when the bill gets royal assent.

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