Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Senate approval

Yakima basin water projects benefit from energy bill

USBR.gov

High Country News

Farmers, fishermen, communities and conservationists in Washington who have spent years forging a compromise to manage water supplies were rewarded when the long-awaited Senate energy bill passed with wide bipartisan approval. The Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project Phase III Act was one of a long list of conservation and water provisions that were attached to the energy bill in a unanimous vote during last week’s Senate debate.

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Oregon senators back lead water safety bill

KTVZ Bend

Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden joined fellow Senate Democrats to introduce the Testing, Removal and Updated Evaluations of Lead Everywhere in America for Dramatic Enhancements that Restore Safety to Homes, Infrastructure and Pipes Act of 2016, or True LEADership Act. The bill recommits the federal government to a critical role in protecting drinking water.

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Idaho cities face curtailment without water deal

Post Register

With a major deadline less than one week away, many Idaho cities are exposed to the possibility that they may have to curtail water use. Officials who have been working for months on a plan to avert curtailment say they are confident that that outcome will be avoided. But there is disagreement with regard to when the plan needs to be approved, and the May 3 deadline looms.

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