Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Back burner

Washington governor: Rural well issue not top priority

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee gestures at a press conference April 6 in Olympia. A bill to reopen rural Washington to new household wells didn't make Inslee's list of legislative priorities for the final weeks of this year's session. DON JENKINS

Capital Press

Capital Press

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee outlined his legislative priorities for the last weeks of the session, a list that doesn’t include responding to the state Supreme Court's Hirst decision that has closed rural Washington to new domestic wells. Education funding was the top issue, Inslee said. The GOP-led Senate has passed a bill to nullify Hirst. The House has not advanced the legislation, though Democrats have proposed two similar bills.

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Idaho water managers focus on flood prevention

Capital Press

Southwestern Idaho irrigators don’t have to worry about whether they will have an adequate water supply this year. Basins in the region received so much snow this winter that water managers are running rivers at maximum levels to prevent flooding. As a result, the Boise River has been flowing at near-record levels. That has resulted in minor flooding in areas and even the removal of a bridge.

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Climate change hits Alaska’s rural water systems

Alaska Public Media

For decades, Alaska has struggled to get running water and sewer systems to its rural communities. An estimated 3,000 households — or about 10,000 people — still lack both. Now, that job may be getting harder, as climate change exacerbates old problems and creates new ones. “The environment is now changing faster than we can respond,” researcher Laura Eichelberger said.

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