Wednesday, May 6, 2015

'Wet drought'

Northwest’s weather a possible sign of the future

Unusually low snow levels seen at Oregon's Crater Lake on April 21, 2015.

NPS

Climate Central

Oregon and Washington aren’t currently in the same dire straits as California, having at least received a fair bit of rain this winter, but the warm, snowless conditions could be a harbinger of the future in an overall warming world. Some experts and officials are hoping the region can learn from today’s situation to better prepare for an altered climate later in the century.

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Portland watersheds get inaugural report card

The Oregonian

Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services posted its inaugural Watershed Health Index, a detailed assessment of water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and other critical conditions across the city's five designated watersheds. The report card is built on four years of scientific monitoring from 128 locations.

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Seattle can't cut fluoride level, at least for now

KUOW Seattle

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced that fluoride levels in water should be reduced — but don’t expect a decrease from taps in Seattle anytime soon. Until the state changes its fluoride standard, cities and counties that fluoridate their water can't immediately follow the agency's recommendation.

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