Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Water bill stalls

Legislation targets well restrictions in rural Washington

The Olympian

Bellingham Herald

A bill aimed at rewriting Washington’s water law to help rural homebuilders failed to pass a key House Committee, but lawmakers say the fight is not over. The legislation would roll back last year’s state Supreme Court decision that effectively prevented many rural landowners from getting rights to drill wells. The ruling, involving a Whatcom County case, has statewide implications, pitting property rights advocates against tribes and environmental groups.

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Study links septic sources, well contamination

Idaho State University

Idaho State University researchers have established a clear link to septic sources of nitrate contamination in about one-third of the 100 private wells in the Lower Portneuf Valley Watershed sampled for a study. The study is part of the National Science Foundation’s statewide Managing Idaho’s Landscapes for Ecosystem Services project that is running through 2020.

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Oregon lawmakers push for increased dam safety

Statesman Journal

Oregon’s “high hazard potential” dams would get stepped up inspections and would be required to develop emergency action plans under a bill introduced in the Oregon House. House Bill 3427 would require emergency exercises to be conducted at high-hazard dams at regular intervals. And it would require the Water Resources Department to conduct periodic examinations of those dams.

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